Best Fuel-Saving Tires List Released by Consumer Reports

Craig Cole
by Craig Cole

Can a set of tires really help you save on fuel? The answer is yes, and thanks to the folks at Consumer Reports we have a complete list of which tires do the most.

Eco-friendly rubber is designed to save drivers money at the pump. Typically these tires deliver a one or two mile-per-gallon improvement in fuel efficiency, but a lot of times they sacrifice handling and braking performance in the name of economy.

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To find out if any of these tires are worth considering Consumer Reports put a host of them through their paces, measuring things like dry handling, wet traction and rolling resistance, to name a few metrics. They found as much as a 3 mile-per-gallon difference on the highway between the most- and least-efficient tires tested. Still, the agency suggests drivers pick tires based on performance first then use rolling resistance as a tie breaker.

Here are Consumer Reports’ picks for best-performing eco-friendly tires. These tires all earned excellent scores in rolling resistance as well as a good or better overall score.

All-Season (T Speed Rated)

Michelin Energy Saver A/S

Cooper GFE

Performance All-Season (H Speed Rated)

Michelin Primacy MXV4

Dunlop SP Sport 7000 A/S

Bridgestone Ecopia EP422

Performance all-season (V speed rated)

Bridgestone Ecopia EP422


Michelin X-Ice Xi3

Always remember, for a tire to perform properly it must be inflated to the correct pressure. This figure is typically listed on or near the driver’s side door jamb, in the owner’s manual or inside the fuel-filler hatch.

Craig Cole
Craig Cole

Born and raised in metro Detroit, Craig was steeped in mechanics from childhood. He feels as much at home with a wrench or welding gun in his hand as he does behind the wheel or in front of a camera. Putting his Bachelor's Degree in Journalism to good use, he's always pumping out videos, reviews, and features for When the workday is over, he can be found out driving his fully restored 1936 Ford V8 sedan. Craig has covered the automotive industry full time for more than 10 years and is a member of the Automotive Press Association (APA) and Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA).

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