The Goodyear Eagle Sport is one of the company's best selling all-season performance tires. But does it match up to expectations? This review has the answers.
The Goodyear Eagle Sport is a reliable and capable all-season performance tire. It delivers top-notch handling and performance in wet, dry, and light snowy conditions. The ride quality is smooth, comfortable, and quiet. Goodyear has also backed it with a 50,000-mile tread life warranty.
In this Goodyear Eagle Sport review, we will take an in-depth look at this tire's key features and technologies, its dry performance, wet performance, performance in snowy conditions and ride quality. We will also walk you through its warranties and guarantees, sizes and fitment as well as strengths and drawbacks. By the time you finish reading this Goodyear Eagle Sport review, you will have all the answers you are looking for to decide whether it's the best choice for your vehicle.
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About the Goodyear Eagle Sport
All-season high-performance tires have been around for a while. However, most of the earlier versions only performed well during the summer. And as a result, they were not popular on the market.
But modern versions have changed considerably. Most of the modern all-season UHP tires you will find on the market today deliver outstanding driving dynamics, which will meet the needs of most drivers.
Also, they also provide reliable performance in colder temperatures. And the Goodyear Eagle Sport is one such tire. It's designed for sports trucks, performance sedans and sports coupes.
The Goodyear Eagle Sport was released to replace one of the company's most successful tires, the Eagle GT. Since it was released in 2013, it has established itself as one of the company's best-selling high-performance tires on the market.
According to Goodyear, this tire is engineered to deliver outstanding all-season traction and grip, together with responsive handling. Therefore, you can expect it to perform well in dry, wet, and light-snowy conditions.
Design Features and Technologies
As mentioned above, the Goodyear Eagle Sport is built to deliver dependable traction in a wide range of conditions, combined with responsive handling. To meet this objective, Goodyear has outfitted it with a wide range of performance features and technologies such as:
Advanced All-Season Tread Compound
The tread compound is one of the most important features of a tire. It determines how the tire will perform in different driving conditions and situations. For the Eagle Sport, Goodyear utilized an advanced all-season tread compound to ensure the tire can deliver outstanding performance in a wide range of driving conditions, including snow-covered roads.
Asymmetric Tread Compound
The Goodyear Eagle Sport also comes with an asymmetric tread compound featuring a large contact area. This design helps to raise the tire's grip levels, thus enhancing its dry handling and performance. Also, the asymmetric tread compound in this tire helps to enhance its braking and high-speed stability.
Linked Shoulder Blocks
Goodyear has also equipped this tire with connected outboard shoulder blocks, linked inboard shoulder blocks and a notched center rib. These three features work together to deliver an enhanced steering response. They also help the tire's tread to wear uniformly, thus helping to prevent premature wear and tear.
Wide Circumferential Grooves
There's always the risk of hydroplaning whenever you are driving in wet conditions. And if aquaplaning happens, your tires will lose a considerable amount of traction and grip, leading to loss of control.
Fortunately, you will not experience such issues with the Goodyear Eagle Sport. It comes with four wide and deep circumferential grooves, which channel water away from its surface via the longitudinal grooves. And with the elimination of hydroplaning, you can expect top-notch traction and grip in wet conditions.
Goodyear has further outfitted this tire with multiple siping across its tread surface. These additional sipes on the tire's tread blocks help to increase the number of biting edges, resulting in enhanced traction and grip in snowy conditions.
RaceWrap Construction Technology
Like most of the other tires from this brand, the interior of the Eagle Sport features two steel belts, which have been reinforced with polyamide, resulting in enhanced strength. Also, this sturdy interior construction helps to increase the tire's durability and high-speed stability.
Goodyear has also gone a step further and outfitted this tire with its proprietary Race Wrap Construction, which is mainly used in its racing tires. The use of Race Wrap Construction is designed to enhance the tire's steering response and stability during high-speed driving.
Monitoring your tires' tread depth is vital for your safety and that of other road users. If your tires don't have adequate tread depth, they won't provide adequate traction. Also, they will not evacuate water from the tread, leading to loss of grip and traction in wet conditions.
Also, tires with shallow tread depth will have poor hydroplaning resistance, especially when you are driving in rainy conditions.
