Dry Conditions – 90%
Wet Conditions – 87%
Snow – 65%
Comfort – 85%
Noise Reduction – 85%
Durability – 90%
The Michelin LTX A/T2 is the perfect example of the modern-day all-terrain tire. While able to handle mild off-road conditions, it also keeps your truck stable on the highway. Additionally, this tire stays useful 365 days a year unless there is snow on the roads.
One more thing sets this tire apart from all-terrain tires from the past – it will last you a very long time. Need proof? Check out its treadwear warranty. The fact that Michelin backs it to last up to 60,000 miles indicates up to four (or more) years of road life.
What’s more, while most all-terrain tires are louder than their highway counterparts, the LTX A/T 2 is an exception. The presence of Michelin’s latest technologies has made it a genuinely refined tire. So you can expect smooth ride quality over all kinds of roads.
Yet there is room for improvement. The LTX A/T doesn’t perform as reliably on snow as some of its rivals, such as the General Grabber ATX. Also, if you drive on challenging terrains, more aggressive all-terrain tires, like BFG All-Terrain T/A KO2, will be a better fit.
Our comprehensive Michelin LTX AT2 review has more.
- Excellent on-road performance for an all-terrain tire
- Smooth ride over most road imperfections
- One of the queitest all-terrain tires around
- Class-leading 60,000-mile treadwear warranty
- Poor snow performance
The Features of the Michelin LTX A/T2
Every feature of the Michelin LTX A/T 2 points to its suitability for various terrains.
Start with the tread compound. Besides resisting cuts, chips, and nicks, it offers ample road grip and traction. In that sense, the LTX A/T strikes a decent balance between all-terrain (in terms of toughness) and highway (in terms of road grip) tires.
Next comes Michelin’s ComfortControl Technology. It’s a tread design feature whose utility becomes apparent as soon as you hit the road. Thanks to this technology, the LTX A/T2 rolls quietly and vibration-free on paved and unpaved surfaces.
Then, there is the MaxTouch Construction. Michelin states that it optimizes the entire surface of the tire to come into contact with the road surface. This distinguishes this tire from its rivals, most of which have a specific contact patch on their surface.
Why should you believe the above? Because better road contact translates into much longer and even wear. That, in turn, results in a long road life, explaining how Michelin could back this tire with a class-leading 60,000-mile tread life warranty.
Michelin LTX A/T2 in Dry Conditions
Since Michelin makes some of the best summer tires money can buy, it shouldn’t be surprising that the LTX AT2 can easily tackle everyday driving scenarios.
Longitudinal traction (the grip in a forward or backward direction) is incredibly high for an all-terrain tire. This enables it to boast relatively short dry braking distances and much-improved acceleration, especially when compared with rival all-terrain tires.
High-speed stability is another area where this tire breaks rank. A less aggressive tread pattern (vis-à-vis standard all-terrain tires) and MaxTouch Construction help it stay planted on the road. You’d thus have no problem taking those long cross-country trips.
All of the above isn’t to say that this tire can replicate the performance of its all-season counterparts on dry roads. Yet, if you want a tire that can take on off-roads but with minimal day-to-day compromise, the LTX AT2 is going to be a hard option to beat.
Michelin LTX A/T2 on Wet or Slippery Roads
Multiple design elements help the LTX AT2 behave reliably on wet roads.
Start with the tread grooves. These grooves help channel water away even as the tire is rolling through deep puddles of water. This, in turn, keeps the contact patch dry. The result? Improved grip and handling as your vehicle navigates slippery surfaces.
Then come the aggressive biting edges. Although mainly designed to improve traction on off-road surfaces, the sipes (another name for biting edges) also keep this tire firmly planted on wet surfaces.
Independent tests confirm the impact of the above features. It has been reported that the LTX AT2’s wet grip (87%) is only marginally less than its dry grip (90%). As a result, you shouldn’t expect any slippage, regardless of how slippery the conditions are.
Michelin LTX A/T2 in Snow
If there’s one area where the LTX AT2 fails to deliver, it has to be on snow.
On unpacked snow (the kind you mostly encounter on the road), its traction levels are subpar. So what? The braking distances will be too long to keep you and your fellow passengers safe.
Which is disappointing, although not unsurprising. Unlike more aggressive all-terrain tires, the LTX AT2 isn’t rated for severe snow performance (it lacks the Three-Peak Mountain Snowflake (3PMSF) symbol that many of its competitors carry).
