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.
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Summary:A studless winter tire. Use winter tires in sets of four for the best balance of handling and winter grip.
The Michelin Latitude X-Ice XI 2 is part of the tire
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, winter truck tire
models like the Latitude X-Ice XI 2 are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.
Snow traction reflects the distance our test car needed to accelerate from 5 to 20 mph on moderately packed snow.
We tested ice braking on a skating rink from 10 to 0 mph.
Dry 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 Latitude X-Ice XI 2
Size tested The size of the tested model.
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.
Tread The tread is what makes contact with the road. Patterns vary to suit specific performance criteria including tread life, handling, traction, and noise. Tread patterns incorporate ribs and tread "blocks" that contact the road and "valleys" between ribs or tread blocks called grooves for evacuating water. Slits in the ribs or tread blocks are called sipes that provide biting edges useful in wintry weather.
I bought 4 Latitude X-ice tires a couple of years ago for my Honda Pilot. I am quite disappointed in the traction I get on snow and ice with these tires. They are only marginally better than regular all season tires. <br />I see the tires here are Latitude Ice-X XI2, not sure if this is a different model than the ones I have... Mine are Michelin Latitude X-Ice; I don't recall if mine say XI2, but I do recall that they were among the highest rated by consumer reports two years ago, as are these. <br />I am hoping that General starts making their Altimax Arctic tire in a 235 size, because, having them on my Honda Civic, I see a world of difference in how much better those tires grab the road in wintery conditions!