Michelin LTX A/T2 Review [2023 Updated]

By Tire Expert, Michael Trigg
By Tire Expert, Michael Trigg

Michelin’s ability to infuse tires with various performances and little compromise is one of the company’s defining traits. Michelin’s ultra-high performance tires attain extraordinary street and track performance duality, which may be why they are most renowned for their creative talent. 

All-terrain tires are currently the most common tire choice for trucks and SUVs. This is so because these tires are effective on both paved and off-road surfaces. The truth is that all-terrain tires from various manufacturers differ significantly from one another. The same holds true for the Michelin LTX A/T2.

When compared with other Michelin tires like the Defender LTX or LTX M/S, the LTX A/T2 is unmistakably a more aggressive tire, with a much more obvious road-focused design.

By contrast, the majority of its competitors, such as the BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2, Goodyear Ultra Grip Ice WR, and Bridgestone Dueler A/T Revo 3, have more aggressive tread designs with a clear concentration on being great off-road tires.

Nevertheless, give our Michelin LTX A/T2 review a read before you rush to grab a set off the tire rack! Let’s begin with:

Wet Traction:
Dry Traction:
Snow Traction:
Ride Comfort:
Ride Handling:
Ride Noise:
Tread Life:
Value For $$$:

Traction - Michelin LTX A/T2

The LTX A/T2 from Michelin has several cutting-edge characteristics that enable it to handle typical driving situations. Notably, it has the manufacturer’s advanced tech, which enhances the contact shape, for increased traction.

This tire is among the most capable on-road tires in its class, right alongside the Continental TerrainContact A/T. You’d be astonished at how little tire spin you’ll experience on your vehicle, even when unloaded, due to the exceptional longitudinal traction. This results in some of the shortest braking distances in the category, which is essential for safety.

Additionally, the LTX A/T2 performs superbly at greater speeds. The highway is extremely stable; your truck or SUV will feel firmly anchored. The LTX A/T2 handles the limit well. It loses traction gradually, giving you time to recover from the slip and get back into your traffic lane.

When it comes to taking your truck into the snowy mountains, the LTX A/T2 is not a severe snow-rated tire (it does not bear the Three-Peak Mountain Snowflake Symbol), in contrast to some more aggressive all-terrain tires like the General Grabber A/TX.

This is especially true for snow that hasn’t been packed down or for the off-roading variety. The tire’s capabilities are simply limited since it lacks the gripping edges and tread depth necessary to penetrate the snow. Although the handling at least feels balanced, the light/packed snow traction is only average for the category, meaning they’re not great as winter tires.

However, in most cases, the tread compound and general design are what matter most in ensuring decent traction on wet pavement. Surprise, surprise, the LTX A/T2 also performs well in this area. Particularly, longitudinal traction, with hassle-free acceleration and short stopping distances, is among the leaders in the category.

It is clear that Michelin concentrated on making the LTX A/T2 a solid on-road tire even after the first few miles. The overall driving experience is slightly improved by the steering, which is more responsive than most all-terrain competitors.

It also goes beyond how the tire feels. It provides just exceptional longitudinal traction for an all-terrain tire. Your truck’s acceleration and braking lengths will be extremely, exceptionally short for the class.

On the highway, the tire also feels secure and solid. Because of how well it works, most drivers won’t even realize that it is an all-terrain tire. In the end, the cornering grip is exceptional for the class.

There you have it. The tire does not do particularly well in the snow. However, it handles dry conditions and rainy weather like a champ.

Traction Rating: 4.0/5

Ride Comfort - Michelin LTX A/T2

Traditionally, all-terrain tires have been unpleasant, and difficult to drive. But with advances in modern technology, things have improved significantly. Additionally, when compared to BFGoodrich T / A KO2 and others, the LTX A/T2 is among the leading examples of an all-terrain tire that can be quiet and comfy.

When you strike bigger bumps or potholes, the tire doesn’t transfer as much vibration as it does when you hit smaller defects. Overall, the experience of driving is calm, almost comparable to some highway tires. In other words, it’s smooth sailing with this tire. So, if you picture yourself cruising down the highway into the sunset, with a soda in the cup holder, it will look and feel as smooth as it does in a movie.

Ride Comfort Rating: 5.0/5

Ride Handling - Michelin LTX A/T2

Attack a few corners, and you’ll notice balanced handling and good levels of grip for the category. Generally, truck and SUV drivers are not concerned with steering sensation. 

But when I gave some of my truck-driving friends the opportunity to examine various tires side by side, they realized right away which pair “handled” better than the others. Care to venture a guess? That’s right, they leaned in favor of the LTX A/T2.

I should also add that one of the drivers stated “Michelin did an excellent job with the LTX A/T2, in terms of ride handling”. My own research revealed that the LTX A/T2 design places durability first, but it also prioritizes responsiveness and steering comfort. 

Ride Handling Rating: 4.5/5

Ride Noise - Michelin LTX A/T2

On the road, it is a tread design characteristic that is immediately noticeable. Only a slight, unnoticeable hum may be heard from the LTX A/T2 when cornering at mid-speeds and at low speeds. 

However, once up to highway speeds, where more aggressively treaded tires start to “broadcast,” their design characteristics and off-road performance objectives, tread noise is practically a non-factor inside an insulated modern truck cabin.

