Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Energy Saver A/S

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Vehicle: 2011 Ford Fusion
3.5
Miles Driven on Tires: 41,900
Location: Sarasota, FL
Driving Condition: Mostly City
Driving Style: Spirited
Michelin Energy Saver A/S
Initial Review: 41,900 miles on tires
June 22, 2012

This is the OEM tire that came on my 2011 Fusion SEL. I definitely had very few complaints about this tire overall.
The Good:
-Fuel Economy
-Quiet (conditional. if your alignment has been allowed to go out, these will get excessively loud)
-TREADLIFE. These tires still had about 50% of their treadlife at 41,000 miles when I removed them from the car. I personally know of another 2011 Fusion that had about 74k miles on its same exact tires and still had about 3/32 left. They were excessively loud at this point because the alignment had been out for a time, but still VERY astonishing mileage!
-Snow traction. Believe it or not, these tires are pretty good at gripping icy roads for being an energy efficient tire. I had the opportunity to drive on these tires in some seriously icy conditions on mountain roads and they displayed some very predictable handling.
THE BAD:
-Ultimate wet traction. These tires do have enough wet grip to inspire confidence, but will slide when you least expect them to, or when you want to rely on them most.
-Ultimate dry handling. Traction is fine in the dry for stopping and going, but when trying to push the car into a long sweeping corner, these tires will FOLD under the pressure and SQUEAL loudly. Very uncomposed cornering.

I personally work in the automotive industry, and knowing the inside and out quality of these tires, I would highly recommend them. However, I replaced them with a different set of Michelin tires which I'm considerably happier with; the new Primacy MXM4. These Energy Savers are great quality tires, but if you're ok with spending slightly more for MORE quiet, MORE wet traction, MORE comfort, you'll definitely want to go for the Primacy MXM4s.

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