Goodyear Reliant tires look like a decent Walmart-exclusive at an attractive price

Goodyear’s got a new Walmart-exclusive tire on the market called the Goodyear Reliant, an affordable All-Season tire made for cars, crossovers, minivans and SUVs (pretty much everything except trucks.)

The Goodyear Reliant is a direct replacement for the Goodyear Viva 3.

Currently, Goodyear Reliant tires are “Made in Mexico.”

That’s a non-starter if you plan to shop for 100 percent American made products.

Goodyear Reliant vs Goodyear Viva 3

Goodyear knows they can’t win over new and returning (former Viva 3 owners) shoppers on price alone. Goodyear has to deliver on performance at the expense of a slightly more expensive tire. The Reliant is just that.

Priced about 25% more than the same size Goodyear Viva 3 but a lot cheaper compared to their Goodyear Assurance (flagship all-season) and other premium offerings, the Reliant is engineered and marketed to be an affordable all-season that delivers above-average performance.

  • Micheline Defender T+H 225/65/17- $168
  • Goodyear Assurance 225/65/17- $147
  • Goodyear Viva 3 225/65/17- $69
  • Goodyear Reliant 225/65/17- $103

So, are Goodyear Reliant tires any good? Let’s dive into that.

Features

The mark of a good all-season tire is one that delivers grip and traction in dry weather but can also handle rain. The Goodyear Reliant delivers on both thanks to its “specialized rubber compound” and “Aquatred Grooves”

Here’s the Goodyear Reliant description,

The Goodyear Reliant All-Season Tire offers an improved driving experience with enhanced wet grip and all-season confidence. Goodyear Reliant All-Season is designed to maintain road contact with a specialized rubber compound and Aquatred® grooves to maximize water evacuation. The optimized tread design and construction handles driving variabilities to deliver reliable tread life and a quiet ride.

Goodyear Reliants have a 65,000 mile Limited Treadwear Warranty, 5,000 more miles than the Viva 3 and just as many miles as their Assurance.

Additional specs include,

  • Treadwear rating: 600
  • Traction A
  • Temperature A
  • Speed Rating: H

Aquatred is a model and technology of Goodyear tires popularized in the 90s they discontinued in the early 2000s. Goodyear eventually incorporated Aquatred technology into the rest of its lineup so it’s interesting to see them use a tried-and-true trademarked technology once again.

Be cautious about 5-star reviews, many purchasers received a discount.

The problem with Walmart-exclusive tires is Walmart.com is currently the only site with reviews. As of this writing, Goodyear Reliants have a suspiciously sizeable amount of 5-star ratings.

Reading through dozens of reviews, several mention “For full disclosure I was given the ability to buy these tires at a discount for my feedback.” or “I received this product at a discounted price in exchange for my honest opinion” which is a huge red flag.

Seriously, ctrl+f “discount” filtering for 5-star reviews and the number of times the above sentence about discounts is mentioned, not re-worded differently, is disconcerting and highly suspect.

I later found out that Goodyear collaborated with a TheInsidersNet, a marketing firm that partners with enrolled testers who often benefit from free or heavily discounted products. Goodyear gave $150 discounts to prospective testers in exchange for reviews.

I’d take those particular 5-star reviews with a grain of salt and would recommend reading the 3 or 4-star reviews for a more unbiased take.

Reviews after August 31, 2021 (after the TheInsidersNet campaign) are probably safe.

Dry

Despite all the inflated reviews, they have some merit. Reviews praise Reliant All-Seasons for providing more than enough grip and traction on the straights and twisty when the weather’s nice and dry.

Here are some notable quotes from a few reviews not mentioning a discount.

“The Reliants have very good grip and the vehicle feels more responsive at the steering wheel (formerly equipped with Bridgestone Ecopia) (July 7, 2021 review from Carlos)

Traction has been amazing on my extremely steep driveway and I have not had any issues with braking or skidding.” (August 2, 2021 from Stefyt)

Wet

Reviews show Goodyear Reliants offer a decent amount of grip, traction, and braking performance in wet and rainy conditions.

This is exactly where Goodyear’s Aquatred technology comes into play as Reliant All-Seasons features thick grooves with an optimized pattern to evacuate water quickly to prevent hydroplaning.

Goodyear’s “specialized rubber compound” also seems to deliver as much confidence-inspiring performance in wet conditions as it does in the dry.

A Honda Odyssey owner says,

“They have nice grip in the rain which we have been having a lot of.” (July 11, 2021 review from Samuel)

In central Texas we have been getting a lot of rain and the tires performed wonderfully. The stopping distance was the same as in dry ground, and I could not feel any slippage from being on wet roads.” (Aug 19,2021 review from Demeris)

Snow

Goodyear Reliants just dropped Spring 2021, so most purchasers have not left reviews with their snow impressions.

Reviews remain optimistic that Reliants wet weather performance will carry into winter.

Off-road

Although Goodyear Reliants aren’t designed for off-road driving, its thick grooves should offer decent grip on a light fire trail or off-the-beaten path to that picnic site.

You should definitely not take Goodyear Reliants on serious off-road trails if you don’t want to get stuck.

