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Tires for 2012 Camry

I need replacement tires for my 2012 Camry LE. The originals are Michelin Energy Savers. I just went over 50K and every time I bring it in for service they tell me the tires are in the yellow [change soon], but I guess that is their job. They are starting to get low now so I want to get new tires before winter really hits. I have had recommendations for Goodyear and Michelin. I was told by a few people that the Goodyear last longer, but the ride is harder. The Michelins are smoother, but won't last as long. These are the two I was looking at:
Michelin, Energy Saver A/S, 205/65R16.
Goodyear, Assurance Fuel Max, 205/65R16.



In the past I tended just to get the discount brand, but that was for cheap used cars and now I have a family [and a little more smarts] and have safety concerns as well.
I don't mind paying a little more for something that will last, but I don't want to spend a fortune for something that isn't worth it.


Any suggestions would be most appreciated.


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Get a set of Pirelli P7+ or Strada. I had the OEM Energy A/S and Primacy on my 2012 LE and then the P7+ and Starda for a little bit and both Pirellies are superior to Michelins in every department including comfort, wet traction and tread life. I got only 23K out of Primacy (at 2-3/32 they were replaced under the wear warranty) vs almost 30K on the P7+ and they still had 50%+ of tread left. My new Camry has Conti Surecontact RX and they are very good tires too, very quiet and grippy on dry and wet.
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I went to Discount Tire and got the Pirelli based on David's recommendation. Never looked back! Slight size adjustment to get the fit, but rolling diameter is not 1/4" diff.

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I like my Michelin premier I have on my cars at the moment but they are not low rolling resistance. I suspect you will loose milage going with the Pirelli's as well. I am going to probably an energy saver next set myself.
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I like my Michelin premier I have on my cars at the moment but they are not low rolling resistance. I suspect you will loose milage going with the Pirelli's as well. I am going to probably an energy saver next set myself.
I don't know about the Strada, but the P7+ are LLR tires.
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Got the Pirelli's on my wife's 2012 Camry Hybrid--no complaints. The high mileage tires are susceptible to sidewall damage because they are so stiff. My son had 2 Continental Pure Contact tires with bubbles on the sideway.

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I'm a huge fan of Michelin. I've had (and installed) several other brands on my vehicles over the years...Goodyear, Dunlop, BF Goodrich, Kumho, Hankook, Firestone, etc. I won't buy anything but Michelin now. You almost always get what you pay for with Michelin. With the exception of the Primacy MXV4s that wore out fairly quickly on our Sienna(which we got 50% mileage credit on), I've had better tread life, handling, traction and a smooth ride for the life of the tire.

Personally, I'm not all that crazy about the Energy Saver, but it has more to do with the speed rating/handling than anything. You got good mileage out of them so you can't go wrong if you were happy with them.

In your size, I prefer the Premier. I'm a spirited driver so I'm hard on tires. It's a step up in speed rating, and handling and traction all around. It's still a great riding tire, but there's a slight chance it may not ride quite as softly as the Energy Saver. The premier has a higher treadwear rating so it should last a little longer. I can tell you when it comes to Michelins, you'll be splitting hairs when it comes to ride quality so I don't think you'll notice a difference.

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Got the Pirelli's on my wife's 2012 Camry Hybrid--no complaints. The high mileage tires are susceptible to sidewall damage because they are so stiff. My son had 2 Continental Pure Contact tires with bubbles on the sideway.
Not exactly. Some tires like Conti have softer walls and therefore require higher air pressure. The Pure Contact (and my Sure Contact) has max inflation of 51PSI vs 44PSI for Pirellies. You got softer walls+higher air pressure=more pron to sidewall damage. At 39 Front and 27 Rear my Pirellies felt perfect, but at the same PSI's the Conties felt way to soft and mushy, so I ran them at 44/41 and probably gonna add 2 more PSI next time.
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Tires' performance varies so much by brand and by model within brands, that it really helps to monitor behavior and adjust PSI accordingly...

Getting the most/best from each tire model requires much more attention than most people are likely give....
...so readers here should really review ALL THE THREADS on this subject by using the search engine above for all the anecdotal evidence available.

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Michelin ES was what I traded for Pirelli. ES were noisy. Only got 26K out of them.

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I put the michelin energy savers to replace the original ones. I only got about 30,000 miles out of the factory ones. They seem the same to me. I only like michelin tires. Atleast i have a mileage warranty now. Discount tire wouldnt do any warranty nothing with the oem tires.

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I put the michelin energy savers to replace the original ones. I only got about 30,000 miles out of the factory ones. They seem the same to me. I only like michelin tires. Atleast i have a mileage warranty now. Discount tire wouldnt do any warranty nothing with the oem tires.
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Go to Tire rack to see the consumer surveys for different types of tires. If you click on the category example "grand touring all season" just below the tire name and work you r way through you will find the survey.


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Surprised to hear the talk of Primacy MXV4's only getting 25k miles or so.
The original ones on my '14 have 50k on them and I calculate they will last to 60k before needing replaced.
On a side note, I have mine rotated every oil change and I have never had a front alignment nor balancing.
The car tracks straight and smooth with absolutely NO vibration, and the tread is evenly worn on each tire.

I will be getting another set when it comes time for replacement.

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