Michelin snow tires buyer’s guide
By: Discount Tire
If you’re here, then you already know that winter brings with it the most challenging driving conditions you may ever have to deal with. Even before snow starts falling, winter temperature drops on their own can make your commute a challenge.
Whether it’s your first time driving in serious winter weather or you’re a seasoned veteran with ice in your veins, it’s important to make sure your vehicle is ready.
While there are lots of things to check before you take to the frozen streets, our main focus is (predictably) on the only real connection point between you and the road: your tires.
If you want to make certain your ride can confidently roll through ice and snow without compromising your comfort or even your vehicle’s performance, then a set of Michelin winter tires may just be the way to go.
You’re probably already pretty well familiar with the name Michelin. After all, they’re not only one of the first names in tire safety, they’re also in the upper echelon of track-ready ultra-high performance tires, not to mention luxurious ride comfort, safety, and longevity.
With a legacy for pushing the boundaries of what tires are capable of, Michelin design their tires to elevate the performance and capability of any vehicle they’re added to. Whether you’re outfitting your work truck or your European sports car–even a minivan–there’s a set of Michelin snow tires that can meet and exceed your expectations.
Basic research on winter tires will tell you that a manufacturer mileage warranty is rare, but every single Michelin snow tire we sell is supported by a warranty from Michelin!
To help you sort out which set will be the best choice for your vehicle, here’s a quick rundown of the current Michelin snow tires.
Michelin X-Ice Xi3 Winter Tires
One of the newest members of the Michelin winter tire family, the Michelin X-Ice Xi3 takes the bleeding-edge of winter tire technology and marries it with Michelin’s clout as one of the leading names in tire safety and performance.
Featuring Cross Z Sipes, Micro Pumps and Michelin’s FleX-Ice tread compound, the Xi3 is designed to make sure that you can hold fast to the road, no matter how bad this winter gets (and we know it can get pretty bad).
And for an added confidence-booster, the Michelin Xi3 comes with a 40,000-mile warranty (30,000-miles on select fitments).
Michelin X-Ice Snow Tires
The most recent addition to Michelin’s stable of winter tires, the Michelin X-Ice Snow is designed to provide ultimate winter traction, even on snow and ice.
Updating their time-proven winter tread compound, the X Ice Snow is built with Michelin’s FleX-Ice 2.0 compound, which is engineered to bite into ice and snow. It also ensures flexibility in freezing temperatures for uncompromising traction in the cold.
WIth its advanced Evergrip technology, Michelin claims that the X Ice Snow stops up to 8.85 feet shorter on ice.
Not only does it help you stop shorter and maintain control on winter roads better, it’s also optimized for efficiency. According to Michelin, this X Ice tire boasts a decreased rolling resistance of almost 10%, so you can spend less time at the pump and more time enjoying your winter journey.
And to help ensure that you get the most winter performance you can out of your tires, Michelin back all fitments of the X-Ice Snow with a 40,000-mile limited treadwear warranty.
Michelin is so sure of this tire’s longevity and winter-performing excellence that they claim it will ensure at least an extra winter of driving compared to leading competitor tires.
Michelin Alpin Winter Tires
While most drivers park their performance vehicle through the winter months, Michelin can power up your winter traction without powering off your sports car with a set of the Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4 snow tires.
Mixing the performance heritage of Michelin’s Pilot tires with the peerless winter safety of their Alpin tire family, the Pilot Alpin PA4 provides new levels of winter traction without compromising the dynamic driving experience you expect from your sports car.
Its asymmetric tread design with sweeping longitudinal grooves clear slush and water from its contact patch, while its wide shoulder blocks and semi-solid center rib place more rubber in contact with frigid dry roads, for steering response that won’t slow down when temps freeze up.
Whether your performance vehicle is RWD, FWD or AWD, the Pilot Alpin PA4 can help keep some fun in your drive, even on snow-covered roads.
And for even more assurance, the Pilot Alpin PA4 is backed by a 30,000 mile treadwear warranty.
That’s uncommon on UHP and winter tires alike, making the PA4 something unique in the snow tire market. Ultra-high performance meets winter reliability in one long-lasting package.
We’re not financial advisors, but the Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4 looks like a sound investment to us!
Michelin Latitude X-Ice Xi2
And for you light truck and SUV drivers who want Michelin performance for your vehicle this winter, try the Michelin Latitude family of tires.
One of the first offerings in this lineup is the Michelin Latitude X-Ice Xi2.
The Latitude X-Ice Xi2 comes pretty close to the ideal combination of extreme winter traction, long-lasting tread, comfortable ride quality and agile performance.
Building Michelin’s FleX-Ice tread compound into a classic directional tread pattern, the Xi2 thrives in freezing temps and cuts through slush and snow with ease. Add in thousands of extra biting edges and Micro-Pumps that stick to ice, and you’ve got a tire that can see your truck through a long and dark winter, no problem.
On top of that, the X Ice Xi2 is backed by Michelin to the tune of a 40,000-mile treadwear warranty.
With snow tires this excellent, you may even find yourself looking forward to taking a drive this winter.
Michelin Latitude Alpin LA2
Another option in the Michelin Latitude family of snow tires is the Michelin Latitude Alpin LA2. Designed for excellent winter traction, you can count on the LA2 to carry your light truck, SUV or crossover into next spring without issue.
Built with a dense sipe pattern and sweeping lateral grooves, the Latitude Alpin LA 2 locks into place, even on ice and snow. And when the roads dry out, the LA2 utilizes 3-D stabiligrip technology to provide precise steering response, while the Comfort Control tech reduces road noise and downplays impacts.
That means you get traction you can count on that doesn’t comprise your pickup’s handling or comfort.
If you want to reduce downtime and save on changeover costs, consider investing in a winter tire and wheel package. And to make your visit even easier, you can always schedule an appointment and take advantage of our Touchless Experience.
No matter what vehicle you drive, there’s a Michelin snow tire that will meet your needs. If it’s time for your winter changeover or safety inspection, or you’re ready to invest in a new set of Michelin winter tires, we can get you taken care of.