We Can Help You Find the Best Low Rolling Resistance Tire for Your Car

As gas prices go up, consumers are looking for ways to stretch every dollar and gallon of fuel. Everyone from hybrid car owners like the Toyota Prius and Honda Civic Hybrid, to larger trucks and SUVs, such as the Chevrolet Tahoe and Ford F-150 are very interested in low rolling resistance tires. 

Last summer, Tire Rack tested three eco-focused tires that advertise better fuel economy and all-season capability: the Bridgestone Ecopia EP422, Continental ProContact with EcoPlus Technology, and Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max against a typical passenger car tire, the Yokohama AVID TRZ.  Our testing program includes both dry and wet surface testing on our dedicated test track and a 6.6-mile loop of expressway, state highway and county roads that have a good mix of road conditions that include city and highway speeds, smooth and coarse concrete, as well as new and patched asphalt. Our newest addition to the testing program is an automotive computer tied into the vehicle's electronics that allow us to measure fuel consumption and true distance traveled.

During our Real World Road Ride test, the Continental and Bridgestone tires rated best for comfort and low road noise, while the Continental proved to be top-rated in handling, braking and cornering traction. Our computers added a new dimension to the testing by showing the Bridgestone (followed by the Goodyear) as having the best fuel efficiency. 

At the end of the test, all four tires proved to be capable and quiet, with the Continental coming out on top by a slim margin over the Yokohama. As always, there are compromises for any model, so be sure to see if small gains in traction or comfort can be offset with improvements in fuel efficiency. For a full test report, review "Eco-Focused All-Season Tires: Do They Deliver on the Promise?"


Monday, May 6, 2013 by Rudy Stefenel

Need 2 tires, low rolling resistance 2004 Honda Civic Hybrid P185/70 R14
Tuesday, May 7, 2013 by Doc

For best results we'd recommend switching out all four tires. In your size, you best option is the Michelin Defender.
Monday, May 13, 2013 by AliceK

need 4 LRR tire for my 2007 Prius. suggestions?
Monday, May 13, 2013 by doc

Based on our testing, I'd recommend either the Michelin Energy Saver AS or the Continental Pro Contact with EcoPlus technology.
Sunday, June 16, 2013 by Pat

Need new tires for 2005 Prius that can survive 6 miles round trip on bumpy dirt roads in the Mohave Desert (summer temps 100 degrees plus). Would LRR tires survive or are some brands better than others?
Monday, June 24, 2013 by doc

Based on manufacturers' data, we would not expect LRR tires to have any less temperature sensitivity than a "standard" rubber compound tire (regardless of brand). While we do not have any test results of our own, traditionally we have found that the premium brand tires (Michelin, Bridgestone, Goodyear etc)receive more positive reviews for durability than lesser expensive brands. Given the extreme conditions you describe, we could not promote one tire over another in terms of durability. Sorry that we did not have more specific information !
Monday, July 8, 2013 by Karen

Which LRR tire would you recommend for a 2009 Honda CRV (225/65R17)?
Monday, July 15, 2013 by doc

I'd have you consider the Michelin Energy Saver AS or the Continental Pro Contact with EcoPlus technology in your tire size.
Sunday, July 21, 2013 by Cody

I have a 2013 F-150, and I intend on putting larger diameter tires on it in the near future. The current tires are P275/55/R20's. I intend to go with 35" tires which is the largest I can run without more than a level lift. I'd like to go with the lightest/LRR large tire good for all seasons weather conditions. Suggestions?
I've found that with the 20" stock wheels my choices for large tires are more limited.
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 by Larry

I need to replace all 4 tires on my 2009 Honda Civic Hybrid. The door post label calls for P195/65R15 89S. At present I have Michelin Destiny tires since I could not find the OEM tires when I last replaced them. I'd like to keep my excellent gas milage in the process, which is 43+ MPG over 70,000 miles.

