BFGoodrich Advantage T/A Sport LT Review

BFGoodrich Advantage T/A 235/55 R18 100H

If you’re looking for a quiet tire that blends into daily life and does most tasks exceedingly well, this BFGoodrich Advantage T/A Sport LT review may help you decide if this well-performing tire is the best choice for you. 

Don’t have time to read everything? Here’s a quick summary of our review as well as pros & cons listed.

Conclusion:

For the average driver, the ability to get through life’s small obstacles safely, like traveling on the highway or city streets, or taking the kids to gymnastics after school in the snow is what a tire should do best. The BFGoodrich Advantage T/A Sport LT can deliver safe traction at any moment while maintaining relative quiet, all while delivering long tread performance.

Pros

  • A great tire for the price
  • Quiet handling
  • Good dry grip
  • Compares well to higher priced tires in normal wet and dry handling

Cons

  • Not as good average wet and winter stopping abilities, especially in spirited driving
  • Some drivers reported early tread wear, potentially caused by the vehicle
  • Marginally less grip and performance than tires of higher prices.

Our reviews are based on real-world tests and real-world reviews. A company can put words to a tire like the BFGoodrich Advantage T/A Sport LT, but knowing what to really expect from a tire comes best from real tests and real people who have tried the tire themselves.

We will discuss everything from performance on wet and dry roads to the warranty and road noise. Our review digs in and looks at the positives and negatives shown in professional tests as well as by real people who bought the tires.

The BFGoodrich Advantage T/A Sport LT is considered an all-weather tire designed for light trucks, and compact to regular size SUVs. For these vehicles, the Advantage T/A Sport rides admirably with a friendly combination of wet and snow handling, as well as providing a relatively quiet experience compared to other tires designed for SUVs.

Our BFGoodrich Advantage T/A Sport LT Review will include:

  • Overview 
  • Performance Break Down
  • Price & Overall Value
  • Our Take

Ready to learn more? Let’s dive in and take a look at what makes the BFGoodrich Advantage T/A Sport amongst the best tire choices on the market.

BFGoodrich Advantage T/A Sport LT Overview

The BFGoodrich Advantage T/A Sport LT represents the “Grand Touring All-Season” segment, one of the more competitive tire segments in the tire industry. With many, many SUVs and light trucks on the road today, the BFGoodrich Advantage stands out primarily for its relatively inexpensive price, great dry handling, and minimal road noise. 

The Advantage T/A Sport is made of advanced all-weather compounds that are meant to grip the road in all weather conditions, enhanced in part by deep, symmetrical treads meant to expel water and snow. BFGoodrich calls this “Locking Active Sipe Technology” which is used in addition to Aqua-Flume curved tread patterns that free water from the areas where the tire contacts pavement.

The treads expelling more water and snow helps reduce the chance of hydroplaning when driving through rain or on light snow. While the Advantage T/A Sport LT has treads designed for wet, most reviewers either don’t mention snow very much or note that the Advantage T/A Sport IT is not a deep snow tire. This is also to be expected of the category since there is a whole separate category for tires meant to be driven in deep snow.

The tread guarantee and warranty depend on the speed level and size you purchase. With the purchase of Advantage T/A Sport LT’s, you’ll be covered for 65,000 miles of treadwear in T & H categories or 60,000 miles for V speed ratings in addition to 6 years of warranty that covers manufacturer defects. This warranty is about average for the tread life expected of an all-season grand touring tire, though it is about 10,000 miles lower than some premium brands.

BFGoodrich Advantage T/A Sport LT Performance Breakdown

Performance

The Advantage T/A Sport LT and general all-season grand touring tires are meant for all-around use in any season. Most reviewers who tested the Advantage T/A Sport extensively made special note that the dry handling was great, with excellent treadwear, and that they were among the quieter tires they have used. Snow and frozen precipitation were an added advantage for many drivers who felt that the tires handled well in light snow and heavy, wet snow compared to their previous sets of rubber. 

The tire itself is designed to get some performance out of SUVs and small trucks, with the E-TEC maintaining the best possible footprint on the road while cornering. 

Wet

The Advantage T/A Sport LT is commended for driving well in basic wet conditions, with a good ability to stop and a feeling of confident traction. That said, compared to other tires in the same category, they didn’t perform quite as well.

