Toyota Prius tyres

Now that the Prius is a common sight on Britain’s roads, the brouhaha which accompanied its launch has been all but forgotten about. It – and society – have moved on from the time when the Prius was fair game for comments about do-gooders, Swampy and it all being very well for Cher to try to save the planet but what about the rest of us who don’t have $100,000,000 in our current accounts?

Toyota Prius 2

Scares about the risk of running out of charge away from home, or the amount of fossil fuels used to make or charge the Prius’ batteries, have also fallen by the wayside. Instead, the Prius is what it is, a car which challenges the way we think about motoring in the 21st Century. It is no longer a car for the holier than thou, the morally superior or the bullying splinter group at the extremes of the environmentally-friendly lobby. Mainstream acceptance has dealt the death knell to old prejudices. It’s similar to how we all now don’t think twice about separating our rubbish into different containers, even if only so that different lorries can take it through different gates at the same town dump.

Naturally the Prius isn’t a car designed for squealing tyres and on-the-limit driving. It has certainly never knowingly been used as a bank robber’s getaway car. However, in terms of road-going performance, it is no better and no worse than countless other hatchback cars. While a lot of the vogue for low rolling resistance (= better fuel economy) tyres has centred around the Prius, it is in essence a normal car, one that does not require specialist tyres.

A host of different tyres have enjoyed original equipment status for the Prius since it was launched in 2000. The most popular fitment has traditionally been tyres from Bridgestone, a long-term research partner across the Toyota range. For older Prius models, most popular was the Potenza range, although in many cases these have been replaced by Bridgestone’s Turanza tyres. Both ranges are known for their durability and their balance of performance and comfort. Good wet grip ratings, an important safety influence, are common to both of these. A further Bridgestone tyre, the energy-saving Ecopia range, is a more recent original equipment specification.

Interestingly, Goodyear and Michelin tyres have proved just as popular as these Bridgestone ranges with etyres customers. Goodyear’s EfficientGrip tyres are relatively new to the market but have proved a common fitment for many different vehicles, not just the Prius. As their name suggests, their grip level underpins their popularity and promises not only increased roadholding but also sharper braking and safer motoring. Of the many different Michelin tyres available, the Energy Saver and Primacy ranges have proved most in demand for Prius drivers. Both will suit this car perfectly.

Hankook’s Optimo and Ventus ranges have scored well in industry tests and are common choices for Prius drivers. A final original equipment range to consider comes in the shape of Toyo’s Proxes tyres. These offer good levels of durability combined with a competitive price point.