Recent threads mentioning the value of the Bridgestone Potenza tires got me thinking today [always dangerous]. My 2013 EX came with a Bridgestone tire I've not heard mentioned on the forum: Ecopia P175x60x15R. Does anyone have experience with this tire, or is it something too new to have a track record at this point? Although I haven't been driving much lately, so far I couldn't be happier with the feel and handling. Max rating listed on the tire is 40 psi, but it came off the dealer lot at 50 psi all around. Firm but certainly not harsh ride, and corners very nimbly--just the way I like a small car to drive. The Ecopia is a M-S tread; seems like a very versatile pattern for the Midwest U.S., and no highway noise that I can discern.
Just for curiosity's sake, lmk if you have thoughts on this tire.
For the European I2s with 185/55R16 tyres, I've notice that both the Ecopia EP150 and the Turanza ER300 Ecopia are available. These both seem to have pretty low rolling resistance.
At the moment the EP150 looks most likely to by my next set of tyres but I only seem to be getting through about 1mm of tread every 8k miles at the moment. Another 1mm to go before I consider replacing them.
2010 Honda Insight ES 1.3 IMA (UK)
I have the Bridgestone Ecopia 422 P175x60x15R on my 2010 EX. They are better that the Avid Ascend T, which I traded in. They are quiet on the highway and when going straight. There is some tread noise when going around corners. The Avid Ascends felt like snow tires and had poor wet traction. So far the Bridgestones have been good on traction but I have not driven in deep snow yet.
As far a mileage goes, I think they are similar to the stock Dunlops SP3's mine came with. It is hard to judge, as new tires will have worse mileage than older tires until the break in, and the larger diameter due to more tread would account for a 2.5% drop in mileage. Since I bought them in October as the temps dropped, the mileage was lower due to winter cold and winter gas as well.
Mine came with Bridgestone Turanza 185/55/R16 which was basically not adequate for my daily routine and the crappy roads we have here in Greece.
Trashed them for Michelin Energy Savers 195/55/R16 and i have loved the car even more since in terms of comfort and overall performance. And i always keep them inflated to 42-44psi for maximum performance.
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