Thank you,

Larry (near Denver, CO)
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 by doc

While we do not have access to any information on the Michelin Destiny tire you referenced, I'd have you look at both the Bridgestone Ecopia EP422 and the Michelin Energy Saver AS as tires that should help you meet your MPG goals
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 by doc

Anything close to the 35" diameter you referenced will anything but light and fuel efficient as nearly everything we stock would be an 8 or ten ply rated all terrain or mud terrain tire. Sorry !
Thursday, July 25, 2013 by Karen

Recommendation for the best tires for my 2011 Prius. Price and value matter!
Thursday, July 25, 2013 by Doc

Assuming a 195/65-15 tire size, the best value for a Low Rolling Resistance tire would be the Continental Pro Contact with Eco Plus Technology . Please call in for current pricing !
Friday, July 26, 2013 by Wendell

We have a 2011 Honda Insight and replaced the stock Dinlap tires at 33,000 with Yokohama (Avids?) and immediately saw a 5mpg mileage drop. We're looking to replace these and are hoping to get back to the 42 MPG. Any suggestions? Thanks!
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 by doc

While making no excuses for the Yokohamas, it is very common to see an initial drop in fuel economy with new tires as the old tires (with very little tread depth) were lighter and offered less rolling resistance than a new tire with full tread depth. As the the new tire wears in, you should see modest improvements, but sometimes you have to give up a little MPG to get the tires to actually do a good job of gripping the road.
Monday, August 5, 2013 by michele

Hi, I'm looking for 4 tires for a 2008 Honda civic hybrid. I'll be driving it to college in the mountains ,So I want to keep my good gas mileage but I need to lower the noise. And add comfort.Can you please tell me the best tire to buy
thanks michele
Tuesday, August 6, 2013 by Doc

I'd recommend both the Michelin Energy Saver AS and the Continental Pure Contact as great options for what you need.
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 by Abdulla

Hi, Hi, I'm looking for 4 tires for a 2008 FJ cruiser. I'll be driving it on highways mostly,no off-road, my target is to lower the noise. And add comfort.Can you please tell me the best tire to buy
thanks Abdulla
Thursday, August 15, 2013 by Doc

Toyota has two tire options for the FJ. In either the 16' or 17" wheels size, consider the Bridgestone Dueler HL Alenza or Continental Cross Contact LX20.
Tuesday, August 20, 2013 by Jesper

I have a 2012 Nissan Leaf. Which tires do you recommend?
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 by Doc

In your 205/55R16 size, I'd recommend either the Bridgestone Ecopia EP422 or the Continental Pure Contact as great options.
Thursday, August 29, 2013 by Mike

Looking for 4 lrr 17" tires for 2010 Prius V. Want good mileage wear, good mpg, less road noise. Any suggestions?
Thursday, August 29, 2013 by Doc

We do not have many LRR tire options in your size, but best ones are the Bridgestone Ecopia EP422 and the Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max
Thursday, September 12, 2013 by Rod

Need all four new tires for a 2010 Toyota Prius II. I'm looking for the best LRR tires, price is secondary. Thanks!
Friday, September 13, 2013 by Doc

In your 195/65R15 size, we can strongly recommend either the Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max or the Continental Pure Contact.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 by Frederick W. Frank

Your recomendation on a LRR Summer tire for my Koni- equipped '03 Corolla, when the 195/60 Hankook Optimo 727s (Quiet, Great cornering) i got from you wear out.. if only Michelin's Pilot Exalto A/S was LRR!
Thursday, October 24, 2013 by Doc

Assuming you need the 195/65-15 size, both the Bridgestone Ecopia Ep422 and the Michelin Energy Saver tires are good options
Friday, October 25, 2013 by The Jackal

Looking to get 4 new tires for my 2007 Nissan Altima Hybrid. Any suggestions, Doc?
Friday, November 1, 2013 by Doc

In 215/60R16, I'd recommend the Bridgestone Ecopia EP422 and the Continental Pure Contact with EcoPlus Technology.
Tuesday, November 5, 2013 by DL

We want to replace the standard 205/45/17 tires and wheels that came with our Coda electric sedan with LRR tires. We have discovered that requires a change to 16 inch wheels and 55 series profile (prob 205/55/16). What do you suggest for the best LRR tires for our EV. We have driven 13K miles the past year. Thanks
Saturday, November 9, 2013 by Julie

