Low Rolling Resistance replacement tires: Current List

Discussion in 'Gen 3 Prius Fuel Economy' started by F8L, Apr 17, 2011.

  1. Mendel Leisk

    Mendel Leisk Lapsed Cargo Cultist

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    I put about 40 kms on brand new 195/65R15 Michelin Defender XT this morning, driving our son's Civic Hybrid out to the airport. They seemed to roll easy, felt sure and solid.

    Our son and duaghter-in-law invariably hand the car over to me with displayed fuel economy around 8 liter/100 km (30 mpg). I'd tanked up and reset the trip meter, a few days earliers, and by the time I got out to the airport I had it at 5.7 (41 mpg).

    I expect they'll run it back up again, but I'll ask my son what he thinks of them, feel, rolling resistance, mpg and whatever, over the next few weeks.
     
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    It seems Michelin doesn't make the Energy Saver A/S anymore. According to the place I went to get tires today. They tried to call Michelin and ask, and that's what Michelin told them on speaker phone.

    I don't know for sure yet, but that's so weird. Wondering what will be the best tires to get from now on.
     
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    Fill in the info and see what Michelin recommends.
    Michelin Tire Selector | Find car tires by vehicle, size, season, vehicle category, driving experience or tire family
     
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    A real mix of opinions.
     
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    Like some other things, everyone has one.
     
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    I really like the Ecopia. I have them on my other cars. I think that's what I'll go with when the ones on it wear out.
     
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    @bisco has the energy saver a/s, and is happy with them I think. I've had Ecopia EP20: impressed with their mpg, but the did get noisy as they wear. Other'n that no problems. Well except don't even think about snow driving, when they're worn.
     
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    I'll never have to worry about that. I drive on the highway to much to be worried about them. When they start to get low, they get changed. It helps that the company I work for is owned by a tire company. Employee discount helps a lot. I'm not planning on driving in the snow either.
     
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    I had mixed set of Ecopia E20 (OEM) and Ecopia 422 Plus after I had unrepairable flat on stock E20 early in my Prius ownership. I was happy with great mpg from those tires, but were not happy with their handling on snow at all. After 2 years, two OEM E20 were worn down, needing replacement. Two newer Ecopia 422 plus were also worn quite bit after only a year. Last fall, I purchased set of 4 Xice3 for winter, and rather than buying two new tires in spring to replace worn out E20, I purchased a set of 4 Conti Truecontact. I am very happy with both of those LRR tires. Both tires had mpg slightly worse (2-3mpg on average) than Ecopia in winter and summer, but they are better traction and ride. I will see how tread life are going to be on them.
     
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    I've got the Energy Savers as well. I've put over 30k on them, and I'm sure they can go another 30k easy. I can't say the same for the crappy OEMs (which were threadbare by 30k). I think they were Bridgestone (dumped them in January 2015 for these). I don't do any snow driving in my local clime, so I couldn't tell you how they handle in ice conditions (there is rarely snowfall, and I remember them sliding on ice on my inclined driveway...which tires wouldn't?! ;)). It sounds like the two most popular here are Bridgestone Ecopias (though with some manufacturing locale caveats?) and Michelin E/S. Might have to try the former on the next go around and test the earlier claim about an mpg bump.
     
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    That's unfortunate. I'm at 30,000 miles on mine and still have 8/32" of tread left. I may go to a true LRR tire again, but the performance has been great. It seems like after 20K miles or so I started getting some of the 3 mpg mileage hit back, now I'm getting 47-49 mpg on just gas instead of 48-50.
     
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    Soo....How'd it go ?
     
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