Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza G 019 Grid

Monday, April 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.

Bridgestone Potenza G 019 Grid Reviewer's Overall Rating: 3.64

2011 Toyota Camry
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Miles driven on tires: 40,000
Location: Blakeslee, PA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 40,000 Miles on Tires
September 20, 2013

Okay, I am not into the rogue specifics of tires as I am not a mechanic nor car expert, just a commuting, high-mileage, everyday driver. I purchased these as a part of a closeout deal and the Turanzas I wanted were not in stock. Before purchasing, I read reviews online and found more good comments than bad - I simply should've listened. I drive an everage of 45k miles annually; therefore, I get considerable use out of my tires. These tires are extremely and uncomfortably loud (I did not recognize what a loud tire was until I had these). I am not impressed with their performance on wet roads and definitely not in the snow. I've had them for about 8 months and they are already cupping and showing signs of uneven wear. My car shimmies when braking from high speed. I was told I needed new struts (although they are not leaking), but I believe it is these horrible tires contributing to their own wear. They have been rotated at least 3 times since purchase. I see now why they were discontinued..Pure garbage! Now I have to purchase new tires and these will barely be a year old.

2013 Winter Ice Rink Test Results

Thursday, December 12, 2013 by Ben Rooney

Our latest winter / snow tire test is now available online. We pitted Dunlop's new Winter Maxx against the Michelin X-Ice Xi3, Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 and Continental ExtremeWinterContact.

In my previous post, "Dunlop Launches Impressive New Winter Maxx," I mentioned that the Winter Maxx was impressive in our testing, and now the official results are available for you to view. The Bridgestone Blizzak WS70, the long-time class leader, earned top honors for acceleration on the slippery ice rink. Dunlop's Winter Maxx was only 0.01 second behind, a nearly indistinguishable difference.

In 12 - 0 mph braking, the Continental ExtremeWinterContact stopped in the shortest distance. Again, the Dunlop was right behind the leader, with only a half-foot longer stopping distance. The Michelin X-Ice Xi3 and Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 tied in a finish for third.

Dunlop Winter Maxx

Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

Michelin X-Ice Xi3

While the Michelin X-Ice Xi3 was not on top when it came to ice traction, it had the highest overall average when road manners, wet traction and dry traction were considered. Continental's ExtremeWinterContact limits the trade-offs to get good winter traction. The Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 and Dunlop Winter Maxx are both somewhat more focused, providing very good ice traction, but are not able to match the wet grip and clear road driving refinement of the best in the category.

For a complete recap of our test, read "Testing Studless Ice & Snow Tires: Winter Season Specialists."

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS60

Friday, November 8, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.

Bridgestone Blizzak WS60Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.45

2006 Mercedes-Benz E320 CDI Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 1,500
Location: Portage, MI
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 1,500 Miles on Tires
February 12, 2013

I purchased a rear wheel drive Mercedes Benz E320 CDI this fall and was concerned with handling this winter. Living in Michigan we see all types of winter driving conditions.
I went online to the Tire Rack website and researched tires for winter driving and with their customer service support selected the Bridgstone Blizzak 225/55R16 WS60 tires. I am extremely satisfied with my purchase and would recommend them to anyone. The ride is excellent and quiet. The traction on snow and ice surpasses my expectations.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60 RFT

Wednesday, February 1, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60 RFTReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.9

2007 Lexus RX400h
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Miles driven on tires: 1000
Location: Cleveland, OH
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1000 Miles on Tires
January 11, 2012

I purchased these from Tire Rack about a month ago for Cleveland OH winters. My Lexus RX400h is average to below even though its Partial AWD. With these tires in place, it is a VERY noticeable difference in performance. These tires are outstanding. Seriously, look no further. Absolutely fantastic, such a difference compared to my all seasons that were on there. As a plus Tire Rack is a great company, making it super easy to do all this online.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS60

Wednesday, January 25, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak WS60Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.64

2008 Kia Spectra Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 5000
Location: APO, AE
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 5000 Miles on Tires
January 24, 2012

TIreRack has been absolutely AMAZING! I was wary to buy my tires online, but I have not been disappointed! I will only order from them from now on! And when I lost my lug adapter, a new one was sent out no questions asked! AMAZING service and I LOVE my tires!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Friday, January 6, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.

