Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Premier A/S

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Premier A/S Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.80
 
 

1998 Honda Accord Sedan LX V6
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Miles driven on tires: 50
Location: Bothell, WA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 50 Miles on Tires
June 19, 2014

Got these tires 225/50R17 for '98 Accord V6 LX sedan (291K miles) on an exchange as recommendation . The Primacy MXV4 had a left radial pull and needed front axle balancing about once a week. After Dealer did aligned the vehicle 8 times and balanced the tires 11 times, replaced every worn out front-end suspension part. I have tried every major tire on this car, pulls to the left, unable to maintain balance, noisy or worn out too quickly, I was ready to give up. I later learned this last set of tires were defective.
I highly recommend these tire for most Asian imports. With less than 100 miles mostly freeway, the care doesn't pull left. Tires are very quiet. Have not had rain or snow to evaluate handling during wet driving. Dry roads the vehicle handles great, like new again. Base on the mileage, ride comfort and handling, I give these tires a 9.5 score.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin X-Ice Xi3

Monday, July 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin X-Ice Xi3 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8
 
 

2001 Subaru Outback Wagon
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Miles driven on tires: 20,000
Location: Frenchtown, NJ
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 20,000 Miles on Tires
May 21, 2014

Bought a set of these for my Subaru outback because I was not happy with the winter traction, braking and steering in snow with the all-season radials. The michelin winter tires transformed the car! Traction was improved, but the biggest difference is braking, straight line stability and cornering in snow or slush. With all season tires the subarus have a tendency to want to go straight in curves, not so with the winter tires, its like driving on a dry road. My confidence in winter driving increased greatly, to the point where I would have no hesitation to pass someone or drive faster in the snow than I could with the all season radials. The tires are a bit louder than ASRs and noisier when roads are wet, although the noise level decreased somewhat as the tires got more miles on them. I used these for winter only on a separate set of rims, so easily got 5 years out of them and they still have decent tread left on them!

Michelin Replaces Primacy MXV4 with the New Premier A/S

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 by Gary Stanley

Michelin is known in the tire industry and by drivers worldwide for their technology and innovation. In 1946, Michelin produced the first radial tire. In 1992, Michelin introduced high silica rubber compounds and Green X technology. Continuing to develop new and exciting products, this year Michelin released the first tire with Evergrip Technology, the Premier A/S.  

What is Evergrip Technology? Simply stated, it reduces the rate of decline in wet traction. The Michelin Premier A/S retains more of its outstanding wet traction as it wears down. 

There are three main components to how this helps the tire perform:

  • 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.  
 Michelin Primacy MXV4
Michelin Primacy MXV4
 Michelin Premier A/S
Michelin Premier A/S


This technology is so effective that Michelin is choosing the Premier A/S as the replacement tire for its top-of-the-line Grand Touring All-Season option, the Primacy MXV4. Already an outstanding tire, I installed the Primacy MXV4 on one of my own vehicles. You can read about my experience with this tire in a post titled, "Best All-Weather Tires for Mazda CX-7."

Why did Michelin place such a focus on wet traction? Keep in mind that accidents are more likely to happen on wet roads compared to dry. Drivers rank the ability to stop when a tire when is worn compared to when new as a top consideration when they're purchasing a new set of tires. The Michelin Premier A/S delivers that additional margin of safety when you need it the most!  

Shop by vehicle to see if this tire is available for your application.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Sumitomo HTR A/S P01 (W-Speed Rated)

Friday, April 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Sumitomo HTR A/S P01 (W-Speed Rated)Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.8

2007 Volkswagen GTI
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Miles driven on tires: 300
Location: Bloomington, IN
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 300 Miles on Tires
February 05, 2011

I bought this tire based on the November 2010 Consumer Reports article that put it in second place (tied for 1st in points) out of 17 tires in the Ultra-High Performance All-Season Tires Category. The price point was so low, too, among the cheapest available in 225/40-18 size to replace the two Dunlop SP Sports (front) and two Michelin Pilot Sport A/S tires (rear) that came on the GTI I purchased used. Those tires had okay tread depth (not much on a tire of this size anyway) but the Michelins especially had severe weather cracking and the rolling noise of the four tires was very loud and non-uniform across the rotation (slipped radial belt, I figured). I liked that the Sumitomos were noted as being the quietest tire in the category by Consumer Reports--if they give up some performance for it, I haven't noticed.



