After reading everything I could find here on Gassavers and what I could find else where I am still stumped on the LRR tires for my VX.
Quoted RH77 on Feb 2006:
Originally Posted by rh77
OK CR's policy is that reprinting data is OK as long as it's "noncommercial, educational purposes only", so I think we're cool here.
The tires tested with the "Excellent" rolling resistance rating in the "all-season" category, in order of best overall rating of other factors combined, with 80% as the top tested :
1. Michelin X Radial DT (only available to shopping club members, i.e. Costco, Sam's Club, etc.). Rating: 79%.
2. Michelin Agility Touring (Sold only at Sears). Rating: 62%.
3. Michelin Harmony. Rating: 61%.
4. Hankook Mileage Plus GT H707. Rating: 58%.
5. Kumho Touring 795 A/S. Rating: 57%.
6. Toyo 800 Ultra. Rating: 51%.
7. Sumitomo HTR T4. Rating: 44%
All models can be researched at TireRack.com or similar sites to get a feel for performance. It's the motherlode! Let me know if other information is required, and I'll post it. Now I can buy new tires, finally...
The only ones that I can find close to my size (165/70/13) are these:
I went back to the site to get more info, but it requires a subsription of $6/mo. or $29/year for the LRR ratings.
They did say this:
"Consumer Reports is the only organization that regularly publishes a rolling resistance score as part of its ratings of important tire-performance criteria. We note rolling resistance for all the tires we test except winter tires, where traction and grip are of paramount importance."
The latest test of tires was 11/06 -- so for piece of mind you may do a one-month trial and look at additional options.
I just put a set of kumho a/s 795s on my hx rims, and these are great. They grip the road much better than the re92, and roll just as easily it seems. they come in 165/80/13 and 175/70/13 too from tirerack.
Check out this survey of the best a/s tires, I assure you these tires will satisfy.
I have 155/80 R13 snow tires on my vx right now and they are great, my other tires are firestone f570 165/70 R13, and are pretty sweet, altho not as low rolling resistance as I was hoping for, they grip amazingly well, and role better then any 175/70 R13 tires I've ever had (175/70 is just to wide, it's absurd) one of the sites posted in the last few days offered 145/80 R13 tires, I'm tempted to get some next time I need new tires.
Tirerack had them at my door today. (the 155/80/13's) I will have them mounted tomorrow. The back set will go on tomorrow too but the fronts will have to wait until the snow tires and rims come off in April.
Best data I found was to find the latest Consumer Reports issue re. Tires. They do rate them for rr, using their typical 5-point scale with the red and black dots. Unfortunately tire models change pretty quickly sometimes so what's available may not match what did well in Cons. Repts.
The other bit I decided on was to get tires rated at least 44 psi. If I can find/afford tires rated at 50-something I'd prefer that.
Currently getting +/- 50 mpg in fall weather. EPA is 31/39 so not too shabby. WAI, fuel cutoff switch, full belly pan, smooth wheel covers.