General Altimax Arctic Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.5

2009 Mazda MAZDA3 4-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 5000
Location: Ottawa, ON
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 5000 Miles on Tires
January 10, 2010

I bought these tires after researching them online and finding numerous positive reviews and then I saw the latest Consumer Reports winter tire test that rated them 2nd overall and that clinched it. These tires are rebranded Gislaved NordFrost 3's made in Germany by Continental (Continental owns both the Gislaved and General Tire brands).

I've used many winter tires over the last 20 years (Bridgestone WT-02, Michelin Alpin, Blizzak WS-50, Dunlop Winter Sport M3, Blizzak WS-60) and price independent these are without a doubt the best overall with the WS-60 a close second. When you factor in the price of these versus the WS-60s it's not even close.

They have very little noise, ride is excellent, actually even better than my all seasons as I went from 205/50R17 to 205/55R16 for the winters on separate steel rims. If somebody dropped you into the car and asked what type of tires it had you probably would never guess they were winter tires. Of course, not being performance winter tires you do give up some dry traction (most noticeable on the on-ramps) but they are the least "feeling" winter tires I have owned with the exception of the Dunlops, however the Dunlops did not inspire the same level of confidence as the Altimax when the weather turned nasty. They are very stable on the highway and do not exhibit some of the mushiness that affects many winter tires. I can't comment on wear as I've only had them 3 months however if I get at least 3 winters I'll be happy. I only managed 2 winters out of the very soft WS-60s and once the multicell compound wears away on those (55%) you are back to a standard winter compound negating a good portion of their ice traction.

Deep snow, packed snow and ice traction are all very good with the Generals, I have to really slam on the brakes to even engage the ABS. Backing up a sloped driveway after a freezing rain storm I did not slip once. Unlike snow tires of old, wet traction is also very good with no sense of hydroplaning on

Winter / Snow Tires for Winter's Worst Conditions

Friday, November 18, 2011 by Alex Mouroulis
The Bridgestone Blizzak WS70, Michelin X-Ice Xi2 and Continental ExtremeWinterContact tires are three of the top contenders in the Studless Ice and Snow category. The old approach to winter was that tires with aggressive tread patterns and studs were the best way to handle winter driving. It's been our experience that the advanced Studless Ice and Snow traction technologies have surpassed the studded tire. Watch "Testing Winter Weather Specialists - Studless Ice and Snow Tires" to see how tires in this performance category deliver excellent traction in winter's worst conditions. The following three tires offer slush, snow and ice traction that easily surpasses even the best all-season tires:

Bridgestone Blizzak WS70
Bridgestone Blizzak
Michelin X-Ice Xi2
Michelin X-Ice
Continental ExtremeWinterContact
Continental ExtremeWinterContact

Take a look at what some customers are saying about their experience with the Blizzak WS70, X-Ice Xi2 and ExtremeWinterContact:

"This snow tire never disappointed during last winter's record snow fall (98 inches) here in eastern Massachusetts. As long as I had ground clearance they went through every drift and snow bank they were challenged with. My driveway has an upward-sloping incline which frequently ices over, and these tires always made the climb without slipping or losing grip." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2010 Volvo XC70 3.2 AWD (Bridgestone Blizzak WS70)

"For years I considered the G35 as a car requiring two lanes to safely drive in the snow. I purchased the X-Ice Xi2 with the expectation that I could at least endure driving in snow. Honestly, I was greatly surprised at how easy to drive in the snow this car has become and feel like now I could thread a needle with it. A greater surprise is how great the car performs on wet pavement. Definitely these tires transformed the car from barely livable in the winter with all season tires to a point where I do not care much about the type of winter weather I will encounter." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2005 Infiniti G35 Sedan (Michelin X-Ice Xi2)

" I just purchased these [Continental winter tires] and had them installed Saturday. Sunday night the first freezing rain and snowfall hit. By Monday morning we had a few inches of slush and snow sitting on a layer of ice. I tried to get these tires to slide in a corner and couldn't. I tried slamming on the brakes to engage ABS, and instead the car just stopped. It was like driving with my summer tires on sticky pavement. There were accidents all around me, but I had zero issues." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2007 BMW 335i (Continental ExtremeWinterContact)

And when it comes time to make your tire buy online, shop by vehicle to find the perfect winter / snow tire for your vehicle.

