Max Performance Summer Tires Fuel Economy and Performance Test

Tire Rack tested tires from the Max Performance Summer tire category, collecting fuel economy data during our Real World Road Ride — a test drive on a circuit of highway and county roads near our corporate headquarters in Indiana. The fuel economy results for the Max Performance Summer tires we tested are shown below.

The tire with the best fuel economy is the Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 at 26.9 mpg in our BMW 3 Series test vehicles.

Max Performance Summer Tires
Continental ExtremeContact DW
Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric
Kumho Ecsta LE Sport
Michelin Pilot Sport PS2

This information is based on our team of Tire Rack test drivers completing approximately 500 miles per tire over several days on the same 6.6-mile test loop. I would recommend using this fuel data as a good tire buying tie-breaker since the mileage differences are small and would only result in a difference of a few extra fill-ups every year.

Check back soon to see the completed test results posted.


Sunday, December 19, 2010 by robert

Any research on wheel size and mpg?
Monday, December 20, 2010 by Chad

No, we do not have any data available. I would suspect that a large wheel than stock would result in lower fuel economy. Based on the wheel being heavier you may see a slight reduction in fuel economy.

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