Michelin Energy Saver Review – A 2021 Analysis

| Last Updated: August 13, 2021

Low rolling resistance tires are not new to the market; however, they have been gaining traction recently.

The Michelin Energy Saver is one of these tires, possibly one of the best currently available.

If you drive a sedan, minivan, or crossover and this type of tire appeals to you, then this review will be of interest to you.

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TL;DR: Michelin Energy Saver

The Michelin Energy Saver belongs to an exceptional category of tires. For this reason, it is a good idea to start this review by analyzing its pros and cons.

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Michelin Energy Saver All-Season Radial Tire -205/60R16 92W

PROS

  • Excellent ride quality
  • Low rolling resistance
  • Good durability for its class
  • Helps improve the MPG of your vehicle

CONS

  • Only available in a few 15" and 16" sizes
  • Does not have enough reported miles to support its ratings

Best For:

Drivers looking for a tire that can improve the fuel economy of their vehicles while offering a superior driving experience

Michelin Energy Saver Performance Ratings

The first point to address in this review is related to the reliability of the ratings we will analyze. These ratings are based on the number of miles reported for this tire. Given that the Michelin Energy Saver only has 850k miles reported, it is appropriate to note that its figures may vary considerably as more users submit their reviews.

Nevertheless, it is also fair to add that the Grand Touring Summer category has only 3 other tires, all of them with less than 1.5M miles reported, so their ratings may also vary over time.

That said, let's discuss the performance of the Michelin Energy Saver in different categories. Feel free to go directly to any of them using the links below.

Michelin Energy Saver Dry Performance

Dry Performance Ratings

Dry Overall

7.9

Cornering Stability

7.7

Dry Traction

8.0

Steering Response

7.8

Since the Michelin Energy Saver is a summer tire, it is normal to expect good results in this category. In fact, its overall dry rating of 7.9 proves it. This is due to the combination of its compound that favors low rolling resistance, as well as its super-efficient tread design that has earned it Michelin's Green X status. If you are looking for a tire that offers predictable handling, reliable stopping, and excellent fuel efficiency then the Energy Saver is an excellent choice.

Michelin Energy Saver Wet Performance

Wet Performance Ratings

Wet Overall

6.9

Hydroplaning Resistance

6.9

Wet Traction

7.0

Although its performance in the wet is not as outstanding as in the dry, we must say that the Michelin Energy Saver provides a good level of traction and hydroplaning resistance thanks to its asymmetric tread that directs water off the road. That is why we do not hesitate to qualify the Energy Saver as a good alternative for those who are concerned about their safety during adverse weather conditions.

Michelin Energy Saver Comfort Performance

Comfort Performance Ratings

Overall Comfort

7.1

Ride Quality

7.3

Noise

7.0

In the comfort category, Michelin scores another point with the Energy Saver. This tire features not only excellent ride quality but also low noise levels. If you value the cabin’s quietness during long journeys, the Energy Saver is definitely a good option to consider.

Michelin Energy Saver Treadwear Performance

Treadwear Performance Rating

Treadwear

6.4

Although the Treadwear performance seems somewhat daunting at first glance, we must remember that the Michelin Energy Saver is an OE tire, so it is not designed with high durability in mind. That said, Michelin offers an exceptional warranty on the Energy Saver. Hence, it is reasonable to expect a lifespan above 50,000 miles for this tire when serviced on time.

Michelin Energy Saver Warranty

Treadlife Warranty

6-year warranty or 50,000 miles (T and H speed rated) / 40,000 miles (V and W rated), whichever occurs first. This warranty is halved when the rear and the front tires are different in size.

Uniformity Warranty

Complaints regarding these tires’ uniformity must be subscribed in the first year of use or the first 2/32" of wear.

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Workmanship / Materials Warranty

Michelin provides an amazing 6-year warranty against defects in workmanship or materials. Moreover, it also offers free tire replacement for the first year, 2/32" wear, or 25% wear.

Road Hazard Warranty

Not available from Michelin for this type of tire.

Manufacturer Special Warranty

This tire comes with a special warranty consisting of 60-day satisfaction (in which you can exchange the tire for a BFGoodrich or Uniroyal equivalent), and a 3-year flat changing service.

Tire Rack Road Hazard Warranty

On top of the tread life warranty offered by Michelin, this tire features Tire Rack's leading warranty that covers refunds of up to $40 for repairs per tire per occurrence. Moreover, if the tire suffers non-repairable damage within the first 2 years, a refund of the original purchase price or replacement purchase price (whichever is less) will be made.

Although the Michelin Energy Saver is an OE tire, it comes with an outstanding warranty from both Michelin and Tire Rack, making it an excellent choice for owners of sedans, minivans, and crossovers looking for excellent support for their purchase.

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Michelin Energy Saver Specs & Options

As expected, the Michelin Energy Saver is only available in a few sizes, the same as those used in the vehicles for which it was designed. In other words, 175/65R15 (H-rated) and 195/55R16 (V, H, and W rated). As for the UTQG, it has 400 A A, which has a lot to do with its special compound with low rolling resistance. To learn more about the UTQG, you can read our article here.

Michelin Energy Saver Reviews

Before analyzing the user reviews, it is appropriate to recall two key aspects of the Michelin Energy Saver. The first has to do with its reported mileage. Statistically, there are too few reviews to draw any conclusions yet. The second aspect has to do with its OE condition. Generally, OE tires are underrated by consumers. 

That said, we have seen that most drivers are aware of the limitations of energy-efficient tires and have praised how quiet and comfortable the Energy Saver is. Another aspect worth mentioning is that a good number of users have been driving on the Michelin Energy Saver for over 50,000 miles, with some going as far as 78k miles without problems. 

While it is too early to conclude, it is safe to say that the Michelin Energy Saver can exceed 50,000 with proper maintenance (specifically, tire rotation).  

Quick Recap

Michelin Energy Saver All-Season Radial Tire -205/60R16 92W

Michelin Energy Saver

Dry

7.9

Wet

6.9

Comfort

7.1

Treadwear

6.4

End of the Road

There is currently a growing interest in "efficient" tires that help reduce fuel consumption. How much this market expands remains to be seen. What is certain is that the Michelin Energy Saver is emerging as an excellent alternative in this category. Whether you are looking for good ride quality or low rolling resistance, the Energy Saver will not disappoint if you are interested in a tire of this type.

Damaso has been in the automotive world since he was 14 years old and his father decided to bought an auto repair shop. Years later, his passion for electronics, computers, and automotive mechanics motivated him to graduate in Mechanical Engineering and venture into the sales of automotive equipment. For years Damaso worked as a technical advisor assisting car dealerships, tire shops, and even the plants of Toyota and Mitsubishi that operate in his country. He has over 25 years of experience reporting on topics ranging from DIY jobs, technological analysis, automotive news, and more. He is a wealth of information and a valued member of our team.