The Michelin LTX M/S2 is one of the longest-lasting tires in our report. It's also one of the most expensive, but most reviews say they are worth the cost. Owners rate it as the top all-season truck tire on TireRack.com, praising its performance in wet and dry conditions. The LTX M/S2 ranks at the top of professional comparison tests, but isn't the best pick for snow-packed streets or off-road trails.
Excellent all-season performance. According to one professional testing organization, the Michelin LTX M/S2 outperforms its competition in wet conditions when hydroplaning may occur; it also has very good braking abilities on both wet and dry pavement. Traction in the snow is pretty good, but only mediocre when braking on icy roads. Owners agree with these results: More than 650 owners at TireRack.com give the LTX M/S2 top marks for impressive stability, steering and traction. Boating magazine says the LTX M/S2 is good pick for users "who tow midcapacity and prefer a suburban smooth ride to maximum load capacity," saying that under a load "braking traction is firm and authoritative."
Smooth and stable ride. Reviews say the Michelin LTX M/S2 is a good pick for drivers wanting a polished highway experience. In their comparison, editors with Boating magazine says that when towing, the Michelin LTX M/S2's ride is "suburban smooth," describing it as "firm but not as 'hard'" as other truck tires in their comparison. Experts say the Michelin is pretty quiet, and owners agree. "Safety, comfort and handling are superb!" says an owner at retail website 1010Tires.com. At TireRack.com, owner reviews describe them as "extremely quiet and smooth," while another says they deliver "great ride comfort and very low noise."
Long tread life. With the best treadwear rating and warranty in our report, the Michelin LTX M/S2 can outlast a lot of other truck tires. Michelin's tread warranty covers the tires for up to six years or 70,000 miles, and many owners say the tires wear evenly with regular tire rotation. One owner at TireRack.com reports getting more than 90,000 miles on a set of LTX M/S2s, saying, "Tread life and treadwear is the best of any tire I have owned." Another TireRack.com user says, "No noise noticed, even when nearly worn out."
Editors conduct a very large comparison of tires, including 23 models of all-season truck and SUV tires. Each tire receives a score in 10 categories that profile life span, comfort, fuel economy and handling in a variety of conditions. An overall rating makes it easy to compare different tire models.
Review: All-Season Truck Tire Ratings, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not Dated
2. Boating magazine
Editors test the Michelin LTX M/S2 in towing conditions alongside the Toyo Open Country A/T and Goodyear Wrangler Silent Armor Pro Grade. In their brief summary, editors say the Michelin is pretty quiet with a smooth, stable ride and "authoritative" braking. They recommend the tire for midcapacity towing.
Review: Top Tires: Road Tested, Editors of Boating magazine, Not Dated
3. Tire Rack
With a score of 8.8 (out of 10) and high marks for dry traction, treadwear, ride comfort, steering response and hydroplaning resistance, the Michelin LTX M/S2 is the top-rated all-season truck tire here. More than 650 owners rate this model, with 85 percent saying they would buy it again.
Review: Michelin LTX M/S2, Contributors to TireRack.com, As of March 2014
More than 45 owners rate the Michelin LTX M/S2 here, giving it an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars. It scores highest for performance on dry pavement, handling, comfort, noise and treadwear. A few, but not all, say traction can drop on snowy roads.
Review: Michelin LTX M-S2, Contributors to 1010Tires.com, As of March 2014