The newest addition to the highway all-season category is the Firestone Destination LE3. A successor to the popular Destination LE2, the new model brings several improvements to the table. Namely, Firestone advertises improved safety in rainy conditions and optimized snow performance, which are certainly welcome. The tires provide a quiet and comfortable ride while also maintaining stable and consistent cornering in most conditions, suitable for light trucks, crossovers and SUVs
The Winterforce 2 is available throughout North America. Almost every tire retailer has this tire. Besides, Firestone offers the tire in many dimensions, including the most popular ones. The company decided to start with a 14-inch wheel diameter and up to 18-inch wheel diameter.
With these dimensions, Firestone covers a large portion of the cars that roll down the roads today. These include city cars, compact cars, family and mid-size sedans, minivans, station wagons, crossovers, and even some coupes. Only larger premium cars aren’t covered.
According to Firestone, the All-Season is a tire that delivers quality, value, and dependability. These are broad terms that don’t tell us a lot about the tires, mind you. Fortunately, the company shares some details about the tire that tells us more about its characteristics.
The first thing that the company boasts about is the deep sipes across the tread of the tire. These should increase traction in rainy conditions and also improve the hydroplaning resistance. Also, the deep sipes improve traction on snow-covered roads, thanks to the higher number of biting edges compared to other tires.
Meanwhile, Firestone carefully designed the tread pattern to provide performance in dry, wet, and snowy conditions. In other words, this tire should provide you with good traction throughout the year, thus the all-season moniker.
But what are the real advantages of all-weather tires, really? Well, they definitely offer much better traction on snow and ice. Not on the level of winter tires, sure, but at least the traction is usable in most areas in the world. In my experience, all-season tires are only suited for very light snow, and won’t work on ice. All-weather tires, on the other hand, work both on snow and ice.
Fortunately, if you drive a passenger vehicle in the U.S., the chances are that the WeatherGrip will fit. Firestone offers its grand-touring all-season tire in many popular sizes, ranging from 15-inch wheel diameter and up to 19-inch wheel diameter. With these dimensions, the company covers compact cars, mid-size sedans, coupes, station wagons, minivans, and even crossovers. But is the Firestone WeatherGrip any good?
In my European driving experience, small city cars are often the most cheerful to drive thanks to small and peppy engines, and agile chassis. That said, due to their skinny tires, these vehicles don’t have enough grip or traction to be driven seriously fast in the corners. In other words, they’re fun to drive, but not what you’d call safe.
The tires I’m talking about are called passenger tires. This tire type is specifically made to be cheap to buy, to last for a long time, and to have reliable traction over dry and wet surfaces. Such a tire is the Firestone FR710 – an all-season passenger tire designed to give its owner good all-round capabilities at an affordable price.
At first look, the FR710 might look similarly to touring and grand-touring tires, but in reality, this tire is made for slower vehicles with less powerful engines. Touring and grand-touring tires are similar in their qualities, but they’re also designed for high-speed driving on the highway, unlike passenger tires.
The Firehawk Indy 500 is aimed at car enthusiasts that want to achieve the highest cornering speeds possible. If you want a tire that will enhance the performance of your car and you don’t want to spend a fortune, then you should buy the Firehawk Indy 500. This Firestone marvel is consistent throughout the testing with dry and wet handling that is near the best premium tires that cost a lot more.
Firestone Champion Fuel Fighter should offer reliable traction, grip, and braking in all weather conditions the driver encounters. Then, like all touring tires, it should also be supremely quiet and comfortable, even at very high speeds. And, of course, it should also be long-lasting – standard touring tires usually last for more than five years of all-season driving, and sometimes even more (if you don’t use them in the winter). Be sure that we will tackle all those things in this detailed Firestone Champion Fuel Fighter review.
The Destination LE2 is geared towards drivers of passenger light-duty pickups, vans, and SUVs. Its predecessor, the LE, was a very popular tire within the truck community due to its combination of low price and good traction, but the LE2 still tries to improve upon it in every aspect. Firestone even says that the Destination LE2 is fine for crossovers, but we would only recommend it on very large three-row crossovers. The reason is very simple – the Destination LE2 is not the most responsive tire around, which is something that most crossover owners often seek their vehicles.