Michelin Latitude X-Ice Xi2 Review

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Michelin Latitude X-Ice Xi2 Review
Bottom Line

Expert and owner reviewers give kudos to the Michelin Latitude X-Ice Xi2. Once one of the best passenger car winter tires, it's now been re-targeted exclusively for light trucks and SUVs and continues to excel in that role. Though feedback about performance in deep snow is mixed, there's no difference in opinion on how the tire handles other surfaces -- including ice -- and all say it's terrific. A good warranty -- including a treadwear warranty -- and low rolling resistance (for better fuel economy) are other pluses.

ProsGreat traction on light snow, Very good braking on ice and dry surfaces, Good warrantyConsDeep snow traction could be better

Breaking it down

Performance

Laughs at most winter weather. In performance on ice and light to moderate snow, reviewers find little to complain about when it comes to the Michelin Latitude X-Ice Xi2. Snow traction in deep snow comes in for a little criticism -- About.com's Sean Phillips says it's only "fair to middling" -- but traction and braking on moderately packed snow and on ice are excellent. Most consider dry road handling to be "superior." Braking on wet surfaces is only fair, but that's an issue with most winter tires.

Comfort

Quiet as a mouse, well almost. There's really no such thing as a whisper-quiet snow tire -- all are noisier than all season or summer tires -- but the Michelin Latitude X-Ice Xi2 holds its own against the best tires in its class, earning a Very Good rating on noise level in one expert review.

Durability

Great construction and warranty. The Michelin Latitude X-Ice Xi2 is covered by one of the better warranties offered on snow tires, including a treadwear warranty and free replacement for the first year. About.com says that the warranty is "eye-opening considering the fact that pretty much nobody else in the world offers any treadwear warranty on winter tires at all." Philips adds that the company claims that the tread "will wear 75% longer than comparable winter tires," and feedback on treadwear at TireRack.com is generally strong.

Our Sources

1. ConsumerReports.org

Michelin Latitude X-Ice XI 2 tire, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not Dated

As part of its massive coverage of tires, ConsumerReports.org rates and ranks winter tires suitable for light truck and SUV use. Tires are examined for performance on snow, ice, wet pavements and dry asphalt. Ratings are assigned, and three score high enough to earn Recommended status.

2. Tire Rack

Latitude X-Ice Xi2, Contributors to TireRack.com, As of October 2015

More than 115 TireRack.com users rate the Michelin Latitude X-Ice Xi2. There are no red flags when it comes to performance, and although some other tires finish higher in the ratings, the Xi2 is still picked as the best tire in the category (light truck studless ice and snow tires) by 95 percent of owners.

3. Automobile Protection Association

Winter Tires for Sport Utility and Crossover Vehicles, Editors of the Automobile Protection Association, Not Dated

The Michelin Latitude X-Ice Xi2 is among the "top rated" tires for SUVs and crossover vehicles here. Performance in deep snow and slush isn't quite as strong as with some tires, but it's described doing well on ice, and with "superior handling" on cleared roads. The ride is quiet and comfortable.

4. About.com

Review: Michelin Latitude X-Ice Xi2, Sean Phillips, Not Dated

Sean Phillips says that finding the right tires for an SUV can be tricky, but lists the Michelin Latitude X-Ice Xi2 as a top choice. It's eclipsed a little in winter performance by some tires, but outshines them on cleared roads. "Tires that are optimized for winter conditions are not generally the best at dry-road handling, but Michelin always seems to strike a heck of a balance here," Philips says.

5. Wheels.ca

Best winter tires for 2015, Jason Okolisan, Not Dated

A Toronto tire dealer names the best winter tires for different buyers and vehicles, including SUV and light trucks. In this category, the Michelin Latitude X-Ice Xi2 is listed among the best overall performers.