The LTX A/T2 is not typically louder than highway tires or all-terrain tires. This tire is genuinely pleasant and quiet due to Michelin’s Comfort Control Technology, which lowers vibrations and road noise.

And my testing has supported that claim. We fitted the LTX A/T2 on a 6,300-pound Chevrolet K-5 Blazer among other trucks and took a 150-mile drive. While sticking mainly to the highway, my immediate observation was that the ride quality remained smooth across both minor and significant bumps. The tread grumble was quite low, and the frequencies the tire emits don’t bother your ears on extended trips. Unlike other all-terrain tires, the LTX A/T2 even manages repetitive imperfections with ease.

So, if you’re worried about that irritating grinding sound, don’t!

Ride Noise Rating: 4.0/5

Hydroplaning - Michelin LTX A/T2

The LTX A/T2 has several sizes and tread blocks in addition to a large empty region. A wet road test revealed that it has exceptional hydroplaning resistance and is capable of cutting through large pools of water, which is crucial for highway travel in rainy weather. Meaning, that these tires are great for wet roads. 

However, that shouldn’t come as a surprise as the tires are manufactured with the company’s trademarked ‘Michelin Biting Edges’ technology, similarly found on Michelin’s other truck tires. 

The tread pattern on the LTX A/T2 includes notched blocks that dig into most surfaces, giving the tires a superior grip even in the rain.

Hydroplaning Rating: 4.0/5

Tread Life - Michelin LTX A/T2

How long are these tires going to last? Well, durability-wise, Michelin LTX A/T2 tires hold their own. When properly cared for, Michelin’s proprietary Evertread Compound (an enhanced durability design that prolongs tread life) will ensure that the LTX A/T2 lasts up to 60,000 miles. That is a guarantee offered by Michelin.

It is worth noting that these are 10-ply tires, and most standard tires are 4-ply. So, what you’re getting with the LTX A/T2 is more durability than most tires out there. And, let’s be frank, nobody wants to keep replacing tires once every few months. That would burn a hole in your pocket, not to mention the pile-up of used tires.

Plus, according to many customer reviews, the Michelin LTX A/T2 has been known to outlast the warranty period, provided they are cared for.

Tread Life Rating: 4.0/5

Value For Money - Michelin LTX A/T2

For over $300, it’s safe to say that the Michelin LTX A/T2 isn’t cheap, however, they are well worth this price tag.

As mentioned above, the LTX is a 10-ply tire whilst typical tires are 4-ply, meaning it’s extremely unlikely you’ll suffer a blowout, even on the hottest of days (assuming you don’t overload them anyway!)

Arguably one of the best truck tires in terms of hydroplaning, handling and road noise, the near-lifetime warranty afforded to the LTX by Michelin means that you’ll never lose money over bad quality.

Hence, it’s safe to say that the LTX A/T2 offers you the bang for your buck.

Value For Money Rating: 4.0/5

Final Verdict - Michelin LTX A/T2

The bottom line is, after much research, we can tell you that the Michelin LTX A/T2 keeps on rolling. And, when compared to its competitors like the BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2, Goodyear Ultra Grip Ice WR, and Toyo Open Country A/T III, the Michelin LTX A/T2 really gets the job done.

However, it all depends on your priorities, really. The LTX A/T2 won’t do the trick if you’re a die-hard off-road enthusiast. On difficult off-road terrain like rock climbing, the tire simply doesn’t have adequate traction, and Michelin doesn’t even try to cover it up. This tire is designed for on-road use but has some extra off-road traction.

The LTX A/T2 is a superb option if you primarily travel on paved roads and just occasionally travel on gravel. The tire rides superbly, offers fantastic traction on both dry and wet roads, and makes very little noise.

Ultimately, owning or even driving a truck is a unique experience. With a truck, you have a variety of capabilities at your disposal, including superior off-road traction and exceptional towing and hauling capacity, and you sit higher than most drivers. However, you’ll need a set of good tires to make the most of your truck.

So, if you can live with the trade-offs, I believe the LTX A/T2 is a great option. Many truck manufacturers employ it as an OEM option on their new models for good reason, without a doubt.

The thing to remember is that no matter how good a tire is, it requires a certain amount of care to keep it at its best. You take care of it and it will return the favor by lasting long and making sure you get to your destination without incident.

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Michelin LTX A/T2
OVERALL rating:
Updated July 12, 2024
Quick Facts
  • Warranty 60000 Miles
  • Typical Price $214.00 - $346.00
  • Treadwear Rating 500

Tire Recall Information

Recall information for the Michelin LTX A/T2 is coming soon!

Warranty & Tire Sizes

Frequently Asked Questions

As with those from other tire makers, Michelin tires fit into different classifications depending on their intended market and use. The LTX A/T2 is no different.

The “LTX” part of the name stands for “Light Truck”, whilst the “A/T2” part stands for “all-terrain tire” as the tire is designed primarily for light truck and SUV use in all terrains.

Despite being designed specifically for trucks, the Michelin LTX A/T2 is not a particularly great snow tire as it lacks the snow traction commonly found on most good snow tires, and because the multi-angle sipe positioning is fairly low across the tread.

The Michelin LTX A/T2 is a 10-ply tire, making it safer and more durable than regular tires, as well as one of the overall best tires for towing. This makes the LTX perfect for light trucks like the Silverado 1500, Honda Ridgeline and Ford F-150 as well as SUVs like the Toyota Tundra and Jeep Wrangler.

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