Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Eagle RS-A

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Vehicle: 2009 Dodge Challenger RT
Miles Driven on Tires: 45,000
Location: California, MD
Driving Condition: Combined Highway/City
Driving Style: Average
Goodyear Eagle RS-A
Initial Review: 45,000 miles on tires
November 23, 2011

The Goodyear Eagle RSAs were the OEM tires installed on my Challenger. I was suprised by the decent tread life of the RSAs, as none of the tires on other new vehicles I've owned ever made it past 35,000 miles. However, the dry traction is only adequate, and much like other reviewers have noted, the wet weather traction is pretty awful, even when these tires were new. The car's traction control system engaged regularly in the wet, even under low-to-moderate acceleration. My pickup truck (with no load in the bed) had better wet weather performance! No problems with noise, for the most part, but they did become markedly louder on smooth roads during the last 5K miles. They also stayed balanced, as I only needed to rotate the tires at the factory recommended 6K mile interval.

I replaced the RSAs with a set of Continental ExtremeContact DWS tires, and the difference in performance is amazing, especially in wet weather. In my opinion, the Goodyears are only meant for a dryer climate. I will not be buying them again.

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