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