I have a 2011 Prius and am looking to replace the tires. I currently have Goodyear Assurance on. Would you recommend staying with that same brand of tire while dealing with Wisconsin weather?
Monday, November 11, 2013 by Chris

2010 Prius needs tires. Traction more important to me than gas mileage. Suggestions???
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 by Doc

In the 205/55R16 size, our options would include the Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max, the Bridgestone Ecopia EP422 and the Continental Pure Contact with EcoPlus Technology (with the Conti getting the best marks in our most recent test)
Thursday, November 14, 2013 by Doc

Assuming your tire size is 195/65R15, take a look at the Goodyear Assurance Triple Tred AS for best in class snow and wet traction
Monday, May 19, 2014 by Rick

2009 Subaru Legacy base model. LRR summer only tires. Anything in Sumitomo? (HTR Z II vs. III?)
Tuesday, May 20, 2014 by Felix

What the best low roll resistance tires for a 2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid?
Tuesday, May 20, 2014 by Doc

Sumitomo does not offer any LRR technology in either the HTR Z II or Z III, we'd have to have you look at an all season capable tire to have any selection of LRR options.
Tuesday, May 20, 2014 by Doc

Assuming the 215/55R17 size, I'd recommend either the Bridgestone Ecopia EP422 and the Continental Pure Contact with EcoPlus Technology -
Sunday, June 8, 2014 by Felix

Dear Doc,
Thank you for your tip. I should have asked you the above question a year ago. I am currently using Michellin Defender and the the avarage mpg is less than what listed on the car. What about the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Performance Radial Tire?
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 by Doc

While we've not tested the two tires "head to head", our expectation is that the Pirelli should average around 30 mpg of "mixed" use that we found in our most recent test. We've not done any MPG testing on the Defender yet. The fuel economy of a brand new tire will be less than impressive until they wear in.
Friday, June 13, 2014 by Devin

Dear Doc,
I am currently wanting to replace my 30" tires with 31" to 32" tires. I understand it is not practical to use a large tire if fuel economy is a concern, but I want that tire size because I am lifted. Would like 265/75R16 or 255/80R16, and I know the ladder is a rare find. Could you recommend me a fuel efficient tire? I no longer tow and I do not offroad, I am looking for highway tires.
Friday, June 20, 2014 by doc

Very few truck tire sizes feature a LRR compound, but in 265/75R16 we have the Continental Cross Contact LX20 and the Goodyear Assurance CS Fuelmax as LRR options. I don't have access to any tires in 255/80R16.
Saturday, September 6, 2014 by Pat

Are the new Michelin premier tires good for a 2010 Prius in rainy Seattle? I would like to preserve good gas mileage. If not, what would you recommend?
Thursday, September 18, 2014 by Doc

In our testing, the Michelin proved to have excellent wet traction. See our test results here: http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tests/testDisplay.jsp?ttid=188&affiliate=FH3
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 by Jason

Hi there,

2000 Lexus SC300, currently running 235/40ZR/18 95W XL tires. Looking to purchase highest rating tires for best road noise reduction. Money is not an issue. Thanks in advance.
Friday, September 26, 2014 by Doc

Our favorite in your size would be the Michelin Primacy MXM4.
Monday, November 17, 2014 by Barb

1. Driving a 2005 Toyota Prius. Looking for a quieter ride as well as fuel efficiency which went down after I replaced the OE tires. In southeastern PA area.
2. 3 tires need replacement, 4th is not as old. Should I replace all 4? Thanks.
Sunday, November 30, 2014 by Lance

Hello I have a 2010 chevy tahoe hybrid and I'm stuck between the continental cross contact lx20 or the Goodyear assurance fuel max. Any help would be greatly appreciated. The oem Bridgestone dualers have a low rating. Don't want to loose mpgs.
Saturday, December 6, 2014 by Doc

