Tire Rack's Best Tires for Fuel Economy

Friday, April 6, 2012 by Steve Huffman

With the increasing costs of gasoline, more and more drivers are looking for ways to improve their fuel economy. Fortunately, tire manufacturers have recognized this need and how tires affect fuel efficiency.
 

Tire rolling resistance has an impact on vehicle fuel consumption estimated to range from about 4% during urban driving to 7% during highway driving. The engine and driveline is estimated to consume approximately 80% of the fuel, while the remainder is used to overcome inertia, wind resistance, converted into heat by the brakes or consumed when the vehicle is idling. The automotive industry estimates a 10% reduction in tire rolling resistance will result in a one to two percent improvement in vehicle fuel economy. And while that may not seem like a lot, it can reduce fuel consumption by a couple of tanks a year and make the purchase of lower rolling resistance tires a better value over their lifetime. When considering a low rolling resistance tire for your vehicle, take a look at the following options:
 

Michelin HydroEdge with Green X
Michelin HydroEdge
with Green X
Bridgestone Ecopia EP422
Bridgestone Ecopia
EP422
Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max
Goodyear Assurance
Fuel Max

 

Comments on Tire Rack's Best Tires for Fuel Economy

Thursday, February 28, 2013 by adam:
what is the better fuel efficient tire for 235/55R18 on RAV4?

