Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 (W- or Y-Speed Rated)

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 (W- or Y-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.5
 
 

2013 Audi A6 Sedan 3.0T
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Elgin, IL
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
December 05, 2013

If you live in an area where snow isn't a big issue, these are great handling A/S tires. I'm a bit disappointed in winter traction, however. Tread design or compound, not sure which, really doesn't like snow very much. I also think mpg dropped by 3 from the Eagle F1 summer tires that came on this car. If you don't care about that, live where snow is rare and want full dry weather performance in an A/S tire, this is it. Even with AWD and the best ABS system made, my A6 might need a tire change this winter. They were a little scary in the first snow of the season, which wasn't very bad.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin X-Ice Xi2

Thursday, April 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin X-Ice Xi2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.27
 
 

2009 Subaru Forester 2.5 X
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Miles driven on tires: 12,000
Location: Eau Claire, WI
Driving Condition: Easy Going
 

Initial Review, 12,000 Miles on Tires
March 20, 2014

I have tried several types of winter tires (including Dunlop and the very good Bridgestone Blizzaks) but these Michelins are the best by far. When first mounted in the late fall while the roads were still clear, it was very obvious that the tires had a deeper and softer tread than all-season tires - in particular the tires felt much more compliant over pot holes and poor road surfaces. I actually checked and rechecked tire pressures thinking that the tires were all down a few psi but they were all right at 34. Turns out that the tires just have a very compliant sidewall and that contributes to their excellent performance in real winter conditions. Wide, high perfomance summer tires with stiff, low-profile sidewalls deliver sharp handling on warm, dry and smooth race tracks but they are a disaster when the road conditions are less than perfect. I belive that Michelin enginneered the x-ice sidewalls to provide a less punishing ride on rough ice covered roads, and in so doing, found that the tread maintains constant contact with the road for better traction. The x-ice tread pattern provides excellent grip with minimal road noise and the rubber compound seems much more durable than that of the competition. I expect to get at least one additional winter out of this set! I live at the top of a hill, half a mile up a 14% grade in a snow belt. Highly recommended for anyone that really needs snow tires.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Assurance ComforTred Touring

Thursday, April 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Assurance ComforTred Touring Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.7
 
 

2007 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT
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Miles driven on tires: 1,500
Location: Chesterfield, MI
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 1,500 Miles on Tires
February 19, 2014

read a lot of reviews before buying, well my minivan rides better than when it was new. I have 90000 on my grandcarvan only 1000 miles on the tires but the ride is like day and night from my last tires which were Michelin harmony's. just drove thru the 3rd snowiest winters on record in Michigan, thought I had snow tires. I'm a fan for life, defiently recommend.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin X-Ice Xi3

Thursday, April 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin X-Ice Xi3 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.89
 
 

2011 Volvo C70 T5
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Miles driven on tires: 200
Location: Glen Mills, PA
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 200 Miles on Tires
December 08, 2013

These tires are great in the snow. I got caught in a sudden snow storm in PA and these tires were unstoppable. I was passing cars, trucks & SUVs that were stuck without a single problem. Last year with my "all-season" tires I couldn't even make it up my driveway with a dusting of snow. Given that I bought these tire for their snow & ice handling I am very pleased.

As far as handling is concerned, I've noticed these tire feel slightly softer than my other tires but then these are on 16" wheels vs 18" wheels. I don't drive aggressively so I haven't noticed any degradation under normal driving conditions. So far there is no road noise to speak of and performance on wet roads has been excellent.

