Goodyear EfficientGrip

The Goodyear EfficientGrip is a Premium Touring Summer tire designed to be fitted to Passenger Cars.

Tire review data from 139 tire reviews averaging 66% over 1,712,197 miles driven, and 8 tests with an average result of 6th.

Dry Grip 77%
Wet Grip 68%
Road Feedback 63%
Handling 61%
Wear 71%
Comfort 71%
Buy again 52%

First On MarketMay 2021
Wheel Size15 - 20"
Width185 - 285mm
Profile40 - 75
Rolling ResistanceA - D
Wet GripA - D
Noise (dB)68 - 72
Winter RatingNot Winter Rated

The EfficientGrip is ranked 119th of 148 Summer Premium Touring tires.

This tire replaced the Goodyear Excellence and this tire has been replaced by the Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance.

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Latest Tire Test Results

2012 Auto Express Summer Tire Test
1st of 8 tires
  • Goodyear win the test thanks to their usual strong wet performance. Miles ahead of its nearest rivals in the curved aquaplaning tests and winning the straight line test, even with the score weighting adjusted to negate any unfair advantage the Goodyear still wins. Getting within 1.5% of the best in the dry, the Goodyears only drawback is a mid pack rolling resistance
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2012 Autoreview Touring Tire Test
6th of 9 tires
  • Good steering response, predictable at the limit, high resistance to aquaplaning
  • Average overall grip in the wet and dry
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15 inch
185/65R15 92 H XLBB69
195/65R15 91 HCB71
195/65R15 95 H XLBC72
16 inch
205/60R16 92 WCC69
205/55R16 91 VCB70
205/55R16 91 WCB69
205/55R16 91 VCB71
205/60R16 92 WCC70
205/55R16 91 HBD69
17 inch
205/50R17 93 V XLAB70
205/50R17 93 V XLAB70
205/50R17 89 VBA70
205/50R17 89 WCB69
205/50R17 89 YCA68
205/50R17 89 VBB68
205/50R17 89 VBA70
18 inch
245/45R18 100 Y XLCB72
245/45R18 96 YCB69
20 inch
255/45R20 101 YDB70
255/45R20 101 YDB72
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Questions and Answers for the Goodyear EfficientGrip

2016-04-28 - Are Goodyear efficient grip tires unidirectional?

The Goodyear Efficient Grip is an asymmetric which means it can rotate in any direction. The tire is marked with an "outside" and "inside" to show the tire fitters how the tire should be mounted on the wheel.

2022-12-02 - Hi, would these tires be any good during winter time with minimal snow?

Like all summer tires, the grip in snow is severely limited so can not be recommended as an option for use on snow.

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Size Price Range  
205/55 R16 $127.96 - $127.96 (1 Prices) Compare Prices >>
225/45 R17 $138.99 - $138.99 (1 Prices) Compare Prices >>
225/45 R18 $165.99 - $339.99 (6 Prices) Compare Prices >>
225/55 R17 $139.99 - $139.99 (1 Prices) Compare Prices >>
Available in 17 tire sizes - View all.

Top 3 Goodyear EfficientGrip Reviews

Given 64% while driving a Ford Fiesta mk7 (195/45 R16 V) on a combination of roads for 32,000 average miles
I fitted these tires to my Ford Fiesta 1.4TDCi Titanium 3 years ago. My original reasoning for choosing these tires was for their ability to increase your fuel economy, and claims over how quiet they were (66dB on this wheel size). The car's OEM tires were Continental Sport Contact 2s which, to me, seemed like an odd choice given the 67bhp 1.4 diesel engine which is aimed at fuel economy, and has a ‘leisurely’ (putting it diplomatically) 0-60mph time of 15 seconds!

The Good:
From the moment these tires were fitted, I saw an instant increase in fuel economy. I noted a 5mpg gain on the first full tank of fuel. The car has continued to provide excellent fuel economy on these tires over the past 3 years, easily averaging 65mpg, with 70+mpg on occasions in the summer months – I never got close to this on the Sport Contacts.

