The BFGoodrich Advantage T/A Sport and the Michelin Premier A/S are both all-season touring tires. But which is the better one? This article has the answers.
The Michelin Premier A/S has a slight edge over the BFGoodrich Advantage T/A Sport in terms of wet and dry pry performance. Both tires come with similar warranties and fitment options. However, the BFGoodrich Advantage is slightly cheaper than the Michelin Premier A/S.
In this article, we will see how the BFGoodrich Advantage T/A Sport and the Michelin Premier A/S compare in various areas. We will compare their wet performance, dry performance, and performance in snowy conditions. We will also compare their warranties and guarantees, price range, as well as sizes and fitment. By the time you finish going through this article, you will have all the information you need to determine which is the better tire choice for you.
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The grand-touring all-season segment is probably one of the most competitive in the tire industry. And as their name suggests, these tires are designed for all-year use. Therefore, you can use them during the dry and wet seasons.
Today, we will be comparing two of the most popular tires in this category. These are the BFGoodrich Advantage Sport and the Michelin Premier A/S.
Both tires are designed for the same target market. They are aimed at drivers of mid-size sedans, minivans and coupes.
Also, both tires aim to deliver top-notch wet and dry traction, reliable winter traction as well as a smooth and comfortable ride. The question is, which is the better all-season touring tire between these two? Let’s take a closer look.
Performance in Different Conditions
As mentioned above, the BFGoodrich Advantage Sport and the Michelin Premier are both all-season tires. And this means they should deliver outstanding all-year-round performance.
So, how do they compare? We evaluated the performance of both tires in different conditions and made the following observations.
BFGoodrich Advantage Sport
While the BFGoodrich Advantage Sport may feature the word “Sport,” its performance doesn’t reflect any sporty features in any way. And this is clearly evident from the minute you hit the tarmac.
It lacks the crisp steering response and top-notch handling that you will get from a dedicated summer tire or ultra-high performance all-season tire. It didn’t respond as fast as we may have wanted.
But compared to other all-season tires, the BFGoodrich Advantage Sport performs reliably well.
It delivered reliable traction and grip on the tarmac. The braking distances remained short and the cornering grip was decent.
Michelin Premier A/S
The Michelin Premier delivered one of the best performances that we’ve recorded in this category. As much as it’s a standard all-season grand touring tire, it felt as if we were using a set of performance tires.
Unlike the BFGoodrich Advantage Sport, the Michelin Premier AS delivers excellent high-speed stability as well as precise and fast steering responses
Furthermore, it delivered extremely high levels of traction and grip on dry pavement. Acceleration traction was adequate while the braking distances remained short.
Overall, the Michelin Premier A/S is a better performer in dry conditions, especially when it comes to handling and steering response. Hence, if you frequently drive on dry roads throughout the year, then the Michelin Premier A/S will be the better choice in this category.
After testing both tire’s performance in dry conditions, we then proceeded to examine their wet performance. And this is how they performed.
BFGoodrich Advantage Sport
The BFGoodrich Advantage Sport also doesn’t impress when it comes to wet conditions. While its hydroplaning resistance is decent, it’s not great. Furthermore, it lacks the wet traction that some of its direct competitors provide.
Also, we noticed that its cornering is poor. There were some instances of understeer. Also, it doesn’t give you confidence behind the wheel, especially when you are doing high-speed cornering.
Furthermore, its braking distances are longer than several of the all-season touring tires on the market.
Overall, the BFGoodrich Advantage Sport will require considerable improvement in wet handling before it can compete with the best in its class.
Michelin Premier A/S
On wet surfaces, the Michelin Premier A/S is equally exceptional. It performed better than most of the competition by a considerable margin.
Its handling is controllable and accurate, braking distances are among the shortest in the class and there are no instances of understeer or oversteer.
Also, its hydroplaning resistance was excellent. During our test ride, we didn’t experience any slippage, even when driving with the tire in extremely wet and slippery conditions. Furthermore, oily and damp surfaces didn’t present any issues.
If you are looking for a reliable all-season tire for driving in wet conditions, then the Michelin Premier A/S will be a great choice. It beats the BFGoodrich by a mile.
Performance in Snowy Conditions
All-season touring tires should provide some reliable traction in snowy conditions. To this end, we decided to test both tires in these conditions to determine whether they match up to expectations.
BFGoodrich Advantage Sport
What surprised us most about the BFGoodrich Advantage Sport is that it performed better in snowy conditions than most of the others in its class.
Traction was great, and braking distances were shorter than most of the competition and handling was top-notch.
A dedicated winter tire may perform better than the BFGoodrich Advantage Sport in these conditions. However, its performance in snowy conditions is much better than the majority of all-season touring tires.
Michelin Premier A/S
The Michelin Premier A/S performed as we had expected in light snowy conditions. Its traction and grip were solid, the braking distances were short and the steering response was fast and accurate.
If you live in an area that experiences warmer winters, then the Michelin Premier A/S will be a decent choice for your vehicle.
The multiple siping on its tread blocks provides additional biting edges, thus delivering adequate grip and traction in these conditions.
Overall, the performance of both tires in light snowy conditions is almost at the same level.
