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I have been running Yokohama YK740 tires for the last 55K miles. They are done, and the baby needs a new set of shoes.

I have had good traction and tire wear as well as decent fuel mileage on them, did 350+ miles today and still getting 26 MPG running 75 MPH on the highway.

Do I have one of the best or is there something out there that has good treadwear/ traction and fuel economy that's as or more affordable and maybe performs better than the Yoko's?
 

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A tires performance and efficiency is directly tied to it's treadwear rating, so any tire that performs better, will wear faster and get less MPG.

YK740 tires have a 60,000 mile warranty according to Yokohama's website which means they *probably* have a really high treadwear rating, but I couldn't find it anywhere for them to get a ballpark of what it might compare to (since treadwear is done independently by each company, it's not always apples to apples).

Are you looking for MPG, or traction? They are in some part mutually exclusive.

Edit - Found it, it's UTQG 740 A A.

https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tire...liate=AI1&s_kwcid=AL!3756!3!304470776808!b!!g!!

Read that and it should explain what you need to look for in reference to your YK740s.
 

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I am a big Continental tire fan and run them on my VWs and Audis unless they are unavailable in the size I need, like in the case of my former Touareg.

However, this time I fitted Vredestein QuaTrac 5 winter bias All Season tires to my 2018 VW Alltrack soon after I bought it and to the 2010 Forester I recently bought for my oldest daughter. They got excellent reviews in Europe and the Tire Rack crowd likes them too. And yes, I did purchase them through Tire Rack and had my respective Dealers mount and balance them.

Them main reason for purchasing them, besides the reviews and excellent price point for this tire type, is that they are Severe Snow Service rated with the Three Peak Mountain emblem on them so they are street legal in places like Quebec during the winter and are more than enough for the CHP in my home state of California to let me drive the Sierra Mountains without chains under R1 and R2 winter road conditions.

For my Forester they are: 225/55R17 XL 101Y size tires.

I like them on the Alltrack very much and they are very good in the wet. The speed rating is hard to beat. As for the Forester, to soon to tell, but after replacing the mismatched tires it came with and a much needed alignment, it has been transformed and road holding is very good.
 

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Looking for A/S Tire Suggestion

Michelin Premier and Goodyear WeatherReady both with the expanding rain channels as they wear get rave reviews.

Should be standard AS affair with low noise, high mpg and good life.

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Consumer Report's tested 25 tires in the performance all-season category. The top rated tire is the Michelin Cross Climate+. It is a directional tire and also quite expensive. CR did not test the Yokohama YK740.
 

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On our van that we've had fur over a decade now I've tried various brands and models and have so far been that happiest with the continental true contact tires

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Michelin Premier and Goodyear WeatherReady both with the expanding rain channels as they wear get rave reviews.

Should be standard AS affair with low noise, high mpg and good life.

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I put a set of Goodyear WeatherReady Assurance tires on my '09 this winter and have been extremely happy with them. They are not only rated all-season, but also have the extreme winter rating as well (look for the mountain/snowflake icon).

These are interesting tires using soybean oil instead of petroleum products and have some cool technology. Check 'em out...

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If you are a club member, odds are the club has a sort of new Michelin that is basically the same or slightly better Michelin, Auto Tour, 80k main warranty. On our Subie we did all 4 together last week. 2003 XS. Only awful tires it ever had were the Yokohoma Geolanders - think noisy, plus the song, in the winter, slip sliding away! Much happier with Michelin.
 

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Nokian WRG 4 Snow Rated Worth a Look

If you want to run them year round, Nokian WRG 4s are worth a look. I run them year round on my Crosstrek to avoid switchovers saving time and money and extra rims. They run me ~$150 each mounted and balanced. For max traction I get about 35k on them and then re-sell for summer use and get ~$30 salvage per tire selling them on Craigs list (no cost of advertising). The brand is in hot demand so they usually sell quickly. They have the snowflake on the side wall. They also generally do fairly well at Consumer Reports if you look at snow traction and also ice traction. Sometimes they are the best rated on ice traction as I recall but not great on wet traction. To me, it is all a matter of compromise on year round use, traction in snow and ice, and economics including mpgs and brand resell on salvage. You can make a good case for multiple tires and brands but my experience is this brand and model belongs in the mix and is the best combination that I have found.
 

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Michelin Premier and Goodyear WeatherReady both with the expanding rain channels as they wear get rave reviews.

Should be standard AS affair with low noise, high mpg and good life.
Agreed.

I've been extremely happy with my Michelin Defender LTX M/S. Quiet on the highway, sticks when testing on/off ramps and holds its own on fire roads.

Purchased in 2017 with 10.5/32" tread depth and currently at 8/32"
X2, had them on my 2010 Forester and 1987 Ford Ranger 4x4, excellent all-around tires that handle 'normal' off-road and streets very well. They are not mudding or crawler tires by any means though lol. :)

If you are a club member, odds are the club has a sort of new Michelin that is basically the same or slightly better Michelin, Auto Tour, 80k main warranty....Much happier with Michelin.
Yep, that's where I got several sets of Michelins! :)
 

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I have been running Yokohama YK740 tires for the last 55K miles. They are done, and the baby needs a new set of shoes.

I have had good traction and tire wear as well as decent fuel mileage on them, did 350+ miles today and still getting 26 MPG running 75 MPH on the highway.

Do I have one of the best or is there something out there that has good treadwear/ traction and fuel economy that's as or more affordable and maybe performs better than the Yoko's?
All tires are a product of compromise, there is not one tire that is the best in every category. it is best to figure out what your top priority is for your next set of tires taking into consideration your driving style and conditions. We would be happy to help you choose the correct tire for your needs if you like, Shoot us a PM if we can help.

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Lots of good advise! Thanks all.

I should have mentioned that I had Michellin Premier A/S on as the first set on my FXT. I wasn't pleased with them, as they wore fast and unevenly, and I barely got 45K out of them and when replaced they were at 2/32. The Yoko's beat them hands down for traction in aggressive driving (hilly curvy roads), wet weather and off-pavement use. I was rather disappointed, which is why I went back with the Yokohama's when I replaced them.

Also, thanks for @discountTire for chiming in, I've been a long-time customer.

I ended up getting a set of the new Sumitomo HTR Enhance tires.. 70K treadwear, V Speed rated and found a deal buy 3 get 1 free on the spot, no mail in rebate and wait 6 months. Ended up at under $700 OTD for a full set, M&B with road-hazard and lifetime balancing. I've had them on a couple days and I'm pleased so far.
 
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