Goodyear Assurance ComforTred Touring Review & Rating
- Responsive steering control
- Outstanding dry and wet traction
- Exceptional ride comfort
- Cornering power
Many modern all season tires sacrifice comfort in the interests of giving competent year round performance. Some drivers are willing to make this compromise. Others would prefer not to. Goodyear is now going after this market segment with its Assurance ComforTred Touring model, designed to give true all season performance while providing exceptional ride quality and keeping noise to a minimum.
If you’re looking for a tire that makes long journeys as pleasant as possible while still letting you handle a wide range of road conditions, these Goodyears could be for you.
The ComforTred Touring follows the recent trend for asymmetric tread patterns. It also has four wide circumferential grooves. The center rib is a continuous band, which is something we’re seeing more often; this is a favored option for improving cornering and steering response, as well as directional stability on dry surfaces.
What’s slightly unusual on the ComforTred is that the intermediate ribs are also continuous, although they’re much more heavily notched than the center one, which gives this tire added traction and grip. At the shoulders the tire reverts to conventional blocks, with sweeping sipes to help extract water from the center of the contact patch.
Although its pattern looks much less aggressive than many rivals this tire is one of the best performers we’ve seen when it comes to traction on a variety of surfaces. In dry or wet conditions it’s equally capable, and sets a high standard.
Cornering – Steering
Three continuous ribs give this tire average cornering ability for an all-season model. It doesn’t have the feel of a true high performance tire, but it’s certainly more than adequate. The ComforTred is designed for mid-level and luxury vehicles, including coupes, sedans, minivans and crossovers, so it prioritizes comfort and durability over envelope-pushing handling. For most drivers that’s a sensible and welcome trade-off.
Despite the relatively mild pattern the ComforTred performs well in slush and light to moderate snow. For this we give the credit to the shoulder blocks, which seem to give the edges of the tire more bite than we’d have expected. On ice it does quite well and holds its own, too. This manages to be a true all season tire without losing anything in everyday usability. That’s not as common as we’d like it to be, so high marks go to Goodyear for this.
Ride Comfort – Road Noise
As the name suggests, comfort is where the true emphasis of this tire lies. It lives up to the name, too. Goodyear say that this design provides up to 20% more cushioning than most other passenger car tires, and given how amazingly smooth the ride performs we’re not going to argue with them. The key to its outstandingly comfortable feel is Goodyear’s Special Comfort Layer, an additional shock absorbing cushion between the steel belts and the main tread molding. If that isn’t enough there’s also the ComfortEdge section in the sidewall that soaks up road shocks and cuts the energy transmitted to a minimum.
Some reports suggest that road noise increases as the tire wears, but our experience is that this is a very quiet tire indeed. If you travel longer distances and want to get to your destination feeling as fresh and relaxed as possible, these Goodyears absolutely can’t be beaten.
As if their comfort wasn’t enough Goodyear has also pulled out all the stops to give these tires an exceptional tread life. It carries a 740 UTQG rating, which is among the higher ratings for all-season tires. The nylon-banded steel belts and wear-resistant compound are carefully put together to maximize durability in the sort of use these tires are intended to. The exceptional warranty provided on the ComforTred says it all about how long Goodyear expect them to last.
Goodyear’s warranty on these tires is simply among the best offered today. On T and H-rated tires they offer 6 years or 80,000 miles. V-rated models have a 6 year or 70,000 mile warranty. With most other tires limited to 60,000 miles at most, Goodyear is casting a strong vote of confidence here. They also offer a 30-day “test drive” feature, where if you’re not satisfied you can exchange them for another Goodyear model.