Bridgestone Turanza EL42 RFT review
What is it?
The Bridgestone Turanza EL42 RFT all season run flat tire was designed for original equipment use on the BMW 1, 3 and 7 Series, as well as Infiniti Q45 sedans and Lexus GS and SC sedans and convertibles. Engineered to run up to 50 miles at a max speed of 50 mph even after a puncture has resulted in complete air pressure loss.
Strengths and weaknesses?
Like its non-run flat counterpart, data indicates that the Turanza EL42 RFT comprehensively lacks strengths. Bridgestone tends to struggle with the winter aspect of all season capability, and the Turanza EL42 RFT struggles mightily in this regard per user feedback. It also rates poorly when it comes to comfort characteristics. Dry traction and performance may be slightly superior to the non-run flat variant, but still a long ways behind the category leaders.
How does the Turanza EL42 RFT compare?
It's on a different planet from the standard touring all season category leaders. The Turanza EL42 RFT's only peer and equal is the Turanza EL400-02 RFT, which is another standard touring all season run flat bust from Bridgestone.
Tire Rack used the Turanza EL42 RFT in a comparison test with more current Bridgestone run flat options to show just how far the technology has come. In other words, the test highlighted just how terrible the old tire really was...
Anything else to know?
As Tire Rack testing clearly demonstrates, all season run flat tire technology has moved on, and you should as well.
If you can skip the run-flat technology altogether, then all season category options like the Firestone Precision Touring, Continental TrueContact, and General Tire AltiMAX RT43 are worth a look.
For all season performance and run flat technology, the Bridgestone Driveguard is about as good as it gets.
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