Bridgestone Turanza EL42 Tire Review & Rating

The Turanza EL42 from Bridgestone is used as original equipment on sport coupes, sedans, crossovers and mini vans from Toyota, Honda and a number of other auto makers. Engineered to deliver all-season traction and handling, the EL42 is available in 16-19 inch sizes.

An all-season tread compound and symmetric tread pattern provide increased traction and stability on dry road surfaces. A round-bottom groove design further enhances cornering and adds to the tire’s wet handling capabilities.

Turanza EL42 from Bridgestone Tires

Four circumferential grooves expel water from under the tire and reduce the risk of hydroplaning, while multiple sipes around the tread, which are part of Bridgestone’s Proactive Tread Technology, deliver biting edges for added grip on wet or snow covered pavement.

Inside the tire you will find two steel belts that are nylon wrapped for additional strength and durability. The tire’s polyester cord body creates better overall ride comfort. The EL 42 is available with an H, V or W-speed rating.

Pros

  • Very good dry traction and handling  
  • Steering is responsive  

Cons

  • Winter traction is poor
  • Wet handling
  • Road noise
  • Treadlife

Overall Thoughts

Since the EL42 is so extensively used as OE on so many different vehicles, we had high hopes for its performance. To say the least, those hopes were quickly dashed by its poor performance in almost all aspects. Wet handling needs a boost to be sure. Hydroplaning has been an issue often mentioned in other driver reviews. This seems to only worsen as the tire ages.

Winter traction is poor and you hear the same thing time and time again… this is not a tire that does well on snow and ice. So if you live in an area that sees a lot of snow you may want to keep that in mind. Beyond that, road noise becomes more pronounced as the tire wears down, and tread life has been another huge disappointment as well.

Overall, it is difficult for us to highly recommend this tire over other much better performing tires in this class like the Continental TrueContact, General Altimax RT43 or Michelin Defender among others. With that said, we rank this model in the lower half its class.

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What Vehicles Will The Turanza EL42 Fit?

Fits these vehicles and many others:

  • Acura TL  
  • BMW 745i, X3, 750i, 328i  
  • Cadillac DTS  
  • Chrysler Town and Country, Sebring  
  • Dodge Grand Caravan  
  • Honda Accord, Odyssey, Civic  
  • Infiniti G35  
  • Lexus ES330, LS460  
  • Mazda CX-7  
  • Mitsubishi Endeavor  
  • Nissan Quest, Altima, Maxima  
  • Saturn Vue  
  • Toyota Camry, Highlander, Sienna, Prius  
  • Volvo XC90  

Tire Sizes

16″

205/55R16 91H B
215/65R16 98T B
235/65R16 103T B
P205/65R16 94V B
P205/65R16 94T B

17″

215/60R17 96H B
225/45R17 91H B
235/55R17 99H B
P215/55R17 93V B
P225/55R17 95V B
P225/60R17 98T B
P235/45R17 93W B
P235/65R17 103T B

18″

235/50R18 97H B
245/50R18 100V B
245/50R18 100V B
255/55R18 105V B
P235/50R18 97V B
P235/60R18 102H B
P245/40RF18 93V B

19″

P245/45R19 98V B
P245/45R19 98V B

Price Range

Prices on the Bridgestone EL42 range from approximately $110 and up. You may also find occasional rebates, discounts, coupons and special offers on this tire.

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Warranty

Bridgestone provides a limited tread warranty on the EL42. Tire uniformity is guaranteed for the first 1/32 inch of wear.

Materials and workmanship are warranted for 5-years and include free replacement during the first 3 years. A prorated amount is given for the remaining time period or down to the final 2/32 inch of tread depth. A 30-day buy it and try guarantee is also given on this model, which provides you with the option of refunding or exchanging the tire in the event you are not completely satisfied.


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