Have you ever driven a truck before?
Now, have you ever driven a truck with great gripping tires that allow you to really experience the power and thrill while driving that truck?
To enjoy your truck driving experience, you need a tire that offers excellent towing and hauling capacity, and better off-road traction along with other features.
This is what you’ll get with the Michelin LTX A/T2!
The Michelin LTX A/T2 is a type of modern all-terrain tire usually used with SUVs and light trucks. This tire offers excellent performances both on and off the road.
However, as with other modern all-terrain tires, the Michelin LTX A/T2 is focused more on a particular terrain and that terrain is the paved road, as opposed to tires like the Goodyear Wrangler AT Adventure with Kevlar which is more focused on off-road terrain.
This doesn’t mean that the LTX A/T2 doesn’t work well on off-road terrains. The only question is “how well does it work on off-road terrains” and this article is poised to answer this question.
This is a review of the Michelin LTX A/T2 where we will discuss its features, sizes, and possible pros and cons. In the end, you will be able to decide on whether this tire is the best for your truck driving experience, and fits your needs and desires.
Michelin Tires LTX A/T 2 Features:
Going by the manufacturer, Michelin Tires’ statement, the Michelin LTX A/T2 is built to provide long life on gravel, all-terrain traction as well as on-road refinement. To achieve these features, Michelin Tires used a compound known as the advanced truck rubber compound, and this compound works well in both cold and warm climates.
This compound comes in form of a molded independent tread block design that incorporates Michelin biting edges which provides better traction for the tire in almost all conditions and surfaces. These surfaces and conditions include mud, dirt, snow, wet grass, and gravel.
The tire also comes with the Maxtouch construction, a technology that ensures long-lasting performance from these tires. This means you get a long life out of your tire without sacrificing performance.
There is also the Comfort Control technology, which uses a computer-optimized design to control road noise and reduce vibrations, ensuring a comfortable ride.
Finally, we have the internal structure of the tires. This structure is based on the load range which could be LT-Metric or P-Metric. With LT-Metric, the tire comes with two steel belts while the P-Metric load range requires that the tire comes with three steel belts. So the tire can fit your needs for towing or heavy loads.
Michelin has always added this feature to its tires, and the Michelin LTX A/T2 is not an exception. These indicators allow you to monitor the tire’s tread depth.
When the indicators flush with the surface of the tires, it becomes imperative to replace the tire or avoid wet surfaces or snow-covered roads.
The minimum legal tread depth is 2/32 inch so you need to watch out for the indicators. Luckily, this is not something you need to worry yourself about as the Michelin LTX A/T2 is one of the most durable tires on the market. This becomes even more evident with the 60,000 miles warranty on the tire.
From the first few miles that you drive with this tire, you will realize that the on-road performance of the Michelin LTX A/T2 is top-notch. Starting with the steering response, it is almost impossible to find a tire with a better steering response.
You also get outstanding longitudinal traction that is uncommon with all-terrain tires. This means you will be able to accelerate the truck without a wheel spin and also get very short braking distances, a win-win.
The feel of the tire on the highway makes drivers forget that this is an all-terrain tire, as it provides the security and stability of a highway tire. Finally, the cornering grip and ability are excellent, really all that any driver can ever ask for.
One of the ways through which Michelin made its name in the industry is its expertise in making tires that excel in wet conditions and this shows in the Michelin LTX A/T2.
This tire is one of the best all-terrain tires for wet surfaces as it maintains its impressive feel and responsive nature.
It also grips and bites into the road firmly giving you the confidence and assurance that you need behind the wheel. Its hydroplaning resistance is great and this means that you enjoy great stability even in the rain. Being kept safe and securely on the road can’t be beat.
The longitudinal traction on wet roads is as excellent as it is on dry roads.
You won’t need a wheel spin when accelerating your vehicle and the braking distance is also short. In summary, the tires perform well in the rain as you would not experience any understeer or oversteer with it.
It also offers some of the best wet road grips that you would ever find in the automobile industry.
As an all-terrain Michelin tire, one would expect that this tire performs well in snowy conditions. However, the Michelin LTX A/T2 doesn’t have the aggressive tread pattern that characterizes good winter tires. This pattern includes multiple wavy or zigzag sipes on the tread.
However, this doesn’t mean that you cannot use the tires in the winter.
You just need to understand that it wasn’t built for that specific purpose and you are better off with a winter tire bearing the 3PMSF symbol, if you plan to drive through snow very frequently.
The problems you may face with the Michelin LTX A/T2 when driving on the snow-covered road include little or no longitudinal traction, especially when braking.
Michelin is not especially known for their off-road tire models. However, with this tire they have several features for on-road terrain. This means that the tire doesn’t have the traditional aggressive tread pattern of an off-road tire.
What does this mean for you?
The LTX A/T2 works very well on gravel roads, loose sand, and dirt roads. The traction on these surfaces is good and there is great stability.
However, when it comes to deep mud or rock-crawling surfaces, the tires won’t provide the needed off-road traction.
One of the problems that drivers often have with all-terrain tires is the noise.
However, the LTX A/T2 is changing this narrative as it comes with very little or no road noise. All you hear is a slight tread growl and this sound goes well with the wind or the engine noise.
The tire also has a lot to offer concerning ride comfort.
It absorbs bumps from small obstacles easily and doesn’t transmit vibrations from potholes and bumps.
You will enjoy a serene, quiet driving experience with this tire. Highway driving or gravel roads, you will have a smooth and mellow drive.
Vehicles that you can use the Tire With
The following are some of the trucks and SUVs that you can use the LTX A/T2 with;
- Chevrolet Tahoe, Silverado, Suburban, Colorado, Express 1500, Express G10, Blazer
- Dodge Ram, Dakota, Durango, B250 Van
- Ford Explorer, Ranger, Bronco, F-150, E-150, E-350 Econoline, Expedition
- GMC Sierran, Canyon, Jimmy, Yukon, Savana 1500, S15, Envoy
- Honda Passport, Ridgeline
- Infiniti QX56
- Isuzu Hombre S, Amigo S, Trooper, Ascender
- Jeep Grand Cherokee, Wrangler, Liberty
- Kia Sorento
- Lincoln Navigator
- Mazda B4000
- Mercury Mountaineer
- Nissan Frontier, Pathfinder, Titan, Armada, Xterra
- Toyota Land Cruiser, Highlander, Tundra, Sequoia, 4Runner
- P235/70R16 104S OWL
- P265/70R16 111S OWL
- P245/75R16 109S OWL
- LT245/75R16/E 120/116R BSW
- LT245/75R16/E 120/116R OWL
- LT265/75R16/E 123/120R OWL
- LT265/75R16/E 123/120R BSW
- 245/65R17 107S OWL
- 265/65R17 112S OWL
- LT265/70R17/E 121/118R OWL
- P265/70R17 113S OWL
- LT285/70R17/D 121/118R OWL
- LT245/75R17/E 121/118R OWL
- LT235/80R17/E 120/117R BSW
- LT275/65R18/E 123/120R OWL
- P275/65R18 114T BSW
- LT285/65R18/E 125/122R OWL
- LT265/70R18/E 124/121R BSW
- LT275/70R18/E 125/122R BSW
- LT275/70R18/E 125/122R OWL
- 275/55R20 113T BSW
- LT285/55R20/E 122/119R BSW
- P275/60R20 114S BSW
- LT275/65R20/E 126/123R OWL