Given that these are WINTER tires and if you are buying them you are looking for winter performance I think they are fabulous. I don't know why people stopped buying winter tires.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Primacy MXV4

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Primacy MXV4Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.91

2003 Honda Accord Cpe EX V6
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
October 20, 2011

I like these tires a lot, the tire's overall demeanor is very good. Let me clarify, the tire noise are minimal, it's very comfortable. It handles the road well in dry and wet conditions. I have to see how it will handle during winter time here but so far, my expectations are met for what I was looking for in a grand touring tire.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General AltiMAX RT43 (T-Speed Rated)

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General AltiMAX RT43 (T-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.22
 
 

2008 Honda Odyssey
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Miles driven on tires: 400
Location: Clifton Park, NY
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 400 Miles on Tires
March 13, 2014

The van came with the Michelin LX4's which wore out at 40k. Was very happy with the feel of the Michelins in all conditions except for the snow in which they were dreadful. I use Blizzaks in the winter on dedicated wheels. Purchased the RT43's to replace the LX4's thinking that spring was here and wouldn't you know it, we get hit with a snow/ice storm. The RT43's were quite good in the snow/ice on brand new tires although I prefer a dedicated snow tire for the van.

For regular driving the RT43's are close to the Michelins but I prefer the feel of the Michelins. However, given the price differential between a new set of LX4's (or Defenders) and the all around capability of the RT43's plus favorable reviews, these tires get high marks and were worth a try. If they last 50K for this van which has a reputation for eating up tires, it is a no brainer. If they don't last, back to the Michelins.

As far as fuel economy is concerned, I think that the Michelins are better but time will tell.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin X-Ice Xi3

Monday, March 17, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin X-Ice Xi3 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.73
 
 

2010 Toyota Prius
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Lake Villa, IL
Driving Condition: Easy Going
 

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
March 10, 2014

After 10,000 miles, I'm impressed with these tires. While not as tenacious as studdable snows, these tires dont suffer from the noise issues with which studdable snow tires are burdened. The ride comfort is a fair trade, as these tires still provide very nice light and deep snow grip, and they seem additionally competent on the ice.

This was a tough winter with lots of opportunities to drive in challenging conditions. I drove through deep snow, across hard packed snow, two inch thick ice on the freeway. My Prius tore through it all. 7 plus inches of unplowed snow posed no issue. I drove at over 60 mph on two inch thick ice (just east of Lake Michigan) and found myself laughing at how easy it was.

What's more, and this is why I find myself buying Michelin tires over and over again, the tires are remarkably quiet in the dry. Although I have a separate set of summer wheels and tires (purchased from Tire Rack) I could easily run these tires with few issues. But I won't.

For those of you who drive a Prius or other hybrid, or are simply concerned with the mileage impact, I have found these tires, which are LRR, to be very good. I can easily average over 50mpg with my Prius in the warm, on fair weather tires. With these winter tires, I found my mileage to be closer to 44. How much of the decline is attributable to the tires, and how much is attributable to the cold weather, I cannot be certain. But now that it's a bit warmer, Ive seen my mileage climb back up to 50mpg, even though the winter tires are still mounted.

I would definitely buy these again, and I would recommend them. I hope this review has been helpful.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Wrangler SilentArmor

Monday, March 17, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Wrangler SilentArmor Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.67
 
 

2010 Ford Escape 2wd
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Miles driven on tires: 8,000
Location: Ypsilanti, MI
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 8,000 Miles on Tires
March 13, 2014

Just moved to Michigan this year from the south... Surprise! Worst winter in 20+ years. I bought these tires as a possible alternative to dedicated winter tires due to the high mileage my car sees. A lot of other reviewers were claiming 70,000+ miles and that sounded great with a tire that could handle winter weather. (they have the mountain/snowflake on the side) I braced myself for a noisy, bumpy ride as the car came with a Michelin touring tire originally. I can honestly say, these tires are quieter and ride almost as smoothly as the Michelin's. That said, the Michelin's were worn when I replaced them so I don't hold the noise against them. These tires have never left me stuck or stranded and I didn't usually spin or slide unless I was trying to. A few times I had to disable the traction control to let them spin and clear. This was only in slow speed situations like cutting fresh tracks in 8+ inches of heavy wet snow. Not sure you can ask anymore for a longer treadlife all-terrain in my opinion. My biggest complaint in the 8,000+ miles I have had them comes from the fact that they tend to "catch" grooves or seams in the highway which can be unnerving when the road is icy. I noticed it the first day I had the tires and now I have gotten more used to it and it is less of an issue but at first it did get my attention. Overall, I would and already have recommend these tires. Not the best winter solution, not the best off-road solution, definitely not the best for mpg's or handling performance. Just a really good mix of life, traction, and so far low noise.

