Bridgestone Potenza RE97AS Tire Review & Rating
Built as a performance all-season model, the Bridgestone Potenza RE97 AS is ideally suited for all types of passenger coupes, sedans and crossovers. It balances a blend of all-weather traction and increased handling to go with a quiet and comfortable ride quality.
A high silica tread compound features the latest in tread polymers for added grip on both wet or dry road surfaces alike. Steering response time and braking are further enhanced thanks to the tire’s symmetric tread design and optimized footprint. Bridgestone has stiffened the shoulder tread blocks to give this tire a bit more cornering performance, and we feel it does a good job over many similar tires in this class.
Four circumferential grooves allow for water to be expelled from the tread area and reduce the chances of hydroplaning, which is another strong point on this tire. It handles very well in wet weather and the stiffened shoulder blocks help improve cornering and response times when road surfaces are slick and provide less traction.
The Potenza RE97 AS allows for reduced noise credited to the variable pitch sequence of the tire. Whether driving at high speeds or just around the city, Bridgestone has tried to keep noise to a minimum, although this is more of an issue as the tire wears.
With two inner steel belts and spirally wrapped nylon, the RE97AS is built to be more durable and stable throughout the speed range. Bridgestone provides sizes ranging from 16-20 inches, and a speed rating of V or W depending on size. You’ll also find up to a 55,000 mile tread warranty on the tire as well.
- Handling and braking performance
- Excellent dry traction and cornering
- Comfort and stability
- Poor in winter conditions
In many ways really like what Bridgestone has done with RE97 AS. It delivers solid dry and wet handling for the most part, and provides excellent overall stability.
That said, there are a couple of areas where this model does not meet expectations. The biggest would be traction on snow and ice. It’s nearly non-existent, and this is also an area that has been pointed out in numerous driver reviews as well. In addition, road noise is an issue as the tire wears down.
We have been pleasantly surprised with how well the tread life is on this tire. It carries a 480-A-A rating and with its optimized footprint that keeps tread heat to a minimum, it holds up well. Overall, the RE97 AS is a middle of the pack model that is not a bad choice if winter performance is not needed.
What Vehicles Will The Bridgestone RE97 AS Fit?
Fits these vehicles and many others:
- Acura TL, CL
- BMW 135i, 330i, 530i
- Chevrolet Cobalt, Malibu, Cruze, Impala, Sonic LTZ
- Dodge Neon, Grand Caravan, Nitro
- Ford Focus, Mustang GT, Taurus, Fusion
- Honda Civic, CR-V, Insight, Accord
- Hyundai Genesis, Sonata
- Infiniti G35x
- Kia Optima, Rondo
- Lincoln MKZ
- Mazda6, 929, Mazda3
- Mercedes-Benz E320
- Nissan Altima, Maxima, Versa, Leaf, Cube
- Pontiac Vibe, Grand Am, Grand Prix, G5
- Subaru Legacy, Impreza Outback
- Toyota Camry, Prius, RAV4, Avalon, Solara, Sienna
- Volkswagen Jetta, Passat, Touareg
195/55R16 87V BSW
205/55R16 91V BSW
205/60R16 92V BSW
215/55R16XL 97V BSW
215/60R16 95V BSW
225/55R16 95V BSW
225/60R16 98V BSW
205/50R17XL 93W BSW
215/45R17XL 91W BSW
215/50R17XL 95V BSW
215/55R17 94V BSW
225/45R17XL 94W BSW
225/50R17XL 98W BSW
225/55R17 97W BSW
235/45R17XL 97W BSW
245/40R17 91W BSW
245/45R17XL 99W BSW
225/40R18XL 92W BSW
225/45R18XL 95W BSW
225/60R18 100V BSW
235/45R18 94V BSW
245/40R18XL 97W BSW
245/45R18XL 100W BSW
245/40R19XL 98W BSW
P245/40R20 95V OE BW
245/40R20 95V OE BW
Bridgestone Potenza RE97 AS prices range from approximately $109 and up. You may also find occasional rebates, discount prices, coupons and special offers on this tire.
Bridgestone provides a 5-year or 55,000 mile tread warranty on V-speed rated models or a 5-year 45,000 mile warranty on W-speed rated tires. Tire uniformity is guaranteed for the first 2/32 inch of treadwear.
Materials and workmanship are warranted for 5-years and include free replacement during the first 3 years. A prorated amount is then given down to the final 2/32 inch of tread life. Bridgestone also includes it 30-day buy and try guarantee.
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