We have two back to back comparisons featuring all-season and summer tires from renowned companies Bridgestone and Goodyear. They’re both very well known for providing quality products that last. Below we pit two summer tires and two all-season tires against each other and to find out which one is the superior choice. Let’s begin.
Bridgestone Potenza RE97AS
Bridgestone’s Potenza is designed for a quiet and comfortably smooth driving experience. A very fine silica tread was added so that this tire would have improved grip on wet and dry surfaces. While the Potenza can be used with coupes and crossovers, the sedan is likely the best vehicle for these wheels. Handling, response time and braking are improved on this model thanks to the tread and will offer a very responsive and reliable driving experience throughout the year.
The sipes are arguably this tire’s biggest pro as they allow for great traction on dry or rainy roads. Inner circumferential grooves also help to expel water or other environmental liquids to keep these tires in top condition and keep stability at optimum levels.
Goodyear Assurance ComforTred
Goodyear’s Assurance also promises to deliver top notch traction across various weather conditions. Meant for sedans, SUVs and minvans primarily, the Assurance aims for similar performance to Bridgestone’s Potenza. It has great traction and handling in both dry and wet environments, though the treading is more narrow. It ends up having somewhat superior performance on snow than the Potenza, though neither fair very well on slippery ice. It is also quieter than the Potenza in most situations.
Bridgestone Potenza RE070
This Potenza is very different from the one we previously looked at. Bridgestone gave the RE070 a high grip tread that offers excellent dry traction on a large variety of surfaces. Gravel roads and highways, dry dirt and sand will not be able to affect the momentum of these tires. The sipes were designed to help with grip on turns and cornering, and they seem to hold up well at various speeds and on various surfaces. While they can get a little too noisy at times, their handling and their turning stability are truly excellent.
Goodyear Eagle F1 GS EMT
Having said all that, Goodyear’s Eagle F1 is also designed for very high performance on dry surfaces for maximum handling. The tread offers a diagonal block-like design which gives this tire great cornering grip on dry roads. These wheels also offer a consistent steering response at lower and higher speeds. The Potenza RE070 was quite good at this too but it’s even more noticeable (or less, depending on how you think about it) how well the GS EMT is at remaining consistent at this. The slit sipes called “dual aqua” channels by Goodyear and are designed to keep water out of the wheel in the first place to minimize degradation due to hydroplaning.
Choosing the winner between these two summer tires was a more difficult challenge as they both perform so exceedingly at the same things. In the end, our winner by a small margin is Bridgestone’s Potenza RE070. Both of these tires are in the same class of high summer performance and are even in the same price range, though the Potenza is usually a little bit cheaper. The Potenza is also a little bit louder, but the Eagle F1 has been known to gain some volume with wear so that negates that benefit for the most part.
Both have excellent dry traction and response, and while the Eagle F1 does tend to have the superior wet surface performance it isn’t enough to outrank the Potenza’s other benefits. Durability, overall comfort and value make the RE070 the winner for summer tires.
While both battles, especially the summer one, were close each company ends up taking a win with them. We hope our comparative article helps you decide which option to take with you on the road.