Goodyear Assurance ComfortDrive Review
Replacing the Assuance ComforTred Touring, the new Goodyear Assurance ComfortDrive makes some big strides in performance, but gives up quite a bit in one other critical area.
- Extremely comfortable ride characteristics
- Impressively it still handles very well
- Excellent dry and wet handling / braking
- Reduced tread life
- Premium price
Delivering a cushy ride is the true focus of this tire and it definitely delivers. To achieve this it uses what Goodyear calls its “ComfortFlex” technology, that includes unique components in the tire’s sidewalls to better absorb bumps and impacts. And by all accounts it does an impressive job at this.
At the same time, this more absorbent sidewall doesn’t negatively impact handling performance, which is impressive. In fact, Goodyear actually put more focus on handling capability of this tire and it offers a big improvement in overall grip, as well as driving feel. This is true both in the dry and the wet.
To achieve such a high level of wet and dry traction, and to continue to offer it over time, the Assurance ComfortDrive makes use of what it calls “Evolving Traction Grooves” and the brand’s TreadLock Technology. If you look closely at the inner tread blocks you’ll notice that they include jagged ridges on the side. These actually allow some water evacuation while locking together under hard cornering or braking to deliver a more stable and predictable tread, which really just means one that offers better grip and superior braking performance.
These same “teeth” wear down as the tread does, opening up more water evacuation channels, to maintain a high level of wet weather grip.
As for the tread material itself, Goodyear chose a compound that’s made with soybean oil, which is designed to help maximize wet weather grip, while still delivering good tread wear.
On that note, however, we have to point out the biggest drawback of this tire. The 60,000 mile tread life warranty isn’t great. While the better handling tires in this segment do offer similar levels, this is on the low side. What makes it a tough pill to swallow is that the tire it replaces, the Assuance ComforTred Touring, had an 80,000 mile tread life warranty. We will point out that that tire didn’t come close to offering this level of driving dynamics and grip.
Overall winter performance is about average, with some siping built into the tread blocks for added grip in the snow. Ultimately, as an all-season tire, the Assurance ComfortDrive does harden up in winter conditions and grip drops off quickly.
As a final aspect of this tire worth mentioning, it does deliver on the promise of an extremely quiet ride as well. The tread has been designed to achieve low noise levels and it certainly hits its mark.
Despite the lower tread life rating, we’d recommend this tire for anyone looking for a more comfortable ride, while maximizing performance. The Assurance ComfortDrive is an ideal fit for not just luxury and performance sedans, but for a huge swath of modern utility vehicles that use large wheels and lower profile tires. This Goodyear option will help maximize performance while amplifying the ride quality.
Goodyear Assurance ComfortDrive Price
Pricing for the Goodyear Assurance ComfortDrive starts at just under $150 per tire for a 16-inch size and goes up to around $225 per tire for a 20-inch size.
Goodyear Assurance ComfortDrive Warranty
Goodyear backs the Assurance ComfortDrive with a 60,000 mile tread life warranty.
Goodyear Assurance ComfortDrive Sizes