If you own a crossover, SUV, truck or sedan and looking to get the very most out of your tires, Goodyear has built a tire for you.
- Long long life
- Impressive handling performance
- Premium (comfortable and quiet) ride
- Not cheap
That’s because the Assurance MaxLife is built and backed with a treadwear guarantee from the factory of 85,000 miles, more than almost any other tire in its class. (Depending on the specific vehicle you’re driving, there may be some offerings with higher milage warranties. For example, the Hankook Kinergy PT is rated for 90,000 miles although it’s generally only available for a select few of the smallest crossovers with no sizes offered for larger SUVs or pickup trucks).
And helping you keep tabs on this claim, are the wear gauges built into each tire. They can be found on tread ribs two and four and feature number markings to help you know how much tread life you have. When the tire wears down to the 8 marker, there’s 60% left, when it wears down to the 6 marker there’s 40% tread life left, when it wears down to the 4 marker there’s 20% tread life lift and, finally, when it wears down to the 2 marker it’s time to replace your tires.
In many other ways, this a conventional premium all-season tire, with five tread ribs and four valleys to evacuate water and prevent hydroplaning.
There’s a mostly solid center rib for steady highway tracking and quick response to direction changes. The exterior tread blocks are actually quite unique in that they are almost entirely joined with only a small break between each tread. This also enables great cornering capability.
Otherwise the tire features plenty of siping to give it additional wet weather grip and some modest all-season traction.
If were going to critique anything about this tire it’s the price, but we at least understand why it costs what it does and we appreciate it. Yes, it’s more expensive, and yes, it should be for the long life, but it’s also a premium touring tire, offering a more luxurious (comfortable and quiet) ride and so you’re also paying for all that.
Is the Goodyear Assurance MaxLife a Good Tire?
The Goodyear Assurance MaxLife is one of the top all-season options for everything from sedans to crossovers. Considering its stand-out tread life, we’d expect there to be larger compromises in other areas of performance, but Goodyear seems to have it the sweet spot. Overall handling performance is solid and braking grip in the wet and dry are very good. It’s not an overly engaging tire to drive, but considering the tread life and a decent price point, it’s an exceptional value.
Goodyear Assurance MaxLife Price
Pricing for the Goodyear Assurance MaxLife varies rather broadly, ranging from just over $100 for a 15-inch tire to around $200 for a 20-inch tire. Quite reasonable for what you’re getting here.
Goodyear Assurance MaxLife Warranty
As the name certainly suggests, the Goodyear Assurance MaxLife comes with the maximum mileage warranty in the business, with a guaranteed 85,000 miles per tire. This coverage lasts for the first six years of the tire’s life. The standard manufacturer warranty covers every Goodyear tire against defects in materials and workmanship for the six years as well. If a tire is deemed defective during the first year or first 2/32-inch of treadwear, Goodyear will replace it for free. After that, and up until the final 2/32-inch of tread, Goodyear will replace the tire on a pro-rated basis.
Goodyear Assurance MaxLife Sizes
Frequently Asked Questions
Is the Goodyear Assurance MaxLife good in snow?
With plentiful siping the Assurance MaxLife offers some decent grip in snow and is above average for an all-season tire. Deeper snow poses an issue and ice grip is minimal. The harder tread compound does tend to freeze up in colder temperatures and lose grip. For a Goodyear all-season alternative that offers superior winter grip, check out the Assurance WeatherReady which is certified for true winter use and even comes with the three-peak mountain snowflake logo on its sidewall, indicating it meets the same basic minimum standard as a winter tire.