The Ecopia H/L 422 Plus tire by Bridgestone was released in 2018 as a replacement of the Dueler Ecopia. This All-Season tire came stock on quite a few SUVs and CUVs.
Review Highlights: The Bridgestone Ecopia H/L 422 Plus has a decently comfortable ride on both highways and streets. Unfortunately, issues with tread and traction on both dry and wet surfaces has made this an undesirable tire for most drivers, as can be seen from many online review sites.
Dry Road Performance
Handling on the dry pavement is not bad. This applies to acceleration, braking, and cornering.
Comfort of the ride on highways is also not bad, but not excellent either.
One positive is that the Ecopia H/L 422 Plus is definitely a good fuel-efficient tire and might be an acceptable choice for drivers who don’t travel in the rain or snow.
However with tread wearing down so quickly, this will turn into more headaches and more out of pocket expense with a replacement.
Bridgestone has designed this tire with four full-depth grooves that assist with dispersing water through and away from the tire.
Unfortunately, the effectiveness of this tread in water is severely impacted after the tread has worn down more than 30%.
As the tread wears down, the handling through water becomes noticeably worse.
The slots and siping are meant to produce biting-edges on the tires, aiding traction in winter conditions. However, these results seem somewhat limited and deficient as noted online by many unhappy customers.
Once tread has worn down, traction is lost very quickly. If you live in areas with heavy winters where snowfall will be more than an inch, these are probably not the best tire option for you.
For the sunnier, drier months of the year, this tire will do the job. It’s a viable option for people in the deep southern territories where it hardly snows, if at all. If it’s pouring down with rain and you have to get on the road, just take it as slow as you can as these are not the best tires for wet conditions.
Ratings And Scoring
The Bridgestone Ecopia H/L 422 Plus received a 63% score out of a total of 100, making it one of the lowest rated tires by TireTalk. The chart below will show the areas where percentage points are given in multiple categories.
What Are The Pros?
- Comfort in the ride is somewhat decent but not exceptional.
- Fuel efficiency is the best feature of this tire.
What Are The Cons?
- Tread wear is one of the worst of tires manufactured by Bridgestone.
- Traction is slightly lacking on dry surfaces.
- The Ecopia struggles with traction on wet surfaces.
Tread Design And Warranty
Bridgestone has used a symmetric design for reduced fuel usage and road noise for the Ecopia H/L 422 Plus tires.
They achieve this with continuous tread ribs that roll over the pavement with the least amount of resistance possible.
A special sidewall compound is also used to reduce rolling resistance and returns as much energy back to the tire as possible to reduce tire heat compared to normal sidewall compounds.
On the downside, a decent amount of customers who have purchased these despite caring for them and rotating them on time, have found they go bald at around 25,000-30,000 miles.
Additionally, another downside is the ride noise being slightly higher than other comparable tires in the same class.
Limited Treadwear Warranty
Bridgestone will refund or exchange your tires within 90 days if you’re not completely satisfied with them. The 422 Plus tires come with a 70,000-mile warranty.
The supplemental mileage limited warranty states that the treadwear warranty is limited to the first 2/32 inch(1.6 mm) if tire tread is worn evenly. Your vehicle’s odometer will also be checked for mileage put on the tires.
For full Terms and Conditions about the warranty, go here.
List Of Vehicles This Tire Fits
- Kia Sedona
- Toyota Highlander, Sienna
- Honda CRV
- Dodge Durango
- Buick Enclave, Rainier
- Cadillac Escalade, SRX, XT5
- Acura RDX, MDX
- Lexus RX350
- Nissan Murano
- Subaru Outback
- Chevrolet Traverse
- Mazda CX8, CX9
- Mitsubish Lancer
Conclusion And Final Thoughts
I’m sure you’ve guessed it by now, the Bridgestone Ecopia H/L 422 Plus is not at the top of our list.
These tires do work for most people using them in mild environments. While they are mediocre in the rain, it won’t take long before the tread has worn down on this tire.
A tire with low tread is not only dangerous, but it can lead to a significant loss of traction in wet, cold or icy conditions.