Michelin Pilot Sport 4 SUV Review: 2021 Guide

| Last Updated: August 13, 2021

In a market where high-performance crossovers abound, it was only a matter of time before Michelin came up with a tire aimed at this segment.

That is the Pilot Sport 4 SUV case, a tire that has all the advantages of the Pilot Sport series.

Ready to push your CUV to the limit? Let's get started.

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TL;DR: Michelin Pilot Sport 4 SUV

Ready to learn more about the Michelin Pilot Sport 4 SUV? Let's first review its pros and cons.

Michelin Pilot Sport 4 SUV

MICHELIN Pilot Sport 4 SUV All- Season Radial Tire-235/60R18/XL 107W

PROS

  • Upscale driving experience
  • Outstanding dry and wet traction
  • Unmatched durability (for its class)

CONS

  • Somewhat expensive
  • Not the best choice for heavy SUVs

Best For:

CUVs and small SUVs looking for a high-performance summer tire with an unequaled balance between performance, durability, and ride quality

Michelin Pilot Sport 4 SUV Performance Ratings

Before discussing the Michelin Pilot Sport 4 SUV ratings, it is essential to talk about their reliability. As a general rule, ratings for any tire with less than 1 million reported miles should be viewed with caution. 

Such is the case with the Michelin Pilot Sport 4 SUV, which has only 195k reported miles. That said, the Street/Sport Truck Summer tires segment, of which the Michelin Pilot Sport 4 SUV ranks 3 out of 9, only has 3 tires with over 1M miles. In other words, you could say that the Pilot Sport 4 SUV is competing on equal footing with its peers.

Given the number of ratings to discuss, we have prepared the following links for your convenience.

Michelin Pilot Sport 4 SUV Dry Performance

Dry Performance Ratings

Dry Overall

8.8

Cornering Stability

8.4

Dry Traction

9.0

Steering Response

8.9

Since the Michelin Pilot Sport 4 SUV is aimed at crossovers and high-performance SUVs, its dry performance is crucial. In that sense, the grip and cornering stability of the Michelin Pilot Sport 4 SUV are up to the challenge as they allow these vehicles to accelerate and brake with absolute confidence.

Michelin Pilot Sport 4 SUV Wet Performance

Wet Performance Ratings

Wet Overall

8.4

Hydroplaning Resistance

8.7

Wet Traction

8.2

The combination of the high-performance asymmetric tread with its wider circumferential groove and greater pitch count gives the Michelin Pilot Sport 4 SUV amazing wet traction. This makes the Pilot Sport 4 SUV one of the safest tires for driving even in inclement weather conditions.

Michelin Pilot Sport 4 SUV Comfort Performance

Comfort Performance Ratings

Overall Comfort

7.7

Ride Quality

8.0

Noise

7.4

Providing an upscale driving experience has always been a priority for Michelin. The Pilot Sport 4 SUV is further proof of this. If you are looking for high-performance tires capable of delivering low noise levels and unmatched ride quality, then the Michelin Pilot Sport 4 SUV is for you.

Michelin Pilot Sport 4 SUV Treadwear Performance

Treadwear Performance Rating

Treadwear

7.5

Tires in the Street/Sport Truck Summer segment are not known for their durability. However, the Michelin Pilot Sport 4 SUV has a high-density polyester casing with a nylon-aramid hybrid reinforcement that provides excellent structural rigidity. This allows the Michelin Pilot Sport 4 SUV to have a remarkable Treadwear rating well above the average of its peers.

Michelin Pilot Sport 4 SUV Warranty

Treadlife Warranty

Six-year warranty or 20,000 miles (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.

Road Hazard Warranty

Sadly, Michelin does not provide this type of warranty for this tire.

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.

Complementing its remarkable durability, the Michelin Pilot Sport 4 SUV comes with an excellent warranty that gives you the confidence to unleash your spirited driving style.

Michelin Pilot Sport 4 SUV Specs & Options

The Michelin Pilot Sport 4 SUV is available in various sizes ranging from 17-inch wheels to 23-inch wheels and widths from 225 to 315. Concerning its UTQG, the Michelin Pilot Sport 4 SUV is rated 220 A A, which is in line with its class. To learn more about the UTQG, we suggest you read this article.

The Michelin Pilot Sport 4 SUV has a wide market coverage making it the ideal alternative for your crossover or high-performance SUV.

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Michelin Pilot Sport 4 SUV Reviews

Although the Michelin Pilot Sport 4 SUV has too few driver reviews to draw any conclusions, it is worth mentioning a trend we have noticed.

Basically, all drivers of CUVs and small SUVs praise the performance of the Michelin Pilot Sport 4 SUV in a wide variety of conditions. However, opinions are less positive when it comes to mid-size and full-size SUVs. The reason is simple.

Vehicle weight is a determining factor in tire selection. Although Michelin does not openly admit it, the Pilot Sport 4 SUV is more suitable for high-performance crossovers than SUVs. To that effect, the disappointment of some drivers is understandable, especially when the tire's name is taken into account.

Despite being available in a wide spectrum of sizes, driver feedback makes us recommend avoiding the use of this tire on mid-size and full-size SUVs.

Quick Recap

MICHELIN Pilot Sport 4 SUV All- Season Radial Tire-235/60R18/XL 107W

Michelin Pilot Sport 4 SUV

Dry

8.8

Wet

8.4

Comfort

7.7

Treadwear

7.5

End of the Road

Despite its low mileage, the Michelin Pilot Sport 4 SUV is already emerging as one of the best tires in the Street/Sport Truck Summer segment. Its amazing level of traction in wet and dry conditions and its unmatched ride quality and durability definitely make this tire an alternative to keep in mind.

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.