Thanks
Saturday, March 2, 2013 by Steve:
In your size I would suggest the Bridgestone Dueler HL422 Ecopia.
Hope this helps.
Friday, March 8, 2013 by Roger:
what is best fuel efficient tire for 2012 malibu LTZ has P225 50R18 with 4cyl 6speed? Thanks
Monday, March 11, 2013 by Steve:
Hi Roger,
Based on our testing the Bridgestone Ecopia EP422 has the best fuel economy of any tire in your size.
Thursday, April 18, 2013 by Bill Ashton:
Looking at some 235/60R/16 for my 2008 hyundai tucson. Any suggestions?
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 by Jeff:
Best fuel economy tire for a 2006 Yaris 175-65-14?
Thursday, April 25, 2013 by Steve:
Bill,
For the Tucson I would suggest either the Bridgestone Dueler HL422 Ecopia or the Continental Cross Contact LX20.
Hope this helps.
Thursday, April 25, 2013 by steve:
Jeff,
For the Yaris, I would go with the Michelin Defender. Hope this helps.
Saturday, May 4, 2013 by james bouchard:
best economy for 2007civichybrid p195/65r15 89 ?
I have worndown EP100 ecopia
Sunday, May 5, 2013 by H. G. Pedersen:
LRR tires: any recommendations for
1997 Camry LE in 195x70x14?
Monday, May 6, 2013 by steve:
For the 97 Camry I would suggest the Michelin Defender.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013 by Chris:
Looking for best tire for 05 Jeep Grand Cherokee, 235x65x17, any recommendations greatly appreciated. Vehicle is mainly used for driving to and from work, majority of time spent sitting in stop and go traffic. Thanks again, Chris.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013 by Steve:
Hi Chris,
For your Jeep I would suggest the Bridgestone Dueler HL422 Ecopia or the Continental Cross Contact LX20. They seem to do the best for SUVs.
Hope this helps.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 by Lauren:
What would you recommend for a 2010 Rav4 4WD base (4 cyl; 225 65 17)? I commute mainly on chip-sealed roads and am looking for good tread life and fuel economy. Thanks!
Thursday, May 23, 2013 by Suman:
What is the best fuel efficient tire without compromising on braking abilit for Toyota Sienna 2006 LE FWD 225/65 16 mini van?
Friday, May 24, 2013 by Steve:
Hi Suman,
For the Sienna I would go with the Michelin Defender.
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 by Joshua:
What would you recommend for a 2007 Hyundai Entourage, tire size 225/70r16?
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 by Steve:
Hi Joshua,
For the Entourage, I would suggest either the Bridgestone Dueler HL422 Ecopia or the Continental Cross Contact LX20.
Thursday, May 30, 2013 by heather :
would like some fuel efficient tires for our Nissan Titan 09 xe/king cab
265/70-18 is there such a tire?
Thursday, May 30, 2013 by Steve:
Hi Heather,
For the Nissan Titan I would go with the Continental Cross Contact LX20.
Thursday, May 30, 2013 by Chris:
2011 Prius III 195/65-15
Friday, May 31, 2013 by Steve:
Hi Chris,
For the Prius, I would go with the Bridgestone Ecopia EP422.
Thursday, June 13, 2013 by Felix:
How about a 2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited?
Thursday, June 13, 2013 by Steve:
Hi Felix,
For the Avalon I would suggest the Bridgestone Ecopia EP422.
Thursday, June 27, 2013 by Roberto:
What would you suggest would be the most fuel efficient tires for my 2012 Mazda Mazda3 i Touring?
Friday, June 28, 2013 by Steve:
Hi Roberto,
For the Mazda I would go with the Michelin Defender.
Tuesday, July 9, 2013 by Xavier:
Best LRR tire for my 2011 Honda Accord SE? Thank you!
Saturday, July 13, 2013 by Mary Moss:
hello, what would you suggest. I need a quiet and fuel efficient tire for my 2013 kia optima lx. thank you.
Monday, July 15, 2013 by Steve:
Hi Mary,
For the Optima I would suggest taking a look at the new Continental ProContact with Ecoplus technology.
Thursday, August 8, 2013 by jim smith:
best make and model tire for 2013 v 6 stang 17 inch wheel for mileage. currently on factory out the door michelins. expect to mount on bullit type wheels.
Friday, August 9, 2013 by Steve:
Hi Jim, I think your asking which tire has the best mpg? The factory Michelin Energy Saver AS is pretty good, but I would also recommend the Bridgestone Ecopia EP422. Hope this helps.
Thursday, August 22, 2013 by Michael:
We have a 2006 Ford Escape Hybrid all wheel drive. What do you recommend for the best fuel economy? We do not do much snowy driving.
Friday, August 23, 2013 by Steve:
Hi Michael,
I would suggest the Bridgestone Dueler HL 422 Ecopia. Hope this helps.
Tuesday, September 3, 2013 by michael:
Steve,
What would you suggest for the best fuel economy for a 1998 jeep grand Cherokee Laredo 5.2 v8 with quadra-trac we live in the NY and their will be minimum winter driving, around town only if needed during bad weather, your thoughts ?
Monday, September 9, 2013 by steve:
Assuming you use size 215-75-15, there really aren't any low rolling resistance tires made in that size, but I would suggest the Firestone Destination LE2 as the best option. Hope this helps.
Friday, September 20, 2013 by ivan:
what is the best 195/65r15 for my 2010 prius and the best for 1400-1500 lb capacity for my 2005 prius
Friday, September 20, 2013 by Steve:
Hi Ivan,
For the Prius I would go with the Bridgestone Ecopia EP422.
Sunday, September 22, 2013 by Chris:
Hi,
Which fuel efficient tire do you suggest for my 2013 Hyundai Elantra GLS w/16" wheels?
Thanks
Thursday, September 26, 2013 by Steve:
Hi Chris,
For the Elantra I would suggest the new Continental Pure Contact with Ecoplus Technology.
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 by Teresa:
Hi, what would you suggest for improved mileage for my 2006 Highlander Hybrid 2wd? I rarely drive in the snow. Thanks much!
Thursday, October 10, 2013 by Steve:
For the Highlander I would suggest the new Continental CrossContact LX20.
Friday, October 18, 2013 by Hans:
Are there any LRR tires for full size trucks? Specifically looking at 33" tires, 20" rim, with a tread width somewhere from 275 to 305.
Friday, October 18, 2013 by Steve:
Hi Hans,
Size 275-60-20 is 33" and in that size the Continental CrossContact LX20 is available.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013 by Merri:
Best Fuel Efficient tire for a Lexus HS250 18 in
Friday, October 25, 2013 by steve:
Hi Merri,
Not much to chose from in your size, but I would recommend the Continental PureContact.
Monday, November 4, 2013 by Jeffrey:
Hello,
I am looking to replace my Michelin Radial XSE P 215/50 R 17 93V on my 05 Mazda 6s with a longer lasting fuel boosting tire, got any suggestions?
Thursday, November 7, 2013 by Mark A:
Best LRR tires for Yaris with proven good treadwear rating
Friday, November 8, 2013 by Steve:
Hi Mark, For the Yaris with a good treadwear rating, I would suggest the Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max.
Hope this helps.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 by Tony:
What is a good all season low rolling resistance all season tire for a 2010 Subaru legacy with a very good warranty?
Thursday, December 12, 2013 by Steve:
Hi Tony,
The Continental Pure Contact with Ecoplus Technology would be a good LRR option for the Legacy.
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 by Manuel:
Im looking for best and most cost-effective tire for 2007 hyundai sta fe 4x2 2.2crdi, 235x65x17, any recommendations greatly appreciated. Vehicle is mainly used for driving to and from work. Thanks again, manuel
Saturday, February 8, 2014 by Wade:
What would be my best option on LRR tires for 2012 subaru Impreza 5 Door. Has P205/50/17 size tires.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 by Tire Rack Team:
The Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology is a highly rated LRR tire that would be good for the Subaru.
Monday, March 24, 2014 by David Marshall:
Very limited selection for 2012 yaris SE - 195/50r16, in your 3 suggested tires any way of knowing which has the lowest rolling resistance?: ExtremeContact DWS, Solus KH25 or Optimo H426... my criteria is low road noise and low rolling resistance, rest dont matter. Thank you!
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 by Tire Rack Team:
We recommend choosing the Continental ExtremeContact DWS. While none of the three are listed as a low rolling resistance tire, the DWS is the lightest of the three. It also ranks very high in its performance category.
Monday, October 13, 2014 by Vincent:
Looking to replace my TOYO A20 P245/55R19 on my 2011 Highlander Hybrid. suggestions without loosing MPG.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 by keith martin:
2012 Ford Focus Electric. i'm considering the CINTURATO P7™ ALL SEASON. Where does this rank regarding rolling resistance as my commute consumes all the battery power on the oe Michelins it has now. (these are worn ot at 25,000 miles) What tire gives me the lowest rolling resistance?

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