- Wet traction is excellent
- Comfortable ride
- Very good treadlife
- Lacks crisp cornering and handling for more spirited driving
- Road noise on grooved pavement is unbearable at times
- Winter traction is poor
What does it take for a tire to be considered a winner by your standards?
Is it the tire whose team makes the fewest pit stops in a race? Perhaps it is the tire that helps you save the most fuel, or is it the tire that can handle all weather conditions and delivers precise handling?
It could easily be all of the above and that is why the Michelin Energy saver all-season tire is here.
To guarantee you a winning experience on every trip you make, Michelin has passed on the innovations used on racing tires to a regular usage tire.
According to Michelin, they are the result of years of experimenting and learning. But can we see the results of all that? The proof is in the pudding- well maybe in this review.
What is the Michelin Energy Saver A/S?
The Energy Saver A/S is an extremely fuel-efficient all-season passenger car tire manufacture by Michelin North America.
This tire is designed to provide drivers of hybrids and other fuel-efficient cars with outstanding traction in all weather conditions.
Even better, the Energy Saver does so without abandoning the vehicle’s fuel economy.
The top of the line representative of Michelin’s Green X technology is engineered to enhance vehicle operating efficiency by reducing fuel consumption. In addition, this tire reduces carbon dioxide emission keeping our planet cleaner.
- Michelin’s EnergySaver Construction combined with a unique silica-based tread rubber that helps improve engine fuel efficiency by keeping the tire cooler
- A symmetric design that features siped, independent tread blocks to provide predictable handling
- Circumferential and lateral grooves direct water through the tread design to help resist hydroplaning and enhance wet traction
- Twin steel belts reinforced by spirally wrapped polyamide on top of a polyester cord casing to combine strength, efficiency and comfort.
Despite the not so good handling characteristics of the Energy Saver A/S it has got pretty good traction on dry roads. They have the capability to handle some sharp cornering at high speed. When it comes to mileage, they roll extremely well and this is really good for the mpg.
Handling is a big concern for most drivers and this tire handles well in the wet. It provides a comfortable ride devoid of jiggles and tram lining. This tire performed well in tests of hydroplaning resistance and emergency handling. It also brakes pretty decently in wet conditions.
The Michelin Energy savers provide nothing out of the usual slip-and-go game when it comes to winter driving. Snow tires are obviously better but they do not come with the all season capabilities that this tire has. Unless you are constantly dealing with quite a bit of snow, you have nothing to worry about. You will get some fair traction on ice and in light snow.
The Bottom Line
If you care more about miles per gallon then you will not mind trading off some snow handling for this tire. In spite of the higher upfront cost of purchase, it is a highly cost effective tire. Eventually, you will find that this tire saves you more money than all others in the market. As a hypermiller myself, I wouldn’t look any further.
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