Rated 5 out of
New Favorite, but no 22" dia tires for 14" wheels.My last set of Michelin Defenders Green-X tires lasted 60,000 miles and 7 years. This time I chose Michelin Energy Saver A/S Green X tires, for my now rarely used, 2003 Toyota Sienna Van. The van is so much nicer to drive with new tires, again quiet, smooth, comfortable in all weather conditions and MPG is up, especially on 45-55 mph zone backroads +5 mpg.
This is my new favorite tire!
The van gets only 19 mph around town (27 mpg now on the back roads with A/S tires), and with all the kids gone, I decided on a smaller daily driver
I found a used 2000 Honda Insight 5sp. The factory tires it are are VERY NOISY, they've worn out quite quickly and were chosen for the car 18 years ago, i.e. old technology. Traction is ok, but not stellar, so I came here first, given the Energy Saver A/S MPG gains and ride on my Van.
The factory Insight tire is a 165/65/14 that weighs 12 lbs, has a 22.5 inch diameter and is mounted on a streamlined 10.5 lb factory wheel. On the flats the car has gotten over 100 mpg. Around town, on these hills, it has gets a steady 58.5mpg over the last 4283 miles. The size and weight of tires, the high gearing, a super efficient hybrid engine, low coefficient of drag of the car, and how the car is driven all adds up to a great MPG. But I want a quiet, even more efficient ride, like I now have with the Energy Saver A/S tires on the van.
The problem is the smallest lightest Energy Saver A/S is a 175/65/15 tire that weighs 15 lbs, has a 24" diameter and mounts on a 15" wheel, coming from 12lbs, 22.4" dia on a 14" special streamlined wheel.
I've sourced new 7.7 lb 15" non-streamlined wheels that will offset the extra 3 lb Energy Saver A/S tire weight. Yet the extra tire diameter of +1.5 inches, 165/65/14 to 175/65/15, not only messes with the speedometer and mpg gauge, the car is geared so high from the factory, that especially in first, it will be even more difficult to take off on the often wet steep uphills where I live.
I'm just wondering if there will be a 22" dia, 11-13 lb Energy Saver A/S tire for 14" wheels any time soon (nothing like that in the Defender series either), or do I sadly need to buy a set of 165/65/14s from the other guys?
Again, If I have to drive, I want the best MPG.
The Michelin Energy Saver A/S tires are the BEST tires I have ever owned, for all around comfort, wear, quiet ride and daily driving, and a BIG PLUS to MPG, which saves not only gas and money, but reduces my CO2 toll on the Global Climate Catastrophe.
Date published: 2018-10-28
Rated 5 out of
Long Lasting performanceOriginal equipment on my Fusion Hybrid, these tires have lasted over 100,000 miles in four and a half years of highway and city driving. So yeah, I’m getting another set.
Date published: 2018-10-03
Rated 5 out of
Wears goodI drive about 15,000 miles a year. Bought the car new in 2014. It’s now 2018 and car has almost 80,000 miles with original tires. I’d say that’s pretty good.
Date published: 2018-07-30
Rated 1 out of
Does do what they sayTires came on my fusion from the factory and car has just over twentyseven thousand miles and are going to need to be replaced they are maintained for air pressure and balance and alignment