Experts and owners agree: The Michelin LTX M/S2 is the best all-season tire you can buy for your SUV or light truck. It's excellent in all weather conditions -- it even brakes well on ice -- and owners testify to its real-world performance in reviews. Pro reviewers and owners say it's quiet and comfortable, and an independent test confirms that it doesn't create too much rolling resistance, which helps drivers eke out better gas mileage. Its tread also lasts a long time.
The Michelin LTX M/S2 carries a 70,000-mile tread-life warranty, but plenty of owners report getting 90,000 miles or more out of these tires with no decline in performance. It's expensive, though: The cheaper Continental CrossContact LX20 EcoPlus (*Est. $165) performs equally well, but has inferior tread life in tests.
Note that these all-season tires are designed for use on paved roads. If you regularly venture off-road, an all-terrain tire like the Cooper Discoverer A/T3 (*Est. $200) or Kumho Road Venture SAT KL61 (*Est. $145) might suit you better, though as a general rule, all-terrain tires don't grip as well on ice as all-seasons do.
ConsumerReports.org extensively tests the Michelin LTX M/S2, comparing it with other all-season tires. Two retail websites, TireRack.com and 1010Tires.com, post reviews written by customers who own the Michelin LTX M/S2. SaferCar.gov is the place to find tires' government traction, temperature and tread-wear ratings.
ConsumerReports.org rates the Michelin LTX M/S2 alongside 22 other all-season tires for SUVs and light trucks, thoroughly testing the tires' performance on wet, dry and winter roads, as well as their ride comfort, noise level, rolling resistance and tread wear.
Review: All-Season Truck Tire Ratings, Editors of ConsumerReports.org
2. Tire Rack
With about 300 owner reviews posted, the Michelin LTX M/S2 is the top-ranked all-season tire for light trucks and SUVs at this retail website. Owners rate it higher than all of its rivals on every measure -- wet, dry and winter road performance, ride comfort, noise and tread wear.
Review: Michelin LTX M/S2, Contributors to TireRack.com
Averaging 4.5 stars in 16 owner reviews, the Michelin LTX M/S2 is one of the highest-rated tires at this retail website. It scores greater than 4 stars for dry- and wet-road performance, handling, comfort, noise and tread wear -- everything except snow performance (for which it scores 3.6 out of 5).
Review: Michelin LTX M-S2, Contributors to 1010Tires.com
This government website lists official traction, heat-resistance and tread-wear ratings for most tires on the market. The Michelin LTX M/S2 earns the highest grade of A for heat resistance, an A for traction (the highest grade in that category is AA) and a fairly high tread-wear score of 720.
Review: Tire Rating Lookup, Editors of SaferCar.gov