The brand, Michelin Tires, has been associate with quality in the automobile industry for a long time. Time, and time again, the manufacturer manages to produce quality tires for SUVs, light trucks, and other types of vehicles. One of the tires for this class of vehicles is the Michelin LTX M/S 2, and experts have argued that it is one of the best tires that the industry has ever seen.
In this article, we will review this tire, discuss its features, pros, and cons, and also list out its sizes and vehicles you can use them with.
The Michelin LTX M/S2 is an upgrade from the Michelin LTX MS and is built and designed mainly for vans, SUVs, and light trucks. The upgrade and improvement in this great tire are manifested in appearance, aesthetics, performance, and functions. As an all-season tire, the Michelin LTX M/S2 combines its excellent performance in all conditions (including light snow) with a comfortable and silent ride capability, even off road.
Features and benefits
The Michelin M/S 2 features a compound with high silica content built into its tread. This high silica compound makes it possible for the tire to provide continuous and effective traction on all surfaces. This feature also increases the longevity and durability of the tire.
As much as the Michelin LTX M/S2 is an all-season tire, it is also a highway tire. As a result, it comes with an impressive performance and great traction on dry roads and surfaces. You would everything you want in a highway tire with the Michelin LTX M/S2.
You get smooth and comfortable handling from the tires while also enjoying great feedback from the tires. The cornering ability is also top-notch as you get a responsive cornering ability. The tire also features a slightly stiffer sidewall which allows for better cornering ability as well as ease of changing lanes at high speed.
The start and stop functions are quick and efficient, and you get sustainable traction from the beginning to the end of your drive. Some drivers have also commented that they experienced some forms of fuel efficiency or improved gas mileage while using the Michelin LTX M/S2. While this claim remains unverified, it is a very exciting possibility.
You can also use this tire off-road or on dirt roads, however, your options are limited in this regard.
You won’t have any problem driving the tires through loose sand, light gravel, or mud. However, anything less even than those surfaces, you may encounter some problems as the tire is an all-season highway tire.
Bearing in mind that this is an all-season tire, one would expect that the performance of the tires in wet condition remains impressive. The Michelin M/S 2 didn’t disappoint as the tires perform excellently well in wet conditions and surfaces. This is made possible by the combination of certain features.
The first feature is the presence of a high silica compound in the tread design of the tire. This feature improves the tread depth and allows for effective evacuation of water from the tire tread, and this improves the braking distance of the tire on wet roads and surfaces.
There are also the 3D sipes whose zigzag nature ensures that the tire has enough surface area for improving traction. Finally, the tires use the Michelin MaxTouch design.
This design produces an excellent and optimal patch of contact with the wet road and enhances the ability of the tires to navigate corners efficiently and confidently.
If you want to drive around on wet roads and conditions without the fear of skidding off or hydroplaning, the Michelin LTX M/S2 is a great tire with this capability.
Despite being an all-season tire, the Michelin LTX M/S2 is not a suitable tire for snow and ice conditions or a replacement for winter tires. However, this doesn’t mean that you won’t get your money’s worth with the tires while driving on ice and snow.
Remember that we said that the tire is an improvement on its predecessor, the Michelin LTX MS. Part of this improvement is the 8% increase in biting edges of the tire tread.
This increase in biting edges means better traction for the tire on a light snow road or in a low winter condition. The tires also put their wet handling features into use in this case and they allow the tires to manage slushy conditions of warm winter.
The only glitch in this regard is its ability to perform excellently on icy roads. The Michelin M/S 2 doesn’t perform poorly on ice, it surprised a lot of experts with its snow and ice performance. However, because it was built for icy conditions, the rubber and tread of the tire may get to suffer from it.
Finally, if you are caught outside on an icy road with the Michelin M/S 2 on, you can feel confident that your car and tires are safe. However, we do not recommend this tire if you live in a predominantly icy area or condition.
One of the major downsides of an all-season tire is the road noise that comes with it. This downside is almost inevitable because the noise is caused by the aggressive tread which is needed for excellent performance in different conditions.
The tires come with little or no noise. When compared to other all-season tires, the Michelin M/S 2 is dead quiet. Regardless of the speed rating, the bumps and vibrations during the ride are reduced to the barest minimum.
Apart from the silent movement, you also get to enjoy a smooth movement with these tires.
Vehicles that You Can Use the Michelin LTX M/S2
- Chevrolet Silverado, Tahoe, Avalanche, Suburban, Traverse
- Dodge Durango, Ram, Dakota
- Ford Expedition, F-150, F-250, F-350, Explorer
- GMC Yukon, Sierra
- Honda Pilot
- Hyundai Veracruz, Santa Fe
- Isuzu Rodeo, Trooper
- Jeep Grand Cherokee
- Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
- Nissan Murano, Titan, Pathfinder, Armada, Xterra
- Toyota Sequoia, Tundra, 4Runner, Tacoma
This Michelin tire comes in different tire sizes. Each of these tire size has different models available under them. They include
- P235/75R15 108T XL W
- LT215/85R16E1 115R B
- P225/70R16 101T ORWL
- P235/70R16 104T ORWL
- P235/75R16 109T XL W
- LT235/85R16E1 120R B
- LT235/85R16E1 120R W
- P245/70R16 106T ORWL
- P245/75R16 109T ORWL
- LT245/75R16E1 120R W
- P255/65R16 106T BSW
- P255/70R16 109T ORWL
- P265/70R16 111T ORWL
- P265/75R16 114T ORWL
- LT265/75R16E1 123R W
- LT265/75R16E1 123R B
- LT285/75R16E1 126R W
- P235/70R17 108T XL B
- P235/75R17 108T BSW
- LT235/80R17E1 120R W
- P245/70R17 108T ORWL
- LT245/70R17E1 119R B
- LT245/75R17E1 121R B
- P255/65R17 108T ORWL
- P255/70R17 110T ORWL
- P265/65R17 110T ORWL
- LT265/70R17E1 121R W
- P265/70R17 113T ORWL
- LT265/70R17E1 121R B
- LT285/70R17D1 121R W
- P265/60R18 109T ORWL
- P265/65R18 112T BSW
- P265/70R18 114T ORWL
- LT275/65R18E1 123R W
- P275/65R18 114T ORWL
- LT275/70R18E1 125R W
- P275/55R20 111T BSW
- P275/60R20 114T BSW