Yonkers, New York – Four Michelin tire lines have taken the top spots in test categories by Consumer Reports, which tested 69 tire models for its November issue.
The Michelin HydroEdge was the top-scoring model among S- and T-rated all-season tires, and the Michelin Primacy MXV4 and Pilot Exalto A/S took top honours among H- and V-rated all seasons, respectively. The Michelin X-Ice XI 2 was the top-rated winter tire. All models received an “excellent” rating.
Michelin tested 69 models, including all-season and winter tires that fit most sedans, wagons, minivans, and some car-based SUVs. The engineers rated models on a variety of categories, including dry and wet braking, handling, hydroplaning resistance, snow traction, ice braking, ride comfort, noise, rolling resistance, and tread life.
Despite their top scores, the magazine said the Michelin models aren’t necessarily the best in every area. The HydroEdge had only fair snow traction, so drivers in snowy areas might want to consider another high-scoring tire. The Michelin models were also among the most expensive tested.
Other high-scoring all-season tires with well-rounded all-weather performance included the Hankook Optimo H727, Nokian WR G2, and Dunlop Signature. In the winter tire category, the General Altimax Arctic was a runner-up to the Michelin X-Ice XI 2. Full tests and ratings will appear in the November issue of Consumer Reports.