The 5 All-Season Tires With the Most Rolling Resistance
Your choice of tire is one of the most critical vehicle maintenacne decisions you’ll make. One reason is how much your tires can affect a car’s fuel economy. A well designed tire has very little rolling resistance. This means it does not take much force (or fuel) to get it rolling. But a tire with a lot of rolling resistance can cut into your MPG. Here are five popular all-season tires with the most rolling resistance.
5. Goodyear Assurance WeatherReady (10.8 pounds)
As Consumer Reports wrote, rolling resistance, which is measured in pounds, can have an 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. 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 similar rolling resistance to the Goodyears above 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 on this list.
3. Michelin CrossClimate2 (11.1 pounds)
These Michelin tires are the most expensive all-season tires among this list, and they’ll cost you even more at the pump: their rolling resistance is 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 on this list, 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. They would excel as three-season tires though. 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 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 just 55,000 miles, but overall, their only real issue is their terrible rolling resistance.
Next, see the five tires with the lowest rolling resistance, or learn more about how much tires can affect your MPG in the video below: