Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Assurance TripleTred

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Vehicle: 2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.9L Standard Model
Miles Driven on Tires: 5,500
Location: easton, pa
Driving Condition: Mostly Highway
Driving Style: Spirited
Goodyear Assurance TripleTred
Follow-Up Review: 82,000 miles on tires
June 15, 2012
The tires are almost too worn to continue but the wear pattern is even and I have grown to appreciate them more as the miles accumulated. I bought these Goodyears rather than Michelins because they offered a $70 rebate. The first few days I was very worried because the tires were very squirrely in turns but luckily this went away after a few heat cycles.The wet performance remained pretty good as they wore, noise level increased as expected. Dry handling in corners improved as tread decreased as expected. I look for maximum mpg's with my diesels and regularly inflate tires to 40 psi. Luckily I have another Jetta with Michelin Hydroedges so I am able to directly compare the two. With michelin hydro edges and Primacy tires the ride at this level of inflation is still comfortable, With the Goodyear Triple Tread the ride is jarring at 40 psi. I found a compromise at 35-36 psi with these tires. They are not Low Rolling Resistance tires like the Michelins and the Goodyears do not have thet grippy elastic feel of the Michelins. Although I would recommend the Goodyears based on wear, the feel of the car is better with michelins. With the hydroedges the car feels lighter due to the low rolling resistence, the elastic feel and the quietness on pavement and concrete. The michelines also track better on uneven pavement. Goodyears feel heavier and less sportty and if inflated over 32 psi they are rough. When inflated under 35 psi the sidewalls are soft and you can see wear marks on the side tread after heavy cornering. Overall a very good tire, but given the choice I would definitely purchase the Michelin Hydroedge instead. FYI, even though both tires are passenger car tires, the hydroedge produces performance levels closer to a high performance tire like the Michelin pilot and primacy MXV. The Goodyear does not.
Initial Review: 5,500 miles on tires
September 30, 2009

I am a spirited driver and enjoy driving a few MPH over the speed limit to keep things interesting. The Hydroedge is not a performance all season tire but I was amazed by the wet and dry grip and even wear of this tire. They inspire confidence and break progressively when cornering very fast. I had 92,000 miles on the Hydroedges so I was looking for a replacement. I read great reviews and test scores on the Triple Tread. I was also persuaded away from Michelin Hydroedges by the $50 rebate and the snow traction reviews. The noise issue with directional treads was not a factor for me at all but the Goodyears were supposed to be quieter. They are not. The ride was harsher than the Hydroedge, and found myself dropping tire pressure to 32psi for comfort. Even though Hydroedges have a very firm ride, I never considered it harsh. Because I look for high fuel mileage in my Jetta TDI,I inflate the Hydroedges to 40 psi.I cannot do this with the Goodyears. Because of this, cornering suffers. Turn in feels good, but half way through the turn the tires get squirrely to the point where it is uncomfortable and I have to back off. There is not the same level of confidence with the Goodyear. Also, because of the rounded side tread,after aggressive driving you can see the wear patterns on the top edge of the tire. I initially considered returning them under the 30 day return policy, but decided that it was too much of a hassle to have them unmounted, etc. After 5000+ miles the tire either the ride has improved a bit or have I gotten used to the feel but the cornering is still not there. Both of these tires are not high performance, but the Michelins are more of a performance tire than the Goodyear. My wife's Grand Prix and my company van have Hydroedges, and I prefer the ride in both to my Jetta. Which is sad, because I loved the ride with the Hydroedge. Even though the Goodyears are good tires, I will sell the them on craigslist & go for the Hydroedge Green very soon.

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