Launching last year with much anticipation was Michelin's latest entry to the Ultra High Performance All-Season category, the Pilot Sport A/S 3. Having secured a spot in our internal test last summer, we quickly found this tire to be extremely competitive in both the dry and wet. With the sharpest handling and best communication of the group, the tire impressed our staff and produced track times that are near that of a dedicated summer performance tire.
After a year on the market, consumers have logged over a million miles on the tire and seem to be in agreement. At the time of this writing, the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 holds the highest scores for dry and wet traction ratings for an Ultra High Performance All-Season tire in our consumer driven surveys.
As we often find when testing tires, gains in one area come with costs in another. With so much emphasis on dry and wet performance, snow traction seems to have taken a bit of a hit. While certainly more passable than a dedicated summer tire, the Pilot Sport A/S 3 falls short on snow traction compared to some of its rivals in the category.
Customers in fair climates where snow is of little or no concern will find harmony with this tire. It will wear significantly better than a summer tire, yet still communicates with the driver in a way that makes your daily travel enjoyable when driven in a spirited fashion. Should you live further north, it might be best to consider another option or invest in a set of dedicated snow tires depending on the severity of your conditions.