Michelin CrossClimate SUV Review| Strong Touring Tire

Last updated on March 18th, 2024 at 09:18 pm


Michelin CrossClimate SUV

CrossClimate SUV

All-season Tire
The Michelin CrossClimate SUV is the best touring tire for all-season performance. It does not disappoint in any weather situation and delivers comfortable rides all year round. The even contact and durable tread make it a long-performing tire that is easy to drive with SUVs and crossovers.

Dry Traction & Grip
Wet Traction & Grip
Snow Performance
Treadwear Durablity
Comfort & Noise
Handling & Road Feedback

Quick highlights

Tire type Standard Touring All-Season 
Price range$179-$318
Tread Warranty50000 Miles
Run-flat No
Vehicles typeCrossover, SUV, and Light truck
Driving conditionsDry, Wet, and Snow

Whenever there is talk about comfort and quality performance tires, Michelin comes to the top of the driver’s mind. Because Michelin Tires have made its image in the market about its high-quality tires that always outperform other brand tires. 

Taking about this tire, the Michelin CrowssClimate SUV is another high-quality tire that is the best in its category. It performs far better in all-season conditions compared to its substitute tires. 

When it comes to performance, there is no doubt that there is no better tire than this, due to its versatility in different conditions. With all-season conditions, it performs fairly well in off-terrain and snow terrains, which other touring tires might not be so great in. 

But if it is this good, why should you think about different tires, and go with this one blindly?

As every driver does not desire similar performance, similarly, you might not be the one that this tire’s performance will totally satisfy. 

Questions like these and many others will be answered below, so continue reading this review to learn about this tire’s benefits and disadvantages and then decide whether it is the right fit for your vehicle. 


  • Comfortable all-season drive with responsive handling and brakes
  • Proper driving experience in wet and dry conditions
  • Hydroplaning resistance in wet conditions
  • Impressive winter terrain performance
  • Somewhat proper tire for off-road as well
  • Durable tread design and shoulders that keep on moving for many years.


  • Gets noisy after a few thousand miles
  • Not so durable compared to other new touring tires
  • Most expensive in its category

Tread design and improvements

CrossClimate signature directional tread pattern molded onto an all-season compound that brings versatile performance in different weather conditions. 

Bevel-edge tread blocks and tread sipes increase stability and grip in dry road conditions. 

With the help of open shoulders, lateral grooves channel the water through the tread for hydroplaning resistance in the rain and standing water.

3D self-locking sipes and emerging grooves on the shoulder provide extra biting edges on deep snow for proper traction and grip on winter terrains. 

The computerized design optimizes contact. It wears uniformly even while carrying a heavy load and reduces tread noise in all seasons. 

Specifications & Features

Speed ratingH-Y(130-186)MPH
Load Index100(1764 lbs) – 114(2601 lbs)
Manufactured inFrance and Hungary
Wheel diameter16-20”
Ply rating4 ply rated
Treadwear, Traction, Temperature580, A, A
Noise ReductionYes

Usually, touring tires don’t come with Y-rated tires because they are not meant to drive on fast tracks. However, if some tires come with this speed rating, it is a bonus because now you can drive freely on highways without worrying about reaching the maximum limits. 

The load index of this tire is also amazing. This tire comes in very few sizes, so if you find the right size with a 114 load index variant, it will be great for you if you travel around with a lot of weight on your car trunk. 

The treadwear rating compared to new touring tires is quite low. The Continental and Cooper tires have a tread wear rating of around 700 or so, and that is also why those tires are more durable than this Michelin tire. 

Performance of Michelin CrossClimate SUV

Dry City Roads, Pitted Roads, and Pavements

Michelin CrossClimate suv dry

Moving on from the basics, let’s discuss the tire’s real-world performance. In any dry weather condition, this tire delivers a proper driving experience.

While carrying weight, the tire drives very stable on city streets and paved highways, with proper traction and grip. The responsiveness was not so great when it came to sportier handling; however, the overall performance on stable terrain in dry conditions was great. 

The low tread noise and comfortable ride make it a proper tire for everyday drivers to achieve a smooth and stable ride in the summer seasons. 

With that, on construction sites and little unstable terrains, like gravel and pitted roads, it performs fairly well. Although the comfort was not as great, the tire’s contact and stability were still great, and the response was always there with confident traction and grip. 

Overall, in dry road conditions, it is one of the greatest tires in its category to drive due to its comfortable and stable rides in warm weather. 

Wet and Rain Experience

Michelin CrossClimate suv wet

Unlike Cooper and BFGoodrich tires, where driving in wet conditions can be unsafe sometimes, this tire delivers the safest wet weather drives. 

