Bridgestone Ecopia EP422 Plus Tire Review & Rating

Building on the solid performance of its predecessor, the second-generation Bridgestone Ecopia EP422 Plus provides drivers with a tire that is environmentally-friendly, fuel economy oriented and a solid all-season performer. With its lower rolling resistance and smaller carbon footprint, the EP422 Plus is built for all types of coupes, sedans, minivans and smaller crossovers.

Bridgestone uses an advanced all-season tread compound that utilizes their exclusive NanoPro-Tech to give the tread increased rolling resistance that results in better overall fuel economy in all types of road conditions. In fact the company claims that the new EP422 Plus delivers 23 percent better rolling resistance than the original EP422, while giving drivers an extra 20 miles per tank.

Bridgestone Ecopia EP422 Plus Tire Review

Dry traction and handling is improved through the tire’s symmetric tread pattern, notched shoulder design and independent center blocks. This combination works well and gives this tire added steering response and good on-center feel.

Four circumferential grooves help channel away water on wet pavement and reduce hydroplane risks, while the addition of multiple sipes around the tread provide biting edges for enhanced grip on snow, slush and ice covered road surfaces.

Inside the tire you’ll find two steel belts that are spirally wrapped with nylon, along with a polyester casing that adds more strength and durability to the tire. It also helps in adding more comfort and providing a longer treadlife.

Bridgestone offers sizes ranging from 15-18 inches and speed ratings of T, H and V. It carries a 600-A-A UTQG rating and comes with a 70,000 mile tread warranty.

Pros

  • Lower rolling resistance adds to fuel efficiency
  • Good dry and wet traction
  • Cornering stability
  • Treadlife

Cons

  • Would like to see much improved winter performance

Overall Thoughts

While the original EP422 has been a good seller for Bridgestone over the years, the new EP422 Plus ups the level of performance… to a degree. Traction and handling is very good regardless of whether roads are dry or wet. The ride is quiet and comfortable as you would expect from looking at the tread design.

Treadlife was the biggest issue for the previous version of this tire, and this newer model has addressed that it appears. Thus far, treadlife looks to be greatly improved. The fuel efficient design further enhances gas mileage for drivers looking to save money at the gas pump. Even if the gains are nominal, the savings can add up over time. 

By far, the single biggest concern with this model is its very poor winter traction. Whether it’s deep snow or on the ice, this tire struggles with braking and acceleration. This is backed by many driver reviews on the tire. Our advice would be to install a dedicated winter tire on your vehicle if you see much or any snow and ice during winter months.

Overall, if winter traction is not a major factor for choosing a new set of tires, the EP422 Plus is a nice option for anyone looking for a more fuel efficient touring all-season tire that also offers good value for its lower cost.  

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What Vehicles Will The Bridgestone EP422 Plus Fit?

(This is not a complete list of ALL vehicles this tire will fit)

  • Buick Lesabre
  • Chevrolet Cobalt, Malibu
  • Chrysler Sebring
  • Dodge Neon, Grand Caravan, Stratus
  • Ford Focus, Fusion
  • Honda Civic, CR-Z, CRV, Insight, Accord, Fit
  • Hyundai Sonata
  • Kia Optima, Rondo
  • Mazda 3, Mazda 6
  • Mini Cooper
  • Mitsubishi Lancer
  • Nissan Altima, Maxima, Versa, Leaf, Cube
  • Pontiac Vibe, Grand Am
  • Saturn Aura
  • Suzuki SX4, Verona
  • Toyota Camry, Avalon, Prius, RAV4, Solara
  • Volkswagen Jetta, Passat

Tire Sizes

15″

175/65R15 84H BSW
185/55R15 82V BSW
185/60R15 84T BSW
185/65R15 88H BSW
195/60R15 88H BSW
195/65R15 91H BSW
195/65R15 91H BSW
205/60R15 91H BSW
205/65R15/XL 99H BSW
205/70R15 96T BSW
215/70R15 98T BSW

16″

195/55R16 87V BSW
205/50R16 87H BSW
205/55R16 91H BSW
205/55R16 91H BSW
P205/60R16 91H BSW
205/60R16 92H BSW
205/65R16 95H BSW
215/55R16 93H BSW
215/60R16 95V BSW
215/65R16 98T BSW
215/65R16 98T BSW
225/60R16 98H BSW
225/65R16 100H BSW
235/60R16 100H BSW
235/65R16 103T BSW

