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Summary:The Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 has a 45,000 mile tread wear warranty in our tested size, 225/40ZR18. This tire is suitable for many coupes, sedans and sport cars.
The Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 is part of the tire
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, ultra high performance all season tire
models like the Pilot Sport A/S 3 are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.
Dry braking is from 60 to 0 mph.
Dry 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 cornering grip on our skidpad; and subjective steering feel.
Wet braking is from 60 to 0 mph.
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 Sport A/S 3
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.
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.
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.
Overall, these tires are great for daily driving and highway use. The ride and noise are both far superior than the OE Continentals. I find the wet/dry grip about the same. No comment on snow/ice since that is not an issue in South Texas. My only major complaint is sidewall failure. In 15,000 miles, I have replaced my left front twice and the right front 3 times. That is 7! tires, on the front, in 15k miles, if you include the original set and the set currently on my car. I would like to blame the low profile style of my Mercedes S550, but the OE Continentals which I drove for approx. 35k miles had exactly zero sidewall failures. I purchased tire warranties from Discount Tire, and thank goodness or this would have been expensive.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
By Miles To Go
from Tumwater, WA
None so far
I recently replaced my Michelin Pilot A/S Plus with the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 on my 2007 Infiniti M35x. I really like the new tires, they aren't directional anymore and the handling has improved. The tires aren't as flashy looking as the previous tire. I've put a combination of freeway and city miles on the car and it feels like a new car, and has increased my overall confidence level. Highly recommended!
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
By Parnelli Dan
from Chicago, IL
Best three season tire I have ever owned
Best handling tire I have ever owned, too bad I live in Chicago. The first winter I had them on my car they were just ok in light snow. In heavy snow, they were just as useless as any non snow tire. By the second winter after 15000 miles, I was terrified when I had to travel in any snow. I'm at 26000 miles and 3/32 tread wear so, I'll be replacing them before Winter. I'm putting on the Pirreli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus. If I lived in Arizona I would use these Michelins for the rest of my life, even with the short(but to be expected) tread life.