They've indeed made a huge difference in noise and ride smoothness. I hope that lasts as the tires wear. Coincidentally we've had major snow and ice storms in Indiana since I put them on, and I'm impressed how well they do. Never felt out of control or immobile.



Basically my only gripe was with tirerack -- their competitor Vulcan Tire beat them by a few bucks on price, had cheaper shipping, and didn't charge me sales tax, so I went with them. Another possible gripe is that these tires don't have rim protectors, so be careful parallel parking. But otherwise these have not disappointed and I am picky about tires. If you drive more or less normally and like to step on it from time to time, I think you'll find these perfectly adequate, with low price and quiet ride (relative to the category) plus serviceable light winter traction to boot.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Defender

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Defender Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.8
 
 

2002 Honda CR-V
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Cranston, RI
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
January 05, 2014

These tires are fantastic. We live in Rhode Island and just experienced a major snow storm. All I can say is that these tires made my CR-V handle the snow with ease. My wife even commented on how great they were in a recent downpour. Plus they make the CR-V ride so quietly and comfortably! I had purchased a set of Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max that were on sale locally and returned them because they were LOUD and rode rough, not to mention I didn't like how they made the CR-V handle. If you own a 2002-2006 CR-V, the only tire I would suggest for your vehicle is the Michelin Defender. This model of CR-V (02-06) is known to be loud, and the Defenders drastically reduce any road noise you hear. Ironically when I returned the Goodyears, the salesperson asked if I had previously owned Michelins. When I told her I did she said I had been spoiled by the quality of the Michelins and that is why I hated the Goodyears! It only took me a minute after having the Michelins installed to instantly feel the difference. And believe me - the difference is HUGE! I haven't had them long enough to judge the treadwear, but I know the CR-V is hard on tires and I will not get the full 90k miles out of them. My last set was a set of Michelin X radials with an 80k mile rating and I got 50k out of them. I don't care about that - the increased ride comfort, safety and performance over the many years I will have them is well worth the sacrifice in warrantied mileage. Overall, I think Michelin hit a home run with these new Defenders. Thanks to the folks at Tire Rack for their great service and recommendation.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Ultra Grip Winter

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Ultra Grip Winter Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.55
 
 

1995 Chevrolet Blazer 4wd 4dr
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Bloomington, MN
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
January 01, 2014

Living in MN we get our share of snow and ice, but switching to the Goodyear Ultra Grip winter snow tire was the best thing I could of done. As compared to the Michelin all season radials I had on the 4X4 Blazer, I realized an "immediate" grip and go in hard packed snow, and after a 6" snowfall. Thanks Tire Rack for a great winter tire, and it had a budget friendly price with a $40 rebate to boot.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Winter Sport 4D

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop SP Winter Sport 4D Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.5
 
 

2013 Volkswagen Golf R
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Miles driven on tires: 4,000
Location: Bel Air, MD
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 4,000 Miles on Tires
December 15, 2013

Having had considerable experience with Dunlop's D3 winter radial on two previous cars, I was curious to see how the D4 would perform on my 2013 VW Golf R. In a word, the new D4 is outstanding.

I had my tires installed in early November, before serious winter weather set in here in Maryland. I noticed immediately that while they were a little less precise in their steering feel than my Michelin Pilot summer tires, they delivered excellent wet and dry traction in cold weather, with no loss of ride comfort and no increased noise level over the Michelins.

