Goodyear Eagle Sport All-Seson tire test report #2
05 Sep

Extended Test of New Goodyear Eagle Sport All-Season Tires

12 Month Progress Report – September 5, 2014

It has been 1 year since we mounted a fresh set of Goodyear Eagle Sport All-Season tires on the Acura. Over the course of our 12-month test we logged 7,400 miles gallivanting all over the San Francisco Bay Area and then some. Granted, our annual mileage is below average but we were able to road test the tires in a variety of weather conditions excluding extreme cold and snowy weather. Unfortunately, our mild California climate and lack of cold temperatures below freezing level doesn’t grant us the extreme weather conditions that occur in the Midwest and Eastern regions of the United States.

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1 year, 7400 miles and tires look to be in excellent shape

Performance
One year later and we are still enamored with the tire’s performance on dry and wet roads. Our test car continues to have a smooth and responsive ride, and braking performance of the tires reveal the shortcomings of the RSX’s factory brakes. Don’t be fooled into thinking this is an all-season tire that was built with compromises. These tires put a smile on our face every time we push hard through a turn and give us more grip than expected — even when the road is slick with rain.

On the more mundane side, rolling resistance is still very good after 7,400 miles of wear. The car coasts almost effortlessly and overall mpg is stellar when we remember to be light on the go-pedal. Tire noise is not an issue except when on noisy asphalt or concrete. Our sound meter test measurements show no sign that the Eagle Sport A/S tires are getting noisier with age.

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On the tire’s 1 year anniversary, we balanced each wheel to check for variances. None were found.

12-Month Goodyear Eagle Sport All-Season Tire Test
Mileage Tread Depth

(front tires)

Tread Depth

(rear tires)

Noise Level

@65 mph**

New 0 10/32 inch 10/32 inch 64 db
3 months 2,500 10/32 inch 10/32 inch No data
6 months 5,000 9/32 inch 9/32 inch No data
12 months 7,400 8/32 inch 9/32 inch 64 db

Would We Buy Them?
If Goodyear asked for their tires back today, we would immediately go directly to our local Goodyear shop or buy a set online from Tire Rack. The value to performance ratio is excellent and our experience with the tires has been first class. We realize that the Eagle Sport All-Season tire may not fit everyone’s needs, but we are confident few will be disappointed.

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About Goodyear Eagle Sport All-Season (V-Speed Rated)
Goodyear’s Eagle Sport All-Season tire line includes V-speed rated High Performance All-Season radials developed for the drivers of sports cars, coupes, sedans and performance-oriented light trucks looking to combine sporty handling with all-season traction. Eagle Sport All-Season tires are designed to offer drivers all-season versatility in dry and wet conditions with year-round traction, even in light snow.

The Eagle Sport All-Season features an innovative all-season tread compound molded into a large surface tread contact area asymmetric design to offer consistent performance across a broad range of vehicles. Linked outboard shoulder blocks backed by notched center ribs and connected inboard shoulder blocks enhance steering response, handling and wear. Circumferential grooves help evacuate water to increase traction in wet weather, while full-depth sipes preserve foul-weather traction as the tire wears.

The tire’s internal structure includes twin steel belts reinforced by spirally wrapped polyamide to combine uniform ride quality with high-speed capability. One of the Eagle Sport All-Season tire line’s highlights is its internal construction that features Goodyear’s RaceWrap Construction Technology developed for the Eagle Race tires used in NASCAR competition. RaceWrap Construction Technology brings a polyester cord casing ply down the sidewall at a slight angle, wraps around the bead and returns it all the way up the sidewall until it ends under the edge of the steel belts. This slightly angled, two-ply sidewall enhances steering response and handling stability.

TireRack.com consumer reviews of the Goodyear Eagle Sport A/S tires.

Continue to next page to read our 6 month progress report of the Eagle Sport All-Season tires

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    • Derek Mau says:

      I looked at the Youtube video about the Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS RFT tires. Not sure what you were trying to convey, but the video is a poor piece of information about the tires. I see a couple of BMW 3-series lapping around some cones – no times, no comparison to other tires, no commentary with regards to grip, traction, turn-in response, noise, and nothing about wet traction performance which is where an all-season tire is supposed to excel. Plus, Bridgestone run-flat tires are the worst with regards to road noise and road compliance (e.g. too stiff and bouncy).

