What every best Snow Tires has:
- Strong grip on snow and ice.
- A comfortable ride.
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 -- ThoughtCo.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.
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 an Excellent rating on noise level from ConsumerReports.org.
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. ThoughtCo.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." Phillips 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. Some experts note, however, that conditions attached to Michelin's treadwear warranties for snow tires can make them tough to collect on.
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.
Three tires designed for SUVs and Crossovers are tested for their performance on ice. The Michelin holds its own, and then some, in performance on snow and ice, while also displaying the "most refined manners" in testing on dry and wet roads.
Around 145 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 93 percent of owners.
Sean Phillips says that finding the right tires for an SUV can be a little 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," Phillips says.