5 All-Season Tires With the Most Rolling-Resistance, According to Consumer Reports

There are a lot of reasons why tires are so important to cars, and one of those reasons is that they can affect a car’s fuel economy. This all has to do with rolling resistance, and the higher a tire’s rolling resistance is, the less fuel efficient it’ll make your car. With gas prices getting higher and higher, here’s a look at five all-season tires with the most rolling resistance that drivers should avoid when shopping for new tires.

5. Goodyear Assurance WeatherReady (10.8 pounds)

A line of Goodyear racing eagle 18-inch tires for the NASCAR Cup Series Playoff YellaWood 500 in 2022
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As Consumer Reports wrote, rolling resistance, which is measured in pounds, can have a small effect on a car’s fuel economy. Roughly speaking, a 10% reduction in rolling resistance will equal a 1% increase in fuel economy. For comparison, the best all-season tires have a rolling resistance of about 9.1 pounds.

The Goodyear Assurance WeatherReady, meanwhile, is far from being the best in terms of rolling resistance, as it clocked in at 10.8 pounds. These Goodyear tires are also relatively expensive, costing $170 for each tire. That said, these tires did do well on wet and snowy roads, and they have a tread life of about 70,000 miles, which is above average. 

4. Falken Ziex ZE960 A/S (10.9 pounds)

The Falken Ziex ZE960 A/S tires have a similar rolling resistance to the Goodyear ones but are much cheaper, costing $117 each. This lower price tag means that Falken made some trade-offs, though.

For instance, these Falken tires were pretty average in winter conditions. On top of that, they have a tread life of about 50,000 miles, which is the lowest among the all-season tires that Consumer Reports tested.

3. Michelin CrossClimate2 (11.1 pounds)

These Michelin tires are the most expensive all-season tires tested, and their rolling resistance was among the highest as well. That said, these Michelin tires provide many benefits to any driver willing to spend $179 for each tire. 

These tires did well on dry, wet, snowy, and icy roads. They also have the longest tread life among the all-season tires that were tested, lasting for about 85,000 miles. In fact, the only flaw with these tires is their relatively high rolling resistance. 

2. Firestone Firehawk AS (11.1 pounds)

The Firestone Firehawk AS tires have the same rolling resistance as the Michelin tires but are worse in many ways. That’s partially a result of the price, as these tires cut corners to cost about $113 each.

In particular, these tires didn’t do great in winter conditions, which is why CR said they’re an excellent three-season tire rather than an all-season tire. These Firestone tires also have a tread life of about 55,000 miles, which is below average. 

1. Uniroyal Tiger Paw Touring A/S (12.8 pounds)

The all-season tire with the worst rolling resistance tested by Consumer Reports is the Uniroyal Tiger Paw Touring A/S. Its rolling resistance measured in at 12.8 pounds, which makes it significantly worse than its peers. It’s a big enough difference for folks to feel in terms of fuel economy.

That being said, these Uniroyal tires cost about $117 each, and other than their terrible rolling resistance scores, they’re actually solid tires. They did well on the dry and wet tests, as well as on the winter tests. They have a tread life of about 55,000 miles, but overall, their only issue is their terrible rolling resistance.

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