The word ‘sport’ sells — it baits buyers into thinking it has enhanced performance with a sporty branding. Due to this, some tires might have it in the name, even when they belong to a completely different genre. That’s the case with the BFGoodrich Advantage T/A Sport LT.
The BFGoodrich is an all-season touring tire, and it’s one of the best in its class — but it’s just not sporty. In this review, you’ll understand why as we discuss its dry, wet, snow, on/off-road performance. Let’s get started.
BFGoodrich claims that the Advantage T/A Sport LT is meant for crossovers, SUVs, or light trucks. It has an impressive tread life warranty, optimal fuel average, nimble handling, and essentially everything a good all-season touring tire has.
Behind all of this are tailored design choices and BFGoodrich’s trademark technologies, and it all starts with a tread compound that’s suitable for the target genre. Most high-quality all-season touring tires use silica-infused rubber, and so does the Advantage T/A Sport LT.
It provides ample traction in different weather conditions, improves tread life, and helps with ride comfort. The symmetrical tread pattern also contributes to even treadwear, further enhancing the tire’s tread life.
Four wide grooves go around the tire to address hydroplaning issues, improving wet traction.
BFGoodrich has also implemented their 3D Sipe Active Technology on the Advantage T/A Sport LT, which has more biting edges. It results in improved wet and snow performance.
The tire’s sportiness doesn’t go beyond its name. Performance-wise, everything about the tire tells you that it’s an all-season tire. It’s too comfortable to be a sporty tire, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing — but it also means that the responsiveness of a genuinely sporty tire is absent.
Being a touring tire, it’s ideal for dry conditions and doesn’t have any traction issues. Cornering, braking, and stability are all up to the mark on dry tarmac. Overall, you’ll be impressed with the tire’s practicality for day-to-day use.
The Advantage T/A Sport LT performs fine in wet conditions, but it lacks anything special. The circumferential grooves help with hydroplaning resistance, but there are way grippier all-season tourers out there that provide exceptional traction in the rain.
Moreover, the braking distances are short enough, but not as sharp as the competitors in its category. You might even feel some understeer here and there, but you’ll safely get from point A to point B even in heavy rain.
The BFGoodrich Advantage T/A Sport LT strongly redeems itself in the snow performance department. It handles better than most of its competitors within the all-season touring segment. There’s ample traction, and the tire stops well on slippery surfaces, which is all you need in snowy conditions.
Short answer — don’t take it off-road. The tire is prone to taking chip damage, and you won’t get decent traction on mud either.
Comfort and quietness are the primary offerings of a touring tire, and the Advantage T/A Sport LT delivers. It’s also pretty quiet inside the cabin, even at highway speeds.
The Advantage T/A Sport LT isn’t an unsafe purchase for an all-season touring tire, but we’d say you should shortlist this one. Compare it with some other premium options within this price bracket and see which one suits your needs best.