As earlier mentioned, the BFGoodrich Advantage Sport and the Michelin Premier A/S are both all-season touring tires. Simply put, they are not engineered to handle off-road driving conditions. To this end, we didn’t both testing these tires in off-road terrains.
They lack the features necessary for handling the extreme elements in off-road terrains and conditions. And if you insist on using them in such conditions, you may end up with multiple punctures, among other forms of damage. Also, there’s a high chance you will void their warranties.
So, if you intend to be going for off-roading adventures with your vehicle, you should simply equip it with dedicated off-road driving tires.
All-season grand touring tires are renowned for their smooth and comfortable rides. And these two tires lived up to expectations.
The two tires were supremely comfortable, whether driving on smooth pavement or uneven roads. They absorbed road imperfections with ease.
Also, we didn’t experience any road noise coming from both tires. Overall, there’s nothing to separate these two tires when it comes to ride quality.
Warranties and Guarantees
Both tires come with the standard warranties and guarantees offered by reputable tire brands.
These include materials and workmanship warranty, uniformity warranty and tread life warranty. Let’s take a closer look at what’s covered under each tire’s warranties and guarantees.
BFGoodrich Advantage Sport
BFGoodrich stands behind the Advantage Sport with a workmanship and materials warranty, tread uniformity warranty and tread life warranty.
Workmanship and Materials Warranty
Under this warranty, BFGoodrich promises to replace your Advantage Sport with a comparable new tire if it becomes unserviceable.
For the replacement, either you can get a free tire, free of charge or the manufacturer will replace the tire on a prorated adjustment.
If the tire is removed from service during its first 2/32-inch of the original usable tread, its tread is worn by 25% or less or during the first 12 months from the purchase date, then BFGoodrich will replace it with a comparable new one, free of charge.
BFGoodrich will also cover the tire’s mounting and balancing charges, while you will be responsible for applicable taxes and miscellaneous service charges.
If the tire becomes unserviceable outside the free replacement window, BFGoodrich will replace it in a prorated adjustment, meaning you will cover part of the tire’s replacement costs.
An authorized BFGoodrich tire retailer will determine the amount you will pay by multiplying the percentage of the original usable tread worn off the tire by its current selling price. You will also cover the tire’s entire cost of mounting and balancing as well as applicable taxes and miscellaneous service charges.
BFGoodrich has backed this tire with a 70,000-mile treadlife warranty for the T-speed sizes and a 60,000-mile warranty for the H and V speeds.
Under this warranty, BFGoodrich will replace the Advantage Sport with a comparable new tire if it wears out uniformly across its tread down to its treadwear maintenance indicators without delivering the promised mileage.
All replacements under this warranty are on a prorated adjustment. Therefore, you will cover a certain percentage of the tire’s replacement costs. The amount you will pay will depend on the level of tread wear on the tire.
An authorized BFGoodrich tire retailer will determine the amount you will pay by multiplying the percentage of the warranted mileage the tire has delivered by its current selling price.
You will also be responsible for the tire’s mounting and balancing charges, in addition to applicable taxes and other service charges. Coverage under this warranty extends for six years from the tire’s purchase date.
The Premier A/S comes with a workmanship and materials warranty, treadwear warranty, and a 60-day customer satisfaction guarantee.
Materials and Workmanship Warranty
Michelin promises to replace your Premier A/S tire if it becomes unserviceable due to workmanship or materials defects.
Michelin will replace it with a comparable new one free of charge or do it on a prorated basis, depending on when the tire becomes unserviceable.
If the Michelin Premier A/S becomes unserviceable due to workmanship and materials defects during its first 2/32-inch of the original usable tread, Michelin will replace it with a comparable new one, free of charge.
Michelin will also mount and balance the tire free of charge. However, you will cover the tire’s applicable taxes as well as related service charges.
If the tire is removed from service outside the free replacement window, Michelin will replace it on a prorated adjustment. Therefore, you will cover a fraction of the tire’s replacement cost.
Michelin has backed the Premier A/S with a 60,000-mile tread warranty. So, if your tire wears out uniformly across its tread without delivering the warranted mileage, Michelin will replace it with a comparable new one.
All replacements under this warranty are entirely on a prorated basis. Therefore, you will cover a portion of the tire’s replacement costs.
The Michelin Premier A/S is currently going for approximately $120 to $250, while the BFGoodrich Advantage Sport is retailing for approximately $100 to $250.
Sizes and Fitment
Considering that these two tires compete in the same category, you can expect their sizes and fitment to be similar. And this is the case.
The BFGoodrich Advantage Sport is available in several sizes, ranging between 15 inches and 19 inches. The Michelin Premier A/S is also available within the same size range.
BFGoodrich Advantage Sport vs. Michelin Premier: Which One Should You Buy?
Whether to buy the BFGoodrich Advantage Sport or the Michelin Premier A/S will depend on needs. If you are looking for an affordable all-season touring tire that will get the job done, then the BFGoodrich will be the ideal choice. On the other hand, if you are in the market for a premium all-season touring tire and you don’t mind a little more, then you should go for the Michelin Premier A/S.
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