Need proof? The General Grabber ATX is one such tire. In addition to rivalling the highway performance of the LTX AT2, it also carries the 3PMSF certification. This means that, unlike its competitor, the Grabber ATX can meet your snow-driving needs.
Michelin LTX A/T2 Off-Roading
Although it’s primarily designed for on-road use, the LTX AT2 should still be able to withstand mild off-road conditions with ease.
Think of gravel and dirt. On both surfaces, it will provide ample traction, even in the aftermath of a light shower. You’d thus be able to go the distance without facing any haywire scenarios.
However, since its tread depth is lower than dedicated off-road tires, you may encounter more than a few problems on more serious terrain, such as mud, rocks, and turf.
On such surfaces, the LTX AT2 will offer more traction than most highway tires (no surprises there). But the absence of self-cleaning design elements means you may get stuck more often than if you were driving the likes of BFG Mud-Terrain T/A KM3 or other serious off-road tires.
Michelin LTX A/T2 for Sporty Driving
As you may have guessed, the Michelin LTX AT2 isn’t ideal for sporty driving.
Again, that isn’t something that should surprise you. After all, this tire’s tread pattern is more aggressive, the rubber compound is much softer, and the sidewall is much stiffer than performance tires.
While all these features help it offer decent off-road traction, they also hurt its high-speed stability. In addition, the sidewall’s stiffness leads to decreased handling on corners, with the softer rubber compound inviting increased tread wear and reduced performance.
Does the Michelin LTX A/T2 Ride Comfortably?
The Michelin LTX AT2 is one of the few all-terrain tires that offer a comfortable ride.
The credit for this mainly goes to Michelin’s Comfort Control Technology. This technology helps the LTX AT2 absorb vibrations and reduce road noise before either could enter the cabin.
Its ability to soften out major road imperfections is also exemplary. As such, whether you’re journeying on paved roads or broken ones, the ride quality will stay smooth. That will especially be the case if you pair the LTX AT2 with an advanced suspension system that comes standard on modern SUVs.
Michelin LTX A/T2 Warranty
Michelin backs the LTX AT2 with a class-leading 60,000-mile treadwear warranty.
That is not all. Just like every other Michelin tire, the LTX AT2 is covered by Michelin’s brand promise.
The Michelin brand promise states that every tire is covered under a 30-day satisfaction guarantee. If you’re not satisfied with your purchase during this period, bring the tire back to the place of purchase (along with the receipt) and get your money back.
While both the warranties help the LTX AT2 earn my respect, it’s the 60,000-mile treadwear warranty that makes it one of my favorite all-terrain tires of all time.
Why is that so? An overwhelming majority of all-terrain tires aren’t warranted whatsoever, let alone for as high as 60,000 miles. As a result, the fact that Michelin expects this tire to last as long means that the LTX AT2 should offer a super-strong tread life.
Michelin LTX A/T2 Pricing: Is It Worth the Price?
At the time of writing, the LTX AT2’s asking price begins from $256.96.
Luckily, the LTX AT2 has the features to justify the added cost. Think of excellent performance on dry roads, a class-leading tread life warranty, and enhanced stability on slippery surfaces. All these qualities are normally those you don’t expect (let alone get) from A/T tires.
The LTX AT2 offers one more perk to make its price more palatable. It’s one of the quietest all-terrain tires around, even when it’s rolling over major road imperfections.
Should I Buy the Michelin LTX A/T2?
Based on its qualities, the Michelin LTX AT2 is suitable for various drivers.
The first of which are those who prioritize stability from an all-terrain tire on the highway. Thanks to its assured dry performance, excellent grip on wet roads, and refined ride quality, the LTX AT2 can be your perfect companion for long cross-country trips.
However, not everyone will be satisfied with this tire
If you require exceptional snow performance or frequently encounter challenging terrains such as mud, rocks, and turf, many all-terrain tires are much, much better.
What Vehicles Will the Michelin LTX A/T2 Fit?
Here’s a sample list of the vehicles that the Michelin LTX AT2 fits:
- Ford F-150, Explorer
- Jeep Grand Cherokee
- RAM 1500
- Chevrolet Silverado
- Toyota Tacoma
- Nissan Frontier
- GMC Yukon
Not sure whether the Michelin LTX AT2 will fit your vehicle? Consult your vehicle’s owner’s manual or get in touch with a tire dealer.
Tire Sizes of the Michelin LTX A/T2