Built for premium crossovers, the Michelin Latitude Tour HP is not to be confused with the Michelin Latitude Tour.
Confused? We’ll explain.
- Wet performance
- Fuel Efficient
- Dry weather handling
- Tread life
- OK warranty
Tire names are never easy to understand, but Michelin didn’t make it any easier with the HP and non-HP version of the Latitude Tour.
Essentially the HP model is built for modern crossovers and is designed to excel in several of the areas that drivers of those vehicles are looking for – though not in all of the as we’ll see.
The three areas where the Tour HP really stands out are braking, comfort and fuel economy.
Handling is not one of this tire’s strong suits, at least not in the traditional sense of dry weather grip. Instead it’s built for better performance in wet and snowy conditions (although we should point out that this is not a certified snow tire). In the wet, the tire’s 2D sipes lock together to give the tread greater tread structure. In fact, Michelin brags the tire has better rain and snow performance than its three leading competitors (Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza, Continental 4×4 Contact, and Pirelli Scorpion STR) according to a third-party test.
Helping give your crossover a steady highway ride, the tire gets its stability from a makeup of polyester and aramid/nylon in the casing. Aramid, it should be pointed out, is the same material used in bullet proof vests.
Finally, there’s fuel economy. Michelin uses a proprietary mix of tread design and tire compound to reduce friction with the road and improve fuel economy.
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It’s important to note the differences between the Tour and Tour HP to avoid confusion, because many of the standard Tour model’s features aren’t more impressive than the HP version. The Tour tire, which is designed for cars, gets an even higher milage warranty of 65,000 miles and more impressive fuel economy savings, which Michelin estimates could result in as much as 82 gallons of fuel saved over the life of the tire.
Delivering impressive fuel economy and solid life, Michelin makes numerous fitments for brands like Mercedes, BMW, Porsche, Audi and Land Rover. It’s somewhat lacking in the dry-weather performance these brands position themselves in, in the SUV segment, but it more than makes up for that small drawback in wet weather grip.
Michelin Latitude Tour HP Price
A premium tire intended for premium vehicles the Michelin Latitude Tour HP is priced from $177 per tire.
Michelin Latitude Tour HP Warranty
Depending on the speed rating, the Latitude Tour HP comes with a vastly different mileage warranty. H-speed rated versions of the tire come with the least impressive warranty at 30,000 miles. Moving up, W-rated tires get a 45,000 mile warranty and V-rated tires get a 55,000 mile warranty.
In addition, all versions come with a limited warranty that covers workmanship and materials for 6 years from the date of purchase – for the life of the usable tread.
Michelin Latitude Tour HP Sizes
17-inch tire sizes
18-inch tire sizes
19-inch tire sizes
20-inch tire sizes
21-inch tire sizes
Are Michelin Latitude Tour HP Tires Good in Snow?
The Michelin Latitude Tour HP is an all-season tire with light winter capability. While it does have the M+S marking on the tire indicating it’s good for use in mud and snow, it does not feature the Three-Peak Mountain Snowflake logo on the sidewall, which would indicate it has been certified for extreme winter use by both the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA) and the Rubber Association of Canada (RAC).
So while we do recommend proper winter tires for northern climates, this tire is above average when it comes to winter capability. Designed to meet the needs of utility vehicles, it naturally has more edges to grip in winter weather, plus it features heavy siping to help grab the snow.