Wear has also been fantastic. The tires have now completed 32,000 miles (rotated at approx. 22,000), and there is still around 5mm tread on the front tires, and 4mm on the rear. 40-45k miles is looking realistic.

Grip levels are completely fine with the car handling roundabouts in the wet at speed, and no major loss in feel when driving sensibly - although I am starting to notice a slight decrease in grip in wet conditions now.

The Bad:
When first fitted, they were relatively quiet, although not as quiet as I expected, but still acceptable. As they passed 20,000miles however, they started to get noisier and noisier. On rougher roads, there is now a lot of road roar/rumble. I noted some reviewers below state that they experienced a noise like a wheel bearing wearing out on these tires, and I have also found this too, especially from the rear of the car – almost like a humming sound at around 60mph.

The noise levels are becoming so bad, it is making me consider replacing them early. Comfort levels are therefore not fantastic in the long term.

Grip levels in snow are very low, even by summer tire standards, and they are defeated by even the gentlest of slopes, but I get the feeling this is generally the case for all low rolling resistance tires.

These tires have worked really well on the Fiesta, with fuel economy and wear being fantastic – a definite 10 out of 10 on those front. Comfort though does deteriorate badly as the tire wears. Also bear in mind this Fiesta engine develops a lowly 67bhp. The Efficient Grips are definitely at their best on ‘normal’ family cars with engine power approx.
Helpful 180 - tire reviewed on September 27, 2016
Given 100% while driving a Audi A3 Sportback (205/55 R16) on mostly motorways for 11,000 easy going miles
very happy with goodyear efficent grip performance 2 tires ive done 11.000 miles and still alot of tread left.there great quality premium tires
Helpful 21 - tire reviewed on April 5, 2023
Given 76% while driving a Hyundai elantra (205/55 R16) on a combination of roads for 0 spirited miles
My tire was made in France because my market has the same model tire but made in Poland, the tire has good quite sound, response and handling is really amazing. Comfort is good but not better. The best thing in this tire is response and handling "10/10".
Helpful 20 - tire reviewed on March 30, 2023
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Latest Goodyear EfficientGrip Reviews

