Michelin Energy Saver A/S Review
For those looking to maximize fuel efficiency of a gasoline-powered vehicle, or extend the range of an electrified vehicle, the Michelin Energy Saver All Season is a practical choice – though an expensive one.
- Real world fuel savings
- Solid all-season traction
- Solid 55,000 to 65,000 mile warranty
- Definitely expensive
- Some complaints of premature wear
There’s a lot of tire technology that goes into making this specific offering. The result, claims Michelin is roughly $400 in fuel savings over the life of the tire. This assumes gas is $3.75 a gallon, so as fuel prices continue to rise, the value these tires represent continues to go up.
To achieve this, the tire makes use of what Michelin calls its “EnergySaver Construction” technology that utilizes a lighter internal tire construction and pairs it with a unique tread compound that’s designed to resist heat soak. Built-up heat is an enemy of tire life, and so by utilizing this feature the Energy Saver A/S can prolong its custom tread compound.
As for performance, this tire delivers as you’d expect for a premium all-season. Turn-in response is decent, though not exactly sporty. Thick and wide shoulder tread blocks provide capable cornering with good predictability.
Wet performance is impressive, less so because it really is impressive, but more so because it’s not lacking. Many fuel-efficiency-focused tires tend to use a super low tread depth and as a result are more prone to hydroplaning. Not here.
Winter grip is mediocre – slightly worse than conventional all-seasons. That’s to be expected and we definitely recommend a proper set of winter tires if you live somewhere that gets a real winter.
Tread life varies depending on the specific speed rating your vehicle requires, but either way you should get between 55,000 and 65,000 miles on a set. There are a rather high number of complaints of premature wear on Michelin’s own website. They appear to be mostly from individuals who had the tire’s equipped on vehicles from the factory, and many of those vehicles are larger and heavier ones – so take note.
Apart from that, there is one real reason to not purchase these tires: price! Starting at $170 for a 15-inch tire is extremely expensive. These are Michelins and they do perform well overall, so they’re a premium offering to begin with. Is that extra cost with the fuel savings? Well, at $3.75 a gallon gas, the math works out in your favor. And as gas prices continue to skyrocket, well, these tires become more and more attractive.
Michelin Energy Saver A/S Price
All Michelin Energy Saver A/S tires range in price by about $100 with the most affordable and smallest 15-inch tires costing roughly $170 each while the larger 18-inch versions retail for around $290 each. Not cheap.
Michelin Energy Saver A/S Warranty
Michelin backs the Energy Saver A/S with a 55,000 mile warranty for V-speed rated tires and a 65,000 mile warranty for S-, T- ad H-speed rated tires.
Michelin Energy Saver A/S Sizes