Unfortunately, this very informative information has introduced me to a new problem. Even the lightest LRR tire that I can find for the size that I want (195/70/14) is still 3LBS heavier than a non-LRR tire (read: a tire that I have no rolling resistance information on whatsoever).
My question to the group is, what would you do....opt for the 3LB heavier low rolling resistance tires...or the lightest tires that I can find for this size (without regard for any rolling resistance)? Comments? Suggestions?
...My question to the group is, what would you do....opt for the 3LB heavier low rolling resistance tires...
Very curious, I wonder if this is a gross oversight on the part of the manufacturer? I.E. if the testing method was to see how far something rolled after being brought up to speed, then a heavier tire would roll farther (and subsequently be incorrectly labeled a LRR tire).
Hopefully they measured the actual force on the tire at a given load/speed, but you never know...
Consumer Reports does rolling resistance tests on all tires tests since about a year ago (it was intermittent before that). I'm too cheap as of late to renew my online membership to see which ones are best
At the time they allowed reprinting of the info for educational purposes (being non-profit). They may break them down by size/weight -- not sure (for comparison)
The Nokian NRT2 (discontinued) is one of the tires in the 2003 Greenseal Report, and I'm certain their other tires are also LRR...they seem to have a commitment to fuel efficiency and performance. Let us how the Vredesteins and Nokians compare weight-wise to the LRR tire you found.
Thank you very much for this information. I was looking at those Nokians, but it looks like they must be purchased online...or not at all. Were these a special order for you? I know of no local tire dealers that carry these.
There should be a dealer within 50-100 miles of you. There were several within 50 miles of me, and I was also able to get the tires special ordered through a local tire store chain.
I highly recommend the Nokians. When I replaced the original crappy Dunlops on my car at 50k miles. I tried 6 different tires at the local tire store chain who had a "30 day or 1000 mile" guarantee. At the time, I was commuting 700 miles per week all conistent highway driving, so I was able to get an accurate measurement of FE within a few days of trhying each tire. I finally stopped taking the recommendations of the salesman and researched and found the Nokians myself. My FE w/ the original Dunlops was 54 - 56 mpg. With the other 6 tires I tried, it was 43 - 48 mpg. With the Nokians it was 52 - 54 mpg. And when the Nokians were almost bald at 80k+ miles, they handled better than the original Dunlops handled fresh off the Honda dealer's lot in 1995. You won't be disappointed w/ Nokians, and in my opinion it's worth going a little out of the way to get these tires.
You may want to call Nokian at 1-800-565-2525 and ask them which tire has the lowest rolling resistance. I called them several times for advice and info when I was researching tires.
Sorry, no, I probably wasn't clear. Vredestein is a different tire manufacturer, and not well known in the US. They make a tire called the Quatrac 2 which i was going to purchase to replace the worn out Nokian NRT2 tires on my Civic VX (because Nokian discontinued the NRT2 a couple of years ago). I didn't purchase any tires because I sold my VX a couple of weeks ago.
The Vredestein Quatrac 2 is listed as a LRR tire. I emailed Vredestein for some data, and they would not release anything to me. All they said was that the Quatrac 2 has low rolling resistance. Reviews I read from Europe, where they are more common, indicate they rank high in LRR and other performance characteristics too. There are, however, only a few Vredestein dealers in the US. So, after shipping, it'll probably cost you more per tire than if you bought Nokian tires directly from a local dealer.
From my past conversations w/ Nokian (and from my experience w/ 2 separate sets of 4 Nokian tires on my VX), I know the tires are LRR. They are also very lightweight compared to other tires and have great all around performance. That's why I can personally vouch for Nokian tires and would personally go with a Nokian tire.