The Michelin Latitude Tour HP shows some of the lowest rolling resistance of any SUV/light truck tire in one test, which can translate into better gas mileage, but owners say it gives up some winter grip in the process. Although an expert test finds that the Michelin performs comparably to the top-rated Continental CrossContact LX20 EcoPlus (*Est. $165) in all weather, owners give the Continental much higher scores on all road conditions, especially snow and ice.
Owners also say the Michelin Latitude Tour HP wears out faster than the Continental in real life. An expert test rates both the Michelin and the Continental "good" for tread life, but owners give the Michelin a much lower score. The Continental offers a longer tread warranty (70,000 miles versus 45,000 to 55,000 miles for the Michelin) and gets a substantially higher government tread-wear rating, and it costs substantially less than the Michelin, too.
ConsumerReports.org and TireRack.com both include the Michelin Latitude Tour HP in their SUV/light truck tire comparison tests, but ConsumerReports.org tests many more tires and includes snow and ice testing. Owners who post reviews at TireRack.com also rate the Michelin Latitude Tour HP on all road conditions. SaferCar.gov posts tires' official traction, heat-resistance and tread-wear ratings.
ConsumerReports.org editors test 23 all-season tires for SUVs and light trucks, including the Michelin Latitude Tour HP. Each tire gets ratings for dry braking, wet braking, handling, hydroplaning, snow traction, ice braking, ride comfort, noise, rolling resistance and tread life.
Review: All-season Truck Tire Ratings, Editors of ConsumerReports.org
2. Tire Rack
With the best handling and performance on both wet and dry pavement, the Michelin Latitude Tour HP beats all-season tires from Kumho and Pirelli in this expert test. All of the tires are roughly equal in fuel efficiency.
Review: Testing Eco-focused Crossover SUV All-Season Tires in Real World Conditions, Editors of TireRack.com, Aug. 20, 2010
3. Tire Rack
The Michelin Latitude Tour HP doesn't rate as well as the top-rated Continental CrossContact LX20 EcoPlus in more than 200 owner reviews here, especially for winter grip.
Review: Michelin Latitude Tour HP, Contributors to TireRack.com
The Michelin Latitude Tour HP earns a government traction rating of A (the highest rating is AA) and the highest heat-resistance rating of A. Most sizes score a 440 for tread wear, although a couple of sizes drop to 400.
Review: Tire Rating Lookup, Editors of SaferCar.gov