Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Destination LE

Tuesday, December 20, 2011 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.

Firestone Destination LEReviewer's Overall Rating: 6.73

2003 Nissan Pathfinder LE 4wd
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Buy/More Info
Miles driven on tires: 84000
Location: San Francisco, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 84000 Miles on Tires
November 22, 2011

HIGHLIGHT:
This is my second set of Destination LE's, first one lasted 65000 miles (being rotated just once). Current set is pushing 85000 mi (!) and I rotated these tires every 15000 mil. Absolutely amazing treadwear!

GOOD:
Excellent dry and wet traction and hydroplaning resistance, never lost control in heavy rain or standing water at highway speeds. Low road noise and very good ride comfort.

AVERAGE:
Cornering stability and steering responsiveness, especially on a new tread, it gets significantly better as the tread wears down a little. These tires do produce some screeching sound while turning on on/off ramps when you do about 40-45 mph on a ramp with recommended speed of 25 mph - but for me it's pure fun (not so much for wife though).

BAD:
Never ever use these tires on snow! Very poor to non-existent ice/snow traction, especially when ambient temperature is low - rubber gets very stiff. I had a really hard time on my first trip to Tahoe going uphill on a packed snow on my brand new then first set of tires. Had to lower pressure to about 18-20 psi to just be able to move more or less straight on low gear and 4WD. On my way downhill on icy road and light snow completely lost control at about 10 mph. Car kept sliding forward and sideways with 4 wheels spinning in reverse (had a lot of time before I crashed to try several ways to stop - felt like a helpless puppy on ice). Had a front wheel drive compact sedan with Toyo's before the SUV and they were as good in snow as on dry road. Now I have a set of snow tires for my Tahoe trips.

CONCLUSION:
Great price/performance tire for dry/wet roads. Just don't try it on snow/ice.
I'm getting my third set now.

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