Michelin's LTX M/S2 had the lineage as the "best" Highway All-Season tire as it debuted and maintained the number one slot in our Tire Survey Results. That is until recently with the debut of the Firestone Destination LE 2. It has, at least for now, positioned itself as the new favorite of our customers.
A couple points of interest in relation to the ratings. At the time of this post, the Firestone has about 250,000 reported miles. The LTX M/S2 is closing in on eight million miles reported. This is noteworthy because as tires wear, they all lose certain capabilities, including wet and dry traction. Also, tread noise can increase with the tire's age. Even though the Firestone is currently ranked first, the Michelin is within one percentage point with many more miles reported.
Michelin LTX M/S2
Firestone Destination LE 2
What should you make of all this data? My feeling is that the Firestone is a very formidable competitor delivering appropriate levels of traction and ride quality characteristics with an attractive price. Over the test of time, I expect the Michelin to reclaim the top spot. Therefore, if you were looking for a recommendation when comparing these two tires, I would nudge you towards the Michelin LTX M/S2.
If you want to stick with the top ranked tire in the category, read "The All-New Firestone Destination LE 2."