Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max tires are among 2009's best tires for low-rolling resistance ratings (according to Consumer Report). So what does it mean to be a tire rated high in rolling resistance? Basically, it's all about fuel economy.
Low-rolling resistance tires minimize the energy wasted in heat. Lower heat resistance in the tire translates to better efficiency. Since 5-15 percent of fuel is consumed overcoming resistance, a low-rolling resistance tire such as the Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max could mean a savings of 1-4.5 percent in gas. This statistic is from the California Energy Commission, and they qualify this statistic by saying "current data were also insufficient to compare safety and other characteristics".
It's all about comfort and a smooth ride. These tires place a very dense and shock absorbent layer of rubber between the steel belts and the tread. The claim is from Goodyear is that there is 20% more cushion then regular tires. If you're looking for a comfortable ride, then the Goodyear Assurance ComforTred may be relief from road vibration and noise.
Designed as an all season tire, the TripleTred rates very well in light snow and wet conditions. The TripleTread design from Goodyear also makes for a very durable tire. The TripleTred design is comprised of three tred patterns on the tire. These are the "Ice Zone", the "Water Zone", and the "Dry Zone"
The TripleTred tires had much better of an all-around tire review than the ComforTred or Fuel Max. The mileage benefits from the Assurance FuelMax isn't easily qualified, even as stated by the California Energy Commission. So if you're buying for the sole purpose of saving money you may be disappointed. Keeping your tires properly inflated, rotated, and keeping up with alignments would serve you just as well.
The ComforTred tires did have quite a few positive comments out there. That extra layer of rubber will be noticed if you drive a car that delivers every vibration right to your car seat. We would suggest you consider the ComforTred if you currently notice road noise and vibration. Based on these tire reviews you should notice a good improvement.
All in all, most regular car owners will be very satisfied with the Assurance TripleTred tires. If you live in an area that has mild road conditions, or even light snow and rain, you will likely be satisfied with this tire.
Compare to Other Goodyear Tires
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Eagle RSA - Yes, there were some good reviews on the Eagle RSA's. However many of those tire reviews were made when the tires had low miles on them...
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