However, the acid test for these tires would have to be snowy conditions; after all, that's why I bought them. On Sunday, December 8, I drove from Long Island to my home in Maryland in a serious snowstorm. What would have been a 3 hour trip in good weather became a 7 hour challenge, mostly due to accidents on the New Jersey Turnpike and the Delaware Memorial Bridge. Through it all my Golf kept going, with the Dunlops delivering superb traction and excellent steering feel on both fresh and plowed snow. When I got near my home, I went to an empty parking lot, and stopped in about 6" of fresh, moderately wet snow. I engaged first gear, let out the clutch, and punched the throttle...and without drama or excitement, the Golf simply gathered speed and moved straight ahead. I did this several times, with the traction control on and off, and the tire performed equally well. (Yes, with the TC off, I could sense a difference, and a little wheelspin, but it was insignificant.)

Numerically rating a tire like this is tricky: In the non-snow categories, I compared these Dunlops to my summer Michelins. In the winter/snow category, I compared them to my previous Dunlop D3s. In both catergories, they are outstanding, and I will definitely buy them again! :-)

 

What are the Best Tire Brands?

Thursday, September 19, 2013 by Cy Chowattukunnel

With millions of vehicles sold in the United States last year ranging from FIAT 500s to Ford F-150s, drivers have a myriad of choices. Shouldn't they also be able to have their tires their way, too? In a perfect tire world, every tire manufacturer would engineer the optimal tire for every car and driver. However, the market is very large and competitive, and instead of a few brands dominating all segments, there are all-stars that excel in their niches.

Even though Michelin was the first tire company to commercialize the radial tire back in 1948, all major tire manufacturers have the same core technology, such as radial ply construction, steel belts, etc. They often use the same or similar materials with some noteworthy exceptions, for example polyamide. As you research tires, judge a tire by how well it's been engineered for your specific needs.

Taking a look at the hypothetical case of Maria from Burnsville, Minnesota, she drives 16,000 miles per year in her 2009 Honda Civic EX Sedan which came with the 205/55R16 Original Equipment size. Her daily commute consists of two miles of suburban roads before hopping on the interstate for 25 miles of highway driving to reach work. She normally drives about five miles above the posted speed limit and has never received a speeding ticket.

What does Maria need in her tires?

  1. Snow grip - It's Minnesota! Running dedicate winter / snow tires during the winter is the best choice for her during the colder months.
  2. Wet grip - Spring showers will cause her to need adequate wet grip to brake, corner and accelerate properly in the rain.
  3. Treadwear - Since Maria drives quite a bit, she's needs a tire that combines good treadwear and has enough grip to stop quickly.
  4. Low tread noise and a good ride -  She's in her car over one hour each day, she needs a tire with low tread noise and the ability to ride well over bumps. Tire noise is heavily dependent on vehicle design and ride compliance will inherently be challenged in short wheelbase cars.
  5. Relative efficiency - One reason she got the Civic was because of its fuel efficiency. It would be helpful to have a tire that's engineered for efficiency even though tire choice is only a partial factor of fuel economy with speed, air pressure and other things coming into play.  

What tire is best for Maria? Based on our summer and winter testing, I would recommend the Bridgestone Ecopia EP422. To find the tire that's best for you car, shop by vehicle.

Michelin Defender vs. Primacy MXV4

Thursday, August 29, 2013 by Gary Stanley

Michelin has a long history of being an industry leader in tire technology, even commercializing the first radial tires in the 1940s. Throughout the years, they have continued to produce some of the best tires that money can buy. This may explain why most drivers rank Michelin among the best high quality tire manufacturers.

Producing tires for many types of vehicles, Michelin may be best known for manufacturing some of the smoothest and quietest riding all-season and touring tires available on the market. Two of the best that were designed specifically for a smooth and quiet ride, good all-season traction and long treadwear, are the Defender and Primacy MXV4.

 Michelin Defender
Michelin Defender
 Michelin Primacy MXV4
Michelin Primacy MXV4


How do these two tires compare? The Michelin Defender has longer treadlife (90,000-mile warranty) and a softer ride between the two. While the Primacy MXV4 has shorter treadlife, it offers better handling and steering response for more confidence in corners and more stability while driving at highway speeds. 

