What's this? Overall score emphasizes safety-related tests, including braking, handling, and resistance to hydroplaning. Displayed scores are rounded; models are listed in order of precise overall score. Scores and ratings are held to a comparative standard within a tire category.
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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.
I own a 2012 Honda Civic SI and the stock tires were pretty much horrible; Michelin MXM4's. Considering that, I was hesitant to go with another Michelin tire. However, all the big car magazines and Consumer Reports rated this tire so highly that I decided to go with it. My initial drive, about 50 miles to home, on them completely changed the way I felt about my car. They are everything the stock tires weren't: smooth, grippy and extremely stable. On dry pavement they kept my car stuck in the turns and I felt like I was rocketing out of them. In the rain I feel NO hydroplaning at all, and feel very confident taking hard turns at speed. I live in the mountains and this tire is everything I would ask for in a dream tire. So far the tread is wearing good, but with a front wheel drive vehicle I'm expecting 25-30K. <br /><br />I haven't driven in snow or cold weather so I can't speak to that yet, but if they drive half as good in cold weather as they do in the summer and in rain I'll be happy.<br /><br />Living in the mountains a good tire is vitally important and finding that tire is even harder. I am 100% happy with these tires and will buy these again.
How long have you owned it:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
from Lawrenceville, NJ
Michelin pilot sport 3s
Good handling, braking in both dry and wet conditions. I do not expect these tires to last more than 25,000 miles, however!
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
By Sky King
from Bethel, NY
Beware! Wears quicker than predicted!
Previously I wrote about the poor traction in snow. Now, after 8500 miles and half the original tread gone, I'll be happy to get 20K. The tires are on a Mazda 5 and to be fair the last set of Continental DSW's only lasted 22K. I bought these on the strength of CR review of long tread life but it appears I'll be dealing with the warranty issue sooner than expected.