Do My Winter / Snow Tires Have Another Year in Them?

Monday, October 31, 2011 by Gary Stanley
What Honest Abe Doesn't Tell You About Minimum Tread DepthsThe weather is getting cooler and many are thinking about removing their performance tires for winter / snow tires. However, what condition are your old snow tires in? Can you eke out one more season? Should you? 

Keep in mind that the more tread depth the tires have, the more effective they will be in loose snow and slush. Checking your tread depth may seem pretty obvious (here's how), but there is more to this than taking a quick look at the tread. In order for winter tires to perform well in snow, they need adequate tread depth so they are "biting" into the snow instead of "nibbling" at it. Most winter / snow tires start at 10/32nds of an inch to 12/32nds of an inch. 6/32nds of an inch is the minimum tread depth that Tire Rack recommends for winter driving.

Check out "What Honest Abe Doesn't Tell You About Minimum Tread Depths" for more information about tread depths for winter and all other seasons, too. 

If you find that your old snow tires have less than 6/32nds of an inch of tread depth, they are ready to be replaced. There are many great winter / snow tires available, but a good starting point would be to check out Bridgestone's Blizzak line. If you're looking for Bridgestone tire reviews on some of the top Blizzak tires, read "Blizzak Winter / Snow Tires."

You can find the right auto tires online, when you shop by vehicle.

Best Run-Flat Winter / Snow Tires in 225/45R17

Friday, October 21, 2011 by Gary Stanley
If you have a 2006-2011 BMW 3 Series, odds are you're considering run-flat winter / snow tires in 225/45R17. For the upcoming winter season, there are only two options left in stock: the Bridgestone Blizzak LM-25 RFT and Pirelli Winter 210 Sottozero Serie II RFT

Bridgestone Blizzak LM-25 RFT
Bridgestone Blizzak LM-25 RFT
Pirelli 210 Sottozero Serie II RFT
Pirelli Winter 210 Sottozero Serie II RFT

How Do They Compare? 

The Pirelli Winter 210 Sottozero Serie II RFT would be a noticeable step down in terms of snow and ice traction but would provide better dry grip and steering response compared to the Blizzak LM-25 RFT. In other words, a set of Blizzak LM-25 RFTs would offer your vehicle better winter traction than a set of these Pirelli car tires, but not quite as much dry grip and handling. 

While both options are quality tires, if you live in a light snow area and prefer a tire with better dry grip and faster steering response, but are willing to give up some snow and ice traction to get it, then you should purchase the Sottozero Serie II RFT. However, if you see more mixed conditions, or simply want a safer tire for better traction on ice and snow-covered roads, then I'd suggest the Blizzak LM-25 RFT.

Decision is Made, What's Next?

Buy tires online through Tire Rack, of course. Or, as always, contact one of our sales specialists for pricing and availability. Need an installer? Learn more about our Recommended Installer program by checking out my blog titled, "How Does Our Recommended Installer Program Work." 

Better yet, select a combination of winter / snow tires and rims (wheels) to create a Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package so you can do the installation yourself.

Rating Ultra High Performance Summer Tires

Tuesday, April 19, 2011 by Tire Rack Team
Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval RFTHigh performance tires for the summer driving season provide drivers of sports coupes and sedans with responsive handling and crisp steering response in wet and dry conditions.

With Firestone, Michelin and Bridgestone tires making up the top five tires in our Ultra High Performance Summer category survey results, there are great options from different manufacturers to consider. Consumers review tires based on their wet/dry traction and comfort levels for an unbiased opinion on tires that suit your driving style.

After you’ve reviewed and compared our survey results, shop by vehicle to complete your online tire purchase.

Note: Low profile tires in the Ultra High Performance Summer category are not intended to be driven in snow or on ice, thus winter/snow ratings are not tallied in this category’s survey results.

Purchasing Bridgestone Tires Online?

