All-terrain tire owners say the Michelin LTX A/T2 performs admirably in all on-road weather conditions, but experts favor the Cooper Discoverer A/T3 (*Est. $200) all-terrain tire for light trucks and SUVs. The Michelin lands just behind the top-ranked Cooper in a leading test -- the Cooper rides a little more comfortably and grips a little better in snow. But other professionals who test the LTX A/T2 report floatiness and mediocre braking on-road.
Off-road, however, the LTX A/T2 keeps pace with the Cooper, gripping well on slopes and trails. In March 2011, Michelin added a six year/60,000-mile tread-wear warranty to this tire (the Cooper's is 55,000 miles), and owners and expert tread-wear tests report that the Michelin is indeed a long-lasting tire. Like the Cooper, the LTX A/T2 is not designed for extreme off-roading; reviews recommend a mud tire such as the Goodyear Wrangler MT/R with Kevlar (*Est. $210) for driving through big, sharp rocks and deep mud.
ConsumerReports.org's tests of the Michelin LTX A/T2 are scientific and unbiased, but the testing is on-road at the publication's test facility. Reviewers at Autos.ca and Four Wheeler magazine take the LTX A/T2 onto trails and slopes, as well as the highway. We found 350 owner ratings for the LTX A/T2 at TireRack.com. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration publishes official government tire ratings, based on manufacturers' own tests.
ConsumerReports.org tests the Michelin LTX A/T2 along with 12 other all-terrain tires on dry, wet, snowy and icy roads. Staffers also judge the tread wear, rolling resistance, comfort and noise. Editors rank the tires from best to worst, based on their test results.
Review: All-terrain Truck Tire Ratings, Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Reviewer James Bergeron tests the Michelin LTX A/T2 at a Michelin press event in Alabama. He finds it gets good traction on steep slopes and rocks, while staying quiet and smooth on pavement.
Review: Michelin LTX AT2 Light Truck Tire, James Bergeron, July 19, 2007
3. Four Wheeler
Four Wheeler's Jimmy Nylund has mostly praise for the LTX A/T2 as a good tire for hauling heavy loads on- or off-road. The tire's soft-feeling sidewalls contribute to a floaty highway ride, he says, but a durometer shows that the tread is hard enough to provide long wear.
Review: Michelin LTX A/T2 Tire Test, Jimmy Nylund, Feb. 2009
4. Tire Rack
The Michelin LTX A/T2 earns second place among all-terrain tires from consumers who post reviews at this retail site. Owners give it excellent or superior scores on all performance measurements and the highest marks of any all-terrain tire for tread wear. However, owners give slightly higher marks to the Firestone Destination A/T, particularly on dry and snowy roads.
Review: Michelin LTX A/T2, Contributors to TireRack.com
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration maintains a searchable database of manufacturers' tire ratings for tread wear, traction and heat resistance. The Michelin LTX A/T2 gets an A for traction, a B for heat resistance and a tread-wear score thatÔs just slightly below the top-ranked Pirelli Scorpion ATR's.
Review: Tire Rating Lookup, Editors of SaferCar.gov