The Michelin HydroEdge is one of the longest-wearing all-season tires you can buy, according to reviews. Owners say its actual tread life matches its stellar scores in government and independent tread-wear tests, and Michelin backs the HydroEdge with a 90,000-mile tread-life warranty. Experts and owners both report that the HydroEdge gets very good traction on wet and dry roads, but it falls behind the top-rated Goodyear Assurance TripleTred All-Season (*Est. $150) in one recent test, and it's not as good on snow and ice as the Goodyear or the budget-priced Hankook Optimo H727 (*Est. $90).
The HydroEdge is designed to save fuel, with a specially shaped contact patch and low rolling resistance. It really does deliver fuel savings in a TireRack.com test, and testers say it grips better and feels more responsive than other fuel-saving tires.
ConsumerReports.org conducts the most comprehensive test of the Michelin HydroEdge, including a snow-and-ice test. TireRack.com tests the HydroEdge twice -- once against other fuel-saving tires and once against regular all-season tires -- but with no winter testing. Owner reviews cover real-life performance and tread life, and we found about 250 customer reviews at TireRack.com and about 25 at Epinions.com. The HydroEdge's official tread-wear, heat-resistance and traction ratings are confirmed at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's website.
ConsumerReports.org tests every aspect of the Michelin HydroEdge -- including performance on wet, dry, snowy and icy roads, as well as comfort, rolling resistance and tread life -- and compares it with 25 other all-season tires, ranking them from best to worst.
Review: All-Season Tire Ratings, Editors of ConsumerReports.org
2. Tire Rack
The Michelin HydroEdge places third in this test of four popular all-season tires. Testers find it responsive, but with less wet and dry grip than the Goodyear Assurance TripleTred All-Season.
Review: Testing the Goodyear Assurance TripleTred All-Season, Editors of TireRack.com, July 26, 2011
3. Tire Rack
When judged against other low-rolling-resistance tires from Continental, Goodyear and Kumho, the Michelin HydroEdge comes out on top. The tires save about an equal amount of fuel, but the Michelin handles the most responsively when fitted to a 2011 BMW 328i coupe.
Review: Eco-Friendly All-Season Tires -- How Does Performance Measure Up?, Editors of TireRack.com, July 9, 2010
4. Tire Rack
Customers here rate the Michelin HydroEdge very highly on wet and dry roads, but not as well on snow and ice. This all-season tire ratings chart is based on thousands of customer surveys, with links leading to reviews for each tire.
Review: Passenger All-Season, Contributors to TireRack.com
The Michelin HydroEdge gets an extremely high government tread-wear rating (800). Like its major competitors, it earns an A for traction (the highest rating is AA) and a B for heat resistance.
Review: Tire Rating Lookup, Editors of SaferCar.gov
The Michelin HydroEdge is one of the top-rated tires among owners posting at Epinions.com, with an average rating of 4 stars (out of 5) in about 25 reviews. Most owners say the HydroEdge is a good performer with long tread life, but a few say the tread didn't last long at all and the tire is noisy.
Review: Michelin HydroEdge Tire, Contributors to Epinions.com