Saturday, February 5, 2011 by Hunter Leffel
Tire Rack carries a full line of Bridgestone passenger and light truck tires including the Potenza, Turanza and Dueler series. Also see our full selection of Bridgestone Blizzak winter / snow tires. Below are a few options from the Bridgestone collection:

Bridgestone Potenza RE-11
Potenza RE-11

Summer tire developed for sports cars,
sports coupes and performance sedans.
Bridgestone Turanza Serenity
Turanza Serenity

All-season tire developed for the drivers of sporty coupes and luxury performance sedans.
Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza
Dueler H/L Alenza
All-season light truck tire developed for drivers of premium crossovers and sport utility vehicles.
Bridgestone Blizzak WS70
Blizzak WS70 
Winter tire developed for coupes, sedans, minivans and crossover vehicles.

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to see which tire works best for your vehicle.

Michelin HydroEdge, Year Two of My Story

Tuesday, August 17, 2010 by Chad Hocker
The Michelin HydroEdge has worked well on my Impala. I have had them for two years now and have put 50,000 miles on my car in that time. I use the Bridgestone Blizzak WS60 winter tires seasonally, so the Michelin HydroEdge has seen about 14,500 miles and they still look very good.

My daily driving has changed as I have moved. Previously, most of my driving was on the interstate; now it's about half interstate and half country roads/city driving. I am still happy with the overall performance of the Passenger All-Season Michelin HydroEdge. They handle well for the car's capabilities and offer a smooth ride. At times they make a little noise but nothing that is beyond acceptable to me. They are not good in the snow, which is why I have the Blizzaks for winter use. This tire has a 90,000 mile warranty and exceptional hydroplanning resistance.

Don't just take my word for it. Check out some of the other consumer reviews online.

SMichelin HydroEdge with Green X Technolgyince I purchased my HydroEdge tires, Michelin updated the tire with their Green X Technology, which basically allows the tire to roll easier, moving the HydroEdge with Green X Technology into the low rolling resistance tire category.

Ice, Ice Baby!

Friday, August 6, 2010 by Tucker Glenn
That's right kids, it's time once again to drive expensive BMWs on an ice rink!!

Tire Rack has been putting winter tires through the ringer for the last couple of years by equipping our test vehicles with some popular choices and testing their mettle on glare ice. This year we tested the Continental ExtremeWinterContact, the Dunlop Graspic DS-3, the Michelin X-Ice Xi2, and the new kid on the block, the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70.

Now, driving on glare ice does present some problems. If you're like me and just a little clumsy, one false move and WHAM! It's a visit to Ouchtown! But the slickness of the ice is where we really get a feel for the tires' performance in situations where the weather is less than desirable.

The Blizzak tire has been the industry standard for years, providing top notch snow and ice traction compared to its competitors. This year is no different with the WS70, but the gap seems to have been narrowed a bit. Continental has stepped up their game with the ExtremeWinterContact. It handled very well as we made the turns. The X-Ice Xi2 also did very well, and the top three were very close. The Graspic DS-3 lagged a little behind and was the only tire to take out some cones on the turn. Acceleration and braking were all pretty close with these four tires. Complete results will be online soon.

Ultimately, you can't go wrong with any of these winter tires. The snow and ice traction from a winter tire is roughly double what it is with an all-season. When winter safety is a concern, Tire Rack for great deals on studless ice and snow tires!

Snow Tire Testing on an Indoor Ice Rink

Thursday, August 5, 2010 by Henry Carlson
Today I tested the Bridestone Blizzak WS70, the Continental ExtremeWinterContact, the Dunlop Graspic DS-3 and the Michelin X-Ice Xi2 Studless Ice and Snow tires.

The test took place on an indoor ice rink and let me tell you that it's always a fun learning experience to be able to test these tires back-to-back on glare ice.

All four tires were good in acceleration and braking with the Continental and Michelin tires at the top of the scale followed by the Bridgestones and Dunlops. In the area of handling and cornering on ice, I found the Continental to be first and the Michelin second with Bridgestone close to the Michelin and the Dunlop in fourth place.

Please be advised that even the lowest ranked studless snow tire is twice as effective on ice compared to any all-season tire.

Watch for complete snow tire test results online.

Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 Studless Ice and Snow Tire

Wednesday, August 4, 2010 by Bart Blackburn
Yesterday I had the opportunity to test four different Studless Ice and Snow winter tires. Comparisons were conducted on an indoor hockey rink here in South Bend, Indiana and included acceleration and braking tests along with a cornering demonstration.

