BFGoodrich VS Goodyear Tires

Goodyear tires have the best traction and stability especially for passenger and performance car tires. Along with that if you are looking for optimal traction in icy conditions then Goodyear tires are a good choice. But when it comes to off-road conditions, especially muddy terrain and rock crawling, the best choice will be BFGoodrich. 

However, the difference is not an exclusive one. Goodyear has a long list of products and in some cases BFGoodrich’s specific products tend to have better performance. In some cases cost will also be a major deciding factor for you. To know more about all this, you need to dive into the description right now. 

BFGoodrich VS Goodyear Tires: On-Road Comparison

Let’s start comparing BFGoodrich and Goodyear tires through on-road performance. We take BFG Radial T/A VS Goodyear Assurance MaxLife. Following is the table that shows some of the key factors you need to consider between BFGoodrich and Goodyear tires. 

FactorsBFGoodrich Goodyear
Dry TractionGood Dry TractionBetter Dry Traction
Wet TractionGood Wet TractionBetter Wet Traction
Cornering StabilityGood Cornering StabilityBetter Cornering Stability
LongevityGood LongevityBetter Longevity
Fuel EconomyGood Fuel EconomyBetter Fuel Economy
Tread Warranty75,000 miles60,000 – 85,000 miles
Product Line Up0210
Notable Tire FamilyAdvantageAssurance, Integrity, Fortera
Price$110 – $250$92 – $204

The table shows the difference in the tire factors between BFGoodrich and Goodyear. Let’s get into the details now. 

Dry Traction

Goodyear Assurance MaxLife comes with better dry traction in comparison to BFG Goodrich Radial T/A. This is because of the overall contact patch in the road and grip. 

BFG Goodrich is made with a tread compound that is molded into a symmetric independent block pattern. All of these lead to tread block phasing that assist in maximizing the contact pitch with the road. 

Goodyear tires also have its tread compound molded into a symmetrical independent block pattern. But the key difference is in the contact pitch. More contact is in Goodyear Assurance MaxLife and therefore, the dry traction performance seems to be better. 


Go for Goodyear Assurance All Season over BFG Radial T/A for better results on dry traction. 

Wet Traction 

BFGoodrich tires have active sipe technology that incorporates more biting edges that helps it to have good traction on wet surfaces. It also comes with variable angle groove geometry which helps to maintain traction on wet surfaces. 

Goodyear Assurance MaxLife uses a good combination of biting edges and wide grooves to help in wet traction and hydroplaning resistance. When it comes to wet traction performance, the tire with more biting edges and wider grooves will have better performance. 

This is where Goodyear Assurance MaxLife shines and shows better results. 


Choose Goodyear Assurance MaxLife over BFG Goodrich Radial T/A. 


Goodyear Assurance MaxLife comes with better tire wear resistance than BFG Goodrich Radial Tires. The Assurance MaxLife is made with notched intermediate ribs and semi closed shoulders, both of which help it to have good protection. 

BFG Goodrich Radial T/A incorporates the g-Wedge technology for high modulus sidewall stabilizer. But its tread design does not use the combination of intermediate ribs to make the tires durable. That’s why, Assurance MaxLife has better durability. 


Go for Goodyear Assurance MaxLife instead of BFGoodrich tires for its tire construction that ensures longer tread life.

Fuel Economy

If you want the best fuel economy from your tires then you need low rolling resistance. In simple terms, rolling resistance is how easily your tires can roll through the road surface. If there’s more resistance, the tire will have a harder time rolling, therefore it will consume more fuel.

35 to 50% of the rolling resistance is impacted by the tire tread design. Particularly the tire tread depth. The shallower the tire tread depth is, less will be its rolling resistance because it will have a good heat dissipation rate and heat transfer rate due to more rubber. 

Now, let’s check the tread depth of some of the tires based on different tire sizes. 

Tire ParametersTread Depth (BFGoodrich)Tread Depth (Goodyear)
205/65R1511.5/32 of an inch9/32 of an inch
235/45R1911.5/32 of an inch11/32 of an inch

We compared the tread depth of BFG Advantage Control and Goodyear Assurance All Season. Since, there was no similar tire size to compare the tread depth between BFG Radial T/A and Goodyear Assurance MaxLife. 

From the table, it can be seen that the tread depth is more on BFGoodrich tires and that’s why it will have higher rolling resistance and therefore the fuel economy will be lower. On a similar note, the fuel economy will be better for Goodyear tires. 

In some of the tire models such as Goodyear Assurance MaxLife, thanks to its intermediate ribs you can get a visual inspection of the tread depth. So, if the depth increases or goes beyond the range you can change it right away.

