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Michelin Energy Saver Tires boost my fuel economy 4 percent


I mentioned before that I bought some new Michelin Energy Saver All-Season tires for my Toyota Prius. The advertising materials from Michelin claim that using the tires will achieve up to an 8% increase in fuel economy.

Anecdotally I have been able to achieve about a 47 MPG average for combined mileage, approximately a 2-4% improvement versus my previous average with the original tires. Having driven about 1 month (1,500 miles?) on the tires this modest improvement in my Prius mileage doesn’t save a ton of money but I am impressed that the tires really have made a difference in the car’s fuel economy.

Replaced Tires for Toyota Prius at 48,000 Miles


I just replaced the tires on my 2008 Toyota Prius this week for the first time. The old tires had about 48,000 miles on them. Oddly, one of the tires had much more wear compared to the others. The service representatives at Toyota told me I could probably go another 5,000 miles so I drove a few weeks more before deciding to go ahead and simply replace all of the tires.

Happily, Discount Tire (a.k.a. America’s Tire) had a $70 rebate for a set of 4 Michelin tires. I got the Michelin Energy Saver All-Season at $133 per tire. After taxes, service, and fees I think it cost me about $740 including a lifetime warranty.

The tires do not feel significantly different from the Toyota OEM tires. They are slightly bouncier but I think that bouncy feeling can be attributed to simply being new tires.

Prius mpg and Annual fuel cost

Tagged: the Prius EPA Fuel economy is rated at 50 MPG combined highway and city, costing $780 per year. I personally get 46MPG according to my console display.

In contrast, the $1.7 million dollar Bugatti Veyron achieves around 10 MPG and costs $4,200 per year to keep the tank full.

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