Fierce Instinct ZR Tire Review & Rating

As a Goodyear performance brand, the Fierce Instinct ZR is designed as an ultra-high performance tire for drivers of sport coupes, sedans and other high performance vehicles. These ZR tires utilize the latest in tire technology to go with an aggressive appearance and all-season drivability.

An exclusive all-season tread compound, asymmetric tread pattern and continuous center rib are created to deliver increased dry traction and stability, as well as quicker steering response and reduced braking distance, which is a strength for this model.

Fierce Instinct ZR Tire Review

Twin circumferential grooves and Fierces’ unique all-season tread zone provide improved wet traction and handling and reduce the risk of hydroplaning in bad weather. Biting edges around the tread blocks add more grip and increase performance on snow and other winter weather conditions, although this is by no means a substitute for a winter tire.

Inside the tire are dual steel belts with a polyester cord body that deliver added stability and durability to the tire. There’s also a built-in rim protector that helps in preventing damage from curbs. A 30,000 mile tread warranty comes with this tire.


  • Good all-season traction 
  • Excellent cornering grip 
  • Steering provides good feel 
  • Low cost high-performance tire 


  • Treadlife 
  • Tires have been hard to balance for some drivers 

Overall Thoughts

If you haven’t heard much about Fierce tires or the Instinct ZR in particular, it would be easy to overlook them and go with a more familiar name brand. But we found that this tire provides some of the same performance as ultra-high performance all-season models from Bridgestone, Goodyear and others… and at a lower price point.

Traction on dry or wet pavement is excellent on this tire. It doesn’t slip in the rain unless you’re hammering the accelerator, and the steering is quick and responsive for the most part. You get a good feel for the road regardless of speed. Grip on snow and ice is predictably poor, which is a common issue with most high performance all-season tires. So no surprise there.

Perhaps the biggest potential downside with this tire is a shorter treadlife. We’ve heard from other drivers who claim to have gotten only 25,000 miles from the tread. To be fair, we’ve also heard some drivers getting upwards of 50,000 miles plus as well. But all in all, we would like to see a bit better treadlife. Another problem for a few drivers has been the inability to get the tires to balance out right for whatever reason.

Overall, the Fierce Instinct ZR is a very good choice in an ultra-high performance tire for those looking to save themselves a substantial amount of money and still get the most year-round performance from their tires.

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What Vehicles Will The Fierce Instinct ZR Fit?

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

  • Acura TL, RSX 
  • BMW 330Ci, 535i, 325i, Z3 
  • Chevrolet Corvette, Malibu, Camaro 
  • Ford Mustang, Fusion 
  • Honda Accord, Civic 
  • Hyundai Tiburon 
  • Infiniti G35, G37x 
  • Jaguar XF, XJ8 
  • Kia Optima 
  • Lexus IS250 
  • Mazda 6, RX-8, 3 
  • Mercedes-Benz E500, C300, E350, SLK280 
  • Nissan 350Z 
  • Mini Cooper 
  • Saturn Sky 
  • Toyota Prius 
  • Volkswagen GTI, Jetta, Passat 
  • Volvo C70 

Tire Sizes


245/40ZR17 91W BSW
255/40ZR17 94W BSW
215/45ZR17/XL 91W BSW
225/45ZR17/XL 94W BSW
235/45ZR17 94W BSW
245/45ZR17 95W BSW
225/50ZR17 94W BSW
235/55ZR17 99W BSW


225/40ZR18/XL 92W BSW
235/40ZR18/XL 95W BSW
245/40ZR18 93W BSW
255/40ZR18/XL 99W BSW
215/45ZR18/XL 93W BSW
225/45ZR18/XL 95W BSW
245/45ZR18 96W BSW
235/50ZR18 97W BSW


245/40ZR19/XL 98W BSW


245/35ZR20/XL 95W BSW


265/35ZR22/XL 102W BSW

Price Range

Fierce Instinct ZR prices range from approximately $81 and up. You may also find occasional rebates, discount prices, coupons and special offers on this tire.

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Fierce provides a 30,000 mile tread warranty on the Instinct ZR. Tire uniformity is warranted for 6-months or the first 2/32 inch of wear. Materials and workmanship are guaranteed for 6-years and include free tire replacement during the first year or first 2/32 inch of wear. A prorated amount is given for the remaining time period or down to the final 2/32 inch of tread depth.

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3 thoughts on “Fierce Instinct ZR Tire Review & Rating

  1. My wife has these on her VW Tiguan. I don’t like the look, but she likes the handling and that is what is important to me. Recently we got some VERY unusual heave rain here in So California. She was very pleased with how they did in the down poor conditions.

  2. Ive, had these tires on my 2005 Dodge Stratus R/T Coupe for 4 1/2 years around 40-50K miles. I live in Nebraska These tires do excellent on Dry and in Rain and never seen to wear out I have not even rotated them yet just getting ready too. However on the cons side. They do not grip snow and ice at all slide all over, and they are a noisy tire and a stiff rideing tired it feels like

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