Michelin tyres have swept the board in the all-season, performance all-season and winter categories of a coveted consumer ranking report.
Consumer Reports, which tested 69 tyre models, ranked four Michelin-brand tyres tops in its November issue, giving them all an “excellent” rating.
The Michelin HydroEdge was the top scoring model among S- and T-rated all-season tyres. The Primacy MXV4 and Pilot Exalto A/S took top honors among H- and V-rated all-season tyres, respectively, while the X-Ice XI 2 topped CR’s ratings for winter tyres.
The Michelin tyres reportedly bested tests of 69 models—the largest group ever tested by Consumer Reports. That includes all-season and winter tyres that fit most sedans, wagons, minivans and some SUVs.
Other high-scoring all-season tyres included the Hankook Optimo H727, Nokian WR G2, Dunlop Signature in the all-season and H- and V-speed rated all-season categories, respectively.
In the winter category, the General Altimax Arctic was a runner-up to the Michelin X-Ice XI 2.
CR said its tyre engineers rated models based on a variety of categories including dry and wet braking, handling, hydroplaning resistance, snow traction, ice braking, ride comfort, noise, rolling resistance, and tread life.
Despite top scores, CR said the Michelin tyres weren’t necessarily the best in every area. For example, the HydroEdge had only fair snow traction.
Yonkers-based CR said it rents a local skating rink to test braking on ice and has outside labs evaluate tread life and rolling resistance. To ensure consistency, the magazine’s testers buy each tyre model in the same size and mount them on the same test cars.
Alex Kapadia, Operations Team