The Michelin Pilot Exalto A/S[H] is part of the tire
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, performance all season tire
models like the Pilot Exalto A/S[H] are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.
Dry braking is from 60 to 0 mph.
Wet braking is from 60 to 0 mph.
Handling includes how well the tires gripped in an avoidance maneuver involving a swerve into the left lane and back into the right lane; dry and wet cornering grip; and subjective steering feel.
About This Brand
A French company, Michelin has its North America headquarters in Greenville, S.C. As a global tire maker, it offers tires for nearly all applications. In North America, it owns the BFGoodrich and Uniroyal brands. Founded in 1891, Michelin first introduced the radial tire, and the company continues to be a pioneer in tire technologies. Michelin tires generally perform impressively in our all-weather tests and offer many models with low rolling resistance and long tread life.
Features & Specs - Michelin Pilot Exalto A/S[H]
Speed rating Speed rating. This letter denotes the maximum sustainable speed and is found directly after the load index. For S-speed-rated tires, it's 112 mph; for T, 118 mph. Speed ratings for other tires include Q, 99 mph; H, 130 mph; V, 149 mph; and Z, 150 mph plus. While such speeds may seem wildly impractical, tires with higher speed ratings tend to provide better handling at legal speed limits. Choose tires that have a speed rating at least as high as the one specified on your vehicle's placard.
Treadwear warranty Commonly used by tire manufacturers to market tires, the warranty describes the typical tread life of the tire. Consumers should view the warranty an indicator of tread life only. Actual mileage will vary with vehicle type, driving style, road, and weather conditions, just to name a few variables. Nearly all treadwear warranties are based on pro-rated amount based on the usable tread worn off the tire.
UTQG treadwear UTQGS, which stands for Uniform Tire Quality Grading System, is a federal government required grading system for passenger tires excluding winter tires. Key information includes Treadwear, Traction, and Temperature appearing on the sidewall of a tire. UTQG treadwear, an index developed by the government, compares a tire's tread life with that of a reference tire graded at 100. A tire with a grade of 300 is predicted to last three times as long as one graded at 100. Treadwear grades are just one indicator of tread life, but actual tire life will vary due to a number of factors including road conditions, driving habits, vehicle, and maintenance.
UTQG traction UTQGS, which stands for Uniform Tire Quality Grading System, is a federal government required grading system for passenger tires excluding winter tires. Key information includes Treadwear, Traction, and Temperature appearing on the sidewall of a tire. UTQG traction indicates the tire's ability to stop on a wet surface with Government grades of AA, A, B, C, from best to worst.
UTQG temperature UTQGS, which stands for Uniform Tire Quality Grading System, is a federal government required grading system for passenger tires excluding winter tires. Key information includes Treadwear, Traction, and Temperature appearing on the sidewall of a tire. UTQG temperature indicates the tire's ability to resist heat build-up under test conditions with Government grades of A, B, C, from best to worst.
I commute 100 miles round trip with approx 70% highway, the rest city. This tire has performed extremely well. I have no problems in wet or slushy conditions and am pleased with the breaking performance. I find the ride very comfortable and quiet. Right now I have 54,000 miles on the tires with just over 2/32 left and will be replacing them next week. I have noticed an increase in vibration at speeds over the last 10-15,000 miles with a more notable increase last 5,000 miles. It is very mild and I really can't complain considering the tire is rated for 45,000 miles. Overall I am very satisfied and will be getting the same tire.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
from Leesburg, VA
Dry rot appeared after 5 years
The tires lasted what was supposed under the warranty, but with still enough safe thread, were rejected a the VA safety inspection for Dry Rot. All 4 tires with equal signs of dry rot. This is unacceptable for a Michelin tire. No wonder it has been discontinued.<br />If you drive less than 10000 miles per year, stay away from this specific tire.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
By Average Joe
from Ann Arbor, MI
Confident handling while they lasted
These tires gave an excellent blend of grip, ride comfort, and fuel efficiency. I kept them inflated at the optional 36 psi, per my Volvo S60's tire inflation placard. The extra few psi give an extra few mpg. Even at the higher inflation pressure, I found the go-in-the-snow to be grin inducing. Wet handling was also very good. I was extremely happy with these tires until about 35,000 miles when they started behaving strangely. They began to intermittently vibrate at highway speeds. As the miles racked up, the vibrations became more severe and more frequent. I replaced the tires at about 45,000 miles when the tread depth got to 3/32, but they didn't last their full tread life. I suspect the belts had failed and become loose, causing the intermittent vibrations.