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Michelin Winter Tires Buyer’s Guide

Michelin Winter Tires Buyer’s Guide

Tires are the only point of contact between your vehicle and the road, making them the primary determinant of vehicle control and safety when driving in the winter.

If you want to ensure that your vehicle can confidently navigate through ice and snow without sacrificing its performance, a set of Michelin winter tires may be the best option.

With a history of breaking through barriers in the industry, Michelin creates tires to enhance the performance and capabilities of every vehicle. There is always a set of Michelin winter tires that can meet and exceed your expectations regardless of your vehicle. 

Knowing how to pick a winter tire is important; luckily for you, Michelin Tires are Trail Tire approved. Here’s a quick rundown of Michelin’s most popular winter tires to help you decide which set is best for your vehicle.

Michelin X-Ice Xi3

The X-Ice Xi3 is a tire that triumphs over any winter road conditions. It was designed to offer the highest level of winter confidence and durability. 

The Xi3 is equipped with Cross Z Sipes, Micro Pumps, and Michelin’s FleX-Ice tread compound to ensure that you stay on the road no matter how bad the weather gets. 

At the very least, this tire will provide you with superior ice and snow traction, quiet operation (thanks to Michelin’s Comfort Control Technology), excellent grip on wet winter roads, and improved fuel economy.

In addition, the X-Ice Xi3 comes with a 40,000-mile warranty and is available in sizes ranging from 14 to 19 inches.

Michelin X-Ice Snow

This is the most recent addition to Michelin’s X-Ice tire lineup, which is designed to provide ultimate snow and ice traction for luxury performance cars, minivans, SUVs, and crossovers.

Michelin claims that the X-Ice Snow has exceptional grip and stops up to 8.85 feet shorter on ice thanks to its advanced Evergrip technology.

Not only that, but it’s also highly efficient. The X-Ice Snow has a nearly 10% reduction in rolling resistance, allowing you to spend less time at the pump and more time enjoying your winter drive.

The tread element features two types of full-depth sipes that provide complementary traction. Its notched sipes provide numerous biting edges to improve traction in slick conditions. 

Furthermore, the variable thickness sipes aid traction for an efficient contact patch, giving you control on both packed snow and clear roads.

Ultimately, Michelin has backed the X-Ice Snow with a 40,000-mile on treadwear warranty.

Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4

The Pilot Alpin PA4 gives improved wintertime grip and performance tire qualities and was created for drivers who wish to push the limits of their high-performance vehicles in the winter. 

Its asymmetric tread pattern with sweeping longitudinal grooves keeps slush and water out of the contact patch. The wide shoulder blocks and semi-solid center rib put more rubber in contact with cold, dry roads for a steering response that doesn’t slacken when temperatures drop.

This tire will keep your driving enjoyable even on snow-covered roads. To add to your peace of mind, the Pilot Alpin PA4 comes with a 30,000-mile treadwear warranty.

Michelin Latitude Alpin LA2

The Latitude Alpin LA2, designed similarly to the Pilot Alpin PA4, responds to the quickly evolving performance features of contemporary SUVs and CUVs.

Its construction incorporates a dense sipe pattern, sweeping lateral grooves, and 3-D Stabiligrip Technology to deliver precise steering response and vehicle responsiveness. This guarantees reliable traction without compromising the handling or comfort of your vehicle. 

The Latitude Alpin LA2 also benefits from Michelin’s most recent winter tire compound creation, Helio Compound 3G, which keeps the tire supple and pliable in extreme winter conditions.


Whatever vehicle you drive, there is a Michelin snow tire to fit your needs. If it’s time for your winter tire changeover or safety inspection, or if you’re in the market for a new set of Michelin winter tires, your local Trail Tire Auto Center is the place to go!