  1. Scottwax says:

    I’ve had the Goodyear Eagle Sport A/S tires on my ’04 V6 Accord about 7-8 weeks and 2000 miles now. Grip was good enough to show some shortcomings in my stock suspension so I added a TL-S rear anti-roll bar and an aftermarket front strut bar so I could better take advantage of the grip. Lane changes and cornering are noticeably superior (even before the suspension upgrades) to the previous tires, Yokohama YK580′s. Wider tread too. I did go from a 205/60/16 to 215/55/16 tire size, but even if I stayed with the 205/60/16 size, I still would have picked up 0.8″ in tread width. These tires are vastly superior in the rain, especially from a stop. The YK580s were very prone to wheel spin in the rain (and on dry pavement), the Eagle Sports take much more throttle to get loose. We actually had about an inch of snow the other day here in north Texas, no issues driving on snowy streets. Another nice thing about the Eagles is how quiet they are. I take 2-3 long road trips a year so a lack of tire roar is a huge plus.

    Really a huge surprise to me how good these tires are. Not much information online since they are pretty new and you never know how much of what people notice in new tires is a placebo effect. But these tires, after living with them almost two months, are the real deal.

    • Derek Mau says:

      Scott,

      Thanks giving us your impressions. Good to hear that your experience has been as good as ours.

      It has finally started raining after a very dry winter. Now finally I can do some wet pavement testing. Next report, which will include wet performance, will be published next month.

  2. Boice says:

    I’ve been pretty happy with my Eagle Sport A/S. Road feel is really good, and they performed more than adequately in the snow. I live in upstate NY, so I’ve had plenty winter driving this year. Dry traction is also great with very controlled and predictable understeer. Oddly though the performance in wet/cold conditions is pretty poor. I experienced complete understeer on a couple occasions that were cold but not quite freezing. Granted, my car is very prone to understeering due to it’s very front biased weight distribution (64/36)

    With ~3,000 miles on these tires I’ve got 8/32nds tread depth on my front wheels, and 10/32nds on the rear. That probably sounds really bad, but my last set of tires were Nexen 5000s rated at 60k miles, and I got 9k out of them before they were toast. No joke.

  3. Michael Oliva says:

    Hello,
    Just replaced my Goodyear Eagle GT’s with the new Eagle Sports. I only got 35,000 miles from them but Goodyear did prorate it and gave me $25 dollars off per tire. Loved my Eagle GTs just hoping the new replacements will get closer to the 50,000 mile warranty.

    Looking Forward,
    Michael

  4. Ron says:

    I keep reading good reviews of these tires, but my experience has not been good and I wonder why. The first set I got were horribly noisy. They sounded like I was driving down a highway along side a freight train. Goodyear replaced these with another set that are marginally quieter but still not acceptable. I am wondering if it is the tires or the way they were mounted. If the latter, taking them back to Goodyear won’t do a lot of good. I’m not sure what to do.

    • Derek Mau says:

      Sorry to hear about the excessive road noise. The replacement set wasn’t much better by your account, but at least they were willing to send you another set of tires to help solve the issue.

      If you suspect the tire mounting method is a problem, ask around at different tire shops. If you get a consensus and some degree of confidence that mounting the tire differently can make a difference, then ask another shop to re-mount the tires.

  5. N L says:

    Hi Derek,

    Are there any plans for more updates? I’m really curious to see how the thread is holding up.

    • Derek Mau says:

      Next update will be posted in mid-September. I recorded the tread depth at 5,000 miles and the tires are beginning to show some signs of wear. The RSX is not burdened with today’s safety regulations, air bags, and excessive electronic wizardry. Thus, it’s svelte curb weight helps with making tires last longer.

      I’ll also redo the sound test that was performed when I first got the tires since one person commented that his set had excessive road noise.

  6. Terry Zarowny says:

    I replaced my Continental Extreme Contact tires with some Eagle GT’s on my Audi S4 and I’ll never go back. I will admit that the noise level was higher but that is due to a much more aggressive thread pattern and the increase noise levels was not significant and more than compensated by the increase in performance and handling chacteristics
    I loved the Eagle GT’s and will buy another set when I need them. We always have two sets of rims and tires for our cars. Being in Chicago area, it really helps to have some snow tires or at least, all season tires in the winter. Why would you want to test performance when it’s 10 degrees outside and snowing? Wait a few months and when it warms up, break out the performance tires. The performance tires are a softer and if use them for what they are designed to do, performance, they won’t last long and if you drive like me you’ll never get anywhere near your warranty mileage.So what. Who cares. They prorated the tires for you. What more could you ask for? If you want long mileage tires, buy them. They won’t handle or grip well. They’ll be hard and won’t ride well either. There’s always a trade off. That’s why we went to the two sets of rims and tires for the appropriate use in the appropriate season. That’s just my opinion and I’m not always right. I just know works best for me. Defense rests its case your honor.

    Regards,

    TZ

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