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Arragonis 09-30-2012 04:43 PM

2010- Prius Tyres

Mrs A's Prius is now on 19K miles - the front tyres look OK but will need replacing. They are the standard fit Michelin Energy ones (she has the 17" alloys) - what tyres would the forum recommend as replacements ?

She has to stick to standard size as it is a company car, but we may be able to choose make / range.


PS - for info - the law in the UK is minimum 1.6mm tyre tread across 3/4 of the tread face, so no racing "slicks" or waiting for the canvas to appear is allowed here. Also tyre makers recommend 3mm for replacement - as they would I suppose.

We live in Scotland, it rains a lot in Scotland, and the roads are very full of grease, oil, mud, dirt etc. and about the same quality as Beirut in the 1980s.

So the tyres will be replaced. :cool:

wobombat 09-30-2012 07:02 PM

This is an extremely useful website when it comes to buying tires:
Top Tire Ratings | Tire Buying Guide
Even if you don't subscribe to consumer reports, it'll give you some basic information on buying tires.

If it were me, I would look for reliable, quality tires with high maximum pressures. The more pressure you can put in the tire, the less the rolling resistance. Michelin tires tend to rank the highest when it comes to product quality, so I would go with them.

Weather Spotter 09-30-2012 07:58 PM

I like my LRR bridge-stone eopioa's.

wyatt 10-01-2012 12:19 AM

I went from 17" tires and MPG numbers topping out in the mid 40's, to "stock" Prius 15's with the Bridgestone Ecopias and two tanks of fuel are suggesting mid to upper 50's may be very doable. You may want to look into swapping your 17's for 15's, and get the Ecopias.

euromodder 10-01-2012 03:31 AM


Originally Posted by Arragonis (Post 331116)
Mrs A's Prius is now on 19K miles - the front tyres look OK but will need replacing. They are the standard fit Michelin Energy ones (she has the 17" alloys) - what tyres would the forum recommend as replacements ?

Mrs A has managed to waste the Michelin Energy in only 19 K mikes ? :eek:
That's quick ...

The missus may want to drive a tad slower, be a bit more gentle during cornering or braking, refrain from dry-steering, or any combination of the above !

Surprisingly, the Pirelli Cinturato P7 combines good FE with good wear - must be a first for Pirelli in both regards !

Arragonis 10-01-2012 04:37 AM

@Euro - they haven't quite gone yet - probably another 3-4K before I need to get highly concerned, but she is doing quite a high mileage so it will need to be done before winter hits. As for getting her to corner more slowly, yeah...

@wyatt the car is a company one so no mods allowed.

CapriRacer 10-01-2012 08:48 AM

Does the company pay for fuel? If so, you may want to consider that fuel economy should NOT be your first priority. Mrs. A's safety should be - and that means a high grip tire, not a fuel efficient one. She spends a lot of time in her car, and better traction would decrease the odds of her having issues when it is wet - which, in Scotland is a lot of the time!

Arragonis 10-01-2012 09:30 AM

@Capri - for info the company pays for fuel for when the car is used for business, we have to pay when we use it ourselves. And I'm after any recomends and not just for FE - Mrs A would love to reduce the noise levels for instance which pushes me towards Dunlops or Pirelli instead of Michelin. The Continentals on George are noisy but he has minimal soundproofing.

ksa8907 10-01-2012 12:03 PM

my preference is michelin, but they are usually a bit pricey. We had a set of michelin Harmony and they were very quiet, great tread wear, and never lost traction even with me driving.

Arragonis 10-02-2012 03:05 PM

Many thanks - will take a look at Bridgestones - not normally on my list - and the site posted by Mr (or indeed Mrs :D ) Wobombat.

kah 10-03-2012 06:05 AM

Since no one has mentioned Continental ContiEcoContact 5, I will. They came out top in a danish consumer test, and i beleive the weather here in Denmark is comparable to the scottish.
Link below in danish

Arragonis 10-03-2012 04:37 PM

They were mentioned in my George thread and under consideration for him - in fact they will probably he the choice for that car. The plan is to ask the company for specifics until we hit one that matches. The standard Energy's are OK but noisy.

From experience I'm wary of Dunlops (quiet, but no grip) and Pirelli (OK until it rains). Goodyears seem to work well and good-ish on noise. Michelins tend to be noisy and harsh but grip like mad.

Any other experiences welcome.

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