You’ll do anything to save money when filling up your vehicle, and you’ve even made sure that your tires are always properly inflated. But have you ever wondered what brand of tire will actually save you the most money when it comes to filling up? Consumer Reports did, and that’s why they decided to take two of the top tire contenders and put them through their paces to see which one would save you some cash at the pumps.
Choosing two brands of tires in the low rolling resistance category, the magazine pitted Michelin Energy Saver A/S and Cooper GFE against each other. Both are good all-purpose tires, but Michelin was declared the winner. Their tires had the lowest rolling resistance of any all-season tire that Consumer Reports tested in the past few years, and it scored a “Very Good” rating in dry and wet braking. In fact, the Energy Savers impressed the judges so much (they probably got extra points in the swimsuit category) that they made the number two spot on Consumer Reports’ chart of all comparable tires, regardless of their rolling resistance rating.
This isn’t to say that the Cooper GFE tires didn’t do well. Their rolling resistance was not as low as the Michelin’s, but they still performed well when it came to the hydroplaning resistance and emergency handling test, and they earned a rating of “Good” for both snow traction and ice braking.
If you’re in the market for a set of tires, Consumer Reports reminds you not to buy a tire based solely on its fuel-saving capabilities. “Short term savings are relatively small. But most consumers will likely see long-term fuel savings over the life of a tire,’ said Gene Petersen, a senior engineer for Consumer Reports who oversees its tire test program. “No matter what tire your car is rolling on, it’s critical to maintain proper inflation.”
[Source: Autoblog Green]