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New tires for Pennsylvania Gen III 2010-so confused!

Discussion in 'Gen III 2010+ Prius Care, Maintenance and Troubles' started by wannabegreen, May 19, 2012.

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  1. wannabegreen

    wannabegreen New Member

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    Please help with some advice.
    2010 Gen 3 prius averaging 18-20k yr highway and city driving.
    New car came with Yokohama AVID S33D P195/65R15 895
    Tires at 40k now at 4/32'nds and it is time for new ones.
    We get our fair share of winter snow, but then again this winter I did not need my shovel once.
    Any ideas?
    Dealer suggests(because they have on hand):
    Goodyear Eagle L52
    Goodyear Integrity
    Bridgestone Ecopia
    Bridgestone Insignia

    What tires can I get that could be better than what I have, offer longer life, be low resistance and possibly improve mpg?
    Thanks y'all-my head hurts from reading in circles about this and getting no where!:)
  2. JimboPalmer

    JimboPalmer Nadir of Wrongness

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  3. F8L

    F8L Protecting Habitat & AG Lands

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    From a mpg and cost standpoint I would go with:

    1. Energy Saver A/S (if you get the $70 rebate making the tire approx. $95/ea.)
    2. Yokohama AVID Ascend (T)
    3. Bridgestone EP422 (if you can get the $70 rebate).

    Those three tires have a similar cost/mile rate. The Ascend likely gets the worst mpg but it is rated at 85,000 miles vs. 65,000 miles and IMO is a better performing/handling tire.

    Costco offers the $70 rebate for 4 tires and they rotate the Michelin and Bridgestone rebates monthly. The Energy Saver is not worth it IMO unless you get the rebate or just want bragging rights for the highest mpg. :)

    http://priuschat.com/forums/gen-iii...etime-cost-fuel-tires-over-150-000-miles.html
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  4. wannabegreen

    wannabegreen New Member

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    Thanks, Jimbo.
    I found the Michelin Energy Saver A/S at Costco offering the $70.00 rebate. The rebate definitely makes them a strong contender.
    :)
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    wannabegreen New Member

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    Thanks F8L!
    Think I will go for the Michelin Energy Saver A/S because of the mpg given I drive 18-20k miles/yr AND the $70 rebate. Sale shopper here.

    Good to know Costco rotate the rebates between Bridgestone and Michelin.

    Your mention of the Yokohama AVID Ascend T got my interest. I am going to read up on that one too.

    Thanks!:)
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    F8L Protecting Habitat & AG Lands

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    Since you're a Costco shopper I would probably just get the Energy Saver A/S. :) The only drawback is I hear they howl pretty bad if you like to take corners hard. Ask The Critic about his tires.
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  7. The Critic

    The Critic Resident Critic

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    Actually if you want a long-life tire, the Defender is probably your best option. Considering that it is supposed to replace the super-long-lived Hydroedge, I would expect it to last even longer.

    As for fuel economy, I am averaging 9.3% higher than the OE tires with the Energy Saver A/S after 3500 miles. However, the Energy Savers are slightly worse than the OE tires in terms of traction and handling.
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    Do NOT buy Goodyear Integrities. They were the OEM tires on 04-09 Priuses. They suck (and that's the general consensus here too). You're better off spending your money on something else.

    I do have 2 Bridgestone Ecopia EP422 tires on my Prius now and whem my 2 Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS tires wear out, I'll probably replace them w/2 more EP422s. I even posted about it at http://priuschat.com/forums/gen-iii...cement-tires-current-list-24.html#post1530379.

    I do suggest you use F8L's LRR list.
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  9. wannabegreen

    wannabegreen New Member

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    Whoa Nelly!
    I called my dealership to give them a chance to beat the price at BJ's/Costco.
    They countered the Michelin Energy Saver A/S at Bj's/Costco at $450.00 with current coupon with..
    Michelin Primacy MXV4 at a cost of $460.00
    Which is the better tire for the price, which is basically equal?
    Any wisdom people?
    Super sized thanks!
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    wannabegreen New Member

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    Thanks, F8L
    Howling is not attractive.
    Dealership just offered Michelin Primacy MXV4 195/65/15 at only $10 more than total cost of Michelin Energy Saver AS 195/65/15 at BJ's/Costco.
    I have read others got a stability bar installed if they got the Michelin MXV4 and I would like to avoid having to do this just because of cost, but would do it if cost if worth it.
    Is the MXV4 195/65/15 a better option than the Michelin Energy Saver AS? Reviews indicate it handles better, is quieter (no howl!), and I will initially take a hit on my mpg..overall seeming a better option?
    :)
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    You do not need to install anything to run the Primacy MXV4 tires. They are just a tire. :)

    The MXV4 is a great tire but not a good choice for the Prius. You will suffer a pretty big hit in mpg so your total cost per mile will increase significantly. The Critic posted about his experiences here: http://priuschat.com/forums/gen-iii...614-my-mpg-results-three-different-tires.html

    I think you'll be fine with the Energy Saver A/S. if you like cornering fast and hard then try the AVID Ascend (T). I have almost 9,000 miles on mine and they make almost no noise when pushed hard into a corner and while they are not as fuel efficient as the Energy Saver A/S, they last longer so cost per mile is close enough that it is not a big monetary difference. http://priuschat.com/forums/gen-iii-2010-prius-fuel-economy/105546-yokohama-avid-ascend-review.html
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    Fore Don't look back!

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    That's a no brainer just do it! That's my next tire of choice the (Energy Saver A/S).
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    Bridgestone Ecopia EP422 are my current front runner: LRR, not too expensive, readily available at Costco. We've got a long ways to go before our OEM wear out though: putting on maybe 15000 km's per year.
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    I can confirm that the mpg difference between the AVID Ascend and the Energy Saver A/S is around 2-3mpg at least. The Ascend is similar to the OE tire mpg so the Energy Saver A/S provides a nice boost. When driven moderately I didn't not ice any howling when taking corners but I have not tried pushing it hard. They were louder and more sloppy than my Ascends but that is the trade off for less mileage and better mpg I guess.

    If you love playing the mpg high score game the. get the Energy Saver A/S. if you want better performance and a tire that lasts longer then get the Ascend. The Energy Saver is a bit more comfy too.
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