From everything that we’ve seen in the last decade, electric cars will slowly but surely take over the automotive world. They are more efficient, better for the environment, offer better performance, and the electric motors are supremely quiet.
However, the quietness of the electric motors brings other noises up. In internal-combustion-engine vehicles, the motor drones the noise coming from the wind, and specifically the tires. In electric cars, there is nothing to drone the tires, which can result in more perceptible noise.
Bridgestone wants to change that with the Turanza QuietTrack. The latest entry from the company into the crowded grand-touring all-season sector promises to bring unmatched levels of quietness to the masses, coupled with very plush ride quality.
And, electric-vehicle owners won’t be the only ones to benefit from that feature. Noise is a quality that each driver can easily assess, amateur or not. For that reason, tire manufacturers go to great lengths to limit these noises entering the cabin, and Bridgestone is at the forefront.
Bridgestone wouldn’t be the largest tire manufacturer in the world if they only focused on one thing. Of course not. The company utilized several cutting-edge technologies in the Turanza QuietTrack to improve driving dynamics, wet handling and braking, snow traction, and durability.
According to the Japanese manufacturer, the Turanza QuietTrack brings an improvement of 20% in wet traction and 44% more traction on snow when compared to the Turanza Serenity Plus.
The thing is, the tire competes in a category where each well-known tire manufacturer brings the biggest guns. Winning in this category proves that the company knows how to design a tire. Grand-touring all-season tires are very important – they can be mounted on many different vehicles.
The Turanza QuietTrack itself comes in a plethora of sizes, ranging from 15-inch wheel diameter to 20-inch wheel diameter. With these sizes, the company covers a large portfolio of popular passenger cars, including compact hatchbacks and sedans, mid-size sedans, compact crossovers, coupes, and minivans.
So, finding a size that matches the wheels on your vehicle is easy, but does the tire deliver in the real world? You will find the answer to that question in my detailed Bridgestone Turanza QuietTrack review. Down below, you can find how quiet the Turanza is, but also how it performs in a variety of weather conditions.
Before we jump to conclusions, though, let’s see what ingredients Bridgestone used to make this tire perform at a high level. The company utilized some interesting technologies, specifically to improve comfort and durability. Let’s elaborate below.
- What are the features of the Bridgestone Turanza QuietTrack?
- What are the maintenance indicators?
- How does it behave on a dry tarmac?
- How is it over wet and slippery roads?
- With that being said, how is it on snowy roads?
- Is it good for off-road driving?
- Is it comfortable and refined?
- Should I buy the Bridgestone Turanza QuietTrack?
What are the features of the Bridgestone Turanza QuietTrack?
According to Bridgestone, the Turanza QuietTrack is an all-season grand touring tire designed to fit most modern cars and sedans.
“Engineered to quietly impress, the QuietTrack utilizes Bridgestone’s latest technologies to dampen road noise and provide a quiet, comfortable ride,” – says Bridgestone on its website.
The company also states that the tire helps the driver control the car easily on wet and snowy roads, while also providing long-lasting performance.
To achieve these things, the engineers started with utilizing an all-season tread compound with an emphasis on wear performance. According to Bridgestone, the Turanza QuietTrack has over 30 rubber compounds in the tread.
The tread compound is molded into an asymmetric tread pattern, which means that the tire can’t be rotated from side to side. Nonetheless, the pattern allowed the engineers to implement the QuietTrack Technology, which is the main feature of the tire.
The technology consists of wide circumferential grooves, accompanied by thin longitudinal channels, in-groove quiet tracks, non-chamfered shoulder slots, and a lot of diagonal grooves.
The engineers also optimized the pitch sequencing for even better noise comfort. According to Bridgestone, this design should limit air trapping under the tire, thus improving noise performance.
The engineers also made a significant effort to improve the ride quality of the Turanza QuietTrack, which is great news for potential buyers. In this case, the ComfortCruise Technology is the one that limits vibrations and harshness from the road.
Essentially, the technology consists of a rounded contact patch and an optimal cavity shape, designed using Bridgestone’s proprietary computer modeling. As claimed by Bridgestone, the ComfortCruise Technology reduces road vibrations and improves the ride quality.