I purchased the Primacy MXV4 tires for my wife's vehicle and we have been very pleased with them. You can read more about our experience with this tire by viewing "Michelin Primacy MXV4 Tires Installed on My Crossover."

FAQ - Mud-Terrain Tires

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 by Gary Stanley

What are mud-terrain tires ?

Mud-terrain tires feature aggressive, heavy blocked tread patterns designed for off-road use in deep mud, rocks and uneven terrain. These tires are often produced in large sizes with reinforced heavy-duty construction. They fall into the Off-Road Maximum Traction category in our customer survey data. 

What kind of drivers use mud-terrain tires?

Drivers who purchase mud-terrain tires range from off-road enthusiasts to those who simply want a more aggressive looking tire for cosmetic appearance. 

Can mud-terrain tires be driven on the street?

Yes, all mud-terrain tires sold at Tire Rack are street legal and can be safely driven on the street and at highway speeds. Keep in mind, if the vast majority of your driving is on the street, you may be better suited choosing a tire in our On-/Off-Road All-Terrain category.  You can view a couple of our top all-terrain tires by reading "BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO vs. Michelin LTX-A/T 2."

How long do mud-terrain tires last?

Treadwear on mud-terrain tires can vary quite a bit depending on driving style, driving conditions, vehicle set-up and other factors. Average on a vehicle that's not heavily modified is about 40,000 miles of mixed off-road and street driving.

What are the disadvantages of using aggressive mud-terrain tires? 

As you might guess, the more aggressive tread patterns of mud tires make more road noise than an all-terrain or highway street tire. Most mud-terrain tires also use heavy-duty construction methods that include thicker and more numerous sidewall plys. While this increases abrasion resistance, the reinforcement can make for a firm ride. The large blocky tread patterns of most these tires lack smaller tread blocks and sipes that are needed for good snow and ice traction. As a result, better snow and ice traction can usually be found with an all-terrain tire or dedicated winter / snow option.

What are some popular mud-terrain tires?

Below are a few options of Off-Road Maximum Traction tires we carry:

Two of the most popular choices are the BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM2 and Goodyear Wrangler MT/R with Kevlar. 

 BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM2
BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM2
 Goodyear Wrangler MT/R with Kevlar
Goodyear Wrangler MT/R with Kevlar


Many off-road enthusiasts install suspension lifts, fender flares and other modifications to allow for larger tire sizes than are typically used on a non-modified vehicle. As a result, it is often more helpful to shop by size

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin LTX M/S2

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin LTX M/S2Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10

2001 Ford F150 Supercrew 2wd
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Miles driven on tires: 150
Location: Picayune, MS
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 150 Miles on Tires
January 13, 2011

Just initial impressions, these tires replaced a set 135,000 mile 2003 model year Michelin X Radial LTs. Dry and wet traction have improved considerably, as expected from a new tire as opposed to 130+K 8 year old tires. Road noise, steering response, and ride comfort are standard LTX M/S fare, which is to say superb. If these LTX M/S2s wear like the X Radial LTs (same tire as the LTX M/S of the period, just a different tread pattern), then I doubt I will ever buy anything but LTXs for any truck I own. I will post updates regarding treadwear.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich Rugged Terrain T/A

Monday, December 24, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich Rugged Terrain T/A Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.45
 
 

2010 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Bluemont, VA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
December 20, 2012

