BFGoodrich Long Trail T/A Tour Review & Rating
- Dry, wet and winter traction
- Smooth and comfortable ride
- Low road noise
- High speed cornering performance
Designed for crossovers and SUV’s with the emphasis on long distance driving and performance. The BFGoodrich Long Trail T/A Tour tires come with an Equal Tension Containment System (ETEC) to improve traction on the road as well as an all-round and all season grip.
With a price tag raging from the around $130 mark to over $300, the tires are not at the bargain end of the market but rather they profess to offer a high quality and luxurious performance. We decided to put them to the test to see how they fared against our criteria.
The traction on the BFGoodrich Long Trail T/A Tour tires was great as far as we are concerned. They offer great grip in dry conditions and even after long periods driving there was no loss of quality or control. We did find that in wet conditions there was a slight (but noticeable) difference in how the tires gripped although perhaps we were being pedantic and normal drivers probably won’t notice much change.
Overall they gripped well in a variety of conditions and for most driving behaviours they are great.
Cornering – Steering
The tires come with a rigid center rib and strategic siping design elements for better handling and performance. We found that the steering was good on the BFGoodrich Long Trail T/A Tour tires and that we had a large amount of control when driving. The steering itself was very responsive and reacted well with the tires.
The cornering was precise without being amazing. Pretty average but that is not bad thing and even with some aggressive driving we felt that they performed well overall.
According to BFGoodrich they tires are supposed to last and perform in all weather conditions. This isn’t something that we haven’t heard before as most manufactures try and market this point however how did the Long Trail T/A Tour’s do in winter conditions?
They aren’t the best winter tires around and traction was noticeably worse in light snow however for normal driving they should be fine. In heavy snow or ice then specific winter tires should be applied but for a couple of inches these will do the job.
Ride Comfort – Road Noise
A very obvious benefit of the BFGoodrich Long Trail T/A Tour tires is that there is barely any road noise. For short distances a decibel rise is not too bad but it can become an issue on long journeys, the same goes with the comfort levels.
The tires hardly have any noise at all and they are very comfortable to ride with especially over long distances. Considering the tires were made for constant and prolonged use, this is a major plus point.
Due to the fact that the tires are not at the budget level then you would expect a reasonable amount of tread life out of them. Their warranty is fairly high (see below) and for most people getting around 40k out of them is not out of the ordinary. That is pretty good for the price you pay and the way in which they should be used.
Some have commented on issues around the 25k mark but that isn’t a problem when you consider the warranty that they come with.
The warranty on the BFGoodrich Long Trail T/A Tour tires is 60,000 miles and this is really good for a tire in this class and not far off what you should expect to get out of them. The high warranty and high tread life certainly give the tires major selling points and give them the edge over some of their competitors.