The Best Performance All-Season Tire We Ever Tested?

The new Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3, which replaces the Pilot Sport A/S Plus, has hit our test track and made quite an impression. Recently, we tested the tire against the Continental ExtremeContact DWS, Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric All-Season and Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position. Our test used the Y-speed rated model, however W-, H- and V-speed rated options are also available.

Michelin set out to minimize the performance trade-offs that have been typical of all-season tires up to this point. On the road, it really does give the confident feel of a summer tire, instead of that slight sense of indecision that plagues some all-season options.

On the track, Michelin has reset the bar by delivering precise dry handling and incredible wet traction. The tire's handling prowess stood out from the others with excellent ultimate traction, precision and very good composure with driving at the limit. This tire was so good during our test it tempted us to carry a little too much speed through the corners. It continued to hang on well even with a little too much slip angle, but begins to show some rapid treadwear when pushed too hard.

For a complete recap of our test, read "Testing the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 - Can It Set a New Performance Benchmark for All-Season Tires?"


Sunday, November 2, 2014 by Greg Wagener

Once again, thank you for the information. I was torn between summer tires and all season tires. Problem with summer tires is that I could only use the car about 6 months of the year as I live in Wisconsin. I don't plan on ever driving the vehicle in snow nor below freezing temperatures for that matter. So I'm looking for a great handling all season that needn't excel in light snow. These Michelins sound as though they'll give me an extra 2 months of use of the car and better confidence in rain and colder temperatures.
Tuesday, February 10, 2015 by Adam

You should consider comparing these to the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus. Those (according to your tests) out perform the michelins in pretty much every way.
Tuesday, February 10, 2015 by hunter

Hi Adam,
The P7 is a touring tire as compared to the AS3 being an ultra high performance all season. We do not head to head test tires from different catgeories. Additonally, ambient temperature, track surface conditions, and even the cars used can vary between tests, invalidating those comparisons.
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 by Julie Badel

I am considering the Michelin Pilot Sport for my 1990 Porsche 911 C2. Is this an "N" tire, i.e, Porsche approved?
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 by hunter

hi Julie,
I would need to know what sizes you are using.
Monday, May 25, 2015 by Tim Davies

I agree with Adam that, according to a Tire Rack article and video, the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All-season Plus was the clear winner as the best all-season grand touring tire out of the 4 directly compared against one another. The article /video was titled "Testing Grand Touring All-Season Tires with a Sporty Edge". The 4 tires in the combined subjective and measured test were the following:

The Michelin Primacy MXV4 Grand Touring All-season.
The Bridgestone Potenza RE97AS Grand Touring All-season.
The Pirelli Cinturato P7 Plus Grand Touring All-season.
The Continental SureContact with EcoPlus Technology Grand Touring All-season.

All tires were 215/60R16 95v and all were tested on a 2012 BMW F30 318i sedan on a local circuit of highway/local smooth and rough surfaced roads, a dry and wet U.S. test track and a snow test track in northern Sweden.
You stated in your earlier reply that Tire Rack doesn't directly compare tires from different classes ('regular all-season' vs 'ultra hi-performance all-season' tires) against one another. I'm unsure of the accuracy of your statement, given the direct comparison of the 4 tires listed above in both a written Tire Rack article as well as a video production detailing the comparison results. I'm not certain how Tire Rack classifies the above 4 tires; which are 'regular all-season' and which are 'ultra hi-performance all-season' grand touring tires. But I would suggest, since Tire Rack reviewers and test measurements clearly demonstrated the Pirelli Cinturato P7 outperformed the Continental, Bridgestone an Michelin tires, that you classify the Pirelli as a 'ultra hi-performance all-season grand touring' tire.

I hope my understanding of Tire Rack's comparison is correct since I recently ordered a set of Pirelli P7s (for my 2002 Chrysler 300M Special Edition) based on this comparison and other professional and owner reviews. Please let me know if you think I made a bad choice, thank you.
Tuesday, November 10, 2015 by Jordan

the car I drive is a 2007 Hundai Santa Fe SE. I live in Utah where it just started snowing today and will continue off and on until late May.

I don't want to get snow tires, because my current tires are worn out and I don't think I'll be able to afford two new sets of tires to swap every six months.

Would you recommend these for my circumstances and with my vehicle? I am leaning towards just replacing my current worn out ones with these and using them on through next summer or so until they wear out.

Thank you
Monday, November 16, 2015 by hunter

There are better choices for an all season with a focus on winter. Send me your tire size and I will make some suggestions.
Sunday, November 22, 2015 by Katie

Following on Jordan's comment, I need to purchase all-season tires with a focus on winter driving. I have a 2007 Subaru Outback Sport, size 205/55-16. What are the best winter/snow focused all-season tires?
Tuesday, November 24, 2015 by hunter

I would look at the Pirelli P7 All Season Plus

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