Bought these as replacements to the OEM rugged trails and the rugged terrains are so far, far superior. Wet and dry traction is superb on highway and I use my truck off road in the woods around the house to tow a firewood trailer, cross horse pastures, and travel plenty of dirt/gravel country roads. I would say the truck is actually smoother with these on vs the R Trails's and possibly even quieter, but that might be due to the mileage on the R trails which I replaced at 30K. I did not want to venture the winter with the remaining tread on those. We should be getting some light to mod snow around Christmas and am looking forward to seeing how the Rugged Terrains do in the white stuff. And we'll be taking the tacoma down the OBX again this summer and i'll get to test these in the sand. The R Trail's managed OK this past trip to the beach, even allowing us to pull out a stuck Tacoma & a range rover, but I think that was mainly due to the Tacoma's 4 wheel drive systems. But the perfect application should come in September when I need to drive the truck from the east coast to Colorado and then up into the mountains for an Elk hunting trip. BTW, at 70 mph on the interstate, these tires run very smooth and quiet with no vibration or chatter...If your experiencing this I would take them back to the shop for a re-balance and get your shocks and alignment checked, its not the tires, unless in the very rare case you got one with a broken radial, which I have experienced with another Brand, but not with BF Goodrich. I hope Michelin lets BF G continue to put out the quality they have in the past... I used to run BFG AT's on my old truck and never had a problem at all, but since I'm now using this truck as a commuter and weekend off roader, the rugged terrains seems to be the perfect solution so far.

 

Looking for the Best Tires for Your Ford F-150? We've Got You Covered!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 by Steve Huffman

America's best-selling pickup truck, the Ford F-150, deserves Tire Rack's best-selling tires. Many F-150 owners are passionate about their truck and hold on to them for a long period of time. Most owners even go through multiple sets of tires, due to the truck's long-lasting dependability. With that in mind, Ford truck owners want nothing but the best for their pickup.

I believe the best Highway All-Season tire for this vehicle is the Michelin LTX M/S2. This tires does it all and is exactly what you would expect from Michelin. It has superior all-season traction, a smooth and quiet ride and is offered with a 70,000-mile treadlife warranty.

If you're looking to get a little dirty and go off-road with the truck, one of the best On-/Off-Road All Terrain tires is the Firestone Destination A/T. This tire has been around for many years, but it never gets old. It takes on all newcomers and is still a best-selling tire in its class. Featuring Firestone's UNI-T technology, the tire blends off-road traction with enhanced on-road capabilities. UNI-T is a combination of technologies that merge a comprehensive design method with innovative manufacturing features for improved tire comfort, performance and wear.

Finally, if you're looking for F-150 tires to handle winter's worst condition, then go with the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1. This tire simply gets it done on ice and in the snow. With a focus on ice traction and braking, as well as wet road handling and hydroplaning resistance, this tire provides wintertime driving competence. Blizzak DM-V1 radials meet the industry's severe snow service requirements and are branded with the mountain/snowflake symbol.

Michelin LTX M/S 2
Michelin LTX M/S 2
Firestone Destination A/T
Firestone Destination A/T
Bridgestone Blizzak DMV-1
Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1


All three tires have provided our customers with the driving experience they've been looking for and their comments prove this:

"I've had these tires on my truck for two weeks and they are just outstanding. They grip the road like glue in the rain. On the dry pavement they handle superb. They don't roll or pitch in the corners. You won't be sorry if you buy them." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2005 Ford F-150 XLT Sup Cab 4wd (Michelin LTX M/S2)

"Absolutely, hands down, the best all-terrain tire on the market. 90% on-road driving, 10% off-road. I wouldn't hesitate to drive my truck through anything with these. I've had more aggressive tires which gave up handling. These are a no compromise tire. Buy them ASAP if you're in the market before Firestone realizes they are worth double the price!" -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2011 Ford F-150 XLT 4wd Super Crew (Firestone Destination A/T)

"After reading the reviews for this tire and other winter traction tires, I decided on the Blizzaks. Best snow tire ever! I live in the Pacific Northwest and drive in varied conditions: compact snow and ice, deep snow, slush, water, uphill, etc. Great traction in all conditions. I hardly ever need to use four-wheel drive. I would highly recommend these tires to anyone, and I will never buy anything else." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2010 Ford F-150 Platinum 4x4 Super Crew (Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1)

New Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4 vs. Pilot Alpin PA3

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 by Gary Stanley

The Michelin Pilot Alpin PA3 has been a favorite among our customers in the Performance Winter / Snow category since its introduction. It's currently ranked number one in our customer survey results. While it doesn't quite match the snow and ice traction of the Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60, the Pilot Alpin PA3 is consistently praised for its great snow traction, while maintaining good dry and wet road grip. 

