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Old 02-20-2020, 02:46 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Best LRR Tires

Just bought a set of KUMHO SOLUS TA31 for my 2008 Prius from Discount Tire Center.

I had Bridgestone Ecopia EP422 from Costco, they lasted about 5 years and I was pretty pleased with them.

As the Kumho's aren't LRR I'm curious to see if they have a big effect on my MPG.

While I'm in SoCal it has been pretty cool.

My lifetime MPG is 45

They didn't have the Kumho Eco Solus in stock and I don't think they make them in a size that fits the Prius.

Anyone have stellar returns on a LRR tire. Recommendations for future purchases?

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Old 02-20-2020, 08:49 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I use the Michelin energy saver A/S. It's an expensive tire but worth it on an electric vehicle with limited range.

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If I got a flat tire in front of their shop I would put my spare on and go anywhere but there.
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Broadly speaking, I too find Michelin to be at the head of the pack for LRR tires if you're looking for something with good all-around stats. I go for Nokian for winter tires, probably not a factor for you. The Bridgestones that came on the 2000 Insight have some pretty amazingly low rolling resistance, but it was at the expense of the tire having a relatively short life, high noise, a rough ride, and relatively low wet and dry grip. Which was perfectly fine for me, I just took it easy when it was raining and enjoyed the excellent fuel economy.
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I'm enjoying some good performance with a new set of Bridgestone Ecopia EP422 tires on my '15 Mazda3. Whether they're the best LRRs, I could not say.
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Broadly speaking, I too find Michelin to be at the head of the pack for LRR tires if you're looking for something with good all-around stats. I go for Nokian for winter tires, probably not a factor for you. The Bridgestones that came on the 2000 Insight have some pretty amazingly low rolling resistance, but it was at the expense of the tire having a relatively short life, high noise, a rough ride, and relatively low wet and dry grip. Which was perfectly fine for me, I just took it easy when it was raining and enjoyed the excellent fuel economy.
Yeah, I have already noticed that my new Kuhmo tires are much quieter than my Ecopias. Will be interesting to compare what my mileage is once it warms up.

Wife and I had a baby so haven't been doing quite as much driving as we used to.
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I put Ecopias on my saturn, 195/60/15? I thought they were great tires, even in several inches of snow. I havent bought tires for the Cruze Eco yet, and won't need to for a few years, so I have nothing to compared the Ecopias to.
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I'm running 2 Kumho Solus TA11's on my Versa and the other 2 are tires that came on the car when I bought it used. I'm guessing I'll get another 10K or so out of them and plan to replace them with 2 more of same model Kumho. Thus far the TA11's have about 10K miles on them and are showing little if any wear. The TA11 is supposed to be a 75K mile tire. I used to run Kumho tires on the '88 Ford Escort I used to drive as a daily driver and as best as I remember they always performed well and lasted as long as they were supposed to mileage wise. Apparently the rolling resistance on the TA11 isn't too bad. In a years worth of driving I've averaged slightly over 47MPG since purchasing the car in Feb. 2019, highway EPA is 39MPG.
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I just ordered Michelin Defenders for my mother's 2008 Prius. Only got two summers out of the Ecopias that were on it.

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