Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Turanza EL400-02

Note: 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.
Vehicle: 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE
Miles Driven on Tires: 5,000
Location: Hartford, CT
Driving Condition: Combined Highway/City
Driving Style: Easy Going
Bridgestone Turanza EL400-02
Initial Review: 5,000 miles on tires
July 31, 2012

Came OEM on new 2012 Camry Hybrid.

After 5000 miles, I can't comment on tread life or winter driving. And I have not reached wet limits yet. Ride is very smooth and bumps are fairly muted. It seems there's too much road noise, especially above 50mph, and I've heard the other OEM tires on this car are much quieter (particularly Michelin Primacy MXV4).

These tires are really worrisome for dry grip. They break free way too early when stopping, and also very easily when accelerating, and start complaining loudly around modest cornering. This car is a hybrid and I drive it for good mileage, so I've become a much more gentle driver, but I still hear the tires complaining way too often anyway. Driving my last car, a 2009 Corolla with the Michelin Primacy MXV4 tires, in a much more spirited way, I never heard the tires complain unexpectedly and braking felt nauseatingly quick. Full braking in this car feels moderate at best before the tires reach their limit and prompt the ABS to kick in.

I can't wait for these tires to wear out so I can replace them with probably the same Michelins I had before, although wet traction with those were only so-so. I haven't found, nor tried/want to find, the wet limit of these Bridgestone's, but I have low expectations based on their dry limit. If you're looking to buy a new Camry, also look/ask for the Michelin tires...they also have double the treadwear for a better value.

Read More Reviews
By Vehicle | By Tire

Leave a comment