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#4591081 - 12/01/17 02:22 PM First Impressions: Michelin Latitude Sport 3
Falcon_LS Offline

Registered: 10/03/08
Posts: 4053
Loc: Kuwait

Size: 255/60R17 106 V
Country of Origin: Poland
Treadwear: 220
Traction: AA
Temperature: A

Some of you may recall my previous post asking if anyone had any experience with these. Since I got them, I thought I'd post a very brief, initial review.

Ever since I got my Envoy, I've had a set of British-made Pirelli Scorpion Verde tires and a set of Mexican-made Pirelli Scorpion Verde All-Season Plus tires. The Verde All-Season Plus certainly had a very positive impact on ride quality, but the Verde was a better performer where cornering was concerned, particularly on wet roads. Braking was equally good on both tires, and they were both relatively quiet. The Verde had a stiffer ride than the Verde All-Season.

This time I went with Michelins, and currently have about 1,800 miles on them. The first thing I immediately noticed with the Michelins was braking. The grip is just legendary. On certain road surfaces where ABS used to kick in sometimes, I've noticed it no longer does. Having also driven in wet conditions the past couple of days, I feel much more confident when it comes to emergency stops - particularly in wet, muddy conditions. I've noticed less wheel spin under sudden, aggressive acceleration from standstill and traction control hasn't had to kick in as much. One of the biggest problems here is the very fine, powdery sand that coats the surface of every road and often results in loss of traction. Rain makes it much worse.

They do feel a bit on the soft side in comparison to both Pirellis, especially when it comes to cornering, despite running the same tire pressures (36 PSI). Perhaps that is the only downside for me, although these tires do run quieter and ride comfort is excellent to say the least - even with stiffer springs and Bilsteins on all four corners.

Although too early to comment on longevity, I tend to replace my tires every 2-3 years due to weather conditions, so I don't think I will have these any longer than that. But I do quite like them, particularly where braking and comfort are concerned, so I may very well opt for a second set when the time comes around.
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#4591118 - 12/01/17 03:05 PM Re: First Impressions: Michelin Latitude Sport 3 [Re: Falcon_LS]
Kira Offline

Registered: 08/19/10
Posts: 5203
Loc: Champlain/Hudson Valley
Many thanks for the review.

Are you allowed to speed about Kuwait? I'm assuming that country is either a town or "wide open countryside".

A 220 tread life rating on a "V" tire means SPEED to me.

#4591205 - 12/01/17 04:28 PM Re: First Impressions: Michelin Latitude Sport 3 [Re: Falcon_LS]
Merkava_4 Offline

Registered: 01/30/07
Posts: 17501
Loc: Clovis, CA
I had a set of Michelin Hydro Edge on the car at one time. Solid concrete wheels would have ridden softer.

#4591367 - 12/01/17 06:43 PM Re: First Impressions: Michelin Latitude Sport 3 [Re: Merkava_4]
4WD Online   confused

Registered: 09/21/10
Posts: 6350
Loc: Texas
Originally Posted By: Merkava_4
I had a set of Michelin Hydro Edge on the car at one time. Solid concrete wheels would have ridden softer.

Had those on a 2010 Mustang … a bit firm but what they were supposed to be in the rain …

#4591657 - 12/02/17 04:18 AM Re: First Impressions: Michelin Latitude Sport 3 [Re: Falcon_LS]
Colt45ws Offline

Registered: 08/15/06
Posts: 9637
Loc: Central Washington
Since you remove them from service mainly due to age, maybe a bit more air pressure will solve the softness in the corners, like 40-44psi. You might lose treadwear but if you're not running them for that many miles it probably wont effect you.
I usually run my summer tires about 40 instead of 35 specified for the same reason.

Edited by Colt45ws (12/02/17 04:20 AM)
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