Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Ecopia EP422 (H- or V-Speed Rated)

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Vehicle: 2011 Hyundai Elantra
Miles Driven on Tires: 2,000
Location: ABINGDON, VA
Driving Condition: Mostly Highway
Driving Style: Easy Going
Bridgestone Ecopia EP422 (H- or V-Speed Rated)
Initial Review: 2,000 miles on tires
February 22, 2013

I bought these tires to replace the factory Hankook death-traps that Hyundai had put on the car after I almost died getting to the store in the MILD slush. I immediately noticed an improvement while driving in the same nasty weather on the way home. The one thing I really noticed is how these tires HOWL while driving in the ice and snow. They also will sing a little if the temp is in the 30s or below.

Another immediate thing that I noticed is that the fuel economy for my wife's Elantra went from a more varying average of 33 mpg to to a pretty much consistent 28.5 mpg.

The tires ride a lot smoother and the car does not do the pothole two-step that it used to do but if you go hard in to a corner it is evident that turn in is not as crisp.

One more thing that I will note is that the pressure in the Ecopias are set at 32 psi while the Hankooks I used to run were kept at 35-38 max psi, though there was never any noticeable differece in the ride for the Hankook's in the variation from normal 32 to my running psi.

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