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Old 11-07-2019, 02:17 AM   #1
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Default 2018 Impreza - should I get W rated tires over V?

OK, my 2018 Impreza Premium (pretty basic really) model need new tires.

I live in the mountains of Southern California - 36 miles round trip each time I go to work etc - lots of curvy roads. There is about 2 weeks worth of snow driving per year but when there is snow, we do need the traction as a pretty high priority if there is a huge difference between two tires. I do also drive pretty aggressively not on the gas up hill, but on the cornering when I let gravity take over going downhill.

I can get either the Bridgestone Turanza Quiettrack (relatively new model) that is V rated with 80,000 miles.

OR

I can get the Bridgestone Potenza RE980AS that is W rated with 50,000 miles warranty for $140 less for a set of 4.

Which would you advice that I get?

My guess is that the cheaper Potenza may corner better, stop in dry condition better, but also give less gas mileage and ride harsher. Given the reduction in gas mileage (if accurate) and lower thread wear, the Potenza will cost me more per mile. But if the driving performance will be noticeably better, it may we worth it given that there is a $140 savings right at the beginning. I will have to change tires more often.

But I'm not sure about my observation and hence, asking you 'pros' here.

Thanks in advance for any help.
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Old 11-07-2019, 09:47 AM   #2
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The MPG drop will be insignificant between the two and I also doubt you'll get 50k out of either set of tires unless you drive like grandma (which from your post, you don't). Example: I got 40k miles out of my '17's OEMs and I drive conservative to spiritedly (mostly off/on ramps). I'm 50 and don't hoon... so...

And between those tires, there *will* be a big difference in snow grip, with more going to the Turanza over the Potenzas. So, pick your poison.

I just replaced my tires with the Vredestein Quadrac Pros (same category as the Turanzas), so I get where you're coming from as I could have gone the same way, but we get more snow here in Southern New England than you'll see and went with the better snow performance over the dry.

Also, in the colder weather (a majority of the winter is under freezing), I'll take the Vred's over the Potenzas any day of the week, as their compound is more suited to cold.

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Old 11-07-2019, 10:03 PM   #3
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Let us know how you like those tires KC, Iíve been wondering how they are
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Old 11-07-2019, 11:04 PM   #4
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Also consider you could damage a tire irreparably at any time, scrapping your cost per mile calculations and any warranty.
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Old 11-08-2019, 08:54 AM   #5
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Let us know how you like those tires KC, Iíve been wondering how they are
Here's my take so far... only slightly softer than the OEM Yokos that came with the car. The 225/45-18 on the Imp Sport wheels is low profileish, so I will feel them a little better (communicate better) than 17s or 16s.

When the snow falls, I will test them as I've had DWS, DWS06, and (can't remember) in the past 10 years or so on cars for all seasons, and I've also run full on snow tires before also. I've always pondered just running Nokian WRG03/04 because life down here in "tropical" southern new england doesn't really lend itself to full time snows (except in the four or so winters in the past 20 years - I actually had snows for the 2014-2015 winter when we had the cycle of 2 storms every week).

Anyways, Vredelstein have been making snows for about as long, if not longer than Nokian. Vred actually made 3 peak mountain tires years before Nokian, and were the go to tire for winters a while ago... and are huge in europe in snow country... so when I saw they were available on TireRack this year, I kind of was giddy.

I don't think they're going to be as good as dedicated snows, but where I live where we don't get the same amount of snow seen 15-20 miles north (because near water/ocean)... and roads get cleared fairly quickly, I wanted tires that are still good on cold pavement, and occasional snow.

It's the lateral grip I can't wait to see how well they do. The DWS06 and DWS had very little, I had to e-brake to rotate the rear so I could point the wheels straight asap so they'd bite. These look like they may have a bit more bite...

Time will tell. Was hoping for snow today, but it missed us by 3 degrees.

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Old 11-08-2019, 04:16 PM   #6
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OK, my 2018 Impreza Premium (pretty basic really) model need new tires...
I can get either the Bridgestone Turanza Quiettrack (relatively new model) that is V rated with 80,000 miles.
OR
I can get the Bridgestone Potenza RE980AS that is W rated with 50,000 miles warranty for $140 less for a set of 4.
Which would you advice that I get?
My guess is that the cheaper Potenza may corner better, stop in dry condition better, but also give less gas mileage and ride harsher...
I don't know about your guesses. Those ratings are about the speed the tire can take:
https://www.ntb.com/info/a20022/what...e-speed-rating
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