According to the EPA, buying the right tires and making sure that they’re properly inflated are two ways to ensure you’re getting your car’s best mpg. Tires are not created equal in terms of efficiency, so for those with hybrid vehicles or those trying to simply avoid gas stations as much as possible, we’ve created a list of the best fuel-efficient tires for better gas mileage.
The Best Tires for Fuel Economy in Cars
Bridgestone Ecopia EP422
Our Top Fuel-Efficient Pick for Hybrid Cars
With a warranty for up to 65,000 miles, the Bridgestone Ecopia EP422 uses a lower rolling resistance design, nanotechnology and a symmetric tread to maximize your mpg. While its grooved tread is great for pushing away water in raining conditions, it’s not great in cases of extreme snow. (That’s usually not a problem for the locals of Jacksonville, Florida, though, so we put this tire at the top of our list!)
Our Top Fuel-Efficient Pick for Sedans
The Continental PureContact is among the best high mileage tires for luxury sedans. Continental also offers other fuel-efficient tires like the ProContact, which is a great option too. Which tire is better for fuel efficiency? They both use EcoPlus Technology to get the job done. The PureContact has an asymmetrical design for noise reduction, but the ProContact has a longer warranty. (The Pro has an 80,000-mile tread warranty from the manufacturer where the Pure has a 70,000-mile warranty.) Also, the PureContact is a much better tire for sedans and luxury cars.
Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max
Our Top Fuel-Efficient Pick for SUVs/Crossovers
Those looking for the best hybrid tires for their SUV or crossover may prefer the Goodyear Assurance FuelMax because of its low rolling resistance, excellent handling and increased stability. It’s a good all-season tire that can save a lot on fuel over the course of its life, but, again, it’s not great for the snow.
Toyo Versado Eco
Our Top Efficiency Pick for Electric Cars
Toyo created the Toyo Versado Eco specifically for electric and hybrid cars and is derived from natural compounds like natural rubber to reduce emissions in the creation of the tire itself.
Hankook Kinergy Eco
Our Top Fuel-Efficient Pick for Sports Cars and Performance Vehicles
The Hankook Kinergy Eco is best for sports models, convertibles and coupes, but it’s only meant for fair-weather use (not snow or rainy conditions).
Michelin Energy Saver A/S
Our Top Fuel-Efficient Pick for Misc. Sizes
One of the best tires for gas mileage is available for multiple sizes. The Michelin Energy Saver A/S uses EnergySaver Construction, which Michelin claims will save you up to $400 in gas over the life of your tires. The silica-based tread also offers quality handling in wet roads and fair performance on snowy roads. Some, however, have complained about the noise and relatively quick wear-and-tear.
Bridgestone Ecopia EP100
Our Top Fuel-Efficient Pick for the Price
Bridgestone offers some of the best tires for hybrid cars, and the Bridgestone Ecopia EP100 uses the company’s NanoPro Tech to reduce rolling and energy loss due to heat. The difference is that it’s inexpensive compared to many of the others on our list.
The Best Hybrid Truck Tires
Continental CrossContact LX20
Our Top Fuel-Efficient Pick for Daily Driving
The Continental CrossContact LX20 eco tires are an excellent choice for crossovers, pickups and SUVs, providing shockingly good performance in snow and rainy conditions while still offering lower rolling resistance. This is all-around a well-designed tire for daily use.
Nitto Ridge Grappler
Our Top Fuel-Efficient Pick for Snow
The tightly designed tread of the Nitto Ridge Grappler offers capability for driving in the snow along with thebenefits of being fuel efficient. Its design reduces noise as well.
General Grabber HTS
Our Top Fuel-Efficient fir 4x4s
Trucks and 4x4 SUVs would get a lot out of the tough General Grabber HTS, which offers both off-road capability along with a fair highway performance.
Toyo Open Country R/T
Our Top Fuel-Efficient Pick for Off-Roading
Made in the same plant as the Grappler, the hefty Toyo Open Country R/T is for those hoping to get their trucks a little bit muddy.
Of course, this is just a sampling of the very best tires for fuel economy; the right tire for the make and model of your vehicle may not be on this list! Shop for the right tires using our online tools, or feel free to contact us with any questions you have about tires’ fuel efficiency.