Choosing Between Performance Winter / Snow Tires and Studless Ice & Snow Tires

Monday, March 17, 2014 by Gary Stanley

As a moderator of several forums, I have received many questions on snow tires this winter. Recently, a customer had a question about choosing between Studless Ice & Snow tires and Performance Winter / Snow tires:

I’m getting ready to order winter tires and wheels. My concern is that here in Denver, we can have big changes in temperatures. It’s not uncommon to be able to wear short sleeves during February and March, while the ski resorts are getting pounded less than 80 miles away. Given the temperature range, are there any brands I should stay away from that get squirmy when it gets warmer? 95% of my driving is in the Denver area. I only have two clients in the foothills just west of town.

Here was my response to his question:

Most of the tires in the Studless Ice & Snow category like the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70, Continental ExtremeWinterContact and Michelin X-Ice Xi3 will have slower steering response in warmer temperatures, and thus, feel a little squirmy. Of these choices, the Michelin X-Ice Xi3 feels the least squirmy, but would still give you outstanding snow and ice traction for the times you have to drive on snow-covered roads. 

If you move to a Performance Winter / Snow tire like the Bridgestone Blizzak LM-32 or Dunlop SP Winter Sport 4D, you'll find that these tires have more responsive handling even in warmer temperatures. Unfortunately, there's a noticeable step down in snow and ice traction when compared to Studless Ice & Snow tires.

Are you trying to make a similar decision? You may want to lean towards one of the more aggressive snow tires like those listed above if one or more of the following are true :

  • Your geographical area gets heavy snowfall and/or lake-effect snow.
  • You are often driving on packed snow and ice.
  • You are willing to give up some dry grip and steering response for maximum winter traction.
  • You are a newer driver or want more confidence when driving in winter conditions. 

Choosing between these two performance categories may be difficult and is mostly a personal preference choice for the trade-off between snow traction and dry road handling. When making your decision, keep in mind what are the worst conditions you'll experience. This is the time when you will need traction the most!  You can read about my experience with winter tires by reading, "My Story on Winter Tires."

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Primacy MXV4

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Primacy MXV4 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.91
 
 

2009 Toyota Avalon
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Miles driven on tires: 59,225
Location: Michigan City, IN
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 59,225 Miles on Tires
February 15, 2014

Michelin has produced a terrific product with this Primacy MXV4. Aside from being a quiet and comfortable tire, it wears even and wears well as my precise mileage is shown. If that weren't enough, this tire is so good even in winter weather that it rivals dedicated cold-weather rubber. A set with a little over 30K are also on the wife's Camry and promise to be the equivalent of mine. Frankly, if you can buy a better tire, do it. I would, but I haven't found one on 35 years of driving on virtually every popular brand.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric All-Season

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric All-Season Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10
 
 

2013 Honda Civic Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Daisytown, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
February 13, 2014

These are outstanding tires that I would highly recommend for so owners. Although these are not winter tires they performed flawlessly when traveling in a wicked snow storm,even passing stuck salt trucks on terrible roads. Much quieter than OE Michelin tires. Wet traction, snow, dry are also much improved. Can't comment on wear but they are outstanding tires WAY better than OE set that only lasted for 13000 miles and were down to 2/32 tread depth. I loved the look on peoples faces as they struggled with there 4wd vehicles to get around in snow as I pass them! Must have for northeast winters if all you want to run is all season tires.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Dueler A/T D695

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Dueler A/T D695 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.43
 
 

2006 Nissan Titan Crew Cab
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Miles driven on tires: 55,000
Location: Ironton, OH
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 55,000 Miles on Tires
February 21, 2014

I replaced Goodyear Wranglers O.E.M. that had 21,000 miles and couldn't believe the difference. I have since put 55,000 on these Bridgestone and am in the process of looking to replace them. I believe they are rated for 50,000 miles and since it's not my daily driver anymore I've waited and pushed them through the winter. I'm looking at Michelins that are rated to get 70,000. Only because rating difference and I recently bought a set of Michelins for my car and I'm extremely impressed with them.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Ultra Grip Winter

