Last post on Jan 27, 2013 at 5:01 PM
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Toyota Prius, Tires, Wheels, Hatchback, Sedan
#144 of 153 Re: new tires after 20,000 miles [jlondon2]
Dec 23, 2011 (3:51 pm)
Yes--I had the same experience. The OEM tires wore out VERY quickly, less than 30k. I replaced them with a set of Goodyears, alleged to be comparable, but saw a drop in mileage. They got me to 71k, and that was pushing it, even with Nitrogen in the tires. Now I am running Toyo Versado ECO tires, which are Low Rolling Resistance (LRR) and seem much quieter. They are a new LRR tire, OEM on the Prius v, so I figure they have to be pretty well matched to the car. Plus they just feel right, so I have high hopes.
If you keep an eye on your tire pressure, and do the rotations every 5000 miles, you should be able to get 40k plus.
#145 of 153 Re: Replacement Tires [jaicar]
Dec 23, 2011 (3:57 pm)
Recently replaced my Goodyears with Toyo Versado Eco tires. They are a new low rolling resistance (LRR) tire that is OEM on the Prius v. So far (4100 miles) I am liking them. Mileage seems to be about the same, but they are noticeably quieter than the Goodyears. Here is some info:
#146 of 153 Re: Replacement Tires
Dec 23, 2011 (9:01 pm)
I went to Big O. I was going to purchase a set of the wing-tread sports tires that I once had on an Eclipse. However, Big O offered me a set of their 90,000 mile tires. I have had no problems with them, other than a flat after the first year on a rough rock road access to a wilderness area. Big O replaced the tire without charge. I lost a few miles per gallon in efficiency going to an all-season tire, but traction has been quite effective for mountain driving. The ABS gives a nudge in a snowstorm on acceleration from a stop. However, overall road traction has always been good. I do avoid Forest Service roads with steep grades covered in ice. There are limits to traction with a front-wheel-drive, low-clearance vehicle.
#147 of 153 Re: Replacement Tires [snowboarder4]
Jan 12, 2012 (4:33 pm)
Big O was always good from a warranty point of view; I know they used to replace tires from "road hazards" even when they were worn, and they may still do that. I'd be surprised about 90,000 miles though, in fact, I'd be amazed. On a Prius, you get wear upon acceleration, and wear upon breaking (with regen cycle), so tires are subjected to more forces and different forces than most cars. I too saw what seemed like an unusual number of flat tires--I had three one summer--but that may have been just the luck of the draw. But the original tires really did seem to be prone to picking up screws and nails. No flats yet on my new tires (Toyo)...knock on wood.
#148 of 153 FYI New Tires On 2010 Prius
May 22, 2012 (7:52 am)
Just put a set of Michelin Energy Saver A/S on my 2010 Prius IV after 40K with OEM Yokohama Avid S33D's. Handling much improved and mpg's are up slightly but will probably get better. My final two tire choices were both Michelins, the A/s and MV4. I went with the A/S after dong a CBA and the savings on gas was the difference. If things continue as they have, for the first couple of hundred miles, I believe I made the right choice.
#149 of 153 Prius snow tires
Nov 10, 2012 (7:52 pm)
I just bought a new Prius about 3 months ago. We live in the northeast, thus about to start winter/snow season.
Should we consider snow tires? How does the Prius handle in the snow with and without snow tires?
Thanks in advance for your comments.
#150 of 153 Re: Prius snow tires [saz25]
Nov 11, 2012 (6:15 am)
Similarly, I have struggled with your issue in the Colorado mountains. I felt that the factory-issued tires were inadequate for winter traction. I have no place to store an extra set of tires and do not want to lose too much fuel efficiency. Therefore, I bought all-season tires. I lost 10 percent fuel efficiency, but gained a bit on traction. I simply drive 45 to 55 miles an hour on snow and ice to maintain good traction. Also, I do not attempt climbing Forest Serivce roads in winter.
I have friends who endorse the Michelin X-Ice tires.
#151 of 153 Michelin Defender....
Nov 12, 2012 (7:59 pm)
Do any of you folks have experience with the new Michelin Defender tires?
Is there a difference in the fuel effeciency?
What about handling, ride, or noise?
#152 of 153 Re: Michelin Defender.... [hihostevo]
Jan 27, 2013 (7:45 am)
Going to get a set today at Costco ($70 coupon in effect until Wednesday).
Did you ever get yours? Happy with them?
#153 of 153 Re: Michelin Defender.... [exit56]
Jan 27, 2013 (5:01 pm)
I still have not replaced mine.
I was looking at them a few days ago right after we had some "freezing" rain that caused about 200 accidents in one rush hour morning.
Mine are still serviceable, but the time for replacement is certainly getting close so any information you can provide would certainly be appreciated!!!