Michelin has entered a new option into the Performance Winter / Snow category this season with the Pilot Alpin PA4. More than a subtle change, the Alpin PA4 features a new, more aggressive tread pattern, which should lead to improved snow and ice traction compared to its predecessor (Alpin PA3). 

Michelin Pilot Alpin PA3
Michelin Pilot Alpin PA3
Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4
Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4


In the photo above, you can see the Pilot Alpin PA4's more radically swept-in asymmetric tread pattern. It features more biting edges and additional sipes. Michelin's high-density Stabiligrip 3D sipe technology and wrap-around shoulder designs enhance acceleration, braking and handling. All of these elements come together to also increase snow and ice traction over the already highly rated Pilot Alpin PA3. 

Snow platform indicators (the equivalent of "snow wear bars") are molded into the Pilot Alpin PA4's tread grooves to inform the driver when ice and snow traction will be reduced as the tire's tread reaches the point where the remaining tread depth becomes less effective in deep snow. Pilot Alpin PA4 winter radials meet the industry's severe snow service requirements and are branded with the mountain/snowflake symbol.

To see if Michelin's newest Performance Winter / Snow tire is made for your application, simply shop by vehicle.

Best Tire Options for Tahoes, Yukons and Escalades

Friday, November 9, 2012 by Steve Huffman

General Motors' best-selling full-size SUVs are all based from the same platform. These vehicles include the Chevrolet Tahoe, GMC Yukon and the Cadillac Escalade. There are many basic similarities between these three vehicles, including tires. The current generation of these three SUVs either came with a 17", 18" or 20" tire. Given the popularity of these vehicles, many owners are looking for the best tire selection for their vehicle. Take a look at the following options when considering tire replacements for your Tahoe, Yukon or Escalade:

Bridgestone's Dueler H/L Alenza is the Original Equipment tire on most of these SUVs. This Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season tire is a very good option and I would continue to recommend it as a replacement option. It rides very nicely, offers good all-season traction and provides good treadlife. Designed to provide elegance with an edge, the tire has been ride and noise tuned to enhance comfort.

Another good option for these trucks is the new Michelin LTX M/S2. If you consider yourself a "Michelin Man", than this is your tire. This latest Highway All-Season radial from the French tire maker offers a very smooth ride and has the best all-season traction according to our most recent survey results. The LTX M/S2 molds a long wearing, silica-enhanced, all-season compound into a tread profile featuring Michelin's MaxTouch Construction to produce a contact patch that promotes reliable traction and long wear by evenly distributing acceleration, braking and cornering forces. Compared to the original LTX M/S, the LTX M/S2 is an evolution in looks and a leap forward in performance.

Bridgestone Dueler HL Alenza
Bridgestone Dueler
H/L Alenza
Michelin LTX M/S 2
Michelin LTX
M/S2
Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology
Continental CrossContact LX20
with EcoPlus Technology


If you're looking for a tire with good value, then consider the Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology. The tire is a favorite among our customers as it is currently ranked number one in our Tire Survey Results for Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season tires. It's also engineered to help you improve your fuel efficiency and maintain grip when braking on wet surfaces while providing long wear and all-season traction, even in light snow. For more information about EcoPlus Technology, read "Continental Tire EcoPlus+ Technology, EcoPlus or 'E' Symbol."

When your Tahoe, Yukon or Escalade is in need of new tires, consider these options or shop by vehicle to find the tire that's best for your driving style.

Our Customers Have Rated the Michelin Pilot Alpin PA3 as the Best

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 by Zig Ziegler

Currently, we offer over 30 different Performance Winter / Snow tires, but only one reigns supreme as the highest rated overall by our customers, the Michelin Pilot Alpin PA3. The Pilot Alpin PA3 is the flagship performance winter / snow tire offered by Michelin and is designed to meet the needs of drivers who want to retain the precision of their ultra high performance sports car, sedan or coupe during winter conditions.

