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    Oct 2016
    What's that a near 20 percent difference in MPG between the old and new winter tires on your Prius. Astonishing. I'm not a hybrid guy at this juncture but have seen large differences in say true mud tires versus all terrains versus passenger tires. I am hunting true winter tires for the first time. Just saw a Tire Rack test and improved stopping distance in snow is very significant. 2 identical porsche cayennes one with stock mud and snow rated tires the other with a true winter tire. The winter tire in winter conditions at 30 MPH in a \\\\\\\"panic stop\\\\\\\" had the ABS equipped vehicle stop at nearly 40 percent shorter distance. that could sure save the nose of your Prius or one's life.
    What drew my attention to your post is I got to thinking that perhaps the Cooper with the abrasive compounds and perhaps a softer \\\\\\\"rubber\\\\\\\" and excellent siping more significantly altering MPG than the last winter set is a sign that the cooper mentioned is a superior winter tire? Such traction may be worth the MPG trade off IMO. Now its time to look at other reviews of the tire such as stopping and cornering in icey conditions. Most hybrids dont allow true chains and some even cables are risky. Very curious if your MPG difference is because of the tires traction and if that translates into a incredible winter tire. I have heard the new generation of winter tires are as good or better than studded winter tires of the past. abrasive compounds makes sense to me for ice. Hmmmmm
    Last edited by wyocoyote; 10-14-2016 at 12:16 AM. Reason: typos

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