Michelin Energy Saver Tire Review & Rating
Developed for drivers looking to increase fuel economy without giving up performance, the Energy Saver from Michelin is built for today’s coupes, sedans and minivans. Used over the years as original equipment on vehicles like the Toyota Prius, Ford Fusion and others, the Energy Saver also sports an environmentally-friendly design that helps reduce CO2 emissions.
A lower rolling resistance tread compound is molded into a summer touring asymmetric tread design that features increased dry traction on a variety of road surfaces. The tread pattern gives this tire enhanced steering response and more than decent cornering grip. Starting and stopping performance is confident and predictable.
The tire’s circumferential grooves and added lateral notches provide enhanced grip on wet roads and reduce the risk of hydroplaning. Michelin claims this model stops up to 10 feet shorter than leading competitor tires, and we would agree that it does a solid job in this area.
Inside the tire you will find two steel belts that are nylon reinforced for added strength and durability. A polyester cord body increases ride comfort and promotes more even tread wear. Michelin backs this tire with a 50,000 or 40,000 mile warranty depending on size chosen.
- Dry and wet traction is very good
- Confident steering feel
- Longer lasting tread life
- Tire noise
- Ride comfort
Riding on the Energy Saver gives mixed emotions for the most part. While traction and grip on dry and wet road surfaces is very good, and steering is crisp and responsive, there are other issues that affect this tire.
The ride is not harsh by any means, but it just doesn’t seem to live up to Michelin standards. Harder bumps and road obstructions just seem to feel rougher than usual for some reason. Beyond that, we’ve found that road noise is a little more pronounced at times.
Overall, we rank the ES in the middle of the pack for tires in this class. We would recommend going with the Energy Saver AS instead due to its increased performance and especially its ride comfort.
What Vehicles Will The Energy Saver Fit?
Fits these vehicles and many others:
- Chrysler Town And Country
- Ford Fusion
- Honda Insight
- Hyundai Azera, Genesis
- Lincoln MKZ
- Mini Cooper
- Pontiac Torrent
- Toyota Prius
195/55R16 87V BW
205/55R16 91H BSW
205/55R16 91V BW
Michelin Energy Saver prices range from approximately $170 and up. You may also find occasional rebates, discount prices, coupons and special offers on this tire.
Michelin provides a 6-year or 50,000 mile tread warranty on T & H-speed rated tires, or a 6-year or 40,000 mile warranty on V & W-speed rated models. (Mileage is reduced by 50% for rear tires if different than front tires) 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.
You will also receive a 3-year flat tire changing warranty and Michelin’s 30-day customer satisfaction guarantee.
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