If your budget isn’t limited, you can get even better fuel economy from other brands of tires like Toyo and Falken tires


If you want better fuel economy from your tires then go for Goodyear tires instead of BFGoodrich tires. 

BFGoodrich VS Goodyear Tires: Sports Car Comparison

Let’s compare the performance tires for BFGoodrich and Goodyear. We make the comparison between BFG Goodrich g-Force Comp-2 A/S VS Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5. Following table shows some of the key factors of comparison.  

FactorsBFGoodrich Goodyear
TractionGood TractionBetter Traction
DurabilityGood DurabilityGood Durability
Fuel EconomyGood Fuel EconomyGood Fuel Economy
Product Lineup0235
Notable Tire FamilyG-ForceEagle, Excellence, Ultragrip 
Price$132 – $250$96 – $607

From the table you can see that Goodyear clearly dominates when it comes to performance tires. However, to know the reason let’s dive into each of the factors. 


When it comes to traction, the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric F5 has a better rating than BFGoodrich g-Force Comp-2 A/S. This is due to the combination of its advanced braking and power cushion technology which help to have a shorter braking distance and better contact surface on the road. 

BFGoodrich g-Force Comp-2 A/S does not lag behind. It is made with a tread compound that enables good grip. But beyond that, its tread design comes with a V-shaped directional pattern that helps the tires to have good hydroplaning resistance. 

However, the combination of a larger contact surface area and wider grooves mean that the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric F5 has better traction. 


Choose Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric F5 over BFGoodrich g-Force Comp-2 A/S for better traction. 


BFGoodrich tires have a good tread life. It normally comes with a tread life warranty of around 45,000 miles by the manufacturer. Moreover, it is built with an advanced mould design and consists of a tread profile that ensures durability and excellent performance for a long time.

But Goodyear’s advantage is also its tread pattern, especially wide grooves and soft rubber compound. With Goodyear, you can expect added value in terms of tire durability and this has been validated by several German motor clubs that have surveyed Goodyear tires to have the best tread life.

However, treadwear ratings of tires also depend on how you store the tires in a garage. So, make sure you’re watching it out too.


Both Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric F5 and BFGoodrich g-Force Comp-2 A/S  have good durability. You can choose either when it comes to treadwear resistance. 

Fuel Economy

Let’s compare the tread depth of BFGoodrich and Goodyear tires specifically made for performance cars.

Following is the table that shows the tread depth comparison between BFGoodrich and Goodyear tires for different sizes.

Tire ParametersTread Depth (BFGoodrich)Tread Depth (Goodyear)
205/45R179/32 of an inch10/32 of an inch
285/35Z199/32 of an inch9/32 of an inch
255/45Z209/32 of an inch9/32 of an inch

Once again, due to lack of similar size between g-Force Comp-2 A/S and Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5, we made comparison between g-Force Comp-2 A/S with Goodyear Eagle Exhilirate, Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 and F1 Supercar 3

Therefore, the table shows that the tread depth will not vary a lot for BFGoodrich and Goodyear tires. You will get slightly better fuel economy from BFGoodrich since the tread depth stays consistently at 9 inches. But mostly the fuel consumption rate will stay the same between BFGoodrich and Goodyear tires. 


BFGoodrich and Goodyear tires are both good choices if fuel economy is your primary concern. 

BFGoodrich VS Goodyear Tires: Winter Performance Comparison

Now when it comes to winter performance, Goodyear has a large belt of good tires that shows dominance in terms of grip and treadwear. Let’s go through the table below to compare some of these tires. 

FactorsBFGoodrich Goodyear
Snow GripGood GripBetter Grip
TreadwearGood Tread LifeBetter Tread Life
Product Lineup 0106
Notable Tire FamilyWinter T/A KSIUltragrip, WinterCommand
Price$153 – $218$95 – $222

Now, the table shows the difference in the performance between BFGoodrich and Goodyear. Next you need to know the details on each of the factors. 

Snow Grip

With BFGoodrich the best option is a Winter T/A KSI tire and this shows excellent performance when it comes to traction. Its best trait is the biting edges and saw-toothed groove edges which lets it have good traction on icy conditions. Besides, you don’t need to get worried about being trapped in ice thanks to its serrated shoulder profile designed specifically to dig out of deep snow.

But Goodyear has the best performance primarily due to the diversity of winter tire options you can get from it. Branded with the three peak mountain symbol, most of its winter tires come with advanced gripping technology such as ActiveGrip, Adaptive SipeGrip,  V-Tred, Three Dimensional Tredlock technology which keeps the sipes locked together and removes the snow and water from the surface to resist hydroplaning. 