When it comes to all-season tires, the minimum legal tread depth is 2/32-inch of the tread. Once your set of tires reach this level, you should replace them right away with a new set.
If you fail to do this, you are risking your safety and that of other road users. Furthermore, you may end up with a fine. Fortunately, it doesn't have to reach that point with the Goodyear Eagle Sport.
Goodyear has outfitted this tire with industry-standard tread wear indicators. These tread wear indicators will help you to monitor the remaining tread depth on this tire, thus eliminating the need for measuring instruments.
These tread wear indicators are in the form of narrow bars placed deep inside the tire's tread grooves. These narrow bars will increasingly become visible as the tread of the Eagle Sport wears down.
These treadwear maintenance indicators will then flush with the tire's surface completely once the tread depth reaches the minimum 2/32-inch mark.
The good news is, the Goodyear Eagle Sport is one of the longest-lasting all-season high-performance tires on the market today. It's backed by a 50,000-mile treadwear warranty.
But according to drivers who have used this tire, you can easily get up to 80,000 miles from it, which translates to around five years of daily driving. And this is one of the best results in this class, especially when you compare it with other premium high-performance tires.
Goodyear Eagle Sport Performance
As earlier mentioned, the Eagle Sport is designed to deliver reliable and safe driving in dry, wet, and light snowy conditions. It's available both as original equipment and as a replacement tire.
The question is, does this tire live up to its expectations? Does it perform as advertised? Well, I installed a set of these tires on a Honda Accord and decided to test whether it performs as advertised. And I made the following observations:
High-performance all-season tires are renowned for their excellent performance in dry conditions. So, how does Goodyear Eagle Sport behave in these conditions?
The Goodyear Eagle Sport is one of the best performers in dry conditions. During my test ride, I immediately noticed how responsive these tires were on dry pavement.
The steering responsiveness was accurate and fast, the ride quality was smooth and the overall handling was outstanding.
It responded to my driving inputs well, even when I decided to push the Accord to the limit.
As for the cornering grip, I must say I was more than impressed. Also, braking distances were short, while its high-speed stability is one of the best I've observed in this class.
Overall, the Goodyear Eagle Sport will deliver a satisfying performance for most drivers. Whether you are cruising on the highway going on a road trip or you are simply giving your vehicle a run on the track, this tire will not disappoint you.
The Goodyear Eagle Sport didn't disappoint in rainy conditions. Its performance is on par with most of the premium high-performance tires that I've previously tested.
It delivered reliable traction all through. Also, its braking distances remained short in wet and slippery conditions while its steering response was equally great.
Its outstanding performance in wet and slippery conditions can be attributed to its asymmetric tread pattern and wide circumferential grooves.
The asymmetric tread pattern supplies the traction needed for driving in wet conditions. At the same time, the four wide circumferential grooves help to channel water from the tread surface, thus reducing the risk of hydroplaning.
Overall, if you happen to encounter rainy weather during your daily commute, this tire will perform immensely well. It will provide you with adequate traction and solid braking needed for safe driving in rainy weather.
Performance in Snowy Conditions
Having tested tires for many years, I've noticed a recurring weakness in high-performance all-season tires. And that is, they are extremely poor performers when it comes to snowy conditions.
However, the Goodyear Eagle Sport surprised me. It exceeded my expectations when I gave it a run in light snowy conditions.
It delivered adequate grip throughout the test ride. Also, the responsiveness was great and the braking distances were among the shortest that I've observed in this category.
It only needed a few minutes to warm up and attain optimal operating temperatures. And from there, it performed as if I was driving in dry conditions.
But I should also mention that this tire will only deliver reliable traction on light snowy roads. If you encounter roads covered with heavy layers of snow, you can expect this tire to falter.
Therefore, if you live in one of the areas that experience heavy snowing during winter, then I highly recommend you equip your vehicle with proper winter tires. You simply can't trust this tire to give you a safe and reliable performance in heavy snowy conditions.
Off-road Driving Performance
As much as this tire may provide you with some traction on unpaved roads, it's simply not engineered for such conditions.
It lacks the sturdiness, tread depth and sidewall construction needed to handle off-road driving conditions and terrains such as rocky surfaces, deep mud or hardpacked surfaces.
Also, its tread is not sturdy enough to handle these rugged conditions. So, if you go ahead and use it for off-roading, there's a high chance the rugged elements in these conditions will puncture or damage it.
