Bridgestone Tires Review
Bridgestone Corporation, the Japanese tire company with headquarters in Tokyo, is the world’s largest tire manufacturer. The company also owns...
Bridgestone Corporation, the Japanese tire company with headquarters in Tokyo, is the world’s largest tire manufacturer. The company also owns and markets Firestone, Fuzion, Dayton and other tire brands, supplying tires for a wide range of applications all throughout the world. The brand owns 181 production facilities in 24 different countries, enabling it to mass produce premium quality tires year round.
With more than 88 years of experience in manufacturing tires, Bridgestone is not only one of the largest tire manufacturers in the world, but one of the consumers’ favorites too. And it’s no wonder why – reasonably priced, durable, comfortable, and covering all basis, Bridgestone tires really seem to offer it all. If you’re interested in purchasing some of the reputable brand’s tires for your vehicle, you’ll be pleased to know we’ve reviewed 3 of their best selling tires. We’ve also prepared a handy little buying guide to further help you decide if this is the tire brand for you.
Best Selling Bridgestone Tires
Bridgestone’s Dueler H/L Alenza in an all-season light truck tire built for SUVs, crossovers and light pickup trucks. This best-selling model combines comfort and performance to allow you to take full advantage of the road ahead of you, no matter the weather.
The best way to describe Dueler H/L Alenza is to compare it to a very elegant all-season tire, but with an edge. Indeed, this good-looking premium model utilizes several of Bridgestone’s UNI-T technology features, while remaining strong and durable on tough terrains.
- 3D sipes: for better dry performance, while maintaining wet and snow traction and good grip
- Optimized block and void design: the feature that specifically improves wet and snow performance
- Wide center rib: to enhance handling in all weather conditions, as well as tread wear
- Variable block wall angle: for quiet and comfortable rides, no matter the road
- Ever-black sidewall tech: preserving sidewall appearance, the elegant look is guaranteed for a long time.
- Brand Bridgestone
- Model Dueler H/L Alenza 53967
- Weight 41.3 pounds
Another Dueler model, this one too is designed for light trucks, SUVs and crossovers. With a rounded casing profile for a smoother ride, the Dueler H/T 684 offers quiet, comfortable rides with a touch of adventure. How? It’s all due to the design plus features implemented in the construction of this model.
The Dueler H/T 684 II has a computer designed all-season tread for excellent traction in all weather conditions, including rain and light snow, as well as an aggressive design coupled with Bridgestone’s UNI-T technology.
- Spiral wrap: for improving high speed capability and handling
- Wide straight grooves: to channel water away from the footprint for better wet traction
- Notches in grooves: for enhanced ice and snow traction
- Rounded casing profile: for smoother, more comfortable rides
- Solid shoulder ribs: promotes long-lasting tread wear.
- Brand Bridgestone
- Model Dueler H/T 684 II 55106
- Weight 39.2 pounds
The best touring tire for drivers who care foremost about safety, the DriveGuard’s RFR tire is designed to be drive up to 50 miles after a loss of air pressure or even a puncture. This all-season tire comes in three speed ratings – H, V and W – and fits a range of vehicles, from the average compact to sports coupes and sedans.
Featuring Bridgestone’s Run-Flat technology, which offers almost the same driving comfort and quiet as standard tires while providing extra safety, this model can be driven for up to 50 miles at up to 50 mph even with a puncture or complete pressure loss. With Run-Flat technology incorporated in the tire, you’ll never again become stranded in rural areas because of a flat tire. You can also wave goodbye to poor traction on wet and snowy roads, as this model provides year-round driving flexibility.
- NanoPro-Tech rubber: reinforces the tire, makes it capable of supporting the weight of the vehicle even at no pressure; also improves fuel economy
- Optimized contact patch: allows for even wear and longevity
- Silica-enhanced all-season compound: enhance wet traction and handling stability
- Circumferential and cross grooves: further help with wet traction, as they evacuate water and resist hydroplaning
- Cooling fin design: reduces heat build-up and friction for extra low-pressure mobility.
- Brand Bridgestone
- Model Driveguard 11476
- Weight 24.2 pounds
Bridgestone Tires Buying Guide
With Bridgestone’s best-selling tires out of the way, it’s time we talk about the brand’s design in general, as well as the reasons why you may want to give their models a try. Knowing what you can expect of Bridgestone tires no matter the model you choose can help you decide if this is the right brand for your needs, vehicle, and of course, your budget.
Why Choose Bridgestone Tires?
There are several reasons why we believe it’s a good idea to choose Bridgestone tires. The most important ones being the quality you can always expect from these tires, and the fact that each model tries very hard (and pretty much always succeeds) to cover all the relevant basis. We talk about each of these reasons in more detail down below.
- Quality Comes First
With over 88 years of experience in designing and producing tires, Bridgestone knows how to make each of their models durable and long-lasting. All three tires we reviewed in this guide, as well as several other models we reviewed on this website, show excellent quality. This includes the quality materials used in the construction, the design itself, and finally, the production techniques and features that ensure each model delivers what consumers expect. For instance, all of their all-season tires show exceptional traction on dry, wet and even lightly covered in snow roads. This is especially evident in Dueler models that have special block design and notches which provide a solid grip in rain and snow.
It also helps that all Bridgestone tires are tested with ULTIMAT EYE, Bridgestone’s own technology of simulation and measurement. Before becoming commercially available, each model has to show excellent performance in various metrics, including gripping force, noise production, tire stability and so on. The tires are also tested on the Bridgestone’s testing track to further evaluate the tire’s performance, including responsiveness and cornering ability.
- All Bases Covered
Generally, consumers want tires that cover all the basis, meaning they require good all-season performance, comfort, fuel efficiency and long tread life. Often, a brand will focus on one or two of these categories, neglecting at least some aspects of good tire performance. While this is understandable (you can’t have superior performance, tread life, comfort and fuel economy all at once – something has to be sacrificed), it’s not something an average consumer actually needs.
Bridgestone tires offer solid performance all around, plus the company makes specially designed tires for different purposes. This way, they serve all of their consumers’ needs, so whether you need fuel efficiency with lower rolling resistance (Escopia tires), or excellent snow performance (Blizzak tires), or just an all-around good all-season tire, Bridgestone has you covered.
All Bridgestone tires make use of various innovative features and technologies that allow each model to have great handling properties and solid all-season performance, as well as to be comfortable and fuel efficient.
- Handling and Traction
Each Bridgestone model offers fantastic handling and traction, be it all-season tires, winter tires or ultra-high performance tires. Overall, accelerating, braking and cornering is responsive and quick, even when turning at high speeds. This is possible thanks to Bridgestone’s technologies, but also thanks to the design of each tire – tread blocks with biting edges, grooves and strong internal structure translate into excellent wet and snow grip and good handling stability.
Bridgestone always focuses on safety (stability) and comfort. For this reason, each model really does offer exceptional to average comfort, no matter the weather or the road. All tires have grooves made with a technology called Resonance Noise Attenuated, which helps reduce road noise and increase driving comfort. The sturdy construction provides stability, further enhancing comfort.
- Fuel Efficiency
All Bridgestone tires include fuel efficient innovations and technologies, including special tread compounds and features such as NanoPro-Tech. These help enhance all weather traction, plus lower the rolling resistance and the amount of energy lost, resulting in a fuel efficient tire every time.