Bridgestone Potenza G 019 Grid
Follow-Up Review: 7,000 miles on tires
I remain satisfied with the tires, but not blown away. The specifications are very similar to the OEM tires, and so is the performance. I think the OEM Goodyear Eagle RS-A tires get a bad rap; they weren't so bad. Although I'm satisfied with the value of these tires, I wish I'd have spent more on higher-performance tires. <br><br><br><br>The car tends to have strong acceleration from a stop, and these tires will spin out accelerating from a stop around a turn in the rain more quickly than the OEM tires. The OEM tires also had more of a "rides on rails" feeling than these; I tend to grip the wheel tighter to keep the car in line now. That said, my maneuvers are otherwise quite nimble and sufficiently confident and sure-footed, but it can feel like you need to hold on tight and deliberately bring her back in line when you make a quick high-speed lane change, for instance. I drive pretty aggressively and these tires deliver, but don't excel, which is reasonable for a high performance tire, as opposed to ultra high performance. <br><br><br><br>Ride comfort and noise are O.K., but not impressive. Tire noise is detectable, but generally less noticeable than the wind noise. This car rides a bit hard, and these tires do nothing to cushion that. That's acceptable for a non-touring tire, though.<br><br><br><br>I'm left wondering whether the Dunlop SP Sport Signature might have been a better choice in the same class and price point. The Continental ExtremeContact DWS wasn't available when I made my purchase—were I to do it again, I'd give them a try. I got the Yokohama Advan S.4 for another vehicle and love them, but they were too expensive in this size when I made my purchase, but now, it looks like the price is more reasonable, so that's another option. I passed on the Kumho Ecsta LX Platinum because the wet performance testing looked weak, and I remain comfortable with that decision. It would be nice to cozy up the ride a bit
Initial Review: 2,000 miles on tires
I bought these tires because they match the OEM profile well, and they're reasonably priced in this size. The price/performance of the Grid is pretty good.
My Mazda3 is a little hard-riding as a baseline, which is fine, and I considered getting grand touring tires to compensate for that. I didn't like the few options available (particularly wet performance), so I went up to high performance. Ultra high performance tires either cost too much in this size or seemed to have even less favorable comfort performance.
The Grid exhibits conspicuous noise at low speed, but the noise is less than the wind noise at high speed on asphalt. They howl on concrete, but most tires do. They also transmit impact noise. That said, I think the noise levels are reasonable for this tire profile on this car.
I have not pushed the tires hard much, but they have not given way easy or felt squirrelly. They did spin out while accelerating around a wet corner, but that seemed reasonable. They do just fine in my typical high-speed, heavy traffic application, including the cold and wet. Steering feels even more taut and confident than the OEM tires.
Also haven't had much winter exposure, but I have run them in light snow and ice. I broke them free on purpose both accelerating and braking. They did fine.