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Goodyear Cargo Marathon

Goodyear Cargo Marathon Review - Outdated? Or Not?

Here are the key stats for the Cargo Marathon, at a glance.
Key Info - Australia
Vehicle SuitabilityLight Truck / SUV
Driving StyleCommercial
SeasonSummer
Release Date2010
Run Flat?No
Overall Score65/100

Pricing

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Goodyear Cargo Marathon in Australia

This offering by Goodyear has been around in Australia for about 14 years. Especially designed for 4WDs, SUVs and light trucks, it comes in a total of 12 sizes.

This commercial tyre is a solid option for those looking for a summer tyre in the premium end of the market. Note that it is not a runflat tyre.

Read on to see how it stacks up against the competition!

How We Reviewed The Cargo Marathon Tyres

Unlike the Australian government, the European Union carries out standardised tests on all tyres sold in Europe. These tests are carried out in identical conditions, making them a reliable way to compare tyres.

For this review, we use averaged results from tests done on 6 sizes of the Cargo Marathon tyres by the European Union.

We then compare these to the same results for the following similar tyres, also rated for Commercial usage and sold in Australia.

Fuel Efficiency

EU GradeCompared to an A grade tyre?
Fuel Efficiency
(A - E)
C0.2L/100km extra fuel consumption. ~$48 extra per year

The US Department of Energy estimates that around 25% of the fuel consumption of a vehicle is attributable to the tyres. That's a lot, and it means that choosing fuel efficient tyres can save you quite a bit of money.

The Cargo Marathon tyres rank a C on a scale of A to E in the official fuel efficiency tests carried out by the EU (they call these rolling resistance tests).

Relative to an A grade tyre, expect to use an extra 0.2L/100km. This works out to $48 extra spent on petrol per year, based on a typical 12,000 km driven per year.

Comparison

Here's how the Cargo Marathon compares to similar tyres for fuel efficiency (1 = Grade E, 5 = Grade A).

Based on the comparison tyres we've selected, the Cargo Marathon ranked # out of 0 tyres.

Grip & Handling

EU GradeCompared to an A grade tyre?
Wet Grip
(A - E)
C5 metre greater stopping distance when braking at 80km/h

We'll now take a look at how these tyres compare in terms of grip and handling.

A good measure of this is 'wet grip', which is an indication of how well the tyres will allow the vehicle to come to a stop in wet conditions.

The Cargo Marathon tyres rank a C on a scale of A to E in the official fuel tests carried out by the EU.

Relative to an A grade tyre, expect these tyres to require about an extra 5 metres to come to a complete stop when braking at 80km/h.

Comparison

Here's how the Cargo Marathon compares to similar tyres for wet grip (1 = Grade E, 5 = Grade A).

For wet grip, they scored # out of 0 comparison tyres.

Noise

EU GradeCompared to an A grade tyre?
Noise
(A - C)
B (72 dB)2 times as noisy

Another key factor to consider when choosing a tyre is road noise. Once you're over about 40 km/h, the dominant source of noise you hear is from the contact of your tyres on the road.

There is a surprisingly wide variation in the amount of noise each tyre makes.

The Cargo Marathon tyres produce 71.7 dB of road noise, which corresponds to a rank of B on a scale of A to C in the standardised testing done by the EU.

Expect these tyres to produce about 2 times as much noise as an A grade tyre (the decibel scale is logarithmic).

Comparison

Here's how the Cargo Marathon compares to similar tyres for noise (1 = Grade C, 3 = Grade A).

For noise, they ranked # out of 0 comparison tyres.

Comfort

Based on the results of a number of tyre benchmarks, including those below, the Cargo Marathon scores 4 out of 5 for comfort.

Treadwear

We don't have any UTQG treadwear data for this tyre, unfortunately.

Traction

The UTQG system measures traction as straight-line braking in dry conditions. The scale is AA, A, B, C, with AA being the best grade, and C the worst.

We don't have any UTQG traction data for this tyre, unfortunately.

Temperature Resistance

The UTQG temperature resistance tests measure how well tyres can dissipate heat that builds up due to friction with the road. The scale is A, B, C, with A being the highest grade.

We don't have any UTQG temperature data for this tyre, unfortunately.

Warranty

The Cargo Marathon tyres have a warranty of 4 years.

Comparisons With Similar Tyres

Still undecided as to whether to go with these commercial tyres? Check out our data-driven comparisons to similar tyres on the market in Australia!

Summary

With an overall rating of 65 out of 100, the Cargo Marathon tyres are a solid choice for anyone looking to replace their SUV or truck rubber with some tyres designed for commercial action.

For fuel efficiency, they score a grade of C, which is more or less average, though this isn't a super important factor.

More important is the wet grip, which gives you an indication of their traction and handling. In this regard, they get a score of C, which is more or less average.

Finally, for road noise, they receive a B grade, which is about typical.

Full Size List (click to show)

Below is a list of all 12 sizes of the Cargo Marathon tyres sold in Australia, sorted by tyre width. Select your preferred size to compare prices across multiple suppliers.

Size
195/75 R16 107/105R
195/75 R16 107R
195/60 R16 99H
195/60 R16 99/97H
205/65 R16 107/105T
205/65 R16 107T
215/65 R15 104T
215/65 R15 104/102T
215/65 R16 106T
215/65 R16 106/104T
235/65 R16 115R
235/65 R16 115/113R
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