Better Fuel Mileage with Your Tires

With the tire being the only thing contacting the road while you drive, it becomes obvious that the tire plays a roll in your vehicle's fuel economy. This characteristic is referred to as "Tire Rolling Resistance". There are a few nuances to keep in mind when examining tires and fuel economy. It has been proven that as a tire wears, it becomes less resistant to roll. This is partially attributed to its shorter tread depth and lower weight. A new tire at full tread will weigh more and experience more squirm in the tread blocks, increasing the amount of power needed to make the tire roll.

The other thing to understand is that a worn tire is also shorter than a new tire. With every rotation of a worn tire, you are traveling a slightly shorter distance than you would on a new tire. Of course your odometer does not account for this, so there is an error in the fuel economy calculation. When you install a new tire, you are correcting this wear and also going from the lowest levels of rolling resistance to the highest. This means it's possible that even if you choose a Low Rolling Resistance tire, you may temporarily see a decrease in fuel mileage due to these issues.

Continental EcoPlus+ Michelin Green X

Bridgestone Ecopia


Many manufacturers have turned their attention to the issue of fuel economy. Typically, you can identify a low rolling resistance tire by its name, including: Bridgestone EcopiaMichelin Green X and Continental EcoPlus. However, there is no industry standard established for ascertaining the low rolling resistance characteristics of a tire. This means we kind of have to take the tire manufacturers word for it. Over the past six years, we have included fuel consumption results as part of tire test program. You can also select "LRR" as you use the filter filter options on our site. 

Shop by vehicle to view all low rolling resistance tires for your application.


Tuesday, January 3, 2017 by Tracy

I am wanting to purchase a 2016 SR5 4 runner. Can I put 20 in. wheels on this vehicle. The Limited has them, but the SR comes with 17 inch. How do I make this happen?
Wednesday, January 4, 2017 by Hunter Leffel

Hi Tracy,
By using our shop by vehicle tool, you can view the 20" options that will fit your SR5

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