So, if you are planning to go for an off-roading adventure over the weekend, then you should simply replace this tire with a set of proper off-road or all-terrain tires.
Most tires with a sporty leaning tend to sacrifice ride quality. But that's not the case here. The Goodyear Eagle Sport felt smooth on the road.
It ironed out all imperfections on the road, whether they were large bumps or small potholes.
Also, road noise wasn't an issue with this tire, even when I was clocking higher speeds. However, some of the competitors are quieter.
Overall, the Goodyear Eagle Sport will be an ideal choice for daily commutes and long-distance trips, especially during the summer. It's smooth, quiet, comfortable and refined.
Goodyear Eagle Sport Warranties and Guarantees
Goodyear is well-known for making high-quality tires. It also goes further to back its tires with solid warranties and guarantees as a sign that it's confident in the quality of its tires. And the Eagle Sport is no exception.
Goodyear has backed it with a materials and workmanship limited warranty, a tread life limited warranty and a customer satisfaction guarantee. Let's take a closer look at what each of these warranties and guarantees covers.
Materials and Workmanship Warranty
The Goodyear Eagle Sport comes with six-year materials and workmanship warranty. Under this warranty, Goodyear commits to replace your Eagle Sport all-season tire with a comparable new one if it's removed from service due to workmanship and materials defects.
Goodyear will either replace your tire with a comparable new one or do it on a prorated replacement, depending on when your tire becomes unserviceable.
If your Goodyear Eagle Sport tire becomes unserviceable due to materials or workmanship defects during the first 2/32-inch of the original usable tread or within the first 12 months after purchase, then Goodyear will replace them with a comparable new one, free of charge.
Goodyear will also pay for the tire's mounting and balancing charges. However, the buyer will be responsible for applicable taxes and miscellaneous service fees.
If your set of Goodyear Eagle Sport tires is removed from service outside the free replacement window, Goodyear will replace them on a prorated basis.
Under this replacement, the company and the buyer will share the tire's replacement costs.
An authorized Goodyear tire dealer will determine the buyer's replacement costs by multiplying the percentage of the original usable tread worn off the tire by its current selling price.
For example, your size 20 Eagle Sport tire may become unserviceable after three years, when 50% of its original usable tread has been worn off.
Assuming that the tire is currently retailing at $200, your prorated replacement amount will be $100. You will also be responsible for the tire's mounting and balancing charges as well as applicable taxes and other government-mandated fees.
Coverage under this warranty extends for six years from the date of purchase or until the tire is worn down to its last 2/32-inch of the original usable tread, whichever comes first.
As earlier mentioned, the Goodyear Eagle Sport is backed by a 50,000-mile tread life limited warranty.
Under the terms of this warranty, Goodyear promises to replace your tire with a comparable new one if it wears down to its tread wear indicators without attaining 50,000 miles.
For vehicles with staggered fitment, the rear wheels will qualify for half of the warranted mileage. In this case, if your vehicle has different rear and front-wheel sizes, then the mileage offered for the rear tires will be 25,000 miles.
However, you should note that any replacement under this warranty will be purely done on a prorated basis, meaning you will contribute a particular percentage of the tire's replacement costs.
An authorized Goodyear tire retailer will determine the amount you will pay at the time of the tire's replacement by multiplying the percentage of the warranted mileage the tire has delivered by its current going price.
For example, your tire may be worn down to its tread wear indicators, having only delivered 35000 miles. And at this point, this tire has only managed to deliver 70% of the warranted mileage.
Assuming the tire is currently retailing at $200, the amount you will pay at the time of the tire's replacement will be $140. You will also pay for the tire's mounting and balancing charges, as well as other applicable fees and taxes.
Goodyear Eagle Sport tires installed on vehicles used in commercial applications as well as those installed as original equipment don't qualify for this warranty.
Goodyear Satisfaction Pledge
The Eagle Sport is also backed by Goodyear's customer satisfaction guarantee, commonly known as the 30-day pledge.
Under this guarantee, Goodyear gives you a chance to test a set of this tire for up to 30 days from the date of purchase.
If you feel the tires are not the ideal choice for your vehicle, you can return them to the place where you originally purchased them, and the dealer will exchange them with a comparable set of Goodyear, Kelly or Dunlop tires.