Go for Goodyear tires instead of BFGoodrich to get a hold of its latest snow grip technology.


BFGoodrich tires come with a standard limited warranty of 06 years but beyond that it has locking sipe technology that enhances its stability and ensures better handling and longevity of the tire. 

Goodyear tires also come with advanced tread design that helps it to have better stability and increased longevity on the road. 


Choose Goodyear tires instead of BFGoodrich when it comes to tire tread life.

BFGoodrich VS Goodyear Tires: Off-road Performance Comparison

Finally, let’s get into the off-road tire performance between BFGoodrich and Goodyear. We make the comparison between BFG Goodrich KO2 VS Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac. The table below gives you an idea for different key factors. 

FactorsBFGoodrich Goodyear
TractionBetter TractionGood Traction
TreadwearGood Tread LifeBetter Tread Life
Fuel EconomyGood Fuel EconomyGood Fuel Economy
Product Lineup 0623
Notable Tire FamilyWrangler, Fierce
Price$195 – $510$125 – $328

The table shows the performance difference for off-road tires between both BFGoodrich and Goodyear tires. Let’s go through the factors now. 

Off Road Performance

BFGoodrich performs better in terms of off-road performance This is because of its aggressive tread design with serrated shoulder and interlocking tread elements that shows good traction on dry surfaces.But Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac also shows good off-road performance. 

BFGoodrich VS Goodyear in Muddy Terrain

Wrangler Duratrac has wider grooves and deeper tread depth in comparison to BFG KO2. This makes it a better option for muddy performance. But the difference is not that high, you can comfortably use both the tires in muddy terrain. 

BFGoodrich VS Goodyear in Rocky Surface

BFG Goodrich KO2 is a good choice for rock crawling. This is because of its aggressive tread design and cut,chip and tear resistant tread compound that helps it to resist against puncture and expel away rocky pieces. Moreover, it has tough sidewall armor that protects the tire against rough riding on rocky terrain.

Wrangler Duratrac also comes with aggressive tread design but it is not as compatible against puncture and stone evacuation like BFG Goodrich KO2. 


BFG KO2 is the better choice for an overall better off-road performance.  

On Road Performance

Due to biting edge, good contact surface you will get excellent dry traction performance from both BFG KO2 and Wrangler Duratrac. But Wrangler Duratrac is slightly ahead because of having extended void area. 

BFG KO2 due to its lower void area means that the contact surface will be more and it will be better for steering response. However, in comparison Wrangler Duratrac is a lighter tire. So, overall Wrangler Duratrac has better on road performance but BFG KO2 is the better choice if you want to drive a large SUV like GMC Yukon. 


Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac is the better choice for an overall better off-road performance.  


BFGoodrich tires are really durable and come with a treadlife warranty of 50,000 miles, which is impressive because of the TriGard technology used in the tire construction. This is a pattern which mixes the aggressive sidewall lugs, cut and chip resistant sidewall compounds and strong sidewall cords. 

Goodyear tires also come with a tough internal structure. Its aggressive tread design comes with higher load range and wider pattern. That offer good traction and durability from Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac. 

However, due to more aggressive pattern and overall weight, we suggest you go for BFG KO2. 


Choose BFG KO2 over Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac for better treadwear resistance. 


Can I Use G Force Tires on a 4 x 4?

No, you can not not use G Force tires on a 4 x 4. G force tires are a part of performance tires on BFGoodrich. These tires are made for optimum performance on dry traction and stability response however for a 4 x 4. Tthe tread pattern is normally more aggressive that can withstand muddy and rocky terrain. 

Can I Mix BFG KM3 and Goodyear Wrangler Tires on My 4 x 4?

Yes, you can mix BFG KM3 and Goodyear Wrangler Tires on your 4 X 4 since, both are off-road tires. But it is generally not recommended to mix tires since there can be a disparity between the tread pattern that will make problems related to stability. So don’t mix them unless you have no other choice and ensure thatthe dimension and tread pattern similar. 

Is Eagle Ultra Grip a Good Tire for Snowy Conditions? 

Yes, Eagle Ultra Grip is a good tire for snowy conditions. This is part of the Ultra Grip family of Goodyear that is specialized for winter weather and known for its directional tread pattern and multiple biting edges that enhances the winter traction. Beyond that it also comes with metal studs that enhance winter performance. 


Now you should be clear on what to choose between BFGoodrich VS Goodyear tires. However, before you go on to make the final decision, keep the ultimate intention in mind i.e if you want traction or flexibility or a good off-road tire and definitely consider the cost of these tires. Finally, refrain yourself from mixing these tires unless really needed. 

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