Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone DriveGuard

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Vehicle: 2008 Volkswagen Beetle Coupe SE 2.5L
4.5
Miles Driven on Tires: 22,000
Location: NOVI, MI
Driving Condition: Combined Highway/City
Driving Style: Spirited
Bridgestone DriveGuard
Initial Review: 22,000 miles on tires
April 12, 2017

I have about 22-23k on this DriveGuard tires, and I can honestly say they are THE BEST tires I've ever owned. This car came with Continental tires from the factory, and they worked, but didn't do anything specially great. I would consider them a middle of the road tire. Since then I had a set of Goodyear's which had a good price, but were really sub standard compared to what I was used to. Those were then replaced with a set of Michelin Primacy MXV4's. They were definitely an upgrade over the first two sets of tires, and I was happy with them for the most part. Winter traction was so-so, then they didn't last as long as I had hoped, but no real complaints. Then came the DriveGuard tires. What an upgrade! First thoughts is that the handling (cornering, breaking, high speed driving) was greatly improved over what I considered very good Michelin tires. These DriveGuard tires can corner MUCH faster and harder, and provide great feedback and confidence as they reach their limits. While doing so they also provide a excellent ride quality. I was a little concerned about going to a run flat tire and expecting a harsher ride and more noise. I was pleasantly surprised to see how far this technology has come. The DriveGuard's are very quiet, have great quality, and aren't overly hard or harsh. They truly drive like a premium touring tire should. Now on to bad weather. Through the first two winters, it was obvious that these are better in snowy conditions than the previous tires, including the all mighty Michelin's . They cut through deeper snow with ease. They seem to be as good if not better than any of the other all season tires when it comes to light snow, slush, messy icey conditions. Very please. Wet weather is no issue either. These stop very well when it's raining. They are very predictable and give you the extra grip when needed in emergency braking situations. They really have been fantastic. Just got a set for our Odyssey. The previous Michelin's lated 37k :(

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