Michelin CrossClimate + Review: 2021 Guide

| Last Updated: August 15, 2021

One of the biggest challenges for all-season tires is to provide predictable grip regardless of temperature or road conditions.

The Michelin CrossClimate+ leads a new generation of high-tech tires that seek to achieve this goal.

If you drive a sedan, station wagon, or crossover and are looking for a single-tire solution for year-round mobility, this review is for you.

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TL;DR: Michelin CrossClimate +

Ready to learn more about this exceptional tire? Not so fast. Let's take a look at its pros and cons first.

Michelin CrossClimate +

Michelin Cross Climate + All-Season Tire 195/65R15/XL 95V

PROS

  • Excellent durability
  • Cutting-edge tread design
  • Feature the 3PMSF symbol
  • Outstanding dry/wet performance

CONS

  • Tread style/pattern may not be for everyone
  • Only available in the most popular sizes for midsize sedans

Best For:

Owners of sedans, coupes, station wagons, and crossover vehicles that require an all-season tire that provides high performance and reliability all year round

Michelin CrossClimate + Performance Ratings

A known fact is that the reliability of tire ratings is closely tied to the number of miles reported. In the case of the this tire, having just over 1M of reported miles indicates that its ratings are relatively reliable. However, it is convenient to keep in mind that until the tire exceeds 5M miles, its ranking of 3 out of 56 in the Grand Touring All-Season tires segment could change.

Since we will analyze the performance of this tire in various categories, we have arranged the following links so that you can navigate more conveniently.

Michelin Crossclimate + Dry Performance

Dry Performance Ratings

Dry Overall

9.4

Cornering Stability

9.3

Dry Traction

9.4

Steering Response

9.4

The ratings on dry roads are truly amazing. Few all-season tires are capable of providing such a level of performance. If you are looking for an all-season tire with ratings similar to a high-performance summer tire, then this tire is for you.

Michelin Crossclimate + Wet Performance

Wet Performance Ratings

Wet Overall

9.4

Hydroplaning Resistance

9.4

Wet Traction

9.3

The combination of a highly directional tread pattern, 3D self-locking sipes, and wide lateral grooves with open shoulders provide the tire with unsurpassed performance even in the most severe weather conditions. All in all, this product has countless advances that make it one of the safest tires in wet conditions.

Michelin Crossclimate + Snow / Ice Performance

Snow / Ice Performance Ratings

Snow / Ice Overall

8.7

Light Snow Traction

9.3

Deep Snow Traction

9.6

Ice Traction

8.3

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One reason why this tire uses a tread with Emerging Grooves on the shoulders is to provide exceptional performance in snow.

No wonder it received the three-peak mountain snowflake (3PMSF) symbol for it. 

If you are looking for a tire capable of meeting your year-round mobility needs, then this product will not disappoint.

Michelin Crossclimate + Comfort Performance

Comfort Performance Ratings

Overall Comfort

8.6

Ride Quality

9.0

Noise

8.3

The astonishing dry, wet, and snow ratings would be dwarfed if its ride quality were mediocre. Luckily, that is not the case. This offering is undoubtedly one of the quietest and smoothest tires in its segment, making it an ideal choice for luxury sedans.

Michelin Crossclimate + Treadwear Performance

Treadwear Performance Ratings

Treadwear

8.9

The amazing technology used by Michelin in this tire is once again reflected in the quality of the compound used in its manufacture. The durability is second to none, making it an ideal tire for daily driving applications.

Michelin CrossClimate + Warranty

Treadlife Warranty

6-year warranty or 50,000 miles (H and V rated), 40,000 (W and Y rated), whichever occurs first. This warranty is halved when the rear and the front tires are different in size.

Uniformity Warranty

Complaints regarding these tires’ uniformity must be subscribed in the first year of use or the first 2/32" of wear.

Workmanship / Materials Warranty

Michelin provides an amazing 6-year warranty against defects in workmanship or materials. Moreover, it also offers free tire replacement for the first year, 2/32" wear, or 25% wear.

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Road Hazard Warranty

Unfortunately, none.

Manufacturer Special Warranty

This tire comes with a special warranty consisting of 60-day satisfaction (in which you can exchange the tire for a BFGoodrich or Uniroyal equivalent), and a 3-year flat changing service.

Tire Rack Road Hazard Warranty

On top of the tread life warranty offered by Michelin, this tire features Tire Rack's leading warranty that covers refunds of up to $40 for repairs per tire per occurrence. Moreover, if the tire suffers non-repairable damage within the first 2 years, a refund of the original purchase price or replacement purchase price (whichever is less) will be made.

If you were looking for a tire with an impressive manufacturer's warranty, this is possibly the solution you have been waiting for.

Michelin CrossClimate + Specs & Options

While the market coverage for this tire is not as extensive as we would have liked, at least it is available in the most popular sizes for luxury sedans. 

Thus, this fabulous tire comes in sizes ranging from 15-inch to 18-inch wheels and tire widths from 195 to 235. Concerning its UTQG, its 600 A A rating is perfectly in line with its class. To learn more about the UTQG, we suggest you read this article.

This tire is available in most of the sizes used by the best-selling midsize and full-size sedans on the market.

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Michelin CrossClimate + Reviews

Given the outstanding ratings shown in all categories, it is not surprising that the vast majority of reviews for this product are positive. In fact, some reviews are from drivers who have already been using their second set of tires.

Despite this, we have noticed one aspect worth noting. User comments indicate that the tire life ranges from 35,000 miles to over 60,000 miles. This is a huge difference that possibly has to do with vehicle weight and driving style.

Nevertheless, since it has a 50k mile Treadlife Warranty, we are not too concerned about its durability.

Driver reviews confirm that this is a tire of exceptional quality, delivering predictable performance regardless of the time of year or road conditions.

Quick Recap

Michelin Cross Climate + All-Season Tire 195/65R15/XL 95V

Michelin CrossClimate+

Dry

9.4

Wet

9.4

Snow / Ice

8.7

Comfort

8.6

Treadwear

8.9

End of the Road

The impressive grip, stability, and improved braking performance provided by the Michelin CrossClimate+ make us think that we are getting closer and closer to having a tire that can be used all year round, including the harshest winters.  All in all, according to rating results and user feedback, this is one of the best next-gen all-season tires you can get on the market today.

Damaso has been in the automotive world since he was 14 years old and his father decided to bought an auto repair shop. Years later, his passion for electronics, computers, and automotive mechanics motivated him to graduate in Mechanical Engineering and venture into the sales of automotive equipment. For years Damaso worked as a technical advisor assisting car dealerships, tire shops, and even the plants of Toyota and Mitsubishi that operate in his country. He has over 25 years of experience reporting on topics ranging from DIY jobs, technological analysis, automotive news, and more. He is a wealth of information and a valued member of our team.