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Goodyear assurance CS TripleTred All-Season truck tire test

Consumer Reports News: July 06, 2012 12:08 PM

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Not long after we completed our truck-tire evaluation last year, Goodyear introduced a new tire line specifically geared for crossover and traditional body-on-frame SUVs, as well light-duty pickups. Called Assurance CS TripleTred, it's part of a family of Assurance tires that also includes the Assurance TripleTred All-Season and Assurance ComforTred Touring car tires, models we're evaluating for an upcoming report this fall.

We wanted a chance to see how the new premium all-season Assurance CS TripleTred All-Season performed, so we purchased a set not long after the official launch of the tire in the spring.

The only Goodyear all-season model we had in the last truck tire program was the venerable Wrangler SR-A; it scored slightly above mid-pack among the 23 models tested. At that time, Goodyear was reassessing its Fortera truck tire line-up, which left a gap in the company's premium segment. This is now filled by the Assurance CS TripleTred All-Season. Goodyear says the tire's tread pattern sweeps water away for optimum wet traction, and has dry and ice zones for enhanced grip. It is currently available in 20 sizes to fit many crossovers, SUVs, and pickups.

Here's what we found: We evaluated the popular P265/70R17 size—the same as the other truck tires we previously tested. We mounted the tire on the same test vehicle, a 2010 Chevrolet Tahoe. A full battery of tests were run to check-out the new tire's all-weather performance, including dry and wet braking, winter traction, hydroplaning resistance, ride, handling, and rolling resistance—a factor in fuel economy.

Overall, we think this tire has impressive stopping grip on dry and wet roads. Stopping on ice was equally impressive, achieving a very good score, and comparable to some winter tires we've tested. The tire's ability to resist hydroplaning in standing water was exceptional, as well. Our handling evaluation included a combination of cornering on dry and wet surfaces, emergency handling through our double lane-change course, and subjective steering feel. This Goodyear returned good scores, like many other all-season truck tires we have evaluated, and it delivered a comfortable and very quiet ride.

While no tire is perfect, the Assurance CS TripleTred All-Season does have some compromises. Rolling resistance, for example, was fair and snow traction was judged on-par to our control tire, the Uniroyal Laredo Cross Country, which had just fair snow traction. One caveat: the Assurance CS TripleTred All-Season has what Goodyear calls "evolving traction grooves" designed to change the tread groove shape to maintain traction as the tire wears. We did not check this claim.

We also didn't run a 16,000-mile tread wear test, but we would expect better wear potential than the Wrangler SR-A, which achieved a very good rating. The new Goodyear has a 500 tread-wear grade from the government and a 50,000-mile tread-wear warranty. (This means that the tire is said to wear five times longer than a tire rated 100 on the government's tread-wear course.) Normally we don't read too much into the government grades, but the Assurance CS TripleTred All-Season's 740 Tread wear grade is significantly higher and it has a 65,000 mile warranty.

Bottom line: the new Assurance CS TripleTred All-Season is a very good choice for consumers looking for a tire with impressive braking and hydroplaning resistance, and good ride and handling. See our complete test findings on truck and car tires.

Gene Petersen

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