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Ultra Grip Winter Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.91
 
 

2003 Subaru Impreza WRX Wagon
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Miles driven on tires: 5,500
Location: Champlin, MN
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 5,500 Miles on Tires
February 06, 2014

I was torn between these tires and and the Firestone Winterforce. I had the Winterforce tires on another vehicle of mine which was a Buick Lesabre the Winterforce made my Lesabre a tank in the snow I always felt safe and in control in any winter driving condition but the tires had to be switched out after winter. I wanted a winter tire that had some all season characteristics so I took a chance on these Goodyears and was immediately impressed they were quieter than the BF Goodrich tire that I had just taken off the car the sidewall is softer than an all-season tire but that is to be expected. I previously had Michelin's winter ice tires on this car for twice the cost the only thing I can say that was better about the Michelins they had a stiffer sidewall. These Goodyear tires so far have more then met my expectations.We have been hammered with lots of snow and sub zero temps in Minnesota this year and the Goodyears have performed flawlessly. I can't recommend these tires enough!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 (W- or Y-Speed Rated)

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 (W- or Y-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8
 
 

2006 Cadillac CTS-V
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
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Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
March 04, 2014

Great tire... lives up to the reviews. Not noisey at all on my CTS-V, quiet on the highway. Very good wet and dry grip. The response on these tires is better than summer tires I've had before. Very good on-center feel and the car reacts instantaneously to inputs. Good acceleration grip with 400hp, difficult to spin the tires. Was able to pull 1.03G around a cloverleaf and the tires had not even begun to make noise, and that was in 28 degrees. Have not used them in the summer yet though but I imagine they will be even better than they were in cool weather. HUGE NOTE - these tires will not get you through a real winter. I am in MN and use winter tires but got stuck with these in a few inches of unplowed city streets. They do work well enough to get you around on packed snow and ice but unless you have AWD these tires WILL leave you stranded on any type of snowfall. Other than that these are awesome tires.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin LTX M/S2

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin LTX M/S2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.2
 
 

2010 Chevrolet Colorado LT Crew Cab
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Miles driven on tires: 15,000
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Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 15,000 Miles on Tires
February 25, 2014

2010 4wd Colorado, rural Vermont but plenty of interstate driving too.... These were summer tires which were alternated with Blizzak DM-V1's for the winter. About 15K miles and about 8/32" tread left. Very dependable, quiet, good tracking and solid tires (but not for wintertime use, at all). I was completely satisfied and don't hesitate to recommend for routine applications.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Super Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.75
 
 

2007 Porsche 911 Carrera
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Miles driven on tires: 22,000
Location: South Ogden, UT
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 22,000 Miles on Tires
February 26, 2014

Simply the best performance tires I have ever owned. I have already bought a second set of rear tires as they wear out quicker when driving at Miller Motorsports RaceTrack. These tires have held traction when I have overextended myself entering a corner. Highly recommended summer tire. I have also taken the car on a rode trip to Telluride Mountain Resort in Colorado. I cannot explain the joy in driving with these tires thru mountain passes....just point the car and enjoy. These tires are not meant for cold weather (I garage the car during the winter). These tires are getting much better wear than the Proxes I had before.. Enjoy

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Primacy Alpin PA3

Monday, March 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Primacy Alpin PA3 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.3
 
 

2006 Lexus IS250
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Miles driven on tires: 200
Location: Denver, CO
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 200 Miles on Tires
February 14, 2014

Having spent 5 days up at Winter Park, CO in February where every day there was about 2-5 inches of snowfall, and that the roads are primarily ice/snow packed with my "all season" Bridgestone Potenzas (which are an excellent 3 season tire), I quickly made the investment to put on the Michelin Alpins PA3 based upon reviews here. I'm back up here at Winter Park with these set of tires and there has been a significant difference - no sliding, excellent braking, and not once has my electronic stability control warning indicator come on. There are many steep, icy, snow pack hills, which these tires handle very well going up and coming down (reasonable speeds about 30 MPH). Previously my Bridgestone Potenzas would be sliding all over the place. I'm a believer.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus

