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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.
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.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
from Spring Grove, PA
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Outstanding 3 Season Tire
I was looking for a sporty All-Season tire, and I 'm going with a dedicated winter tire setup. For 3 seasons, these tires are close to perfect. My Infiniti Q50 came with Bridgestone run flats and the driving experience was less than ideal. <br /><br />The A/S 3s cleaned everything up and now I love the car. Steering is more controlled, but requires less effort. Ride quality is superb (it's as if all of the roads have been repaved). Noise is lower and breaking and cornering have improved. <br /><br />The A/S 3s drive like a high-end summer tire that I've had (Pirelli P Zeros); which is probably why its not going to go well in the snow. I've had Continental ExtremeContact DWS, for year round driving, and I wasn't very impressed with the ride quality or how they felt when pushed hard (squirmy). <br /><br />If you have a luxury-sport vehicle, live in a warmer climate, or plan on getting dedicated winter tires, the A/S 3's will probably fit the bill nicely. This is one of the best purchases that I've made, of any kind, in years.
How long have you owned it:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
from Bellville, Tx.
These tires are NOISY in wider sizes
Very Noisy 285 Width
Seems to be a very good tire, with one exception. The Michelin A/S 3 tire C.R. tested was 225 width, which has 5 ribs. I have 2 Michelin A/S 3 285 width tires (which have 6 ribs) on the back of my 2012 Mustang GT, which are VERY loud between 55 MPH and just under 80 MPH.<br /> This WAS a great car for quiet highway travel, before I purchased this tire for my 10 wide rear wheels. Now, the tire noise is quite loud, even with my hearing aids TURNED OFF! <br />Furthermore, I found reviews on this tire on Tirerack.com by three different Cadillac owners with performance-sport models, who stated that their Michelin A/S 3 tires made unacceptable noise, or were much noisier than their previous tires. I know exactly where they're coming from.