Firestone WeatherGrip Tire Review

The WeatherGrip is a Grand Touring All-Weather tire made by Firestone and outfitted for CUVs, Vans, and medium size cars.

Many sites online have labeled this as an All-Season tire, but Firestone has specifically labeled it as an All-Weather tire, which means there is additional flexibility for navigating through snow during colder months.

Review Highlights: The Firestone WeatherGrip lives up to its name with its snow traction claw technology in both light and medium snow covered roads. This tire is also excellent at channeling water out and away from the vehicle in rainy weather. Overall the WeatherGrip has positioned itself as a stable and safe tire for the modern driver.

Highway And Dry Traction

How does the WeatherGrip perform on dry surfaces?

Dry traction is excellent. This tire hugs the road very well on winding roads, and does a great job at digging into both concrete and asphalt during town and city driving.

Ride quality of this tire is very comfortable and light. The only issue is that road noise can be slightly noticeable at various speeds. Typically, this is because of a multi-pattern design on All-Weather tires where you have one portion made for snow and another made for dryer months. Finding an acceptable balance for drivers is what we believe the WeatherGrip offers.

This is a good tire for a daily driver that wants the full spectrum of dependability for more than just navigating the dry pavement.

Wet Traction Performance

Is this a safe tire in rain and while driving on wet surfaces?

Developed with Hydro-Grip Technology, these tires provide sustainable traction in mild to moderate rain conditions.

Overall grip during braking and acceleration is excellent, even on a rear drive car where slip can be common on wet surfaces there seems to be no issues at all that we can find.

The open should slots also make a huge difference, allowing for water to be quickly evacuated through the horizontal grooves in the tire.

Performance In Snow And Ice

The performance you get out of an All-Weather tire in snow is what you would expect. It won’t be perfect, but it will get you through the uglier months of the year.

In light snow stability is good and at low and medium rolling speeds there is very minimal slippage.

Stopping capability of this tire in moderate snow and ice is also good, and does a great job in the All-Weather category. While it’s not quite as good as the Blizzak WS90 for a non dedicated snow tire, it holds its own.

Gravel And Muddy Driving

This tire was not built to be driven in rocky conditions, but it performs just fine on gravel roads, offering plenty of traction.

Driving in slightly muddy conditions, or slush where dirt has mixed with snow is not a serious issue. The slower response tire in slush helps for any accidental over-steer from the driver.

Rating And Scoring

The Firestone WeathGrip  received an impressive overall score of 91% out of 100. This rating is based on comfort, treadwear, winter performance and other factors that are outlined in the chart below.

Firestone Weathergrip Ratings

What We Like

  • Comfort level is excellent during highway driving.
  • The price point on this tire is very good for what you get.
  • Traction in light snow is extremely good, and exceeded expectations.

What Needs Improvement

  • Slight road noise can be heard in certain driving environments.

Tread And Siping

The tread pattern is semi aggressive, and comes designed with independent blocks for better snow traction. This results in steering that feels a bit delayed when driven in dry conditions.

On the sidewall, you will find the 3 peak mountain snow flake badge (3PMSF), making this tire a top contender for snow laden roads.

While we don’t have data over 50,000 miles on this tire, the tread seems to wear very evenly when the same size tire is used across all 4 wheels.

Additional WeatherGrip Specs

Max Load Range: 1,235 – 2,094 pounds (Depending on size of tire)

Uniform Tire Quality Grade: 640AA

Tread Depth: 10/32″

Warranty And Rebates

The WeatherGrip comes with a modest 5 year or 65,000 mile warranty; whichever comes first.

As of this review (6/29/2020), a special 90 day buy and try warranty is also available from Firestone.

No road hazard warranty is included with these tires.

Should You Buy The WeatherGrip?

Ultimately, the Firestone WeatherGrip is going to be a great tire for someone that doesn’t want to replace tires all year around.

The following bullet points should bring you to the right conclusion if this tire is going to be worth buying for you.

  • Are you looking for something that will make you feel safer in mild to moderate winter conditions, then this is a decent option.
  • Do you want the ability to take a spring and summer vacation trip with a comfortable ride, then this tire is a good choice.
  • If you live in a warmer climate where there is a lot of rain and rarely snows, then this is not a good purchase.
  • Does the area you live in have heavy snow fall a good portion of the year? You should look at getting a dedicated snow tire instead.

Popular Vehicles For This Tire

  • Dodge Charger, Grand Caravan
  • Honda CRV, Civic, Ridgeline
  • Lexus NX300
  • RAM ProMaster City Wagon
  • Toyota Rav4, Solara
  • Hyundai Sonata
  • Nissan Murano, Juke
  • Volvo XC70 T6

Firestone WeatherGrip Sizes

Tire SizeModel
15"195/60R15 88H
195/65R15 91H
205/65R15 99H
215/70R15 98H
16"205/55R15 91H
205/60R16 92H
205/65R16 95H
215/55R15 93H
215/65R16 98H
215/60R16 95H
235?70R16 106H
215/70R16 100H
17"205/50R17 93H
215/45R17 91H
215/50R17 95H
215/55R17 94H
215/65R17 99H
225/45R17 91H
225/50R17 94H
225/55R17 97H
225/60R17 99H
225/65R17 102H
235/65R17 104H
18"225/45R18 95H
225/60R18 100H
235/45R18 94H
235/50R18 97H
235/55R18 100H
235/60R18 103H
235/65R18 106H
245/60R18 105H
19"235/55R19 101H

Firestone WeatherGrip vs Goodyear WeatherReady Comparison

Updated info on this comparison chart is coming soon.

Final Thoughts

The WeatherGrip offers an experience that some snow tires provide during winter, and while it is not a dedicated winter tire, we believe this tire could be driven all year around in areas where there is light snow fall and modest amounts of rain.

The slight noise that we found to be the only downside is likely attributed to the tread technology which makes this tire so safe, so before you write this one off we would recommend giving it a chance as the upsides far outweigh this minuscule issue.

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