Yokohama Geolandar CV G058 vs Goodyear Assurance CS Fuel Max tires

Last updated 6/13/2024 - Originally published 6/13/2024
Written by SimpleTire

There are many options on the market when it comes to premium all-season touring tires for crossovers and SUVs. We will look closer at the Goodyear Assurance CS Fuel Max and Yokohama Geolandar CV G058, both great values and great performers for that kind of vehicle. These tires have similarities and contrasts as well as their unique strengths and weaknesses, and we’ll break that down a bit in this head-to-head comparison.

You’ll see frequent references to SimpleScore numbers in this comparison – if you’re unfamiliar with that, SimpleScore is the SimpleTire team’s tire ranking system. We look at reviews and other data points to determine a numerical value for the categories of traction, longevity, and handling for each tire and an overall average SimpleScore for each. It’s a handy at-a-glance way to get an overview of a tire’s capability and performance in those respects.

Our SimpleScores for these tires are as follows:

Yokohama Geolandar CV G058:

  • Longevity: 9.9
  • Handling: 8.6
  • Traction: 8.4
  • Overall average: 8.9

Goodyear Assurance CS Fuel Max:

  • Longevity: 8.7
  • Handling: 8.8
  • Traction: 9.0
  • Overall average: 8.8

As you can see, these tires are pretty closely matched but not quite equivalent to each other. Let’s go in for a closer look at each one, then do the compare-and-contrast:

Yokohama Geolandar CV G058 tires

So, if you’ve got a late-model crossover or SUV, you need a set of tires that will deliver worry-free year-round performance and great value. That’s what kind of tire the Geolandar CV G058 from Yokohama is. The Yokohama Geolandar CV G058 features a next-generation micro-infused silica/polymer blend tread formulation for great wear properties and enhanced grip on wet or snowy roads. How good are those wear properties, you ask? Good enough for Yokohama to cover this tire with a 65,000 mile manufacturer’s treadwear warranty.

Its tread formulation includes circumferential and angled grooves to whisk water and slush out of the tire’s contact patch to avoid hydroplaning on wet roads. Hundreds of 2D and 3D sipes multiply the Geolandar’s surface area and traction by supplying extra biting edges that can slice through snow and slush for improved grip. Its tread pitch is staggered and computer-tuned to cancel certain frequencies and resonances, negating much road noise for a quiet and serene ride. Its internal design includes a polyester casing with two steel belts and a spiral-wound nylon cap ply for a forgiving ride and excellent stability and road manners at highway speed. Yokohama engineered the casing and footprint of the Geolandar CV G058 to spread out the vehicle’s weight and load characteristics for long and even wear. Handling gets a boost from a solid center rib, enhancing the tire’s straight-line stability and steering response, and large reinforced tread blocks at the shoulder that resist the inertia and momentum of hard maneuvers and cornering.

Goodyear Assurance CS Fuel Max tires

There’s one key difference between the Goodyear Assurance CS Fuel Max and the Yokohama Geolandar CV G058: the Goodyear is designed specifically for low rolling resistance. That means cutting the friction to get a vehicle moving and keep it heading down the road, resulting in fuel savings over the tire's life. The Assurance CS Fuel Max is also designed to be durable, with a tread compound engineered for long wear and fuel savings. The Assurance CS Fuel Max’s enhanced internal construction makes it a good choice for bigger, heavier crossovers and SUVs (where low rolling resistance and fuel savings will be appreciated).

The Assurance CS Fuel Max delivers great year-round traction with Goodyear’s Aqua Channels, which provides a pathway to route standing water away from the tire’s contact patch. The tire’s “wet zone” at the center features a tread pattern designed specifically for wet-weather performance, while the “dry zone” toward the shoulders consists of different tread blocks that enhance handling and grip in wet or dry weather. Like the Yokohama, the Goodyear Assurance CS Fuel Max is protected by a 65,000 mile manufacturer’s warranty.

Yokohama Geolandar CV G058 vs Goodyear Assurance CS Fuel Max tires on traction

This one is a tough call since both tires have distinct strengths and weaknesses regarding traction. The Yokohama does a deeper initial tread depth with the Yokohama and a well-designed sipe network and groove pattern. Still, the Goodyear delivers shorter braking distances and better evacuates water from the tire’s contact patch, thanks to its wide Aqua Channel groove system. You should be aware that neither tire has the M+S mud/snow rating or the 3 Peak Mountain Snowflake rating for severe winter service. After looking at all the information, reviews, and data points, we came to a SimpleScore of 8.4 for Yokohama and 9.0 for Goodyear. Our call:

ADVANTAGE: Goodyear Assurance CS Fuel Max

Yokohama Geolandar CV G058 vs. Goodyear Assurance CS Fuel Max tires on handling

Here’s another close one, nearly a tossup. As a vehicle rounds a corner, the momentum and inertia of the vehicle’s weight make it want to keep going in its current direction rather than respond to steering commands. The rigidity of a tire’s shoulder is crucial to resisting that inertia and keeping the tread blocks from deforming and exhibiting “tread squirm” under those conditions. The Goodyear Assurance CS Fuel Max has a shoulder expertly designed for crisp and predictable cornering on wet or dry pavement. The softer rubber formulation of the Yokohama also helps deliver great cornering and handling performance, but with SimpleScores of 8.8 for the Goodyear and 8.6 for the Yokohama, the jury is in.

ADVANTAGE: Goodyear Assurance CS Fuel Max

Yokohama Geolandar CV G058 vs. Goodyear Assurance CS Fuel Max tires on longevity

When talking about longevity, the Yokohama and the Goodyear have the same treadwear mileage warranty of 65,000 miles. Yet the Goodyear comes in with a longevity score of 8.7 vs. an unassailable 9.9 for the Yokohama. The Yokohama casing and cavity design takes a bit of a lead here, with superior load distribution and wear properties that are more even and balanced. Our call on this one:

ADVANTAGE: Yokohama Geolandar G058

When to use each

You probably can't go wrong with either one when we’re talking about a premium Yokohama tire vs a premium Goodyear tire. Both are equally capable performers for a wide variety of SUVs and crossovers, both offer great traction and handling in wet or dry conditions (and both lose some ground when it comes to performance in deeper snow). The Goodyear is designed for lower rolling resistance, which can save considerably on fuel costs over the tire's life cycle. On the other hand, the center rib design of the Yokohama provides straight-line stability that’s a bit more secure, and road manners are going to be more composed of some vehicles. But considering the traction, treadwear, handling, low noise, and year-round performance of both tires, it’ll come down to your preference and budget.

Which one should you choose?

At the risk of reiterating everything in the above paragraph, the Yokohama Geolandar CV G058 and the Goodyear Assurance CS Fuel Max are closely matched in most respects. One fairly significant difference is that the Goodyear might be a better choice for bigger, heavier SUVs and crossovers like the Nissan Rogue, Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadian, Buick Enclave, or Toyota 4Runner. The Yokohama, on the other hand, is available in 33 sizes ranging from 16” to 20”, so it’s a tire that might be available for a wider range of fitments than the Goodyear. It’s a good candidate for vehicles like the Subaru Outback, Hyundai Tucson, Hyundai Santa Fe, Honda CR-V, or Hyundai Tucson.

Still unsure which tire to buy? Fortunately, SimpleTire is here to help. Our helpful agents are more than happy to assist you in selecting the right tire for your ride and budget.

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