The tire grips properly in wet conditions even without circumferential grooves. The lateral groove and emerging grooves help deliver confident rides on wet roads. 

The tire did not hydroplane at very high standing water, which is remarkable considering other tires’ performance in this category. It balances the situation very properly even at high speed. 

The confident grip, low-to-none hydroplaning, and comfortable ride in wet weather make it a perfect all-season tire to drive in inclement weather of all-season conditions. 

Light Snow, Deep Snow, and Ice

Michelin CrossClimate suv snow

Another achievement of this tire is its performance on winter terrains, as it is a 3PMSF-certified tire, it handles the harsh winter terrains with normal winter conditions properly without affecting treadwear. 

In light snow conditions, the tire is a joy to drive with. It performs similarly to high-quality winter tires and provides stability, confidence, and a smooth ride. The tire does not lose grip and traction, the response is there most of the time, and the car is driveable at above-normal speed as well. 

On deep snow above 6 inches of snow, the tire does not work that well, although it is more than enough to get the job done, and passes you through extreme winter terrain, however, the lost grip and lack of response are not that enjoyable to drive. 

Similarly, the performance was not great on ice, but just to do the work. Overall, dealing with any sort of winter terrain is something that this tire can do properly. So, if you want an all-season tire that can handle most winter terrain situations, it won’t be a bad choice for your vehicle. 

Durability and road life

The treadwear durability of this tire is always in question, but there is another side of drivers who have driven with this tire longer than the treadwear warranty period.

As for our driving experience, we can not say anything about the long-term durability of this tire. What we can say is that it performs fairly well as long as we drive with it. Some drivers complain that it loses performance as it wears off, and so does every tire. It’s nothing to complain about, in my opinion. 

The tire comes with a 40-50K miles treadwear warranty, depending on the variant, as it is an older tire. Now, new tires come with a 65-70K miles treadwear warranty, which is quite shocking that Michelin has not yet launched a new tire with a high warranty. 

Even though the treadwear’s durability is low, the performance compared to new tires is still better, being an older tire. So, if you are after the most durable tire, then there are options like Continental, which we will compare in the section below. 

Road Responsiveness

compared to other touring tires in this category, you can not get a more responsive tire than this one. It provides accurate feedback, the handling is great and not so soft steering and not as performance tires, and the brakes are also great as well. 

However, compared with performance tires, it is not something that we would recommend driving with on tracks and sporting events. In Corners, the tire requires low speed, and acceleration is not as quick as well. 

The less sporty tread also lowers its traction score in dry conditions. Overall, it is a responsive tire as long as you are an everyday street and highway driver, but if you are a fast-track driver, it might not satisfy you in any matrices. 

Comparison with Continental CrossContact LX25

Dry Conditions Continental CrossContact LX25
Steering Response & Feedback -1.34%
Cornering Stability on Curves -2.71%
Dry Traction & Grip -1.04%
Shortest Dry Brakes -2.77%
Results -7.87%
Wet Conditions
Steering Response & Feedback -3.72%
Cornering Stability on Curves -2.83%
Wet Traction & Grip -3.16%
Shortest Wet Brakes -8.13%
Results -17.84%
Winter Conditions
Deep Snow Traction -3.45%
Light Snow Traction -3.26%
Thick Ice Traction -4.76%
Results -11.47%
Ride Quality
Cabin Comfort 0.00%
Road Noise 4.87%
Results 4.87%
175/65R15 (84H)
Price -21.70%

The results are based on test results and subjective views, it could differ based on different cars, conditions, and driver’s preferences.

The Continental CrossContact LX25 is nowadays the most popular in this category due to its overall performance, durability, and price. But as the test results show that the Michelin CrossClimate SUV is far better in all-season performance, why are drivers going with the CrossContact LX25? 

The reason for that is that a Continental tire is more durable and saves a lot of money. Unlike performance tire drivers, touring tire drivers do not always look for a tire’s performance. Their main objective is durability and sometimes price, and as Continental tires are newer than Michelin tires, drivers lean toward the new Continental tire rather than the better-performing Michelin tire. 

Despite being an old tire, the Michelin CrossClimate SUV is still the number one priority of drivers looking for an all-season touring tire that performs well in dry, wet, and snow conditions while delivering comfortable and smooth rides all year round. 

Final words

The Michelin CrossClimate SUV is a touring all-season tire for SUVs, Crossovers, and light trucks. It is the top touring tire for dry, wet, and overall snow performance. The 3PMSF certificate makes it a more reliable tire on harsh winter terrains. Being an old tire, it is quite expensive and comes at a lower treadwear warranty, which is also why these new tires are taking over this tire. Overall, it is best in the touring tires category if you want a comfortable performance all year round in 2024.

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