Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Exalto PE2

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Exalto PE2Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.43

2002 Subaru Legacy L Wagon
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Buy/More Info
Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Toronto, ON
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
July 16, 2012

Bought Michelin PE2 as a replacement set, being not happy with Continental ExtremeContact DW.
Thanks to Tirerack, it was a matter of 10 minutes to set up a replacement transaction!

The Conti DW was hard to call an Extreme Contact. Sidewall bending even at a moderate cornering, no matter pressure I put in, but they were good on wet highways.

Michelin PE2 appeared to be very grippy and predictable, and what I was surprised with, they don't change the driving feel in any way, no matter what pressure I have in them.
Between 30 and 45psi - they feel equal, and as comfortable. The straight line stability is good-to-excellent.

On my Legacy, of course, I can make them skidding, but I have to work pretty hard to do that, and beyond the traction limit - they are still, understandable and quiet.
I would compare the PE2 to my favorite Bridgestone RE950, which is long discontinued,
but the Michelin PE2 gives a softer ride feel.
Worth to mention: I never tried these summer-only tires on snow, but at the temperatures around 0 Celsius/32F they perform as good as at +20C - I had few occasions, when I was too lazy to switch back to my Nokians and again for summer within a day or two.

After some 10k miles they show some sings of wear, but still hard to make a forecast,
for how long would they last.

Would I buy them again - I don't mind, but they are not available in Canada, and it depends on price and other conditions.
Overall, I would recommend the PE2 to any driver/any car, who does not mind summer-only tires. If the size fits.

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