Comfort

Reviews show Goodyear Reliant tires offer a comfortable and smooth ride.

here are, however, a handful of reviews that mention a hum or louder noise at highway speeds.

This 2017 Lexus RX350 owner said,

Driving in the streets of Chicago, there are plenty of potholes and these tires drive over them comfortably. On the expressway, the tires are quiet, steady and comfortable as well. (June 25,2021 review)

A Mercedes E320 owner mentions,

“They (Reliants) are very quiet and smooth all season tires. I highly recommend them for a Mercedes smooth ride. They mounted with ease and balanced perfect.” (July 22, 2021 review from Sayed)

The Odyssey owner with the wet weather comment above does mention,

I do notice a little more road noise (compared to my old Douglas tires.)

A 4-star review says,

I noticed a little hum when you’re on the highway and that was the only reason I gave it 4 stars. (June 27, 2021)

Should I buy Goodyear Reliant tires?

On paper, the Goodyear Reliant has all the right ingredients for a decent all-season: an optimized all-season-specific tread pattern, a good rubber compound, deep grooves for water, and an affordable price.

All the reviews thus far, taken in its totality, hint that the Goodyear Reliant is a decent all-season that might have a bit of road noise at higher speeds if you’re that tire shopper with slightly unrealistic expectations.

Despite the biased reviews, it looks like Goodyear did its homework and made a fairly decent all-season for the price. I expect the honest reviews that trickle in to reflect that.

For its target market, the Nissan Rogues, Honda Odysseys, Toyota Siennas, and Mazda CX-5s, I have no reservations recommending these all-seasons if the set you have on is showing their wear bars.

As with most budget all-seasons, don’t expect Continental ContiProContact or Pilot Sport Cup 2 levels of performance on your school run but, for most errands and that semi-annual trip to Yosemite, the Goodyear Reliant should be more than enough and then some.

Do you own Goodyear Reliants? Let me know your .02 in the comments below.

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11 COMMENTS

  1. I bought 4 new good year reliant tires for our ford edge they ride smooth and are quiet on the hwy as well haven’t driven in the rain yet but think with aquatread tech they will do good in the rain as weppl only time will tell longevity but so far so good

  2. I don’t know about the Reliant tires, but I have a set of Goodyear Assurance All-Season tires on my Cadillac CTS and they’re absolutely the WORST tires that I have ever used. Period. If the road is even slightly damp my car slides all over the place. Given that the Reliants cost even less, I’d pass.

  3. I just purchased a set of the Goodyear reliant tires for my Lexus LS430. The car originally came with Michelin primacy. Even though I just had the reliant installed (driven less than 50 miles) the Goodyear seems to be what I was looking for in an all season tire. Will update in the upcoming weeks at to whether or not these tires meet my expectations.

  4. I just bought two of these for the back of my car we dont drive it alot and we had to get two tires quick an i had to order michelins so i bought these. The ride home seemed ok. Its a smooth car anyway so it rides nice. Well see how theyperform

  5. Currently, Goodyear Reliant tires are “Made in Mexico.”

    That’s a non-starter if you plan to shop for 100 percent American made products.

    Because … Mexico is on which continent? Gotta love the US Centric world view, eh?

    • Even today, a lot of people hear Goodyear and automatically think U.S. made. If you zoom in on their model tire photo on Walmart.com it even shows made in U.S.A. made which, as I found out, they’re not. In an earlier version of this blog post, I made the mistake of assuming that was the case, which, I later found out, it was not. It’s worth nothing.

  6. I bought 4 at the Walmart Black Friday early sale replacing the Viva 3 set from the 2017 sale as they have 66000 miles with smooth ride still and the normal increase in highway noise with age hardening the rubber compound but still not worn to the wear indicator bars… excellent service and performance so I replaced them early and with the Reliants. The sale out the door was cheaper than I paid for the Viva3s but not offered for free was the road hazard and free balance /rotation included in 2017.
    Ride is very smooth – better I’d say… Highway cruise is a a little quieter than the hardening tires I have replaced and louder than the very quiet Viva 3s when they were new. Very satisfied so far and expect better traction wet or dry… Very good value and as a “95V” I regard these as “touring tires”, best combination of capabilities for my Toyota Camry XLE that I have found!

  7. Thanks for solving the mystery and collecting the reviews Paulo! Very helpful since there is not a lot of info out there.
    Planning to get these since they are a good deal and just need basic tires.

  8. I just purchased these 4 new Goodyear Reliant tires on a Black Friday sale at Walmart. Had them installed on a 2015 Bmw 320i. The tires are great, feels smooth and quiet on the road. By the way, the location of the Walmart I went to could not do the installation for me as their machine did not have the ‘rubber sleeves’ to prevent the 17 in factory alloy wheels from being scratched. So I had to take the tires to America’s tires and pay a separate labor charge to have them installed.

  9. I just put a set on my 09 mitsubishi eclipse, they are a little bit noisy at 60mph and up but it’s a case of you get what you pay for if you want silence it’s gonna cost you. Dry grip is way better than my previous tires (Douglas proformance), wet grip is also an improvement (new the Douglas spun on damp roads). Really I have only put 50 miles on them but first impressions I will buy them again if they last atleast somewhat close to the 65000 miles claimed and don’t develop mystery vibrations.

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