Monday, March 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.45
 
 

2009 Mazda Mazda6 Sport Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Bloomington, IL
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
February 19, 2014

Replaced the oem Michelins at 44,000 miles. I put on the Continental Extreme ContactDWS tires which were good, but only lasted 35,000 miles and were rotated every 7,000 miles and became loud after 30,000 miles. I now have the Pirelli's and they are far superior to the Continentals and Michelins. We had a bad winter with a lot of snow and some ice, best tire I have ever had for an all season tire, I am thrilled. I expect them to last better than the Continentals. These tires are very quiet so far and handling is fine, these are not for racers, but these are the best commuter tires I have owned. I have had 90 cars in my lifetime, and these tires truly impress me. I have not seen any fuel economy benefit relative to the other tires I have had on this car, but the car now has some miles and age to it. Strongly recommend these tires.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Destination LE 2

Monday, March 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Destination LE 2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.78
 
 

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee
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Miles driven on tires: 100
Location: Oshkosh, WI
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 100 Miles on Tires
March 01, 2014

Just put these Firestone Destination LE2's on, replacing the Michelin Latitude Touring tires that came with the Jeep. What an improvement!! With the Latitude's I was slipping and sliding all over the place - couldn't corner at all and even on straightaways I could feel the Jeep swaying and sliding - they felt dangerous! These LE2's are awesome - a night and day difference! We had about 2 inches of snow last night, so I could immediately compare the 2 tires. On the way to the tire store I was sliding all over, on the way back I tried very hard to get them to slip and slide. There was still some slipping and sliding of course (I was pushing these tires to see what the "breakaway" point was) but the difference was clearly noticeable. It's great to feel like I can go around a corner at more than 5 miles an hour, and change lanes on the highway without gripping the wheel with both hands and hoping I didn't end up in a ditch or facing oncoming traffic the wrong way. This Wisconsin winter has been rough but with these tires I'll be able to face what's left of it without feeling like I may die any second. There was no tire noise (same as the Michelin's) and the ride was great, but now I feel safe driving my Jeep!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4

Friday, February 28, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.45
 
 

2002 BMW 525i Sport Wagon
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Miles driven on tires: 1,500
Location: La Crescent, MN
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 1,500 Miles on Tires
February 27, 2014

Like how PA4 communicates to driver in ice or snow conditions. First winter on the PA4 but has proved grippy and secure. Can tell when tire will break away on fresh or packed snow and what it takes to bring it back. More sophisticated than an average snow tire. In times past used Nokian, Blizzack, Dunlop, and many standard or high performance snow tires on various vehicles. Thus high expectations, even though there are few reviews of PA4. Interesting that Porsche had been involved with development too. We usually have traction control devices engaged in cars --on mode– when entering harsh weather. Recently, however, have been turning off DSC in Bimmer sport-wagon, as control and performance of vehicle seems even better with PA4's. Car handled better without using DSC. Added control with such throttle response has been fun and added new dynamic. Generally enhanced winter driving experience in the 5 Series wagon with sports suspension. Rear wheel drive BMW has been easier to drive fast in snow and ice latley, yet with more control. Car more predicable now. Cornering to date has been superb in dry/wet conditions and the sidewall feels firm while offering quiet, comfortable ride. Have not pushed tires too hard yet, as want to give belts and rubber break in period. Yet already feels like an Ultra High Performance tire with intriguing winter capability. Have not yet finished testing and haven’t been in really deep, heavy snow, but if these are first indications of what to expect then we're excited. For higher performance, lower clearance vehicles this should be a serious candidate for winter consideration. Looking forward to also trying the Michelin Xi-3 on other cars, as we are also big fans of the Conti Extreme Winter Contact which was very impressive on a Saab we own. That and the PA4 seem like the real leaders currently. Shall report back as we find out more about PA4 on BMW. Thus far does seem like a game changer in winter segment. Thanks Tirerack.