Bridgestone Turanza EL400-02 Tire Review & Rating
The Turanza EL400-02 from Bridgestone is engineered to provide all-season handling and a comfortable ride for drivers of coupes, sedans and minivans. Used as original equipment on many of today’s new vehicles, the EL400-02 features much of the latest in Bridgestone tire technology.
An all-season silica tread compound uses L.L. Carbon to increase the strength of the rubber and enhance tread wear. You can read our thoughts on treadlife below. The tire’s computer-optimized symmetric tread design method and UNI-T Technology that Bridgestone uses, combines the design, casing and manufacturing process together in order to create a better overall tire.
Circumferential grooves around the tread assist in adding dry surface traction, as well as wet road handling and reduced resistance to hydroplaning. Bridgestone’s 5 Degree Noise Reduction creates unique noise-cancelling sound waves that are engineered to help eliminate outside tire noise on all types of road surfaces.
Inside the tire you will find two steel belts and a polyester cord body that provide added strength and durability to the tire. They also increase stability at higher speeds and add to ride comfort. Bridgestone includes a limited warranty, and has 15-19 inch sizes available.
- Good dry traction
- Steering is responsive
- Winter handling is poor
- Wet traction
- Ride comfort
- Treadlife issues
The Turanza EL400-02 is one of those tires you really want to like, but its performance makes that pretty much impossible. It has some of the latest tire technology, yet it just doesn’t seem to all come together with this design.
Dry traction is adequate on this model, and the steering is responsive on most road surfaces. Cornering is not bad for everyday around town driving.
A major issue for this model is the poor traction you’ll find on snow and ice. In short, we wouldn’t advise driving on this tire in winter road conditions. Beyond that, wet grip could use a big boost as well. We’ve heard this from far too many other drivers on this tire. Treadlife is also much shorter than it should be, regardless of rotations and driving habits. Finally, ride comfort and road noise are other areas you’ll find to be below average on the EL400-02.
Overall, we rank this tire in the bottom half of the all-season tire class. We’d recommend other models like the Michelin Defender T+H, General Altimax RT43 or the Continental TrueContact among many others ahead of the EL400-02.
What Vehicles Will The Bridgestone EL400-02 Fit?
(This is not a complete list of ALL vehicles this tire will fit)
- Acura RL, TL, CSX
- Chevrolet Cobalt, Cavalier
- Chrysler Town and Country, Sebring, LeBaron
- Dodge Grand Caravan, Caliber, Avenger
- Ford Five Hundred
- Honda Civic
- Lexus ES350
- Mazda 3, RX-7, 626
- Nissan Altima, Sentra, Leaf
- Pontiac G5, Sunfire, Grand Am
- Scion xB, tC
- Subaru Legacy
- Toyota Camry, Corolla, Avalon, Matrix, Prius, Solara
- Volkswagen Jetta, Routan, Corrado, Beetle
- Volvo S60, V70
Prices on the EL400-02 range from approximately $101 and up. You may also find occasional rebates, discounts, coupons and special offers on this tire.
Bridgestone includes a limited warranty on the EL400-02. Tire uniformity is guaranteed for the first 1/32 inch of wear. Materials and workmanship are warranted for 5-years and provide for 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.
You will also get a 30-day buy it and try it guarantee whereby if you are not satisfied you can refund or exchange the tires for another Bridgestone model.
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