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Old 08-02-2018, 02:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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What low rolling resistance tires for Ford Fusion Energi?

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What low rolling resistance tires are best for my Ford Fusion Energi Titanium and where can I buy them?

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Old 08-03-2018, 09:10 AM   #2 (permalink)
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If all you are interested in is fuel economy, stick with the OE tires (the ones that came on your car) IF they are still available. Usually OE tires are reverted back to their regular specs when the vehicle manufacturer no longer sources them, so it just may be that even though the tires are the same make and model, they may be different.

But if fuel economy is but one of your interests, you have to decide what compromise you are willing to make. There is a technological triangle involving fuel economy, traction, and tread wear. To get better performance in one area, one or both of the others has to be sacrificed. You need to chose which is most important.

Also, the term "LRR" means "better fuel economy compared to other tires with similar wear and traction characteristics." It does NOT mean an absolutely low rolling resistance value. So a tire labeled LRR might actual be worse for fuel economy than ones that aren't so labeled.
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While all true, the amount of sacrifice needed in wear and grip has decreased in recent years compared with improvements in rolling resistance.

OP, I believe your tire size is P225/50R17? I usually cross-shop TireRack and Amazon. TireRack lists a ton of options in your size:

https://www.tirerack.com/tires/TireS...earDiameter=17

The Ecopias are a good bet. Michelin Defender and Energy Saver are both well known LRR tires as well, and could be good options - which is not to say they're necessarily better than other LRR tires listed there, I just don't know about them.
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The lightest lowest LRR tires are the OEMs from the Gen I Chevy Volt

People love to diss them but they are both lighter and better rolling than any Michelin Energy, Continental or Ecopia.

Just make sure you keep them aired up 40psi+ or the fronts might blow a sidewall.
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The lightest lowest LRR tires are the OEMs from the Gen I Chevy Volt

People love to diss them but they are both lighter and better rolling than any Michelin Energy, Continental or Ecopia.

Just make sure you keep them aired up 40psi+ or the fronts might blow a sidewall.
I'll probably never find it again, but I read that they were the same tires used on the Cruze with less tread depth.
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I'll probably never find it again, but I read that they were the same tires used on the Cruze with less tread depth.
Let’s call that “misinformed “

The OEMs had a horizontally more narrow tread, but the depth was the same.

Tire rack usually lists 3 different Goodyear’s for the volt , the narrowist , lightest one is the true OEM but to be honest there isn’t much difference in RR between the 3 and the wider one is only about a lb more

Be up to the OP to decide if it’s worth it.
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Let’s call that “misinformed “

The OEMs had a horizontally more narrow tread, but the depth was the same.

Tire rack usually lists 3 different Goodyear’s for the volt , the narrowist , lightest one is the true OEM but to be honest there isn’t much difference in RR between the 3 and the wider one is only about a lb more

Be up to the OP to decide if it’s worth it.
When I looked into it the tire name and size was the same but the Volt tire did have less depth. You can call it misinformed, but that was the case.
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When I looked into it the tire name and size was the same but the Volt tire did have less depth. You can call it misinformed, but that was the case.
9/32” tread (OEM)

https://m.tirerack.com/tires/tires.j...t&autoModClar=


9/32” tread (replacement)
https://m.tirerack.com/tires/tires.j...t&autoModClar=


The tread width on the OEM is 6.5” but the replacements are over 8” width

And for the “less tire” they also charge you more , go figure.

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