Pilot Alpin PA3 tires feature a sunflower oil-enriched Helio Compound to increase traction at low temperatures for improved braking and handling in the wet, as well as better overall performance in the snow. On top of providing better traction in winter conditions, most sizes meet Michelin's Green X standard for low rolling resistance that confirms the tire's contribution to reducing vehicle fuel consumption and emissions of CO2 gases.

Michelin Pilot Alpin PA3
Michelin Pilot Alpin PA3
Michelin Pilot Alpin PA3
Michelin Pilot Alpin PA3


An asymmetric design of the tread allows for a side to side tire rotation or front to back for even wear over the life of the tire. Also, featuring Variable Thickness Sipes (V.T.S.) technology, Pilot Alpin PA4 tires have sipes on the inboard side of the tread design to provide traction in the snow and narrower sipes on the outboard side to enhance handling in the dry. The tire also features a unique internal construction reinforced by Michelin's BAZ technology, where polyamide cord is spirally Banded At Zero (BAZ) degrees to the direction of travel to combine high-speed capability with ride comfort.

Meeting the industry's severe snow service requirements, Michelin Pilot Alpin PA3 winter / snow radials are branded with the mountain/snowflake symbol. Take a look at what some of our customers are saying about their experience with this Performance / Snow tire from Michelin:

"What is amazing to me is how they are in all weather conditions. These tires handle incredibly well in the snow, ice, mix precipitation without compromising the performance on those dry, cold winter days. The cornering and stopping is phenomenal. If you have a performance/sporty car and you want the security of snow tires for those nasty winter days, but want to maintain the sporty feel and not compromise cornering, acceleration, braking and the fun of driving, then these are the tires for you." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2007 BMW 335i Sedan Base Model

"Last winter season when we experienced 'carmageddon' here in the DC metro area, these tires got me home without getting stuck. It was the longest commute home ever, all the highways were a parking lot. I had to take a lot of back roads with hills and the tires performed well. When people were spinning out, getting stuck or turning around, I ventured up those hills and made it. Where AWD and 4WD were having trouble, I didn't. The car just kept going. I passed a lot of abandoned cars in the middle of the road or on the side and many times I figured "this is it, I am going to get stuck", but it never happened!" -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2010 BMW 535i Sedan

View our Tire Survey Results to compare tires in the Performance / Snow category and help you find the tire that's right for your vehicle.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin LTX A/S

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin LTX A/SReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.62

2010 Ford F150 XLT 4x2
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Miles driven on tires: 74,000
Location: Brandon, FL
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 74,000 Miles on Tires
October 14, 2012

These tires were OEM for my 2010 Ford F150. They were remarkably quiet, smooth and finally were ready for replacement at 74,000 miles. If not for a misalignment, I likely could have gone to 80,000. Unbelievalbe. When it came time to replace the tires last month, I chose BF Goodrich radial long trail T/A's based mainly on price but decent reviews as well. I am pleased with the ride quality, noise, and other dynamics of the BF Goodrich tires, noticing very little difference between them and the Michelin's. However, the money I saved on the purchase of the BF Goodrich's over the Michelin's will be negated by additional fuel costs; With the Michelin's, I consistently recorded an average 18.8 mpg on my F150 based on the computer read-out on the dash. After installing the BF Goodrich radial long-trail T/A's, I immediately began averaging 17.6 mpg with no other changes to the vehicle or driving conditions. Perhaps greater rolling resistance? Initially the 1.2 mpg drop appeared insignificant, but after doing some math, I was shocked. I average around 30,000 miles a year and at the current pump rate of $3.65 per gallon, I will spend over $400.00 a year more in fuel with the BF Goodrich tires. So much for saving a couple hundred bucks on the purchase. I'm sure the potential of higher fuel economy had something to do with Ford supplying the Michelin's as OEM tires. Next time I'll buy the Michelin's.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Exalto A/S

Tuesday, October 16, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Exalto A/SReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.88

2005 Toyota Camry LE
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Miles driven on tires: 23,000
Location: Honolulu, HI
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 23,000 Miles on Tires
September 28, 2012

I'm currently at about 23,000 miles after 50-54 months on my set of Pilot Exalto A/S tires. One tire developed 'radial pull' recently so I can't rotate my tires again, since when it's in the front, the car pulls to the side. On the rear, I don't notice it at all, so it has to stay there. I expect to get to just under 30K miles out of this set due to the fact that I can't rotate them anymore - if I could, maybe 35K. Harsh city miles on some of the nation's worst roads, I should point out.

