Michelin Latitude Tour HP vs. Michelin Premier LTX

The Latitude Tour HP has been Michelin's premium Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season tire for many years. This tire made some improvements in road noise and treadwear over the old MIchelin Diamaris tire that it replaced, but still fell short in snow traction versus other competitors such as the Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology. As a result, the Michelin Latitude Tour HP was appropriate to use in warm weather areas, but left some drivers lacking in the snowbelt for winter driving.  

The new Michelin Premier LTX is now replacing the Latitude Tour HP in the Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season category.  

 Michelin Latitude Tour
Michelin Latitude Tour HP
 Michelin Premier LTX
Michelin Premier LTX


As mentioned in "Michelin Premier LTX Joins the Family of Premier Tires", the new Premier LTX features Michelin's Evergrip technology. Evergrip first became available in Michelin's Grand Touring All-Season tire, the Premier A/S. When it comes to Evergrip technology, there are three main components:

  • Sunflower oil additive in the rubber compound maintains wet traction even in lower temperatures
  • Extreme silica acts to further improve wet traction throughout the life of the tire
  • Emerging grooves widen as the tire wears, reducing hydroplaning

In addition to these benefits, the tire features a more heavily siped tread pattern for increased confidence when driving on snow and ice. A set of dedicated winter / snow tires are best for snow, but for those drivers that only use one set of tires all year, the new MIchelin Premier LTX is an excellent choice. 

Comments

Thursday, December 3, 2015 by Richard Chew

Great article, was pondering the differences between Latitude Tour HP and Premier LTX for my daughter's Acura MDX. Very helpful, thanks!
Monday, January 25, 2016 by Glenn McFadden

Thank you for this helpful article. I have 52,000 miles on my Michelin Latitude Tour tires that are original on my 2012 Cadillac SRX. I'm going to replace them with the Premier LTX, hoping the quietness of the Latitude Tour will be duplicated with the Premier LTX.
Thursday, May 12, 2016 by Miguel

The warranty on my Original OEM Latitude tires is 90,000KM and yet they needed to be replaced under warranty after oly 55,000KM. I wsh I had chosen the Premier tire instead.
Wednesday, May 25, 2016 by ROY

So snow traction is the only thing that Premier LTX is better than Latitude Tour HP, if I live in a place without snow or ice, Latitude Tour HP is better than Premier LTX, is this what you mean?
Friday, May 27, 2016 by Tire Rack Team

Roy, The Premier LTX is going to have better wet traction than the Latitude Tour HP as well as in most every other measurable performance category. -- sonny@tirerack.com
Friday, August 19, 2016 by DJ

I love my Latitude tour tires for quiet and smooth ride - that is my primary criteria, not snow or wet.

Which of the two, Latitude Tour or Premier LTX, will be quieter and smoother on my 2009 Ford Escape Limited 3.0L.
Wednesday, August 24, 2016 by Tire Rack Team

DJ, The Premier LTX should provide the best ride quality between the two. -- sonny@tirerack.com
Friday, September 2, 2016 by Edward Mascunana

I am deciding between the michelin latitude and premier. Currently i have latitude on my 2013 ford explorer, i have 80000km on it right but unfortunately one of tires ran over something and blew. Which would be better and last longer. I do mostly city and highway driving.
Thursday, September 8, 2016 by Tire Rack Team

Edward, The Premier is Michelin's new flagship, touring style tire. In general, the Premier is going to be better across the board. -- sonny@tirerack.com
Monday, September 26, 2016 by Vlad

Is there a big difference between 2 models of Michelin Premiere LTX - 106H and 106V??
Monday, September 26, 2016 by Tire Rack Team

Vlad, The only difference would be the speed rating: http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tiretech/techpage.jsp?techid=35&affiliate=GF3
Wednesday, October 12, 2016 by Steve A.

I have had 2 set of the Latitudes both were great riding tires in rain and snow. However tire life suffered >40K on both sets. Is the PremiereLTX going do better on tire wear? Thank you.
Monday, October 17, 2016 by Tire Rack Team

Steve A., The Premier LTX is going to have a nice long lifespan as long it is kept rotated and aligned. All of this said, a lot will depend on the application.
Sunday, January 15, 2017 by Donald Decker

Recently bought a 2013 SRX Luxury FWD with 21,000 miles on the OEM Latitude Tour 235X55R20 Tires installed. I now have just over 31,000 miles on the Vehicle, and the Latitude Tires are worn down to the Wear Indicators, with lots of Cracking/Checking between the Tread. For a tire with an advertised 60,000 Mile Tread Wear rating, in my view being worn out at the Half Life is totally Unacceptable! I am going to install New Premier LTX Tires and hope the Tread Life is better??
Friday, February 3, 2017 by Bob

Right now my (oem) Latitudes have performed well but will be needed replacement soon (around 40k mi). I was looking at the Premiers but I really don't get how I will ever get decent winter performance over time if the new tread is only 8.5/32nd's?
(Note many say snow/wet performance is much diminished by 6/32). So it seems like 2.5/32nds is a high price/low utility.
Would the better option not be another set of Latitudes or Defender (10/32nd's) or maybe P7's?
What am I missing?
Monday, February 6, 2017 by Tire Rack Team

Bob, The first few 32nds of tread will wear faster than the rest on a deeper tread as there is more tread block squirm and therefore more heat. If you are concerned about longevity, the Defender would probably be the better choice, but it does in fact have a little less snow and wet traction. The P7A/S Plus has better winter traction than the other two with similar wet traction to the Premier.
Monday, March 6, 2017 by Rick Fowler

I now have a set of Michelin Lattitude tourning HP OEM which I have 75,000 miles on my 2012 Honda Crosstour, looks like I can get another 5,000 on them-they are going to need to be replaced- thinking about the Michelin Premier LTX-will I get the same type mileage on that tire
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 by Tire Rack Team

Rick, Getting 75,000 miles out of a tire warrantied for 55,000 is very impressive. The Premier LTX features a 60,000 mile warranty so you should be able to maintain the same amount of wear. The following link will take you to our page listing the information for the Premier LTX: https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Michelin&tireModel=Premier+LTX&affiliate=FK8
Sunday, May 28, 2017 by Richard

I have a 2013 Lexus RX450h AWD. What tire is going to give me quiet, handling and decent life in Arizona heat (zero ice and snow)? What about Michelin Premier A/S or LTX? Thanks!
Tuesday, May 30, 2017 by Jean-Pierre Paquette

I'm looking for the best replacement all season tires for a 2015 RX350 Sportdesign (101V); I've ben reading on the Premier LTX, but still hesitate. Any other recommendation, or the LTX are the ones to go for? Looking forward to you expert feedback. Thanks,
Wednesday, May 31, 2017 by Tire Rack Team

Richard,

The Michelin Premier LTX is a great option for that vehicle as well as the Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season Plus. Although you do not need the all season versatility of these tires they will give you the best ride quality. Use the links to view the tires:https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Pirelli&tireModel=Scorpion+Verde+All+Season+Plus&affiliate=FK8

and

https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Michelin&tireModel=Premier+LTX&affiliate=FK8
Wednesday, May 31, 2017 by Tire Rack Team

Jean-Pierre,

The best overall option would be the Michelin Premier LTX. They are the safest option and have a great ride quality. You can also go with the Pirelli Scorpion Verde AS Plus which is a great second option: https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Michelin&tireModel=Premier+LTX&affiliate=FK8

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