It’s not every day that a car enthusiast comes across a tire series that does more than just roll on the asphalt.
And the Fuel Max All-season Radial range from Goodyear Assurance is one such tire model which is capable of doing a whole lot more than just take you from point A to point B.
Designed with the latest technology in automotive science, the Fuel Max is not just capable of providing you with fantastic handling and braking capabilities, but can also reduce your car’s fuel use.
I have been recommending this series to a lot of my customers in the shops of late, but that was only after I have had the opportunity of trying a pair out for myself.
Goodyear Assurance CS Fuel Max Review 2019: What makes it such an amazing choice?
The Fuel Economy
To start off, I would like to first talk about the fact that Goodyear claims their Fuel Max tires can help car owners save up to 4,000 km worth of gas over the lifetime of the tires.
Sounds like a fairytale, doesn’t it?
However, I can assure you that these tires will help you save up on gas in the long run, but I am not too sure about the exact value of it to be honest.
So how does it work?
Well, it all has to do with rolling resistance, just like kicking a ball down a paved road or through a grass field and having different stop times even with the same force applied; tires act in quite the same way.
Hence, the Fuel Max models are made with a slightly harder material that remains smooth throughout its entire lifetime. It will not slow down your car in the least bit and help you keep your foot off the gas pedal for longer periods.
EPA studies have shown that when it comes to driving on smooth surfaces at a steady pace, almost 25 percent of the gas is used to overcome rolling resistance. Driving friction makes up just 15 percent, and the rest 60 percent is for air resistance.
By reducing the rolling resistance, Goodyear significantly improves the car’s fuel efficiency and overall mileage.
The braking action of the tires are immediate and will help keep you accident-free even on the slipperiest of tracks.
These tires have a larger than average tread block along with a lot of road contact which comes off the sidewalls. The grooves have a slight incline on them as well, which helps to keep fluid and debris out and reduce the risk of aquaplaning.
However, even with the inclines, the surface is reasonably safe and allows for a lot of gripping potentials without slowing you down in any way once you accelerate and reach higher speeds.
When it comes to driving comfort and car handling, the Goodyear Fuel Max exceeds all expectations in that department.
The tires have an incredibly firm sidewall which helps to support the shoulder blocks when there is a lot of strain applied to them. This, in turn, allows for much-improved handling and your car will be able to take sharp turns seamlessly without much slipping and squealing.
As they are all-season tires, they are by default designed to have fantastic treading capabilities on dry, rough roads like city streets and highways.
However, they perform just as well on wet surfaces as they do on the dry ones, and it’s all thanks to the unique wet-dry block system that’s installed on them.
The tires have four large grooves that run along the entire circumference of the tire. Apart from providing channels for the water to enter, their rotational force also helps to fling the water out through the deep grooves of the tread block.
These grooves are alternating in the direction of the center blocks but straighten out at the sides. This allows the trapped water to be expelled effectively and help to significantly reduce the risk of aquaplaning.
Snow and Ice Performance
These tires do really well under light snow conditions. But as they are not dedicated winter treads, using them on thicker snow blankets is not a wise decision.
If your locality sees light to mid ranged winters, then these tires are going to be just perfect.
What about the Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max tires disappoint?
Traveling on off-road tracks is a very difficult thing to pull off with these tires. They are not built for rocky, graveled paths which consist of a lot of boulders, and traveling on them can hamper their otherwise 60,000 km tread life.
Very muddy ditches and thick snow blankets are also some of the major things you will need to avoid when using these tires.
But for the rest of the season, they are going to be one of the best choices in the current market.
- Improved braking capabilities will allow you to have a safer ride every time
- Amazing water expulsion system to reduce aquaplaning
- Lower rolling resistance will help you save up on fuel
- Firm sidewalls provide for better handling and improved balance on tight turns
- Doesn’t do well against mid to high snowy conditions
- Off-road capabilities are disappointing
If you’re looking for a fantastic pair of treads that boast an all-round performance throughout the changing seasons, then the Fuel Max tire series from Goodyear Assurance can indeed be the perfect investment.
From having incredible dry and wet road performance to an amazing braking potential; it’s not surprising as to why this tire range is so very popular not only in the market but in my auto repair shop as well.
If you live in an area which sees light winters and low amounts of snow, then the Goodyear Fuel Max series comes with two thumbs up from my side.