Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin LTX M/S2

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Vehicle: 2003 GMC Yukon XL 2500 4wd
Miles Driven on Tires: 9,500
Location: New York, NY
Driving Condition: Combined Highway/City
Driving Style: Spirited
Michelin LTX M/S2
Initial Review: 9,500 miles on tires
September 06, 2012

I bought this truck from a friend who purchased this new. I was looking for a set of tires to replace the OEM tires on the truck that were worn.

I've had positive experiences with Michelin tires on my MDX, with their LTX models, the A/S and the M/S, so I began looking into these as replacements. The A/S tires are a great all season tire, but lasted about 38,000 miles before needing replacement and were a little too light for this application. The M/S tires that replaced the A/S tires were a big improvement in the snow and all around, but were a little loud at highway speeds on the MDX, so when I came across the M/S2's, this was the tire I had to have.

The difference in tread pattern over the standard M/S was the key factor in my decision. The combination of a traction tread design (similar to their commercial truck highway traction tires), in line traction blocks and the snow / ice sipes found on the Michelin Latitude X-Ice Xi2(used as dedicated winter tires on my 06 Maxima), made this the perfect replacement. I optioned to go with the heavier ply (123/120R) in lieu of the standard 111T due to heavier side wall construction. Living in the City with all the potholes, manhole covers and construction plates, tires take a beating and the heavier sidewall I feel would offer me better protection against a blow out or puncture.

The ride quality is noticeably stiffer, solid but not bone jarring and to be expected with a 2500 series SUV over the lighter 1500 series. The tread is relatively quiet on the highway and turning feedback and response is positive. No numb feeling or lost connection with the road surface. The one thing I did notice was an improvement in braking feel, feedback and distance. Under hard braking, you can feel the tires grab the road surface, helping you slow down and not letting the brakes do all the work inspiring confidence.

Unless Michelin introduces an M/S 3, I will be purchasing another set when these are worn, in about 50/60k miles.

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