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

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Vehicle: 2003 Subaru Forester 2.5 XS
Miles Driven on Tires: 14,000
Location: Ardmore, OK
Driving Condition: Combined Highway/City
Driving Style: Easy Going
Michelin Energy Saver A/S
Initial Review: 14,000 miles on tires
December 26, 2012

Well balanced all around tire which I was so glad to pick. As soon as the vehicle has worn this tire, the ride became softer and smoother, and best of all; the vehicle turned out very quiet regardless of any road surface. I must confess that I did not realize how much road noise was pronounced until I replaced old Yoko to this Michelin. Now, I neither raise my voice up to communicate with the person who sits next to me nor crank the volume up to listen to my favorite music. Both dry and wet traction are just adequate to put my foot down comfortably – even under the torrential downpour in TX, or 2-4 inches of fresh snow in OK, whereas the vehicle feels lighter for acceleration and gets easier to maintain its speed.

Sure, some people might feel scary due to the coasting nature of low road resistance tire; but, hey, this is definitely not one of the Ultra High Performance All-Season tires. So, let's face it. We cannot have a great mileage and highest grip at the same time. There should be a tradeoff and we must understand the name of the game in the first place. Thus, if you are looking for a tire which allows you to do maximum attack on each and every corner, there are bunch of great tire out there. Instead, if you are looking for a moderate, well balanced tire with the great mileage as a bonus, please try one of these and I believe you will not be disappointed.

FYI, here are some additional numbers from our recent cross-country trip.
35.2mpg (from Albuquerque to Amarillo; 325.5miles/9.25gal)
35.5mpg (from Amarillo to Oklahoma City; 258.6miles/7.28gal)
The vehicle having 5MT carried two adults with full load of cargo. All we did was topped off Shell regular gasoline, set the cruise control at 60mph (in another word, the engine rev was kept at 2,500rpm), and enjoyed the view during the road trip. As I am not a Mileage expert, in a similar condition, my previous tire Yokohama Avid H4S gave me barely up to 31mpg. Not a bad choice to improve fuel efficiency about 13%!

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