Michelin Latitude X-Ice Xi2

Brand: Michelin
Tire: Latitude X-Ice Xi2
Category: Light Truck/SUV Studless Ice & Snow
UTQG (treadwear): Not rated

The Latitude X-Ice Xi2 is a dedicated winter tire for use on light trucks, crossovers, and SUVs. This is a solid tire within the category and has generally positive reviews from drivers. Michelin utilizes a silica-based tread compound that incorporates rubber to increase firmness at higher temperatures, yet will still be flexible enough at the very low temperatures to aid in snow and ice traction. Being a pretty advanced tire it has multiple micro-pumps and Cross Z-Sipes to increase traction. The Latitude X-Ice Xi2 meets the industry standard for severe snow service and Michelin notes that you should only install these tires in sets of four due to their unique traction ability.

As mentioned previously, this is a pretty good winter tire. While not at the top of the list within the performance category, it performs very well in winter conditions. Much better than any all-season tire, of course. Most drivers seem to get about 40,000 miles out of a set, which is about the average for this type of tire. In comparison to other snow tires, these seem to exhibit less road noise and a maybe a little bit smoother ride. That could by why they don't seem to have as good of traction as other tires in the category (just a theory). I do know a few people that have used these year round in cooler climates without a ton of excessive wear due to summer temperatures, but I wouldn't exactly recommend this practice. Either way, this is a great tire for winter and a good tire overall. Definitely one to consider.