Bridgestone vs Goodyear vs BFGoordrich: Tire Pricing and Quality Comparison
Bridgestone has been in the tire business for over 75 years. Founded in 1931 by Shojiro Ishibashi, whose name roughly translates from Japanese to “stone bridge,” the company is now a multinational auto parts manufacturer operating in over 100 countries around the world.
Bridgestone features a section on their site called the “Tire Advisor” which allows your to enter the year, make, model and trim level of the car you need to buy tires for. Next you select your top three performance attributes from a list including:
- Driving Comfort
- Saving Money on Fuel
- Performance in Dry Conditions
- Winter Driving Capabilities
- Ice Driving Capabilities
- Longer Tire Life
- A Quiet Ride
- Confidence in Wet Conditions
- Snow Driving Capabilities
- Off-Road Capabilities
After which the top three choices of tires are recommended.
Bridgestone sells several different brands of tires which are broken down into several different technology categories which include:
Tread & Tire
Tread & Tread is a resource center which allows users to read articles on a variety of driving related topics. Driver’s Ed contains tips and helpful articles, the Let’s Ride section offers travel advice and miscellaneous tips. Tire Talk is all about tires, naturally, and Global Good features stories and articles about the environment and the ways Bridgestone is keeping green.
PRICE & QUALITY
Tire prices vary on the brand or sub-brand that you choose, of course. For cost effectiveness, however, a tire like the Bridgestone Ecopia EP100 will give most vehicles an edge in fuel economy. The tires are manufactured to reduce internal friction and can save up to five percent on fuel charges. This can add up to significant savings over time, but the Ecopia does have less grip on the road.
You can find out more about Bridgestone tires by following them on social media.
The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company is even older than Bridgestone. Founded in 1898 in Akron, Ohio this now global tire manufacturer was named after the inventor of vulcanized rubber. The Goodyear blimp has become synonymous with the brand and has been helping advertise the company since 1925. Goodyear has also had a long relationship with NASCAR stock car racing. Unlike Bridgestone and BFGoodrich who sell through authorized dealers, Goodyear owns its own stores in addition to selling their products through their Goodyear Tire and Service Network.
Customers can access and use Tire Finder right from the Goodyear homepage. You simply enter the year, make, model and version to return the results. You also enter your address or zip code to find the Goodyear store closest to you. You can also narrow your search further by checking boxes as related to criteria such as
There is also an option to select up to three tires to compare in terms of warranty, features, speed rating and price.
Goodyear has a section on their website where users can learn about tire specs and terms as well as information on how to inspect your tires, check the air pressure and how to put together a flat tire tool kit.
PRICE & QUALITY
A good deal for a stylish tire with good performance is the Eagle LS2. This tire delivers a quiet ride and performs well on wet roads. The all-season LS2 is also a long-lasting tire that will look quite stylish on a luxury coupe, but can also be used on SUVs, minivans and pickups. Some discount tire outlets run special deals which can see the LS2 priced for as little as just under $90 per tire.
Goodyear offers rebates for customers who purchase tires through one of the stores in their network and offers double rebates for purchasing tires with the Goodyear credit card which you can apply for through their website.
You can find out more about Goodyear tires by following them on social media.
BFGoodrich is owned by Michelin but was originally founded as part of the Goodrich Corporation. The Goodrich company predates even Goodyear and was founded in 1896 making it the first American tire producer. In 1903 the first automobile to travel across the US did so with BFGoodrich tires. The company's tires were also used on the Charle’s Lindbergh’s first non-stop flight across the Atlantic.
The BFGoodrich website is very easy to use. Right from the home page you can conduct a tire search by vehicle, name, size and category. There is also a section of the site called Explore which provides a list of Lifestyles you can search to get more information on which tires will be best suited to your specific needs
Categories for Lifestyle include:
The Tires 101 section offers information on caring for your tires, buying guides, driving and safety tips, warranty information and a FAQs page.
Built for Speed
BFGoodrich also offers a line of tires built for agility and speed including tires make specifically for competitive racing. Tires in the g-Force line include:
PRICE & QUALITY
The BFGoodrich Rugged Trail T/A features great off-roading capabilities while still performing above average on city streets and highways. The T/A has deep treads that provide great gripping power even on dirt and loose gravel, but performs best in the mud.
You can find out more about BFGoodrich tires by following them on social media.