Which type of tire has the best fuel economy?

Tuesday, January 18, 2011 by Chad Hocker
Take a look at some of the results collected from the Real World Road Rides -- a test drive on a circuit of highways and county roads near our corporate headquarters in South Bend, Indiana. Our evaluation used Linear Logic ScanGauge II automotive computers to record fuel consumption and Race Technology DL1 data loggers to record true distance traveled.

The comparisons are between tires tested last season within three of our tire categories
The tire with the best fuel economy in the Grand Touring All-Season category is the Goodyear Assurance ComforTred Touring at 28.6 mpg in our BMW 3 Series test vehicles.

Grand Touring All-Season tires focus on a smooth, comfortable, quiet ride with good handling.

Grand Touring All-Season Tires MPG
Bridgestone Turanza Serenity
27.2
Continental ContiProContact
28.3
Goodyear Assurance ComforTred Touring
28.6
Michelin Primacy MXM4 28.3

The tire with the best fuel economy for the Standard Touring All-Season tires is the General AltiMAX RT at 27.0 mpg in our BMW 3 Series test vehicles.

Standard Touring All-Season tires focus on ride comfort and long treadwear on lower speed rated tires.

Standard Touring All-Season Tires MPG
BFGoodrich Premier Touring
26.5
Firestone Precision Touring
26.8
General AltiMAX RT
27.0
Yokohama AVID TOURING-S 26.8

The Goodyear Assurance featuring Fuel Max Technology achieved the best fuel economy for the Passenger All-Season Tires at 28.2 MPG in our BMW E92 328i Coupe.

Passenger All-Season tires focus on long wear, plush ride and predictable handling, at a relatively low cost

Passenger All-Season Tires MPG
Continental ProContact with EcoPlus Technology
28.1
Goodyear Assurance featuring Fuel Max Technology
28.2
Kumho eco Solus HM KR22
27.8
Michelin HydroEdge with Green X 27.8

Of the touring tires and passenger tires, the Grand Touring All-Season tires had the best fuel economy.

To see which tire will fit your vehicle, shop by vehicle.

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