17″

205/50R17/XL 93V BSW
215/45R17 87V BSW
215/50R17/XL 95V BSW
215/55R17 94V BSW
215/60R17 96T BSW
215/65R17 99T BSW
225/50R17 94V BSW
225/55R17 97V BSW
225/60R17 99H BSW
225/65R17 102T BSW
235/55R17 99H BSW
235/60R17 102T BSW

18″

215/55R18 95T BSW
225/45R18 91V BSW
225/50R18 95T BSW
225/60R18 100H BSW
235/55R18 100T BSW

Price Range

Bridgestone Ecopia EP422 Plus prices range from approximately $85 and up. You may also find occasional rebates, discount prices, coupons and special offers on this tire.

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Warranty

Bridgestone provides a 5-year or 70,000 mile treadlife warranty on the Ecopia EP422 Plus. A first 1/32 inch of wear guarantee on tire uniformity is also included.

Materials and workmanship are warranted for 5-years and include free tire replacement during the first 3 years. A prorated amount is given down to the final 2/32 inch of tread depth.

Bridgestone currently offers a 30-day buy it and try it guarantee that allows you to either refund the tires or exchange them if you are not satisfied.


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18 thoughts on “Bridgestone Ecopia EP422 Plus Tire Review & Rating

  1. Our 2017 Jetta came with these tires, good on dry roads, not so great in the snow. They now have 41,000 + miles and because we now live in a hilly area, will be replacing them soon. And yes, they are noisy, even at 35mph!

  2. 2017 CR-V, THESE TIRES ARE GARBAGE. Terrible tread life. <20000 miles and they are shot. Bridgestone refuses to stand behind their junk tires. Tell your friends! Walmart tires probably last longer.

  3. I too am experiencing the noise issues with the Bridgestone Ecopia EP422 Plus on my 2018 Golf Sportwagen. The tires were fine – plenty quiet for my standards, but then developed an unacceptable level of noise and that’s at 20 mo’s. / 14k miles. The dealer told me the tires are cupped because of alignment. I had the tires rotated at the 10k mi. service at the dealer. Both front and rear are equally prematurely worn after the rotation. I asked the dealers tire specialist why this premature wear and alleged mis-alignment was not detected just a few months ago during the 10k mi. service. The response was that they don’t check these things… I was on VW Customer Service Chat for more than an hour and got a run-around to avoid responsibility. I don’t know that the car has an alignment problem – it could be that these tires are inferior and wear prematurely.

  4. My VW Golf 2018 came with these tires. By far the noisiest tires I have ever had. Particularly noticeable at 20-30 mph. There is rumbling sound for every revolution of a wheel. I thought initially it was rear brake pads hitting the rotors – that’s how I did not address the issue right away – thought it was normal. But after I rotated the tires at about 8K the noise became unbearable. Took the car to the dealership. They said – tires. I first laughed at them. Then at home luckily I had a set of wheels from my previous Golf. Replaced all 4 – the noise was gone. This is how I started to believe the dealer. I then began to replace the tires one at a time with a highway test in between and found out that out of the 4 set I had 1 extremely bad, 1 good – no noise at all, and 2 – kind of ok – there is noise but not that awful.
    I drove to Bridgestone and they immediately found cups on the inside edge of every tire. “Abnormal wear” was the mantra they used – it’s like it has nothing to do with them – it’s like you are the idiot who never checked wheel alignment. (Even though I pointed out to them that the noise came per every revolution of the wheel, while the cups were like every 15 degrees.) So they blamed everything on me and the dealership. I am like – what? Alignment on a brand new car? Them – yes, you must, the dealer would never tell you your car needs wheel alignment on the very 1st day.
    So Bridgestone sent me back to the dealership, the dealership – back to Bridgestone. I love this kind of ping-pong.

    Somewhere deep inside I believe that Bridgestone is the culprit with their ingenious ” Inside the tire you’ll find two steel belts that are spirally wrapped with nylon, along with a polyester casing that adds more strength and durability to the tire.” But they will never admit to it, nor will they honor their warranty.

