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My 2013 (original owner) has OEM Goodyears and I've had zero serious problems (just a slow leak in one tire for about the past 6 months). It's almost 4 years and 52,000 miles or so, so it's time. I still have even tread and could probably go another few thousand miles, but I'll try to hit the 7,500 mile multiple for rotations at 52,500.

I can't believe how much info there is here on tire selection. I wanted something that was less noisy than the OEMs, handled decently, wouldn't kill my range too much, would wear well, and not cost a fortune. After reading hundreds of posts, and seeing the prices at my preferred source, I decided on the Pirelli Cinturato P7s.

I get them this Saturday and I'll post with my review once I've had enough miles to make a good assessment. Thanks to everyone who posted their tire thoughts.
 

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I have a bias for Michelin: Premier All-Season or Defender All-Season. I am using the Michelin X-Ice Winter tire in the mountains year-round on my Volt. Previously, I used the Defender All-Season on a Prius.
 

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I'm very happy with the P7's. Discount Tire Direct had 4 of them for the Volt at $480 with a $100 discount ($380 total plus mounting) about three weeks ago. Almost bought another set even though I don't need them yet.
 

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I read a bunch of reviews on the Pirelli Cinturato P7s and my take away is that they are not necessarily better than Michelins, but cost less for similar performance (handling, low tire noise). I've always favored Michelin, but may give Pirelli a look when it's time. I also read Pirelli was purchased by a Chinese company a few years ago, hopefully that isn't a factor. I'm guessing it isn't based on recent reviews.
 

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I read a bunch of reviews on the Pirelli Cinturato P7s and my take away is that they are not necessarily better than Michelins, but cost less for similar performance (handling, low tire noise). I've always favored Michelin, but may give Pirelli a look when it's time. I also read Pirelli was purchased by a Chinese company a few years ago, hopefully that isn't a factor. I'm guessing it isn't based on recent reviews.
I went to Tirerack and looked at the scores on both. Both rate about the same as far as the Tirerack matrix goes, and both were on my short list when I was looking. I dug into the reviews and that's when the "problem" with the Michelin became noticeable. A lot of people said they were noticing short tread life with them, whereas the P7's many people were applauding their lifespan. I figured that the tire must be doing something right if it can have 3x the miles on it as the nearest Michelin but still receive the same scores.
 

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We've noticed no range loss with our volt. We still average about 45 in the summer and about 28 in the winter.
Same here. No noticeable range loss compared to the OEM goodyears. Very noticeable drop in noise.

Treadlife does appear to be on the shorter side but still longer than the OEMs. Not the best tire I've ever owned for handling, but still very good.
 

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Where did you get them from? I've been looking through pages and pages of tire info and I was having a hard time finding those Cinturato P7s locally. I did see them on Amazon and I could pick a installer within about 40 miles but I'm curious if that process runs as smoothly as it sounds.
 

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I actually (contrary to my usual) went the the website for the service department where I bought the car. They have a "tire finder" feature on the website, which includes an offer to match anyone's price (which I didn't need to invoke, since their prices were surprisingly competitive already). It had the P7s and about 35 other options.

http://www.selmanchevy.com/TireFinder
 

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So its been a few days. Already a noticeably quieter ride. There is a range hit, though any new tire will temporarily reduce range until they wear down a little, so I'm not worried about that yet. I'll post again after a few thousand miles. They seem to handle very well. I outgrew my crazy driving phase some years ago, so I'll probably never give them a real handling test, but they feel fine for old man driving.
 

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Where did you get them from? I've been looking through pages and pages of tire info and I was having a hard time finding those Cinturato P7s locally. I did see them on Amazon and I could pick a installer within about 40 miles but I'm curious if that process runs as smoothly as it sounds.
https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Pirelli&tireModel=Cinturato+P7+All+Season+Plus&partnum=155HR7CP7ASP&vehicleSearch=true&fromCompare1=yes&autoMake=Chevrolet&autoYear=2012&autoModel=Volt&autoModClar=
 

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So its been a few days. Already a noticeably quieter ride. There is a range hit, though any new tire will temporarily reduce range until they wear down a little, so I'm not worried about that yet. I'll post again after a few thousand miles. They seem to handle very well. I outgrew my crazy driving phase some years ago, so I'll probably never give them a real handling test, but they feel fine for old man driving.
How about your perception of noise? Especially over cement roads.
 

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Update on my P7s

Now it's been almost 3,000 miles. Noise level is still lower than the OEMs. Handling is fine. The range hit crept back up steadily and now seems to have leveled out. Same basic commute, same season temperature-wise as one year ago, same PSI (40-42). Last year I averaged 47-51 miles per charge. Now I'm averaging 44-47. So about a 3-4 mile hit. I'm happy with my choice.
 

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The 2014 Volt I purchased a couple of months ago came with Bridgestone Turanza tires with 7/32 remaining. They are very quiet tires but that's about their only positive attribute. Their wet traction is abysmal. Where I live it won't rain again until around October so I'm planning to replace the Bridgestone's in September. The P7's are at the top of my list given all I've read on this forum. First and foremost I want a quiet tire with good wet traction. Tread life and range impact aren't as important and also never snows here.
 

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I put Pirelli's on my wife's Subaru and they transformed the car. Very quiet, great handling, good winter traction and great tread life. She has about 60,000 miles on them and they should be good for another 10 or 15 thousand. I will definitely put them on my Volt when the time comes.
 

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I got the P7 on my car last fall and can confirm the range loss you experienced. Since then I have gotten all my range back. I would imagine you should expect the same in another 3k miles. I've been happy with them for sure. It helps that my tire place I got them through is just down the street and include tire maintenance for the life of the tire.
 

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I just installed. I P7 plus tires on my 2013 Volt. The ride and noise have noticeably improved. However, my range has taking a 5-8 mile per charge hit. If that does not improve it could wind up costing me about $150 per year in fuel economy. I am considering taking the tires back to Discount Tire and asking for the Bridgestone Ecopia tires instead. Any thoughts?
 
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