2012 Toyota Prius C: Some Days Bridgestone Turanzas Have Their Place
November 30, 2012
Suffice to say the Bridgestone Turanza EL400-02 is not an aspirational tire -- especially not in the barely-there P175/65R15 84H size on our Toyota Prius C Three. But at the end of the day, this is an economy car that just happens to have an unusually elaborate and expensive drivetrain to help you get 50 mpg on the way to work. It doesn't have awesome tires and it doesn't need them.
But so far, I'm liking the wet weather grip of these Turanzas. We're in the midst of the first sustained winter storm in Southern California. It has been raining for a couple days, and the roads are saturated and in some cases flooded. It took me two hours to get to the office this morning. There was ample opportunity for slipping and hydroplaning, but the tires never checked out on me. A quick glance at the treads reveals dozens upon dozens of grooves for channeling water. Of course, my drive to work wasn't anything like the fun Magrath's going to have in the BRZ, but it was safe, predictable and comforting like a hot bowl of cream of wheat.
Erin Riches, Senior Editor (and soon-to-be Master of the Obvious) @ 10,271 miles