BFGoodrich Advantage Control Tire Review & Rating

The BFGoodrich Advantage Control is an all-purpose, all-season tire built for passenger vehicles of all sizes, from smaller compact sedans and hatches to larger SUVs. This is a tire focused in equal parts on superior wet-weather performance and touring comfort.

The rubber is infused generously with silica for improved wet weather adhesion, but the real genius in this tire lays in the tread pattern. Are you ready for some marketing speak? It features “Aqua-Flume technology,” consisting of “curvilinear grooves.” Translation? Lots of little curved sipes help wick water away from under the contact patch. The center two of the four wide water-evacuating grooves feature curved edges too. This makes them more effective at dispersing water and also helps soften road noise on the highway.

BFGoodrich fashions its sidewalls with what it calls “g-Wedge,” a stabilizing design that helps the tire maintain its integrity under cornering loads for crisp, confident handling under pressure. That stiff sidewall and a lack of 3D sipes make this a less effective tire on ice than some all-season tires, but as always, we recommend a dedicated winter tire for extreme conditions anyway.

These are on the performance end of the mainstream tire spectrum and offer speed ratings of either H, V, or W depending on size. That means either 149 mph or 169 mph max speed, well above highway. The tires have load ratings of between 1,168 and 1,709 lbs per tire – again, more than sufficient for passenger vehicle use. There’s also a generous tread life warranty of 75,000 miles.

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Pros:

  • Consistent all-round performance
  • Good touring comfort
  • Quality construction

Cons:

  • Less effective on ice
  • Some users report less traction under acceleration

Overall Thoughts

BFGoodrich’s Advantage Control tire is a genuinely versatile tire that offers confident performance in almost all conditions. Winter and ice traction suffer, mostly because of the simple sipes. On the plus side, there are a lot of them and they’re effective at preventing aquaplaning in wet conditions. This tire shines most in turns, and offers stable, precise response to steering inputs.

Some drivers say these tires don’t offer the same level of traction under power as they do under braking or cornering, which could be a function of the symmetrical tread pattern and rigid sidewall. Drivers are almost universal in praise for the tread life, but we should point out its vital to rotate these tires to get the most out of them. Why? See above regarding inconsistent acceleration traction.

These are also a modestly priced tire for the segment, so they not only represent great all-round performance, but impressive value for money too.

Tire Sizes

15” Rims

185/60R15 84H BSW

185/65R15 88H BSW

195/60R15 88H BSW

195/65R15 91H BSW

205/60R15 91H BSW

205/65R15 94H BSW

215/70R15 98H BSW

16” Rims

195/55R16 87V BSW

205/50R16 87V BSW

205/55R16 91H BSW

205/60R16 92H BSW

205/60R16 92V BSW

205/65R16 95H BSW

215/55R16/XL 97H BSW

215/60R16 95H BSW

215/60R16 95V BSW

215/65R16 98H BSW

225/60R16 98H BSW

225/65R16 100H BSW

235/60R16 100H BSW

235/65R16 103H BSW

17” Rims

205/50R17/XL 93V BSW

205/55R17/XL 95H BSW

215/45R17 87V BSW

215/50R17/XL 95V BSW

215/55R17 94H BSW

215/55R17 94V BSW

215/60R17 96H BSW

215/65R17 99H BSW

225/45R17 91H BSW

225/50R17 94H BSW

225/50R17 94V BSW

225/55R17 97H BSW

225/55R17 97V BSW

225/60R17 99H BSW

235/45R17/XL 97H BSW

235/50R17 96H BSW

235/50R17 96W BSW

235/55R17 99H BSW

235/60R17 102H BSW

18” Rims

215/55R18 95H BSW

225/45R18/XL 95V BSW

225/50R18 95H BSW

225/55R18 98V BSW

225/60R18 100H BSW

225/60R18 100V BSW

235/45R18/XL 98V BSW

235/55R18 100H BSW

245/40R18/XL 97W BSW

245/45R18 96V BSW

245/55R18 103V BSW

19” Rims

225/55R19 99V BSW

235/45R19 95H BSW

235/55R19 101H BSW

235/55R19 101V BSW

20” Rims

235/55R20 102H BSW

245/45R20 99V BSW

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Competitors & Alternatives

There are no all-season tires that really excel over BFGoodrich in any particular category. The Goodyear Assurance WeatherReady all-season offers better winter performance but it is almost 25 percent more expensive. Drivers on a budget may prefer the Riken Raptor HR tire which is another 30 percent less expensive than the Advantage Control.

Price Range

Smaller variants of the Advantage Control tire come in under $90 each, while the more-common 18-inch sizes are around $150-$160. That puts BFGoodrich at the lower end of pricing in this all-season touring segment. You may also find occasional rebates, discounts, coupons, and special offers on this tire.

Warranty

BFGoodrich guarantees workmanship and materials for six years or down to the end of the usable tread. Any claims made during the first 2/32 inches of wear will result in a new tire free of charge as long as the claim is made within one year of purchase.  A prorated cash amount is paid out for the remaining period down to the final 2/32 inches of wear. The company also offers a 75,000-mile treadwear warranty which means you’ll get pro-rated financial compensation if your tires reach the end of usable life before that mark.

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