Interestingly, the rounded footprint of the Turanza QuietTrack also helps the tire to cut through the water and improve hydroplaning resistance. Of course, Bridgestone employed the standard four wide circumferential grooves with shoulder slots for even better water evacuation.
For dry handling and braking, the engineers utilized EdgePerformance Technology, which features interlocking grooves. These not only improve stability on dry surfaces, but they also create biting edges for driving over light snow.
Moreover, the Turanza QuietTrack is equipped with full-depth 3D zig-zag sipes on the inner tread blocks for even better snow traction. Finally, the full-depth tread pattern helps the tire keep its wet and snow traction for longer.
What are the maintenance indicators?
Employing the usual Treadwear Indicators (TWI) into the tread pattern of the tire has become standard in the passenger category. Bridgestone, naturally, follows the trend and utilizes the same technology in the Turanza QuietTrack.
The TWI’s are narrow rubber bars recessed between the tread blocks of the tire. When the tire is new, they should be well below the tread pattern. However, as the tread wears down, the rubber bars will become more visible.
When the tread is worn down to 2/32-inch depth, the TWI’s will be completely flush with the surface. You should immediately replace the tires after they reach this point. Otherwise, you risk severely worsened wet performance and almost non-existent snow traction.
For added safety, I recommend replacing the tire before the tread reaches that point. Wet and snow traction get worse over time, so replacing the tire sooner will make your car much safer.
Fortunately, the Turanza QuietTrack won’t lose the tread compound very fast. Bridgestone provides an 80,000-mile treadwear warranty on the tire, which is unparalleled in the grand-touring all-season tire category.
Moreover, owners of previous Turanza products are extremely satisfied with the treadlife. For that reason, I don’t suspect that the newest addition to the family will also be super-durable and long-lasting.
How does it behave on a dry tarmac?
The Turanza QuietTrack will immediately surprise you with its responsiveness and steering feel, especially because it’s designed for comfort. Sure, the overall feel isn’t on the level of performance tires, but it’s still great for the category.
Moreover, the tire handles very well in the corners, provides the driver with very short braking distances, and excellent high-speed stability. The tire performs equally well in warm and cold conditions, which is a testament to the advanced tread compound.
How is it over wet and slippery roads?
Things are a bit different when it starts raining. The Turanza QuietTrack is still excellent on the handling course, where it competes with the best tires in the category. Also, hydroplaning resistance is top-notch, which means that the vehicle will be stable in very heavy rain.
Nonetheless, the braking distances on a wet pavement are longer than the premium competition and on-par with budget-friendly tires. More accurately, the Turanza QuietTrack is far from bad, but it’s also far from the class-leading tires.
With that being said, how is it on snowy roads?
To my surprise, the Turanza QuietTrack handled snow-covered roads with aplomb. Handling is very predictable on snow, unlike many other all-season tires.
Moreover, this tire possesses enough traction to get you out of trouble, and it provides the driver with good braking for the category.
A quick reminder here: the Turanza QuietTrack isn’t designed for very harsh wintry conditions, and it won’t replace a proper winter tire. It’s good for snow driving, but only within the category.
Is it good for off-road driving?
Even though you can mount the tire on crossovers, I suggest against using it for off-roading. Sure, short exits from the road will be fine, but driving for prolonged periods on hardpacked surfaces might damage the tire. Besides, the Turanza QuietTrack doesn’t posses enough traction for driving over very slippery and loose surfaces.
Is it comfortable and refined?
The Turanza QuietTrack is so good in this category that I failed to find good epithets to describe it. In terms of noise, I would say that this is one of the quietest tires in the world right now.
The near absence of noise is immediately noticeable, but it’s the quality of the noise that really sets this tire apart. Even the little noise that comes from the tires was engineered to be easily covered by other sounds in the cabin. This not only makes traveling more enjoyable, but it also makes your favorite tune sound better.
The ride quality is very impressive as well – the Turanza QuietTrack absorbs smaller imperfections with ease, and it eats larger potholes effortlessly.
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Should I buy the Bridgestone Turanza QuietTrack?
The Turanza QuietTrack is an exceptional tire in many ways, and it easily gets a recommendation from my side. That’s especially true if you value a serene driving experience with less noise, smooth ride quality, extremely long wear life, and very good overall performance. Bridgestone definitely designed one of the most accomplished tires in the grand-touring all-season category.
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