When people ask how I like the CMax Energi, I tell them I absolutely love it about 90 percent of the time. The other 10 percent is the way it handles in wet weather. Fortunately I haven't had to drive this car in snow (yet), because I have zero confidence that I could control the vehicle.
Although I have a little over 12,000 miles on the Energi, I'm wondering if it's worth replacing the tires now. Specifically, is there anything out there that will provide better traction without totally sacrificing mileage? Most of the driving I do is within the 20-or-so-mile all electric range, but we do sometimes take longer drives.
I've done a little research and am very impressed with the Continental PureContact and TrueContact tires. Looked at owner reviews of both on TireRack.com, focusing on those from folks with Prius or Camry hybrids (I didn't see any from CMax owners). The reviews are mostly positive, but with occasional outliers, such as:
- Some people say their mileage has improved, some say it's dropped significantly (10 percent or more), some say it dropped for the first 1,000 miles while the tires were breaking in, and then returned to normal. YMMV?
- One person commented that the PureContact is not a low rolling resistance tire, but other people seem to think it is. How does one tell and is there an actual definition or specification of low rolling resistance?
Has anyone out there used either of these tires on your CMax? Are they as good as they sound?