Note that the test is subjective and compared to other tires of the same type. The difference actually isn’t much on the presented scale, and the BFGoodrich tires are cheaper than the two competitors offered. Given the compliments otherwise provided to the BFGoodrich and it’s general wet condition handling, you can see that the tires provide a good value for the purpose of handling rain.

Wet performance is among the general factors for an all-season tire, with all results showing the BFGoodrich finished last by comparison against tires that are higher priced. The results themselves were also done on a track with some spirited driving, which isn’t what the all-season grand touring segment is designed for.

Dry

Most reviewers gave their highest praise for BFGoodrich’s overall dry performance. Some simply noted that they didn’t notice the tires, which is objectively a good thing for the average SUV or crossover owner. The treads on all-season grand touring tires are designed for the best of both worlds, also noting that most climates in the US don’t get snow all that often and are often cleared quickly. The dry performance reports range from some potentially quick drivers saying they can get the tires to squeal on an off-ramp to drivers who say that dry freeway driving is a quiet breeze with the BFGoodrich Advantage LT. 

Under test conditions, BFGoodrich’s hold up with their competitors again. While they don’t excel compared to others, the differences are marginal with under a half-second difference in lap tires and slalom. 

Of note, some users said they had slipping issues doing hard acceleration from a stop in the rain, especially after 30,0000 miles.

Snow

Part of the uniqueness of the BFGoodrich Advantage’s design is deep treads in a circular motion that are meant to cut through and move snow to increase the amount of contact the tire can make with the road. Tire Rack says the tire generally performs well in the snow with good traction and handling.

Real-world tests show a larger difference in the braking distance for wet but insignificant differences in cornering. As a general statement, the stopping distance is still sufficient, if you leave enough space and brake slowly.

Handling

Noting the numbers above for average cornering G-Force, the BFGoodrich hangs right in there with competitors. 

More reviewers noted that the BFGoodrich Advantage Sport LT cornered well and quietly. The performance for cornering stems from their previously mentioned E-TEC design which places tension at the right spots and absorbs movement while allowing for a flexible but firm road grip.

The treads are not overly aggressive, but they are deep enough to handle cornering in nearly all conditions.

Noise & Comfort

One of the most notable mentions of all reviewers was the quietness of the tire. If you like listening to quiet classical radio on the road or want to have a conversation with the kids without having to speak up, these are a good choice. In addition to being quiet, they do a good job of taking potholes and other road imperfections without too much disruption.

Durability

A 60-65,000 mile warranty is a good start, though not as high as some premium competitors. Durability otherwise hasn’t been an issue for most owners of the BFGoodrich Advantage. Some noted early wear, but also later discovered their alignments were a bit off, which led to premature tread issues.

Price & Value

At an average of $90 to $150 per tire depending on the size, BFGoodrich offers a good value compared to competitors. Competitors like the Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Seasons for example start in the BFGoodrich’s high range of around $150 per tire.

You do get slightly better overall handling and better-wet stopping with the Pirelli Scorpion, but at potentially over $50 per tire, you might question the value.

When priced with frequent rebates presented at tire shops and car dealers, the BFGoodrich brand can make for a very sound deal.

Competition

The Goodrich Sports competitors do outperform it marginally in most categories, potentially making them a better suit for drivers who are a bit more aggressive and tend to drive in more inclement conditions.

These competitors include

  • Perelli Scorpion Verde
  • Vredestein Quatrac 5
  • Goodyear Assurance WeatherReady
  • Bridgestone Turanza QuietTrack

By comparison, the BFGoodrich Advantage had lesser than average winter and snow handling though it was still in the “best of” overall category more than 90% of the time for its wet and dry handling.

Conclusion

BFGoodrich Sport provides an excellent balance of dry and wet handling. If you don’t drive in the snow especially frequently or are in an area where the state or city handles snow removal well, you should consider these more strongly. While the wet stopping isn’t as good as competitors, the dry handling is great for the price, and the road noise is minimal. 

There are indeed better options available if you want to open your wallet a little more. Consider your own driving style and your vehicle when selecting tires. If you drive a bit more aggressively, drive during rush hour on the freeway, and have to take cloverleaf ramps on a daily basis, you might feel just a little less risky on tires with a better stopping ability in the wet.