You simply need to take the tires where you originally bought them with your proof of purchase and the dealer will take care of the rest.
This guarantee will apply to all Goodyear Eagle Sport tires, whether you bought them online or offline.
However, you should note that the dealer may decline to exchange the tires if you return them damaged due to road hazards, misuse, misapplication or mechanical hazards related to your vehicle.
Sizes and Fitment
Goodyear produces this tire in several sizes, ranging from 15 inches to 20 inches. It's compatible with a vast selection of vehicles such as:
- Honda Accord, Clarity, Odyssey, Passport, Crosstour, Pilot, HR-V, Accord Crosstour, Fit and Civic
- Audi Allroad, A6, A5, A4, A3 Quattro, A5 Sportback, A4 Allroad, A8 Quattro, Q3, Q7, S5, S6, S8, S3, TT Quattro and A3
- Dodge Intrepid, Nitro, Challenger, Avenger, and Charger
- Buick Verano, Regal, Lucerne, Regal Tourx, Envision, Regal Sportback, LaCrosse, Encore GX and Enclave
- Acura ILX, TL, RDX, ZDX, RLX, MDX, TSX and RL
- Chevrolet Impala, Monte Carlo, Corvette, Blazer, Cruze, Avalanche, Cruze Limited, Colorado, Caprice, Captiva Sport, Camaro, Impala Limited, Silverado, Suburban, Traverse, Tahoe, Traverse, Malibu Limited and HHR
- Pontiac Vibe, Grand Prix and Grand Am
- Cadillac CT5, ATS, CTS, CT4, DTS, CT6, SRX, XT4, XT6, STS, XT5 and Escalade
- Porsche Taycan, Cayenne, Macan, 911, 718 Boxster, 718 Spyder and 718 Cayman
- Ford Crown Victoria, Focus, Thunderbird, Fusion, Escape, Fiesta, Expedition, EcoSport, Explorer, GT, Taurus and Mustang
- Hyundai Sonata, Ioniq, Accent, Kona Electric, Genesis, Elantra, Azera, Tucson, Sante Fe Sport, Palisade, Tucson, Veloster, Santa Fe XL and Santa Fe
- Chrysler Sebring and PT Cruiser
- Kia K5, Niro EV, K900, Forte Koup, Sedona, Optima, Sorento, Stinger, Soul, Telluride, Sportage and Forte5
- Nissan Maxima, LEAF, Sentra, Murano, Versa, Pathfinder, Kicks, Quest, Cube, Versa Note and Altima
- Toyota Solara, Matrix, Avalon, Highlander, Mirai, GR Supra, Tundra Prius, Corolla, 86, RAV4, Prius Prime, Venza, and Camry
- Mitsubishi Lancer, Endeavor, Outlander, Eclipse, Galant, Eclipse Cross and Outlander Sport
- Infiniti Q45 and G35x
- Saab 900, 9-3 and 9-5
- Volkswagen Passat, Jetta, Golf GLS and GTi
- Subaru Impreza, Crosstrek, Ascent, Outback, WRX, BRZ, WRX STi and Legacy
- Volvo S70 and S40
- Mazda3, MX-5, Mazda6 and Protégé 5
- Suzuki, Kizashi, Grand Vitara, SX4, Forenza, Aerio and Reno
Goodyear Eagle Sport Pros
- Excellent wet and dry performance
- Great performance in light snowy conditions
- Top-notch handling and steering response
Smooth, quiet and comfortable ride
Goodyear Eagle Sport Cons
- Poor performer in heavy snowy conditions
Should You Buy the Goodyear Eagle Sport?
While the Goodyear Eagle Sport may be older than some of the other all-season performance tires on the market, it remains one of the best in its category. It will deliver excellent traction, steering responsiveness and high-speed stability without sacrificing ride quality. Furthermore, it's reasonably priced and backed by a strong 50,000-mile tread life warranty. So, if you are in the market for a top-performing performance all-season tire, then the Eagle Sport is a worthy consideration.
About THE AUTHOR
I've spent many years selling cars, working with auto detailers, mechanics, dealership service teams, quoting and researching car insurance, modding my own cars, and much more.Read More About Charles Redding