Here’s the deal with Bridgestone’s new DriveGuard sizes
Bridgestone has beefed up its DriveGuard run-flat tire range to include sizes for minivans, crossovers and small SUVs.
The DriveGuard tire line was launched in 2014 to a pretty good reception. Up until now it has only been available in 36 sizes that fit coupes, sedans and wagons. Seven new sizes take the line to a market-beating 43 sizes by expanding into the new vehicle categories.
Targeting a new market
“Since (2014), we heard customers resoundingly say that they wanted that same peace of mind when behind the wheel of their family vehicles – minivans, crossovers and small SUVs,” said Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations chief marketing officer Philip Dobbs. “We listened, and we’re excited to make this innovative technology available to more drivers and more vehicles.”
According to Bridgestone, the new size range gives the company 80 percent coverage of the minivan segment and 43 percent coverage of the CUV segment. All seven sizes are W-rated and include the 225/65RF16, 235/65RF16, 225/65RF17, 225/60RF17, 235/65RF17, 235/60RF17, and 235/55RF18.
What’s so special about DriveGuard?
DriveGuard tires are specifically engineered to receive a puncture and allow the driver to continue driving for up to 50 miles at maximum speeds up to 50 miles per hour. The company says this is due to the tire’s reinforced sidewall that helps the tire hold its shape and support the weight of the vehicle, while the Cooling Fin helps resist friction and redistribute heat, even with low or no pressure.
The new sizes will fit vehicles including the Jeep Cherokee, Toyota Sienna, Subaru Forester, Dodge Caravan, Chevy Equinox and the Honda CR-V, Odyssey and Pilot.
The entire DriveGuard line now covers 43 sizes, from 15- to 19-inch wheel diameter. The H and V-rated sizes come with a 60,000-mile limited tread wear warranty, while the W-rated sizes are backed by a 50,000-mile warranty.
Bridgestone introduced the new sizes at a drive-and-learn at Texas Motor Speedway on April 27 and the tires are now available at dealers. For more information on DriveGuard’s new tire range, check out the website or watch the video.