Michelin LTX M/S2 Review & Rating
- Excellent traction on dry, wet or snow
- Quiet and comfortable ride
- Outstanding tread wear
- No real shortcomings on this tire
The LTX M/S2 is easily Michelin’s best-selling all season tire designed for light duty trucks and SUVs. It can shoulder heavy loads and support trailers, while giving long wear and true all-season traction.
• Stops shorter for extra safety
• Great for heavy duty hauling! These tires can take up to 13,000 pounds
• Offers the only 70,000 mile warranty on load D and E range tires
The LTX M/S2 molds a long-wearing, silica-enhanced, all-season compound into a tread profile featuring Michelin’s MaxTouch Construction. We found that this quality produces a contact patch that promotes reliable traction and long wear by evenly distributing acceleration, braking and cornering forces.
The tread has a symmetric design, constructed of stable independent tread blocks that feature high-density 3-D Active Sipes. After testing this tire, we found that this feature provided all-season traction on dry roads and as well as in inclement weather. We also found that the LTX M/S 2’s four wide circumferential channels, multiple lateral grooves and open shoulder slots promote lateral water evacuation to enhance wet traction and stopping performance.
Cornering – Steering
The LTX M/S2’s new siping design and tread compound create better handling and wear. When we compared these new features to that of the older model of the tire, we found that the improvements were very noticeable. Some users have reported poor or equal cornering stability in the narrower or taller tire sizes, but superior handling and a smoother, softer ride.
The LTX M/S2 Highway All-Season tire is not being marketed as a snow tire, but it has many attributes of a snow tire. Compared to the original, the M/S 2 has greatly improved in its traction in dry, wet, and wintry conditions, including light to moderate snow.
One feature we found a noticeable improvement in was the tread design, which has eight percent more biting edges than its predecessor for improved grip in the snow and lighter amounts of ice. Some LTX M/S2 users have reported experiencing excellent handling in up to 8 inches of snow. However, many users who have driven this tire in heavier snow reported that the ease of handling greatly decreases in more inclement weather. We feel that this model is great for inclement weather including rain and light snow.
Ride Comfort – Road Noise
The Michelin LTX M/S2 is designed with “Max Touch” technology, which has brought the new tires much acclaim for their quiet ride and handling performance. “Max Touch” technology gives the tire a larger, more lozenge-shaped contact patch. This new design delivers improvements in ride comfort and road noise than the more common oval contact patch. M/S2 owners have reported that road noise is especially low when the tires are new, but reported that the tires become louder with increased mileage. We found that road noise increased slightly at interstate speeds, but nothing that we would consider annoying.
The treads on these long-wearing tires are formed of silica-enhanced, all-season compound. Its tread profile evenly distributes acceleration, braking and cornering forces for solid handling. The tire’s chunky tread blocks have lots of sipes, which delivers all-season traction on dry roads as well as in bad weather. The tread life is longer than Michelin’s original LTX M/S model, albeit at a slightly higher cost. Some reviews have indicated a preference for the original model when the features between the new and the old LTX M/S models were compared considering price.
The Michelin M/S2 carries a 6-year or 70,000-mile tread-life warranty, but plenty of owners report getting 90,000 miles or more out of these tires with no decline in performance.