Given 49% while driving a Toyota Auris (225/45 R17) on mostly town for 5,000 easy going miles
These tires are absolutely rubbish in the wet, they can wheelspin in a straight line at 40kph, shocking, I think choose safety over economy,
Helpful 1 - tire reviewed on April 2, 2024
Given 57% while driving a Toyota Auris (205/55 R16) on mostly motorways for 25,000 average miles
These tires are quiet and handle alright, but the braking distance is absolutely horrible. Be really careful if you're driving on those wheels.
Helpful 20 - tire reviewed on October 5, 2022
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Given 99% while driving a Ford Fiesta (195/45 R16) on a combination of roads for 100 average miles
I used to buy Yokohama. My local fitter suggested putting two new Goodyears on the front, as they were 10 years old and down to 3mm. £200 all inclusive. Seems expensive, but he said it was the best choice for me. So I went with his recommendation. Results: The steering seems just slightly less connected to the road, but not enough to matter. This is more than made up for by several factors: the ride is smoother, there is less road noise, the grip exceptional (bearing in mind the Yokos were down to 3mm). I had 6mm on my Yoko rears so he told me to keep them (OFC), but when I replace it will be Goodyear .... for many good years of motoring :D
Helpful 21 - tire reviewed on May 7, 2022
Given 67% while driving a BMW 320D M Sport (225/45 R18) on a combination of roads for 10,000 easy going miles
These are currently fitted to my 2015 3 series 2.0 Msport. They are Runflats, so inherently noisy, but worse than the Continentals that the car came with. It appears these are made with a lighter construction and that totally figures. Since November (say 3 and a half months) I am in the process of buying the third tire because of sidewall damage. The one I'm about to replace is the passenger side that was only replaced in November! DO NOT buy these tires as they cannot withstand potholes. I never had a problem with the Continentals, so might go back to those.
Helpful 22 - tire reviewed on February 23, 2022
Given 73% while driving a Jeep Grand Cherokee CRD (225/45 R17) on mostly country roads for 10,000 average miles
Very good feelings at the start. Very good handling with well directional tires. After 2 months, I felt vibrations. I came back to do the balancing, but no pellet had jumped. Unfortunately, the problem kept coming back. I changed my assembly center but it was the same. The geometry was also checked. The pros confirm a defect in the tire, but the online sales site (CentralPneus) tells me that they will not take back tires that have run! Of course, how to notice a defect before mounting them ??? GoddYear asks me to return to the seller, or ... return the tires to them at my expense (and after I roll on the rims?) The tires seem to deform while rolling !!!
Helpful 23 - tire reviewed on January 2, 2022
Given 57% while driving a Volvo V40 1.5 T3 Geartronic (215/50 R17) on mostly motorways for 18,000 easy going miles
I bought 4 of these tires to replace the worn out Pirelli Cinturato P6. Initial impressions are that these tires indeed comfortable, grippy and returned good feedback. Priced quite well also and I thought I was getting good value for money which is why I took the plunge. After 20,000km the tires were mostly worn but still slightly above the thread wear indicator. After 11 months, At 30,000km with the tires well worn, I felt the tires were wobbly on the highway and I especially dread driving in the wet because of the tendency to slip. That was the last straw and I subsequently changed to Michelin. I have always kept the pressure inflated to manufacture’s recommendation and used the car mostly on highways. Drove rather calmly and despite my best efforts, it still wear out faster than I expected. Longest lasting tire I had was the factory fitted Turanza T001. Lasted 50,250km. These Goodyears dissapoint. I would not buy it again nor will I recommend it.
Helpful 17 - tire reviewed on December 24, 2021
Given 56% while driving a Vauxhall Astra 1.9 cdti 150hp (225/45 R18) on a combination of roads for 800 average miles
Fitted 2 of these GOODYEAR Efficiency grip 225/40-18 to the front 5 weeks ago and have done about 800 miles on them. One tire has already gone flat to the deck due to tiny hairline cracks in the sidewall.(yes its only done 800 miles). Low level 50 quid budget tires "don't" even do that. Will never buy again, ever.
Helpful 23 - tire reviewed on September 12, 2021
Given 32% while driving a Renault Renault Megane III Estate 1.5dci (225/45 R17) on a combination of roads for 500 average miles
extremly noise on my megane 3. I have only driven about 4000 km and concidering to switch them to another brand. Very loud roud hummung especialy on clear black tarmac . Not acceptable.
Helpful 25 - tire reviewed on June 16, 2021
Given 60% while driving a Volvo v70 D5 (225/50 R16) on a combination of roads for 7,000 average miles
Had these fitted to the front wheels the handling was Good also the grip on the wet was excellent but after 7000 miles already down to 3mm tread on the tires for the price on my car I would not use them again.
Helpful 22 - tire reviewed on June 13, 2021
Given 37% while driving a Honda Civic FD1 1.8 i Vtec (205/60 R17) on mostly motorways for 2,500 average miles
Too noisy like wheel bearings gone bad. Poor steering response at corners.
Helpful 19 - tire reviewed on May 15, 2021
Given 90% while driving a BMW 116d (205/55 R16 V) on mostly motorways for 42,000 average miles
These are the rft version, BMW strar mark. Replacing Michelin energy saving ( not bad on dry roads but weak on wet). One of the best option for rft tires for bmw. Great breaking both dry or wet. Excelent handling ( maybe because of the hard SIDE walls). One of the best rolling resistence and confortable. Definetly Will buy again. Cheers from Portugal!
Helpful 26 - tire reviewed on December 31, 2020
Given 43% while driving a Vauxhall Astra j 2.0 (225/45 R17 V) on mostly town for 6,000 average miles
My Astra Sri came with continental Tues which drive like a dream .. I chose Goodyear based on paper rating .. it was just a bad choice .. the handled like a squidgy ball and the road rumble made be want to write off the car .. I changed the fronts to continental sport contact today and instantly I love my car again .. never in my life am I buying Goodyear again 🤬
Helpful 23 - tire reviewed on September 19, 2020