Goodyear Viva Authority Fuel Max Tire Review & Rating
The Goodyear Viva Authority Fuel Max all-season tire claims to provide dependable traction and handling to go with added fuel economy. Designed for coupes, sedans, smaller trucks and SUV’s, the Fuel Max’s all-weather tread pattern is said save drivers upwards of 2,600 miles over the lifetime of the tire.
A special fuel-saving tread compound is the main selling point of this tire as it boasts of providing considerable gas savings, something we will discuss later on. The tire’s all-season compound delivers very good dry traction and cornering grip. Steering is responsive and gives pretty good feedback due in part to offset tread blocks.
Four circumferential grooves and lateral grooves eliminate water from under the tire to produce adequate traction on wet pavement. The tread sequence further helps water move away from the tire so that handling and loss of control due to hydroplaning or light snow is kept to a minimum.
Noise is kept low as a result of the fuel-saving compound and center rib grooves that also lower energy loss. Road noise is minimal even when driving at highway speeds.
Inside the tire are two steel belts and a polyester cord body that add strength and durability to the tread. Goodyear offers tire sizes ranging from 16-17 inches, and a tread life warranty of 65,000 miles.
- Improved fuel efficiency
- All-season traction
- Ride comfort
- Poor tread life
The enticing aspect of these tires is the fuel-saving tread compound. While we were happy to see a tire that is focused on fuel efficiency, it seems that it can be hit or miss depending on who is driving. Some drivers have reported nice gains, while others have not seen much change.
Overall traction and handling is good on dry or wet pavement. Winter handling is decent in light snow, but not so good in heavier snow or on ice.
The biggest area of concern for this tire is the poor tread life. Review after review from other drivers back this up. Many drivers have complained of only reaching 20,000-30,000 miles before having to replace the tires. Few reach the 65,000 mile mark which is the length of the warranty. That is unacceptable for a tire in this price range and not one that we can recommend.
What Vehicles Will The Goodyear Fuel Max Fit?
Fits these vehicles and many others:
- Chevrolet Impala, Malibu, Cruze
- Chrysler Town & Country, PT Cruiser
- Dodge Grand Caravan, Caliber
- Ford Focus, Taurus, Fusion, Mustang
- Honda Accord, Civic, Odyssey, CRV
- Jeep Grand Cherokee
- Nissan Altima, Versa
- Toyota Corolla, Prius, Sienna, Camry, Yaris
- Volkswagen Jetta
215/60R16 95V BSW
235/60R16 100H BSW
P215/65R17 98T BSW
225/50R17 94V BSW
P225/60R17 98T BSW
Goodyear Fuel Max prices range from approximately $85 and up. You may also find occasional rebates, discount prices, coupons and special offers on this tire.
Goodyear provides a limited tread warranty on the Viva Fuel Max. Tire uniformity is guaranteed for the first year or first 2/32 inch of wear.
Materials and workmanship are warranted for 6-years and include free replacement during the first year or first 2/32 inch of wear. A prorated amount is given for the remaining time period or down to the final 2/32 inch of tread depth.
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