The Advantage Control is an all-season tire built for passenger vehicles. But, is it worth the money? This BFGoodrich Advantage Control review has the answers.
The BFGoodrich Advantage Control is a great all-season tire that’s worth your money. It delivers superb wet and dry traction, decent traction on light snowy surfaces, stellar handling and control as well as a quiet, smooth and comfortable ride. It also has a long-lasting tread life.
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BFGoodrich is renowned for producing high-quality tires. Also, it produces tires for almost all types of vehicles on the road. So, whether you drive a sedan, an SUV, a crossover, a compact, a van or a truck, it’s highly likely you will find a BFGoodrich tire for your vehicle.
Also, BFGoodrich produces tires for different conditions and terrains. It produces all-season tires, performance tires, winter tires, and all-terrain tires, just to name a few. And, the Advantage Control is one of its all-season tires.
About the BFGoodrich Advantage Control
The BFGoodrich Advantage Control is an all-season touring tire, designed for drivers of coupes, sedans, SUVs and crossovers. Simply put, it’s built for passenger vehicles of all makes and models.
According to BFGoodrich, the Advantage Control is designed to deliver dependable all-season traction, everyday control as well as peace of mind. In short, you can depend on this tire to pull your vehicle through, regardless of whether you are driving through dry or wet conditions.
Design Features and Technologies
As we’ve mentioned above, the Advantage Control is built to deliver dependable all-season traction. Also, it’s designed to deliver shorter braking distances, compared to its competitors. According to BFGoodrich, you will also enjoy a comfortable and quiet ride when you are using this tire. Also, it’s built to deliver a long tread life.
In light of this, BFGoodrich has outfitted it with several unique features and technologies, so that it can deliver on these expectations. Some of these design features and technologies include:
The Advantage Control comes with an all-season, silica-rich tread compound. This tread compound is designed to enhance the tire’s performance in wet and colder conditions. It will remain pliable even in colder weather, which means it will continue to provide adequate traction.
Advanced Tread Pattern
The tire’s silica-rich, all-season tread compound has been formed into a symmetric tread pattern. According to BFGoodrich, this carefully designed and formulated tread pattern is formulated to reduce road noise and vibrations, resulting in a quiet, smooth and comfortable ride.
Computer Optimized Footprint
BFGoodrich has also provisioned this tire with a computer-optimized footprint. So, what purpose does this tread design serve? According to BFGoodrich, the computer-optimized footprint is designed to manage contact patch forces, resulting in more consistent and longer tread wear.
The Advantage Control also sports g-Wedge sidewall stabilizers. As its name suggests, this feature is designed to stabilize the tire’s sidewalls, thus helping it to maintain integrity and stability when cornering under high speeds.
Wide Circumferential Grooves
If you take a closer look at most all-season tires, you will notice they have a series of circumferential grooves. And, this is also the case with the BFGoodrich Advantage Control. These wide circumferential grooves combine with the hundreds of lateral notches on its tread to disperse water from the tire. And this translates to enhanced aquaplaning resistance and top-notch performances in wet conditions.
Active Sipe Technology
BFGoodrich has also outfitted this tire with its exclusive Active Sipe Technology. This technology is designed to enhance the tire’s traction in wet conditions and light-snowy surfaces. It also plays a secondary role in improving the tire’s stability, resulting in longer tread wear.
Tough Internal Construction
The Advantage Control’s internal construction features a two-ply polyester casing and two solid steel belts. The tire is further reinforced with single nylon. Therefore, you can expect outstanding durability and reliability, as well as decent handling and comfort, even at high speeds.
Performance in Different Terrains and Conditions
BFGoodrich makes quite some lofty claims about this tire. But, does it deliver according to expectations? Is it a reliable tire across different conditions and terrains? Well, there’s only one way to find out, which is by putting the tire through its paces. And this is exactly what I did.
I mounted a set of these tires on a Nissan Altima and assessed their performance across different surfaces and conditions. I examined the tire’s dry performance and wet performance. I also went a step further and subjected it to light snowy conditions. And this is how the BFGoodrich Advantage Control performed in different conditions.
All-season touring tires are designed to deliver long-lasting tread life. Consequently, they tend to have a stiffer tread compound, compared to high-performance tires. And, I’ve noticed that this stiffer tread compound tends to reduce their traction.
However, I didn’t experience any loss of traction with the BFGoodrich Advantage Control when assessing its dry performance. While it may have a stiffer tread compound, it also features a series of notches throughout its tread. These notches act as biting edges, thus helping the tire to deliver adequate traction.
Therefore, when it comes to dry performance, I can confidently say that this tire won’t disappoint you. Its performance is at par with the majority of the other all-season touring tires with its price point.
However, I should point out that this tire is quite heavy, which can be attributed to its robust internal structure. So, if you swap a grand touring tire with this one, you may notice a small delay in acceleration. But, it’s nothing serious.
After concluding my dry tests, I then proceeded to examine this tire’s wet traction. Again, it didn’t disappoint me. As much as it may have a stiffer tread compound, the notches and sipes on its surface supply top-notch traction.
And as I had mentioned earlier, this tire also sports four wide circumferential grooves. These longitudinal grooves help to disperse water from its tread, resulting in superb hydroplaning resistance and superior traction in wet conditions.
So, if you happen to encounter heavy rain when you are out there with your vehicle, then you don’t have to worry about getting stuck. As long as you drive at moderate speeds, then you should have a safe ride to your destination.
Performance in Snow and Ice
Most all-season touring tires deliver reliable and usable traction in light snowy conditions. And this is also the case with the Advantage Control. Based on my assessments, its performance in light snowy conditions is almost at par with its wet performance. So, if your area doesn’t experience heavy snowing during winter, then you can use this tire throughout the year.
However, the situation is completely different when it comes to deep snow and ice. Based on the comments that I’ve come across in various forums, its performance in deep snow is extremely poor. Also, its traction on ice is almost nonexistent.
With this information, I don’t recommend using this tire on deep snow and ice-covered surfaces. It simply lacks the traction and grip needed to deliver a safe ride in these conditions.
And this is something that you can expect from an all-season tire. Therefore, if you live in an area that snows heavily during the winter months, then it will be advisable to replace this tire with a set of winter tires, since it’s not built for these conditions.
BFGoodrich Advantage Control Handling
I’ve tested several BFGoodrich all-season touring tires. And, I’m yet to encounter a tire that presents handling issues. Fortunately, this is also the case with the Advantage Control.
I didn’t experience any steering response issues during my tests. The tire responded promptly to my inputs. Also, its cornering stability is above average. In short, its steering response is decent, handling is great and cornering stability is superb.
But, I should point out that as much as this tire has great steering response and handling even at high speeds, you shouldn’t expect it to deliver the same performance as a high-performance tire. So, if you are a spirited driver and you own a performance vehicle, then this tire may not be the right one for you. Instead, you should simply outfit your vehicle with a set of ultra-high-performance tires.
BFGoodrich Advantage Control Ride Quality
All-season touring tires are renowned for their decent ride quality. And this is also what I experienced with Advantage Control. It delivered a smooth, quiet and comfortable ride all through.
I never experienced any excessive road noise coming into the cabin or vibrations, even when I pushed my Altima to its limits. However, if you are swapping out a set of grand touring tires with this one, then you may notice a slight drop in ride comfort. So, if you prioritize comfort, then you should stick to grand touring tires.
BFGoodrich Advantage Control Warranties and Guarantees
BFGoodrich stands behind all its tires with best-in-class warranties and guarantees. And, the Advantage Control is no exception. It’s backed by a workmanship and materials warranty, a mileage warranty as well as a satisfaction guarantee. So, what’s covered under these warranties and guarantees? Let’s take a closer look.
Workmanship and Materials Warranty
The Advantage Control comes with a materials and workmanship warranty throughout the life of its original usable tread. So, if this tire is removed from service due to materials or workmanship defects, then BFGoodrich will replace it for you.
You will either get a free, new tire or BFGoodrich will contribute a certain amount towards the tire’s replacement. The mode of replacement will depend on when the tire is removed from service.
If your Advantage Control tire is removed from service during its first 2/32-inch of its original tread, or within 12 months from its purchase date or its original tread is worn by 25% or less, then you will get a free, new tire.
BFGoodrich will also take care of the mounting and balancing charges, as part of the replacement. However, you will have to cover the cost of miscellaneous charges that may apply during its installation.
Pro Rata Replacement
On the other hand, if the tire is removed from service due to defects caused by materials or workmanship issues and it’s worn by more than 2/32-inch of its original tread or by more than 25% or after 12 months from its purchase, then BFGoodrich will replace it on a pro-rata basis. In this case, you will share the tire’s replacement costs with the company.
BFGoodrich also stands behind the Advantage Control with a 65,000-mile treadwear warranty or a mileage warranty. But, unlike the materials and workmanship warranty, BFGoodrich doesn’t offer free replacements under this warranty. Instead, all the replacements are done on a pro-rata basis.
Under this warranty, if your Advantage Control wears uniformly down to its treadwear indicators, BFGoodrich will replace it. And since the replacement is on a pro-rata basis, you will share the tire’s replacement costs with BFGoodrich.
The amount you will contribute during the tire’s replacement will be determined by multiplying the percentage of miles the tire has delivered by its current selling price. You will be responsible for its mounting and balancing charges. Also, you will have to cover any applicable taxes as well as miscellaneous service charges.
BFGoodrich also offers a 60-day satisfaction guarantee for this tire. Under this guarantee, you have up to 60 days after its purchase to decide whether to keep it or not. If you decide against keeping the tire, you are at liberty to return it at its original point of purchase. After returning the set of tires, you can opt to exchange for another comparable set or request a refund.
BFGoodrich Advantage Control Sizes and Fitment
BFGoodrich produces the Advantage Control in a wide selection of sizes, running between 15 inches and 20 inches. Some of the vehicles that this tire can fit include Nissan Altima, Subaru Outback, Honda Accord and Civic, Chevrolet Equinox, Hyundai Tucson and Ford Escape, just to name a few.