Michelin LTX M/S2
Category: SUV, light truck, crossover highway passenger use
Size: P265/ 70R18
Warranty: 70,000-mile tread wear or mileage
Michelin’s silica tread compounds aid water evacuation and traction, stopping seven feet shorter than competitors’ tires do on wet pavement. Three-steel-belt construction increases durability and bumps load capacity to 13,500 pounds.
Looks: Suburban look for comfortable driving.
Stability: We expected the lighter tire to give a looser tow ride. Not so. But when accelerating on a heavily siped concrete access ramp, the grooves tended to “steer” the tires. We noted a shade more bounce crossing railroad tracks.
Ride: Firm, but not as “hard” as the Toyo. At Nissan’s lower inflation spec, the ride was suburban smooth.
Launching and Loading: The truck and load crested the crown of the ramp with only a brief squeal of tires and no loss of momentum.
Stopping: Braking traction is firm and authoritative.
Cab Interior Noise: 71 to 73 db.
Perceived Noise: No hum at all.
Best For: Boaters who tow midcapacity and prefer a suburban smooth ride to maximum load capacity.