- Solid performance on dry and wet roads
- Excellent steering response and stability
- Lower rolling resistance
- Ride comfort
- Not the best in snow and ice
- The price is a bit high
Here’s one for ya…
What do the brands Porsche, Lexus, Infiniti and BMW have in common?
Yes, yes, they are all big players in the field of luxury, that’s an easy one. It’s that many vehicles from these brands come with the Michelin Latitude Tour HP as original equipment.
You will agree with me that it is no easy feat to even make it to the top-ten list of tires that Porsche would consider to use as standard equipment on their cars.
If you have been wondering which all season tire to fit your SUV or crossover, this is it.
What is the Michelin Latitude tour HP?
The Latitude Tour HP is Michelin’s all season premium tire designed specifically for use by owners of luxury SUVs and crossovers. This tire combines the primeval ride quality of touring tires with the brawn and toughness of truck tires.
The Latitude Tour Hp is cleverly built to deliver outstanding performance in both normal driving and stressful conditions. It features the newly developed Secure Lock tread block technology.
This feature allows the treads to remain open during normal driving and to close under stress hence providing maximum traction. Michelin can take pride in owning a product that gives their consumers better performance than most of their competitors’ products.
- An advanced all-season tread compound molded into a symmetric pattern that helps balance dry, wet and wintertime traction
- Stable shoulder blocks and a continuous center rib boost responsiveness and highway stability
- wide circumferential grooves help resist hydroplaning
- Internal twin steel belts reinforced with Michelin FAZ Technology to provide a stable feel and crisp steering
This tire performs exceptionally in dry conditions. Apart from being very quiet, they provide good grip and give a comfortable ride. These tires also hold the pressure really well and can be used for towing without a worry about tread wear. They are good for a long drive on the highway and get over rumps easily.
The new Michelin Latitude tour HP provides greater and improved traction especially on wet surface. It gives drivers more confident handling and reduces noise significantly at highway speed. In addition, the wear on this tire is even and takes a really long time.
The StabiliGrip feature which allows the use of more sipes on this tire has almost fully paid off. Not only does it allow water and slush to be purged away, it also ensures even distribution of pressure providing grip in winter conditions. There is however some slipping when going downhill on ice and when accelerating. The braking distance could also do with some reduction. They work better when fitted on heavier SUVs and with the shocks well adjusted on small SUVs.
The Bottom Line
Despite being a great tire for use in the city or on the interstate, this is by no means the perfect tire. It has been noted to be lagging behind the class leaders in this segment which is really bad considering they come in a bit pricey. If you are looking for one of the better tires just for touring purposes, then grab a set of these as they are a solid choice.
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