The Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max was designed by Goodyear as a one-size-fits-all tire for cars, sedans, vans, and light vehicles to maximize fuel efficiency. This tire will fit 15 inch to 17 inch wheels, and is available in T, H and V speed ratings.
Review Highlights: The Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max is good on tread longevity, and is relatively a quiet tire. However, traction on snow and ice in particular does not amply meet expectations, and improved fuel efficiency doesn’t seem to be significant enough for purchasing these tires.
Unique tread technology is spread across four zones with the intention of maximizing fuel efficiency.
We found this to be an incredibly tough and long-lasting tire, but lacking on the fuel efficiency side.
Performance on Dry Roads
This tire operates moderately quiet on dry roads for most medium sized vehicles, which is great for long distance travelers.
Despite the noise level being virtually nil, the ride is very stiff when these tires are new. It takes some time to wear them in like a fresh pair of shoes.
The recommended PSI from Goodyear is 35 PSI, but some drivers found that running with a slightly elevated PSI improved smoothness and comfort (We don’t recommend increasing PSI beyond what the manufacturer states).
Performance in the Rain
Moving from a complete stop, is a mixed consensus with this tire. Aggressive takeoffs have a tendency to cause spin in smaller 2 wheel drive vehicles.
Braking distance is less than desired, and often the distance is much longer than what the tire needs to break on the pavement.
Most drivers report that grip is decent, but due to the near-universal complaint of long braking distances, performance in rain is fair at best.
Despite being advertised as a more fuel-efficient option, some consumers are reporting little improvement from their previous tires.
What you could potentially save on gas expense is relative to what tire you are currently using.
Some individuals have reported 0.5 to 1.0 miles per gallon improvement with the Assurance Fuel Max.
The average reported by drivers is in line with the average found by comprehensive testing which lists the fuel gains at approximately 0.37%.
Performance in Winter Conditions
The only worse part about this tire besides its lack of advertised fuel efficiency is its terrible performance in winter conditions.
Though it does perform well in a very light dusting, anything more than that it fails to gain any traction at all.
The tire is also not able to go up hills or any inclines well in the snow.
Outdoors and Trail Driving
This tire was not specifically designed for off-roading, but does well on mild trails and dirt roads.
Strong sidewalls make the Assurance Fuel Max a very rugged tire that is not easily impacted by small debris and rocks.
Treadwear and Design
The Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max has wet and dry tread zones to tackle both conditions equally.
As was mentioned previously, there are 4 main deep sipes for removing water and debris, along with less shallow diagonal siping.
From our research, very few people have expressed concern over tire blowouts or sidewall failures, making this a very safe and reliable tire.
Treadlife on the Assurance Fuel Max is quite good, and stands out in the top 20% for best in tread from other tires we have reviewed.
Additional Technical Information
Not every size of Goodyear Assurance Fuel Efficiency tire actually has the Fuel Max technology (Check on your size before buying).
Max load ranges between 1,102 and 1,653 lb depending on size of tire.
Tread depth varies between 9/32″ and 11/32″.
This tire is made mostly in Chile and the United States, with some sizes being made in Japan.
Ratings And Score
Overall the Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max received a score of 72% out of 100. On the chart below, the points are broken down by category.
What Are The Pros?
- The comfort and noise level of this tire is good.
- Treadwear is not outstanding but modestly good.
What Are The Cons?
- Dry traction is average at best.
- Wet surface traction performance is lacking considerably.
- Performance in winter and icy conditions is poor.
Warranty And Rebate
A warranty comes with this tire of one year, or 65,000 miles; whichever comes first.
There is a prorated warranty for up to 6 years past the date of the sale that is issued incrementally down to a 2/32″ of the tread.
There are currently select 5% rebates for this tire from select online retailers.
Common Vehicles Using this Tire
The list is not inclusive of all vehicles this tire can accommodate. For the most accurate list, you should see your local dealer but this represents a fair sample:
- Honda Accord, Odyssey, Civic
- Ford EcoSport, Fusion, Explorer, Fiesta
- Chrysler Town and Country, Sebring Sedan
- Toyota Prius, Corolla, Tundra, Camry
- Hyundai Sonata, Entourage
- Acura MDX
- Nissan Versa, Ultima
Is This Tire Worth It?
Some of the rhetorical Q&A items below will help you reach a conclusion on buying this tire.
- Do you want a dependable and tough tire you can take on road trips? This tire is a decent option.
- Do you have to drive in any sort of severe inclement weather such as heavy rain or snow? You should probably look for another option.
- Are you looking for tires to replace the current ones that could potentially improve your fuel economy. There might be an improvement, but you should probably look at the Michelin Energy Saver tire instead.
Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max vs Michelin Energy Saver Comparison
(Coming soon, we will be comparing both of these tires side by side to see who is the winner. I think you already have an idea based on the points already considered.)
The bottom line is, the Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max is a decent tire overall, it just doesn’t shine in any one particular area. For someone looking to buy a tire strictly on saving money through fuel efficiency, we believe this is not the best option.
The price on this tire is modest and we believe there are other tires even from Goodyear we would rather choose than this one.