Has Michelin Created The Best All Season Tire?

Rain, sun, or snow - this tire can perform whatever the condition!

7w ago

First off, I think there’s some important backstory. I was looking for a tire for my Crosstrek that I could genuinely leave on four all four seasons. Why? Because I’m lazy. In my research, the best tire I could find was the Michelin CrossClimate+, an all-season tire certified for winter conditions. So, that’s what I bought. Well, as it turns out, Michelin had already been working on another version of the this tire, the CrossClimate 2, and they asked me if I’d be interested in trying it out early.

So overall - what’s the strategy? On one hand you can have a winter tire. It’s great in deep snow & ice compared to other tires, but not as great at dry or wet braking in higher temperatures, nor great for dry handling. On the other hand you can have a summer tire - excellent performance in dry and usually wet as well, great handling when the temperatures are nice, but you definitely don’t want to drive on these in snowy or icy conditions, or even really cold temperatures depending on the tire.

Very big picture, what we have here is a tire that uses a compound that’s quite similar to a winter compound, but it uses a tread pattern that’s more similar to a summer tread pattern, in that it has very few sipes and cuts, which puts the tire in a very unique position. The ability to be a certified 3-Peak Mountain Snowflake Tire, and thanks to the tread pattern, significantly less wear than a traditional winter tire when it’s driven on in summer months. Watch the video for all the details!

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Comments (9)

  • I think it's a great idea for a mild winter climate. Or for people who may drive across winter conditions at altitude. But as a Canadian living in a snowbelt, I will stick to two sets, despite the pain in the butt of storing and changing them.

      1 month ago
    • I live in south Europe so I use also two sets, one UHP P-Zero 4 summer and in winter CrossClimate+ because snow is rare and these work good on low temperature,

      BTW I also notice that Michelin PS4 has bigger "drop" in performance when temp drop...

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        1 month ago
    • I’ve heard they are rubbish in low temps.

      Luckily I rarely see below freezing so I wouldn’t know...

        1 month ago
  • All season = no season

      1 month ago
  • Had these on my Golf, they were rubbish in proper snow and too noisy in the summer. I still think the best idea is to have a set of summer Pilot Sport tyres and winter Alpine tyres. Shameless Michelin plug there

      1 month ago
  • I live in Cornwall, UK, so the cheapest tyres are perfectly good.

    There is so much nonsense talked about tyres, not as if most people get anywhere close to the traction limits of them.

      1 month ago
  • Ok, before I watch this, usually it turns out all weather tyres do nicely in the rain, but are very mediocre to crap in extreme conditions on both ends.

      1 month ago