We drove on the Continental ExtremeWinterContact, Dunlop Graspic DS-3, Michelin X-Ice Xi2 and the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70. As in years past the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 provided the most control for acceleration and braking and was head and shoulders above the others in the cornering demonstration.

These are not your father's snow tires! All the results will be online soon! Check this page frequently.

Snow Tire Testing in the Summer

Wednesday, July 28, 2010 by Henry Carlson
This week I tested snow tires on our 6.6 mile road course. I know this sounds strange -- it was 85
degrees and sunny -- but it gives us a good chance to see how these tires handle in warm, dry conditions (because the roads aren't always full of snow throughout the winter season).

I tested the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70, Continental ExtremeWinterContact, Dunlop Graspic DS-3 and the Michelin X-Ice Xi2, Studless Ice and Snow tires.

All four tires had a very good ride and were also very quiet. The best handling of the four were the Michelins and the Dunlops. The Continentals and the Bridgestones were a bit squirrelly under these conditions.

Later this summer we will test these tires on an indoor ice rink. Watch for complete test results online.

Bridgestone RE760 Sport: Top rated for a reason!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 by Clint Crabtree
Bridgestone Potenza RE760 SportAre you looking for an Ultra High Performance Summer tire that will give you longer tread life? Look no further than the Bridgestone Potenza RE760 Sport. This tire is designed to provide excellent performance and longer tread wear. The benefits of the RE760 include excellent dry and wet traction along with a smooth, comfortable ride that will give you plenty of smiles and additional miles.

You can read reviews online.

Summer vs. All-Season tires

Monday, July 12, 2010 by Ethan Burns
I recently had a conversation with a driver who wanted to replace two tires.
My first response was, "Sure, what tire do you have on the car now?" He replied, "That doesn’t matter."

I assure you it does matter.

 When only replacing two tires on your car, you should install the same model tire. This will result in the most predictable handling. Keep in mind that when your car was being designed, you certainly wouldn’t hear the engineers say, “Hey Franz, what kind of tires should we put on the rear?” And the other engineer reply, “Oh, that doesn’t matter, use whatever you can find, Hans.”

One of the biggest decisions that you might make is whether to use summer or all-season tires.

A summer tire, like the Bridgestone RE760 Sport, will perform better in dry road cornering and braking than an all-season tire. Summer tires also perform well in the rain; wet traction isn’t an exclusive all-season characteristic. Because it rains in summer, summer tires are made to be quite capable in the wet.

Conversely, if you require some snow traction in the winter and are not planning on using dedicated snow tires, an all-season tire like the Bridgestone G019 Grid will provide longer life and get you through the white stuff.

Never, under any circumstances, mix summer and all-season tires on the same car. This can cause instability and inaccurate handling. If you require just two tires, please write down all the information from your tire sidewalls before giving us a call or selecting your tires online. We won’t steer you wrong.

Hybrid Tires for your Vehicle

Thursday, July 1, 2010 by Chad Hocker
Tire Rack was able to complete tire testing on low rolling resistant tires. Unfortunately, we were not able to use our usual BMW E92 328i test cars because of tire sizing, Instead, we made a switch to the Toyota Prius, which enabled me to get about 28 mpg better than my personal vehicle! Check out the overall average fuel economy data from our Real World Road Ride. The Original Equipment Toyota tires were the Goodyear Integrity, so we used it as the baseline fuel economy tire.

Tire Line Test
@ 15,000 Miles
% vs.
Michelin Energy Saver A/S 53.8 278.8 +4.74%
Bridgestone Ecopia EP100 53.5 280.4 +4.12%
Yokohama dB Super E-Spec 52.8 284.0 +2.81%
Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max 51.6 290.7 +0.37%
Goodyear Integrity 51.4 291.8 ---
Michelin HydroEdge with Green X 51.1 293.5 -0.59%
Goodyear Assurance ComforTred 50.0 300.0 -2.64%
* Our evaluation used Linear Logic ScanGauge II automotive computers to record fuel consumption and Race Technology DL1 data loggers to record true distance travelled.
(offset 6% for Prius Summer E10 regular grade fuel)

Don't worry if you don't have a hybrid car; these tires may still work for you. Select your vehicle and search for low rolling resistant tires (LLR). You can buy these tires online and have them shipped to one of our independent Recommended Installer of your choice.

Read all the results:  When Lean and Green goes Round and Black