The CrossClimate 2 from Michelin is another step forward in superior All-Season driving.
When you look at this tire, the first thing that sticks out is the heavily aggressive V-formation tread pattern. Beyond just looks, the CrossClimate 2 does NOT disappoint (In caps just for emphasis).
The multi-condition compound that gives this tire it’s extraordinary grip, makes this is a top 10 All-Season tire in our book.
Now let’s looks at each category of driving to see what kind of ratings these tires receive based on performance.
Highway And Dry Road Performance
We love this tire for dry performance for a couple of reasons.
First, the PIANO noise reduction technology eliminates airborne sounds that most tires typically have at lower speeds.
Second, the 3D siping technology offers a stiffer block area for quick response in all weather conditions.
The responsiveness feels impeccable when you need to quickly veer out of the way of a hazard, or if you are simply changing lanes behind a slow driver.
Comfort is also top notch, although roads that are not maintained well are noticeable with bumps and potholes.
Rain And Wet Surface Traction
As expected, the CrossClimate 2 is superb at handling in heavily rainy situations that might usually put you on edge.
Typically weight and suspension are an added factor when measuring maneuverability, but this tire has a high level of grip on heavily saturated wet surfaces.
Stopping distance was also exceptional, leading us to believe this will be a top safety tire choice for quite some time.
When driving on lightly damp surfaces, you notice no difference than dry pavement.
The little suction shaped sipe edging is an excellent improvement over this tires predecessor.
Winter Snow Performance
Expectations are typically low for All-Season tires in snowy conditions, but these Michelin’s do not disappoint.
Light snow maneuverability and steering reaction is crisp with the CrossClimate 2.
Heavier snow can be more of an issue with traction, but still impressive considering this is not a winter tire.
This tire has the marks of the three peak mountain rating, but it’s not suited for thick snow and ice.
If you love the Michelin brand, then we suggest for winters to go with the Latitude X-Ice Xi2 for light trucks and SUVs.
For cars and minivans you may want to check out the Pilot Alpin 5.
Gravel And Off-Road
The CrossClimate 2 tire is not really meant for driving on rugged roads.
That being said, typically country and non paved roads are not a problem.
Even though the sidewall is strong, we believe you would be much better off with a RT (rough terrain) tire if you are not driving on pavement often.
What We Like
- Exceptional handling in almost all weather conditions.
- Very safe tire with advanced tread compound technology.
- Very quiet tire on the highway and at low speeds.
- Ride comfort is solid in town and on long distance drives.
What We Don’t Like
- Price is higher than other All-Season tires for the craftsmanship and technology.
Treadwear And Warranty
The current warranty comes out to be 6 years or 60,000 miles of tread use on the front tires, and half for the rear.
Uniformity and workmanship warranties are also available on the first 2/32″ of wear.
Tire wear is modest, but also requires cross rotation instead of front to back, to stop uneven wearing.
Thermal adaptive tread compounds found outside the two-ply steel belts casing, make this a very safe and reliable tire.
What Vehicles With The CrossClimate 2 Fit?
The following list is a sample and may not include all vehicles.
- Dodge Challenger
- Honda Accord
- Honda Pilot AWD
- Lincoln MKZ
- Mercedes C300
- Mustang GT
- Subaru Legacy
CrossClimate 2 Tire Sizes
Should You Buy The CrossClimate 2?
The following statements will provide you with a more precise conclusion if this tire is a good option for you and your family.
- Is price an important factor in choosing an All-Season Tire? This may not be the best option as this is an expensive tire.
- Are you a spirited driver that believes quick response and tighter handling are a must have? This is a good option for you.
- Do you need a strong grip tire that does well in all types of rain and mild winter weather? This is an excellent choice tire.
Some Final Words
We believe that the CrossClimate 2 is a revolutionary tire which raises the bar in the industry for other manufacturers to catch up with.
This tire has had hundreds of hours of research to make serious improvements in compounds for durability and grip. Sipelock technology and a grooveless pattern for excellent biting area on dry, wet, and winter roads brings this tire to a level just shy of perfection.
For this reason, this tire received extremely high ratings in almost every category except price, which starts in the high $180s range and goes well above $200 per tire.