  5. My VW Golf 2018 came with these tires. By far the noisiest tires I have ever had. Particularly noticeable at 20-30 mph. There is rumbling sound for every revolution of a wheel. I thought initially it was rear brake pads hitting the rotors – that’s how I did not address the issue right away – thought it was normal. But after I rotated the tires at about 8K the noise became unbearable. Took the car to the dealership. They said – tires. I first laughed at them. Then at home luckily I had a set of wheels from my previous Golf. Replaced all 4 – the noise was gone. This is how I started to believe the dealer. I then began to replace the tires one at a time with a highway test in between and found out that out of the 4 set I had 1 extremely bad, 1 good – no noise at all, and 2 – kind of ok – there is noise but not that awful.
    I drove to Bridgestone and they immediately found cups on the inside edge of every tire. “Abnormal wear” was the mantra they used – it’s like it has nothing to do with them – it’s like you are the idiot who never checked wheel alignment. (Even though I pointed out to them that the noise came per every revolution of the wheel, while the cups were like every 15 degrees.) So they blamed everything on me and the dealership. I am like – what? Alignment on a brand new car? Them – yes, you must, the dealer would never tell you your car needs wheel alignment on the very 1st day.
    So Bridgestone sent me back to the dealership, the dealership – back to Bridgestone. I love this kind of ping-pong.

    Somewhere deep inside I believe that Bridgestone is the culprit with their ingenious ” Inside the tire you’ll find two steel belts that are spirally wrapped with nylon, along with a polyester casing that adds more strength and durability to the tire.” But they will never admit to it, nor will they honor their warranty.

    It’s a highway robbery – they sell you defective tires and the warranty that they will find a way to void.

    They offered me a new set with a 30% discount (off God knows what price – I am sure they never managed to sell a tire at full price) – they call it “prorate”. Thank you very much – I would much rather by Conti that I had on my previous Golf or Yamaha I had on the Corolla I once owned.

  6. The tire is a good summer tire or for southern states, they are not made for Wisconsin winter highway driving, they are fine for around town but absolutely terrible on Highway winter conditions, I am taking them off immediately and putting on a winter tire, review I for Nissan rogue

  7. I purchased these tires last month. Although the ride is soft and I have seen an increase in my mpg, there is a lot of road noise. It sounds like a rumbling sound and the faster I go the louder it gets. I’m going to take them back to see if there is any problems inside because when I check the outside I don’t see anything wrong.

  8. Purchased new 2019 Toyota Avalon XLE in April, had tires rotated at 6900 miles In October. After rotating, experienced noise in left front. Returned to dealer, they said the tire showed abnormal wear pattern and slight cupping on that tire. Suggested replacement. Replace tire at 8900 mile???? What???? Found out no warrenty with OEM new car purchases. Not happy about this.

  9. The loudest tires ever! On some sections of the highway I drive in to work, you can’t turn the radio up loud enough to overcome the road noise. Really disappointed.

    1. Hey Jan, so sorry to hear this! I will research more about this issue and get back to you. So far, the only drawback I’ve come across when it comes to these tire is their winter handling.

  10. I have a 2016 VW Jetta and my front tires are crazy shredded only in the middle tred. 5-year 70,000 is the warranty, my car only has 30,000 miles on it.

    1. Hello,
      We are so sorry to hear about that. Please contact with your car’s manufacturer to check the compatibility of these tires with your vehicle.

  11. I LOVE this tire! Bought a set back in 2013 for my Honda Crosstour after the horrendous factory Michelin’s wore out. Saw an immediate uptick in gas mileage.

    Quiet – smooth – comfortable and did really well in the snow. I rotatecand balance at every oil change so they wear evenly.

    Put another set on my wife’s Altima and plan on putting them on her Equinox if they size correctly.

    Just put another set of 422 plus on the Crosstour. If I didn’t need an off-road tire on my Tundra- I’d put them on there as well.

    1. Joe, own a new Toyota Avalon with these tires as Original equipment. Finding them very noisy, especially as vehicle exceeds 40 mph. At the point of selling the new car! Not sure if the noise is a design issue or tires, since I describe the noise as road noise, but Toyota is calling a design issue caused by new venting in the grill work. What kind of vehicle did you experience your noise issue in?

      1. This is a good summer tire, this is not a tire for highway winter driving, poor traction, no feel for the road on ice/snow, could feel car sliding; tire is fine for slow winter driving around town, replaced mine immediately with winter tires, I drive a lot in winter conditions so I feel I have a pretty good handle on tires, most new vehicles come with road mileage tires to improve gas mileage and traction is not considered especially winter conditions

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