Michelin X-Ice Xi2: Second Season Review

Wednesday, February 29, 2012 by Gary Stanley

My first impression of the Michelin X-Ice Xi2 can be found in my blog post "My Story on Winter Tires." The tires are well into their second winter season, and despite the relatively fair winter weather this year, we received some significant snowfalls that could have created some very tricky driving conditions. Fortunately, my Michelin X-Ice Xi2 winter / snow tires are still going strong.

For my 2009 Infiniti G37x, I was limited to the 225/50R18 size. I have always used Bridgestone Blizzak tires as my previous winter / snow tire set-up, but the tires are not made for my car. A bit hesitant, my fears turned out to be completely unfounded in regards to the Michelin X-Ice Xi2.

In addition to driving on ice and snow-covered roads, I've had the opportunity to drive extensively on slush, wet and dry roads thanks to winter's unseasonably warm weather. The tires are still smooth and quiet riding on both dry and wet roads and feel very much like an all-season tire. When the road conditions are snowy or ice covered, I have all the traction that I need to drive with confidence. I haven't felt any reduction in ice or snow traction during this second season on the tires.

Don't just take my word for it, here are what some of our customers have said about the Michelin X-Ice Xi2 :

"Excellent tire. I have purchased Michelin winter tires and summer tires for at least 12 years. The Xi2 is one of the best winter tire models I have purchased within that time. They are great on dry roads, low noise, good steering as compared to most winter thread. But the best comments are on the winter roads. Great traction in slush and ice, very minimal hydroplane, good braking. They will not fail you in a Western New York lake effect snow storm. If you are undecided on winter tires... you must try the Xi2. I am not a Michelin salesmen...sometimes you buy some thing you really enjoy sharing about." - Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2002 Toyota RAV 4. 

"Working as a real estate appraiser in Northwest Rural Michigan, I drive every conceivable road and gradiant; from sand two-tracks to the state's famous 55mph pothole special, two lane state thoroughfares. Recently, I had a 150 mile day with side roads of glare ice (road crowns, uphill) astonishing traction, anti slip control never went on. I have never had so much as a wheel slip on my wife's Quattro in snow. Faultless on slight to moderate snow, solid even in slush. The truck never would have made it that day and I prefer it over my F-350 (Michelin LTX A2) in all but the deepest sand or snow conditions, but can't usually pry it away from my wife." - Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2006 Audi A4. 

"The high ratings are in the context of these being dedicated snow tires. In deep snow (4-6 inches) my rear drive M3 can easily out accelerate front drivers from a stand still. I have been using this model tire for the last 5 winters. They are great when it gets icy; quiet for snow tires." - Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2002 BMW M3.

Keep driving fun and invest in some great winter / snow tires.

 

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