Michelin is generally regarded as the world’s top tire manufacturer. And with a brand name that strong people often know they want Michelins, but they don’t know which Michelins to buy.
And that’s not a simple answer either because, as the world’s top tire maker, Michelin produces a tremendously huge list of different tires for ever possible niche in the marketplace.
With that in mind, we’ve cut through the fluff here to give you a list of the top Michelin tires in a few key categories as well as the best option for anyone who drives a truck.
Best Michelin Truck Tires
Michelin Defender LTX MS
Rather than make you read through a long list of different options and reasons, we’ll do you a favor up front and say these are the best Michelin tires for trucks. For those who don’t have any particularly special demands of their truck, the Defender LTX MS a fantastically well-rounded option.
Designed for rough use, the brand’s new Evertread tread compound is designed to resist wearing when subjected to heavy loads or on rough roads. Plus, Michelin says the tire is 10% more capable under those harsher driving conditions too, be it hauling, towing or off-roading.
On-road performance is top notch, with solid driving dynamics. The tires are also quiet, comfortable and Michelin has engineered them with low rolling resistance, something it claims will save you up to 65 gallons of fuel over the course of the tire’s life.
And the tires last long too, with a mileage guarantee that ranges anywhere from 50,000 miles to 70,000 mile depending on the specific tire.
Michelin does also offer the Primacy XC that’s much more affordable, though we don’t love the reduced mileage or the tire’s overall performance.
Best Michelin All-Season Truck Tires: Alternative
Michelin Agilis CrossClimate
This is a unique offering that isn’t for everyone, but really is a solid option for some. The Michelin Agilis CrossClimate is technically classified as an all-season tire although it should more accurately be called a four-season tire.
It’s a poorly kept secret that all-season tires are generally garbage in the winter. These tires are not.
Boasting the three-peak mountain snowflake logo on the tire’s sidewall the Agilis CrossClimate is certified for true winter use.
Beyond that they’re definitely above average all-seasons with decent driving dynamics, braking, comfort and quietness.
Best Michelin All-Terrain Truck Tires
Michelin LTX AT2
Now if your needs are more specific and they lean towards off-roading, you’ll wan to check out the Michelin LTX A/T2. These durable and capable all-terrain tires deliver excellent off-road grip in numerous types of terrain.
Plus they’re build using a tread compound that’s built to resist cuts and chips that can ruin your grip and lead to premature tire wear.
And because these are Michelin’s they’re also designed with plenty of on-road benefits, The wide circumferential grooves easily evacuate water giving this tire excellent capability in the wet. And for such an aggressive looking tire it’s quite quiet too.
On top of all this it comes with a very respectable 60,000 mile tread life warranty.
Best Michelin Winter Truck Tires
Michelin X-Ice Snow SUV
The name might have SUV in it but don’t be fooled, these Michelin X-Ice tires are designed specifically for trucks as well.
The X-Ice sub-brand of winter tires are known for their ability to grip extremely well on not just ice, but icy surfaces. That means clear roads in winter that look safe, but really aren’t.
Making use of a Michelin’x Flex-Ice 2.0 tread compound that resists freezing in frigid temperatures, Michelin claims the X-Ice stops almost 9 feet shorter on ice, which is a pretty dramatic amount.
Beyond this, we love that Michelin has equipped the tire with full-depth sipes and that tread compound is designed not to wear very quickly. As a result, not only do these tires last a healthy number of seasons, but they offer excellent grip for the life of the tire.
And because Michelin really is the leader in tries they’ve even equipped this winter tire with some low rolling resistance technology (decreasing rolling resistance by 10%) to help improve fuel economy. It’s not much, but winter tires generally impact fuel economy on vehicles and winter temperatures definitely do, so every little bit helps.
BFGoodrich All Terrain TA KO2
What’s a BFG doing on this list? Well, in case you didn’t know BFGoodrich is owned by Michelin. And that’s one of the main reasons you don’t see Michelin making too many truly capable off-road tires. Instead, they leave that to the BFGoodrich team. And you really can’ get a better all-terrain tire than the All Terrain TA KO2 so, we have to insist on putting it on this list.
While the Michelin LTX AT2 can hold it’s own off-road, it’s just not as capable or durable as the KO2s. While the LTX AT2 leans a bit more towards on-road performance with better daily driving manners and a longer warranty, the KO2s gladly makes those tradeoffs to be the best well-rounded off-road tire money can buy.
Best Michelin High Performance Truck Tire
Michelin Pilot Sport 4 SUV
Michelin’s amazing sports car tire, but adapted for trucks and SUVs, the Pilot Sport 4 SUV delivers outstanding levels of grip and control. The solid center rib makes for fantastic turn-in response and the ultra wide shoulder tread sections are ideally built to withstand the g-forces exerted on the tire from a tall, heavy utility vehicle.
Water evacuation is impressive, as is wet weather grip. This is, however, a pure summer performance tire and is not designed to be used in or near freezing temperatures.
A 20,000 mile warranty isn’t much but its more than you’ll find on most tires of this caliber. Plus, it really is the ultimate performance SUV tire.