It’s not often that I find myself in the company of a commercial-grade tire that offers both performance and durability.
However, the Firestone Destination LE2 is one that has slowly been capturing the hearts of both suburban and urban car enthusiasts alike.
This series of tires is not only affordable and pocket-friendly but offers one of the best performances in wet conditions that a tire of its class can hope for.
It was only recently that I heard about this series from one of my customers. He told me that when he was looking for a cost-effective pair of wheels for his family’s SUV, he encountered the LE2 and has not looked back ever since.
So, I decided to give this model a try myself, and I must say that for tires of this price the LE2 series is just amazing.
And that is why I have done a review today, to tell you a little bit about them and their performance.
Destination LE2 Review 2020: Performance Reviewed
When it comes to running on dry land, the LE2’s performance is pretty standard. The handling is quite good with decent cornering, but it offers little that is extraordinary.
The unique design of its tread actually favors wet conditions more. So, as a result, the tire compromises a bit on traction when it comes to dry conditions, but not too much so as to affect the overall driving comfort.
However, you may spin or skid out slightly if you start very quickly from a stop position. Then again, this isn’t all that noticeable to a lot of people unless they immediately slam their foot on the accelerator from the get-go.
The LE2’s shoulder blocks are notched and support continuous ribs, which in turn reduces traction in both sandy and off-road track conditions.
But the tire design is surprisingly durable and is manufactured with an internal steel belt that allows it to resist punctures, making for a more reliable drive.
Even with a few spin issues, the LE2 will be able to take you anywhere you want to go.
As I mentioned before, the performance of the LE2 is just amazing when it comes to the monsoons and slippery road conditions. And this is all thanks to the zig-zag sipes that are incorporated into the model.
The sipes help by increasing the surface area of the tread, allowing better contact of the tire with wet road. The “swooping tread slots” that are present also allow extra grooves to be attached to it, which further adds on to the already improved traction capabilities of the model.
Hence, if you live in an area which sees a lot of rain and the roads are wet most of the time, then the Firestone Destination LE2 is perhaps going to be your ideal choice.
When it comes to suddenly halting on your tracks or cornering at high speeds under wet conditions, the LE2 works exceptionally well. The special design of the tread significantly reduces the risk of hydroplaning, allowing you to have a more confident and comfortable drive during the rains.
Snow & Ice Performance
The Firestone Destination LE2 disappoints when it comes to performing in very icy conditions. However, due to its amazing wet performance design, it can handle light snow and patchy ice areas surprisingly well, and you should go for this tire if your area doesn’t see harsh winters.
The LE2 will without a doubt lose all effectiveness in heavy snow. But to be fair, it’s not specifically designed for extreme icy conditions; the treads aren’t soft enough, and so when the tire hardens in the cold, traction is lost as a result.
Road Noise & Driving Comfort
I will not recommend that you go for this tire series if you live in a very noise sensitive neighborhood, as these designs do tend to emit sound at higher accelerations.
It’s true that much of the sound that you hear will depend on your vehicle and the driving conditions. However, if you’re going 55 mph and above with these tires, you’re bound to hear a low hum which only intensifies in volume as you speed up.
But in their defense, I would say that they are a rather commercial grade tire series and what they lack in noise reduction, they more than makeup for in driving comfort.
The handling and cornering of the tires are indeed very smooth. All the vibrations from the bumps and road blemishes are adequately soaked up by the tire, allowing for a fantastic driving experience.
The Treadwear & Durability
When it comes to affordable, commercial-grade tires, not many would expect them to have a long life-span. However, the Firestone Destination LE2 is surprisingly durable, long lasting, and also comes with a generous warranty.
But the warranty provided will heavily depend on the size, speed, rating and hold index of the vehicle you wish to purchase your tire for. And the longevity of the tire, on the other hand, will primarily depend on the type of driver that you are.
For more amateur car enthusiasts, I’d like to share a few tips on how to improve tire lifespan. To start, try and keep the tires of your car properly balanced, and then go for a periodic oil change either together or alternately.
This will ensure that your tires last much longer, giving significantly more mileage.
The Firestone Destination LE2 series is much more suitable for light trucks and SUVs. They have a wide variety of sizes to choose from, hence I am confident that you’ll be able to find the one that suits your vehicle.
The exact specifications of the tires that you need will depend on the year as well as the make and model of your vehicle.
With everything said and done, the Firestone LE2 is a fantastic choice for an all-season tire. Though the series might have some issues when it comes to ice and heavy snow performance, I believe that its pros outweigh its cons by a mile.
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