Unless tire #4 has more than 5/32" remaining tread depth, we'd recommend doing all four. Our favorites would include the Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max and the Michelin Defender
Saturday, December 6, 2014 by Doc

IN our most recent test, the Conti was the clear winner. See our test results here: http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tests/testDisplay.jsp?ttid=157&affiliate=FH3
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 by John Scott

Lost 4MPG on my 2007 Yaris.Had Hydro-Edge.Now discontinued. Which tire will get my mileage back?
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 by Doc

Has the loss been increasing annually / biannually ? Are you comparing to when was brand new ? There are too many variables over the 7 or so years the car has been on the road for me to promise to get that mileage back (even partially) with a new tire..... may want to talk to the dealer and see if there are any mechanical issues to address
Saturday, January 17, 2015 by Jostein

Hi. Suggestions for best LRR for my Tesla Model S in 19"
Friday, March 6, 2015 by Alan

Looking for BEST LRR tire for Prius, 225/45/17. Purecontact or Procontact?
Saturday, March 7, 2015 by Doc


The PureContact will eventually replace the ProContact in nearly every size, and features Continental's latest and greatest LLR technology.
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 by Eugene


I have a 2013 Hyundai Elantra Limited.

I'm looking for a set of 4 tires with very low noise plus able to handle light snow conditions fairly well. Thanks!
Thursday, March 26, 2015 by CC-PA

Looking to replace tires on 2012 Honda Insight, either 2 or all 4 after pothole incident took one out. What would you recommend for best mpg? For best handling?
Thursday, March 26, 2015 by Doc


Assuming you have the 215/45R17 size, consider the Continental True Contact or the Michelin Premier AS
Thursday, March 26, 2015 by Doc


Assuming you use the 185/60R15 size, our favorites would include the General AltiMax RT43 for handling, and the Michelin Defender for fuel economy.
Saturday, May 9, 2015 by jerry

Any new info on the best tire replacement for a 08 honda civic hybrid
Monday, May 11, 2015 by Sheri

I have a 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid, I have rotated the tires religiously but the front two are almost down to the wear bars despite only 32K miles. My road has a lot of potholes, the last 1/4 mile is gravel. Recommendations?
Thursday, May 14, 2015 by Doc

In your stock 195/65-15 size, we recommend the new Continental True Contact and the Bridgestone Ecopia EP422 Plus.
Thursday, May 14, 2015 by Doc

The original equipment Bridgestone Ecopia EP20 does not carry a mileage warranty but is normally expected to last an average of 40,000 miles. For front wheel drive cars, we'd recommend rotating every 3,000 miles for the first 15,000 miles, and then every 6,000 miles after that. In your 195/65-15 size, consider the Continental True Contact as a more durable option
Tuesday, September 1, 2015 by Omer

Looking to 95/80R16 Michelin Solar Car Tire but i can not find anywhere. Can you help me ?
Friday, September 4, 2015 by Doc

In the 195/80R16 size, we have a tire from Bridgestone that is specific for electric vehicles at the link below, but I do not have access to a Michelin in the same size.

Sunday, September 25, 2016 by Roy

I bought a used 2011 Ford Escape Hybrid from the dealer back in April and I suspect the tires are OE since the car had only 46000 miles on it. The treads are now on the skinny side with a little dry rot! (Michelin Latitude Tour 235/70-16) Also, I do over 500 mi. a week for work.
I currently enjoy 38-40 mpg and would really like to improve that if possible. What would you recommend?
Friday, September 30, 2016 by Doc


Our favorites would include the new Michelin Premier LTX, the Bridgestone Dueler HL422 Ecopia and the Continental Cross Contact LX20. Bear in mind that your fuel economy will be less than ideal for a while with any (brand new / full tread depth) tire, but they will come around over time.
Thursday, March 15, 2018 by Jordan Stoulil

I have a 2003 GMC Yukon 4WD and need as low a rolling resistance as safety allows bc I need to increase my fuel efficiency.
Saturday, April 7, 2018 by Doc

Assuming you are using a 265/70R16 size, I'd have you look at the Goodyear Assurance FuelMax;


If you have another size, feel free to call in

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