Firestone FR690 Tire Review & Rating
Tire technology has been advancing at a rapid rate in recent years, however for many everyday drivers a solid and dependable tire is all that is needed. This is what Firestone was thinking when they introduced the FR690. Designed for drivers of passenger cars, family vans, coupes and budget crossovers, the FR690 is built to handle everyday driving needs for most commuters.
Its M+S rated all-season tread compound delivers dependable dry traction and cornering performance, while the tire’s three circumferential grooves are designed to evacuate water away from the tread and reduce the risk of hydroplaning.
The tread’s open slotted shoulders and lateral grooves help to increase grip in winter weather, something this tire does do a decent job with. Inside the tire are dual steel belts and polyester cord body that add durability and promote more even treadwear.
- Good dry traction
- Cornering grip on dry pavement
- Ride comfort
- Poor wet traction and braking
- Road noise
- Treadlife could be longer
- No warranty
The FR690 was designed to pretty much get you from point A to point B without all the bells and whistles. To that end, this tire does deliver good dry traction and cornering grip for an all-season tread design. The ride is comfortable unless you’re hitting larger bumps and potholes.
On the other hand, there are issues with wet traction and braking, especially in heavy rain. We’ve seen too many other driver reviews on this tire that mention the same thing. Beyond that, road noise is more pronounced than it should be, and treadlife has been a problem area for many as well. Finally, the lack of a mileage warranty is another disadvantage to these tires.
Overall, the FR690 is disappointing in its performance and we give it a ranking in the bottom half of the all-season class. There are far too many better tires on the market that cost the same or less and provide much better performance.
What Vehicles Will The FR690 Fit?
(This is not a complete list of ALL vehicles this tire will fit)
- Buick LaSabre, Park Avenue, Regal
- Chevrolet Impala
- Chrysler 200, Sebring
- Dodge Avenger, Caravan
- Hyundai Tucson
- Jeep Compass
- Kia Sportage
- Pontiac Bonneville, Grand Prix
- Suzuki Vitara
P215/65R16 96T BSW
Firestone FR690 prices range from approximately $111 and up. You may also find occasional rebates, discount prices, coupons and special offers on this tire.
Firestone provides a limited tread warranty on the FR690. 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.
You will also find a 30-day buy and try guarantee whereby you can refund or exchange the tires if you are not completely satisfied.
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