Choosing the best tire for a vehicle is always a challenge, especially if the vehicle is an SUV or crossover.
In this review, we will narrow your choices by analyzing one of your best options, the Michelin Latitude Tour, a tire specially designed for daily driving.
TL;DR: Michelin Latitude Tour
Ready to explore the benefits of this tire? Let's first review its pros and cons.
Crossover, sport utility vehicles, and light truck owners who need a set of durable tires that deliver excellent ride quality.
Michelin Latitude Tour Performance Ratings
The Latitude Tour is currently ranked 16th out of 38 in the Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season tire segment. The question is, how reliable is the position of this tire in said ranking. Given that the Latitude has over 18M total miles reported, it's safe to say its ratings are pretty solid.
Michelin Latitude Tour Dry Performance
Dry Performance Ratings
Considering that this tire uses a low rolling resistance compound to improve fuel economy, its dry traction ratings are quite good. This is possible thanks to its stable shoulder blocks and a continuous center rib that, together with its symmetrical tread pattern, give this tire a good grip both in curves and straights.
Michelin Latitude Tour Wet Performance
Wet Performance Ratings
To facilitate the evacuation of water from this tire, Michelin uses its distinctive wide circumferential grooves, which allow the Latitude to have adequate resistance to hydroplaning and good traction in the wet. If you need a tire with good grip in the wet, this is one of your best options.
Michelin Latitude Tour Snow / Ice Performance
Snow / Ice Performance Ratings
Snow / Ice Overall
Light Snow Traction
Deep Snow Traction
Despite using an aggressive design with multiple sipes in the tread for better grip during winter, the Latitude Tour barely provides adequate traction on deep snow roads. For this reason, we only recommend this tire when the road has less than one inch of snow.
Michelin Latitude Tour Comfort Performance
Comfort Performance Ratings
Without a doubt, Michelin's Comfort Control technology gives this tire an above-average ride quality. Road noise and vibrations are almost inaudible thanks to its computer-optimized design and precision manufacturing process. If you are looking for a smooth and quiet tire for your crossover or SUV, the Latitude Tour will not disappoint.
Michelin Latitude Tour Treadwear Performance
Treadwear Performance Ratings
The combination of Michelin's MaxTouch Construction with an advanced silica-based tread compound makes this tire one of the most durable in its class. In fact, if you drive a crossover, light truck, or SUV, this is one of the tires that will offer you the best cost-benefit ratio in this segment.
Michelin Latitude Tour Warranty
6-year warranty or 65,000 miles, whichever occurs first. This warranty is halved when the rear and the front tires are different in size.
Complaints regarding these tires’ uniformity must be subscribed in the first year of use or the first 2/32" of wear. To learn how to check tread wear, read here.
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.
Road Hazard Warranty
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.
Michelin's confidence in this tire is demonstrated by the generous 6-year / 65k-mile manufacturer's warranty. Add to that the spectacular Road Hazard Warranty from Tire Rack, and you have one of the best warranties currently available on the market.
Michelin Latitude Tour Specs & Options
Unfortunately, when it comes to market coverage, this tire is only available in two sizes. 17-inch rims and 18-inch rims with widths ranging from 225 to 265. On the other hand, given its low rolling resistance compound, this tire’s 620 A B UTQG is not surprising. To learn more about UTQG, read here: How Long Do Tires Last.
In short, unless your crossover or SUV comes equipped with 17-inch or 18-inch wheels, you won't be able to enjoy the benefits of the Latitude Tour.
Michelin Latitude Tour Reviews
Considering that this is the OEM tire for vehicles like the Ford Edge or the Chevrolet Equinox, their reviews are highly positive. Many drivers have managed to break the 80k mile barrier, which is proof of the Latitude Tour's excellent durability.
On the other hand, aspects that most reviewers praise are how quiet these tires are as well as their excellent city/highway performance.
As for the negative points, as expected, drivers do not like the low level of traction that this tire offers in snow and ice. However, despite its poor performance during winter, most reviewers rate it as an excellent tire for everyday use.
All in all, this is an amazingly durable tire whose only weak point is its snow/ice performance.
Michelin Latitude Tour
Snow / Ice
End of the Road
Throughout this review, you have seen how the Latitude Tour offers extraordinary comfort, durability, and adequate performance in dry and wet for daily driving. On the other hand, although its traction in the snow is not ideal, at least this tire allows you to drive on light snow roads with peace of mind.