Bridgestone Ecopia H/L 422 Plus Review

The Ecopia H/L 422 Plus tire was released in 2018 as a replacement of the Dueler Ecopia H/L 422.

Bridgestone has definitely made a good fuel-efficient tire here, so this tire is a decent choice for drivers who don’t travel in the rain or snow.

It’s an all-season tire with an unfortunate substandard winter performance.

Check out the scoring below for a quick summary of how this tire was rated.

  • Price
  • Treadwear
  • Traction
  • Warranty
3.9

Summary

The Ecopia H/L 422 Plus is a decent tire for the price. The biggest consumer complaints are the tread life and the traction resulting from it within a short period of time.

General Handling Performance

Handling on the dry pavement is not bad. This applies to acceleration, braking, and cornering. However, wet conditions and control over icy terrain will definitely eliminate any decent grip with this tire leaving you in a tough spot if you lose traction.

Wet Traction

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.

Winter Performance

Slots and sipes produce biting-edges on the tires aiding traction in slippery conditions. These tires can somewhat handle very light snow and cold conditions to a certain degree of acceptability. Once tread has worn down enough though, traction is lost 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.

All-season Capabilities

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.

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

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.

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