At First Glance
Today we are reviewing a popular tire for light trucks and SUVs, the Premier. The Premier LTX is an all-season tire that performs very well in dry and wet conditions. As an all-season rated tire, it is best suited for use in these conditions as it is not a designated snow and ice tire. That being said, the performance of this tire in snow and ice is decent, but you shouldn’t count on them for an entire winter, depending on where you live. The tires are quiet and comfortable, but we found there is a little bit of noise once you hit the 75mph + mark. We have previously reviewed the car and minivan version of this tire, the Michelin Premier A/S, and were very impressed with the tire’s performance on wet roads, and the Michelin Premier LTX is no exception. Keep reading this Michelin Premier LTX review to see if these tires will be a good fit for your driving style and needs.
For a day-to-day driving or highway driving tire, the Michelin Premier is a great tire. The sidewall is tough and durable, which helps to prevent wear, but the tread of the tire is still slightly softer to grip the road even on rougher surfaces. The tread is also designed in such a way so that it maintains the same traction and performance on the day you bought the tires as when the tread has been worn. The tires are responsive at higher speeds and when changing lanes. We found they also corner well, and overall the handling with these tires is responsive and comfortable.
Just like its car/minivan compatible sister, the Premier LTX shines in wet, rainy conditions. This is due mostly in part to the EverGrip technology Michelin has constructed the tires’ tread with. EverGrip refers to the grooves in the tire that actually expand when wet, providing greater grip and traction on slick road surfaces. Tires wearing out over time is just a fact of life, and typically when the tire tread is worn down over time, you will lose traction. Michelin took this into account when designing the Premier, and constructed the tread so that as it wears over time, the grooves also widen, providing greater traction in wet conditions. These widened grooves, paired with the expanding grooves allow this tire to excel on wet roads, and prevent hydroplaning effectively. In addition, the tread rubber contains a great concentration of silica, which helps to improve traction on wet surfaces. The Michelin LTX stops much shorter than most other tires in the rain, making this a great, safe tire.
Snow & Ice Performance
Like most all-season tires, the Michelin Premier LTX is not designed for snowy and icy conditions and as usual, we recommend picking up a set of winter tires if you live in an area with heavy snowfalls. That being said, the Premier LTX does hold its own in light winter conditions. The tread is designed to perform optimally in wet roads, but doesn’t quite provide the same performance in icy conditions. However, has manufactured this tire with a greater concentration of sunflower oil in the rubber of the tire tread. This allows the rubber to maintain a more flexible and soft profile in colder conditions, allowing the tires to grip the road even in cold winter conditions. The design of the tread, as well as the placement of the sipes do translate some of the wet performance to light snow and slush. Again, this tire is no replacement for a winter tire, but if you find yourself in some light snow, or slushy conditions, you will still likely be able to handle and stop confidently.
Noise & Comfort
The Michelin LTX provides a smooth and comfortable ride. The higher amounts of silica and sunflower oil of the rubber provide a more impact-absorbing tire tread than some other tires. This allows the tire to absorb many minor bumps that you encounter on the road, so that your drive is nice and steady and even. While the Michelin Premier A/S was a very quiet tire, we did find a little more noise in the LTX version of this tire. That being said, the hum from the tires making contact with the road isn’t really noticeable until you’re driving around 75mph or faster. Most tires to have some noise around this speed is pretty normal, unless you’re paying for much more expensive and specialized tires. Overall, we found this tire is more quiet and comfortable than most OE tires, and compared to its more affordable cousin the Defender, it’s like riding on a cloud.
Treadlife & Warranty
While the A/S would provide around 40,000-80,000 miles, for the Premier, we’d be quite impressed if you got that far. While these tires don’t wear incredibly fast, you won’t likely get you as far as the car and minivan version of the tires. How quickly your tires wear is due to a combination of things like what roads you are driving on, how often, how fast you drive, how aggressively you brake, and what you’re hauling and towing. We would say to expect to get around 30,000-50,000 miles on these tires, again depending on your driving habits. Keeping your tires properly balanced will also help with the treadwear and is the best way to maintain and extend the life of your tires, It will also help to reduce any noise and vibrations from the tires.
The LTX of the LTX indicates that this all-season tire is designed for light trucks and SUVs. When purchasing tires, it’s very important to know the exact dimensions necessary for your vehicle. Or, you can visit a site like TireBuyer or even Amazon that allows you to input your vehicle’s details and choose the proper tire size for you. Then you can have the tires shipped to a rusted installer or straight to your door. When buying tires, you will need to know your vehicle’s make, model, year and even trim, since each of those details can affect proper fitment of your tires. This is quite a popular all-season tire so we expect you’ll be able to find a tire that fits your truck or SUV.
Final Michelin Premier LTX Review
All said and done, the Premier LTX is an impressive all-season tire for light trucks and SUVS. This tire provides you with a smooth and comfortable ride, with road noise only becoming very noticeable at high speeds. This all-season tire is not designed for snow and ice, and is no replacement for a winter tire. That being said, in light snowfalls and slushy conditions, the tire performs well. On icy roads, the tire maintains a softer profile but doesn’t provide good traction and braking. Because of the way the tread wears over time, the traction is maintained throughout the life of this tire. Where the Michelin LTX shines is in rainy and wet conditions. The tread design, sipe placement and widening grooves provide excellent grip on wet, slick roads. The tread does wear a little quicker than we would like, but for a safe and comfortable all-season tire with exceptional performance on wet roads, the Michelin Premier LTX is a great choice.
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