6 Month Progress Report – April 3, 2014
Goodyear introduced an all-season model of their Eagle Sport tires and was kind enough to provide us with a set for long-term testing. This addition to the Goodyear tire family falls into their high performance all-season category. Essentially, it replaces the Eagle GT as a mid-level tire and falls below the Eagle F1 Asymetrical All-Season tire in the performance group, but above the value-oriented tires. This is our third update in a series of four reports. After six months we drove 4,000 miles under mostly dry conditions and the tires are still performing brilliantly.
We were concerned that testing the tires under wet conditions in a state that is experiencing far-below average rainfall and instituting mandatory water rationing would ruin an important part of the test. Fortunately, the skies have opened up and Northern California has been getting some much needed rain.
For the Eagle Sport All-Season tires, the engineers at Goodyear settled on an asymmetrical tire design that offers a blend of wet and dry handling. Sipes, or blades, are cut throughout the tread pattern and penetrate the entire tread depth for ice and snow traction. Goodyear claims this tire is significantly better in snow, ice, and heavy rain than major competitor’s sport all-season tires.
With months of driving on dry pavement, we noticed performance on wet roads was only slightly diminished. Wet or dry, the front end does a good job of maintaining traction on the corners. Even with a little less traction, the Goodyear tires still felt pliable and was able to hold a line through the wet corners. At the opposite end, the rear tires held on just as well as the front. Getting the rear end to rotate with a FWD car on wet roads still took some skill. Only by over-driving could we really get the rear end to oversteer dramatically.
So far, we like how well-planted and predictable the Eagle Sport A/S tires perform under wet and dry road conditions. If you’re seeking replacement tires that have increased traction on wet and damp roads, this could be the answer to ditching those OEM or worn tires for something that performs well in all but the worst conditions.
|Mileage||Tread Depth (front tires)||Tread Depth (rear tires)|
|New||0||10/32 inch||10/32 inch|
|3 months||2,500||10/32 inch||10/32 inch|
|6 months||4,200||10/32 inch||10/32 inch|
FAST FACTS: Goodyear Eagle Sport All-Season Tire
- Tire includes latest Goodyear TripleTred, ComforTred, Fuel Max, TredLock, and Durawall technologies.
- Much improved snow and ice performance over old Eagle GT (source: Goodyear)
- Eagle Sport A/S tire carries a 50,000 mile tread life limited warranty
- Prices start at $100 a tire
Continue to next page to read our 3 month progress report of the Eagle Sport All-Season tires
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