Does tire category affect gas mileage?

Thursday, January 13, 2011 by Mac McNabb
Does the grip of a tire affect gas mileage? Let's examine three different tests we ran this past summer and see what the data suggests:

Ulltra High Performance Summer Tires MPG
BFGoodrich g-Force Sport 26.4
Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500 27.0
Kumho Ecsta SPT KU31 27.3
Yokohama S.drive 27.8
**Tested on 225/45-17**
 
 

The High Performance Summer tires will produce higher skid pad results, which leads to having better grip. As you can see though, the gas mileage difference is nominal at best. The increase we saw with the High Performance All-Season tires could easily be attributed to the smaller tire size.

In conclusion, if you are looking at performance tires for your sports car you need not be too concerned about gas mileage savings. Start your search and look for grip qualities that fit your needs.

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