My tires have a little bit of weathering but nothing major. The reason why I rate this tire so highly is its exceptional traction. Wet and dry traction has been outstanding. I drive "spiritedly" (which is probably why I get less miles out of my tires than the normal person) and my car feels like a tank w/ these tires. After 4-5 years, I still have NO problems in the rain. My tires chirp once in a while but never spin even when I floor it while getting on the freeway. Noise has been slowly increasing as the tires have aged but what tire doesn't? It's tolerable - and my car is exceptionally quiet anyway - so I'm willing to sacrifice noise levels for safety and handling. Tires in Hawaii start cracking due to the hot sun, so I replace my tires every 5-6 years regardless of mileage anyway.. We don't drive much but I refuse to cheap out on tires as they're the only things keeping you on the road. The Pilot Exaltos are not cheap but I don't think I'll ever be able to go back to another tire! I feel safe w/ these. I feel comforted knowing my mom's Camry also has these tires. They handle extremely well and most importantly, are consistent and predictable.

Bottom line: these tires wear faster than most due to their stickiness. Do not buy these for tread life, buy them for their handling. I will most definitely be buying another set. These tires are like glue on the road! My mom's Pilot Exaltos are at 5 years and 18K (yes, 18K!) miles on her set, no cracking, and they drive like new.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot HX MXM4

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot HX MXM4Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.5

2009 Honda Civic Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 31,000
Location: Shorewood, IL
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 31,000 Miles on Tires
September 14, 2012

The o.e.m. tires on the car when delivered will probably last 35,000 miles when the wear-indicators are flush with the tread. While I would consider this unacceptable for a "general use all-season radial," this is the best tire I've owned for performance driving while still getting around in rain and snow. I was so impressed with it that, now that replacement time has arrived, I re-upped for the o.e.m. tire on a set of OZ Alleggerita HLT rims (25% + lighter than Honda's Si alloy).

Steering feel, turn-in, and lateral grip are excellent. The car is used for track days and to "do" the Tail of the Dragon about twice a year (each). It gets around fine in light snow. It sees regular rain use on Interstates with no aquaplaning at above-legal speeds. I have not noticed the noise that some other reviewers complain of. it is as grippy as the Goodrich T/A's I upgraded to on my Mazda RX-7, quieter, and has a more supple ride.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot HX MXM4

Tuesday, September 4, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot HX MXM4Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.82

2009 Honda Civic Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 29,000
Location: Joliet, IL
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 29,000 Miles on Tires
August 13, 2012

OEM tires on my car. They will probably last 40,000 miles, but I want to upgrade wheels/tires before my next trip to Tail of the Dragon. The o.e.m.'s have done two Dragon runs and two HSAX track days. Have been shopping Tire Rack for a grippier 4-season tire based on UTCQ rating (300). Can't find one. This confirms my subjective experience: the best 4-season sporting tire I've driven. They stick and stick with excellent feedback about the slip angle.

I will re-up for these o.e.m. tires mounted on OZ 15-lb. rims from Tire Rack in September. The negative reviews astonish me. I can back through 4" of new snow in my driveway. Winter traction is average for a 4-season performance tire, a small price to pay for summer fun.

No hydroplaning problems. In fact, they track better through deep water than other high-performance tires I've owned. Superb on rainy Interstates at high speeds. Can spin 'em from a dead stop at a greasy intersection. Would be disappointed if a Civic Si couldn't!

Noise and ride harshness not a problem; no worse than other high-performance 4-season radials I've owned. But the grip is better. Seems to me that if these factors are more important to a user than dry/wet summer grip, should not be on these tires in the first place.