Michelin CrossClimate 2

The Michelin CrossClimate 2 is a Premium Touring All Season tire designed to be fitted to Passenger Cars.

This tire replaced the Michelin CrossClimate Plus.

Dry Grip 87%
Wet Grip 85%
Road Feedback 75%
Handling 70%
Wear 81%
Comfort 87%
Buy again 84%
Snow Grip 89%
Ice Grip 81%

Tire review data from 67 tire reviews averaging 82% over 419,831 miles driven.

The CrossClimate 2 is ranked 13th of 52 All Season Premium Touring tires.

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Latest Tire Test Results

2023 AZ UHP Summer Tire Test - 10th of 10 tires

  • Overall - The Michelin CrossClimate 2 gets the fewest points. But a direct comparison with UHP summer pros would be unfair, so no placement. But: It is fast, very economical and suitable for winter!
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2022/23 Tire Reviews All Season Tire Test - 1st of 10 tires

  • Positive - The best snow performance on test by a margin, rivaling winter tire ability, shortest dry braking with good grip in dry handling, high aquaplaning resistance, low rolling resistance.
  • Negative - Limited grip in the wet grip tests with high levels of understeer.
  • Overall - The Michelin CrossClimate 2 wins the test in the balanced scoring, but does drop down to third in the mild climate results. Why? The CrossClimate 2 is quite frankly ridiculously good in the snow, Tire Reviews ran the all season test alongside the winter test in the same size and if the Crossclimate 2 was in the winter tire test, it would have been better than half of the winter tires in the snow! It also had a very low rolling resistance, and it had the shortest dry braking, the CrossClimate party piece. However, it seems to have lost its significant lead in the dry, just 1.5% ahead of the hankook in dry braking, and it no longer has the subjective lead in dry handling, the Bridgestone won that show. But the biggest reason it could only finish third in the mild climate results was because of its wet performance, it was great in straight aquaplaning but it was only midpack in wet braking and struggled a little during the wet handling laps. The CrossClimate 2 is certainly an exceptional all season tire, and worthy of the test winning award, but we hope for the next generation of CrossClimate Michelin trade some of that incredible snow performance for a little more ability in the dry and particularly the wet to bring back the "summer tire with winter capabilities" theme the Crossclimate is so loved for.

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2022 Sport Auto All Season Tire Test - 1st of 8 tires

  • Positive - Very good on snow with a high level of grip and a comparatively wide limit range for an all-season. Very short braking distances dry. Good feedback and high grip in dry corners, good safety reserves.
  • Negative - Slightly longer braking distances in the wet and heavy understeer in wet turns, somewhat reduced aquaplaning safety. Weakly audible howling noise between 50 and 30 km/h (determined when the vehicle coasts from 80 km/h)
  • Overall - Test Winner / Very Good.
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Questions and Answers for the Michelin CrossClimate 2

2021-10-14 - Does the New CrossClimate 2 have a Run Flat option?

There is currently only one runflat size of the CC2, 225/45 R18. You can see all the sizes available here.

2021-09-20 - How would these do on the track? Would it be possible to have these on year round PLUS use them on the racetrack for some fun driving (not trying to get the best lap times, just driving for fun).

For an all season tire, they would perform well, but like all tires of this category you will notice poor heat resistance and high wear when hot, so I cannot recommend driving any all season tire on track.

2021-09-23 - How does the CrosscClimate 2 compare to a summer tire like Bridgestone Turanza T005 or the Goodyear EfficientGrip 2 when it comes to Rolling resistance ?

Our all season tire test has data covering this.

2022-01-08 - I want to purchase the Michelin CrossClimate 2 in the size 225/45R17 94, which is available with V and Y speed index. Both would suffice for my car as the rated top speed is 235 km/h so what are the pros and cons of V vs Y?

Generally, the lower speed rating should have a very small advantage in comfort, however some tire manufacturers are now making the same tire for multiple speed and load indexes the same, just having a different marking, so in this case I'd buy whatever is more wallet friendly.

2022-03-26 - Would Cross Climate be good (or best choice) as all season tire on a Mercedes A Class (2013 - Amg line, 1.6 156bhp) - Tire size 225/40 R18 92Y? thanks in advance

The Crossclimate 2 is an excellent all season tire, as are the all season tires from Continental and Goodyear. There's lots of test data on the site so show you which tire is best in each area.

2022-11-10 - Just have to say I love your videos so I have a Mk1 audi tt the tires are getting a little worn now so I was thinking about a all season tire as a alternative to a winter tire as I live in England and its not that bad would this make a good alternative to a winter tire in England

The CC2 makes an excellent winter tire for regions that don't see extreme winters like the UK.

2022-12-11 - I drive a front wheel drive car and currently have four summer tires fitted. Can I replace the front two tires with CC2s leaving summer tires on the rear ? Is this legal and ok for insurance purposes. Great site guys !

It is legal, and technically it's the correct way to do it, but keep this in mind - While the car will have a safe understeer balance in snow and perhaps very cold wet weather, in the dry it's likely you'll have more grip at the front so there's potential for oversteer during extreme maneuvers.

2023-01-23 - Initially the Cross Climate 2 seemed to be open to being used with an SUV, prior to an SUV version coming out. Since May 2022 the SUV version has been released. What is the difference between them if both can be used on the SUV? Should we take the CC2 ratings from across your tests and assume they are the same for the SUV version? Thanks - great site!

Yes, the CC2 and CC2 SUV are just naming differences and are available in differing sizes and load ratings. The tire performance should be exactly the same.

2023-01-23 - Michelin did a great test on their launch comparing a worn, 2mm tread, CC2 with their competitors at the same worn tread. While this gave a great indicator of comparative performance it was clear that ALL tires changed hugely in performance at 2mm vs brand new.

Would it be possible to do review some tires across a range of tread depth (i.e. 2mm, 3mm, 4mm, 6mm) to compare performance and see if the decline is linear or exponential (just like you wonderfully did across a range of temperatures)? This would help inform when the best time to replace a tire is to keep a good balance of safety and performance.

This is on the list to do!

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Size Price Range  
205/55 R16 $174.99 - $174.99 (1 Prices) Compare Prices >>
205/60 R16 $168.99 - $168.99 (1 Prices) Compare Prices >>
225/45 R17 $206.64 - $212.99 (2 Prices) Compare Prices >>
225/50 R17 $216.99 - $268.99 (2 Prices) Compare Prices >>
225/60 R17 $214.99 - $214.99 (1 Prices) Compare Prices >>
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Top 3 Michelin CrossClimate 2 Reviews

Given 81% while driving a Infiniti 2004 G35 (235/50 R18) on a combination of roads for 5,000 average miles
Car = 2014 Infiniti Q60 AWD (aka G37 Coupe / CV36 Skyline - RWD bias ATTESA AWD) Overall, pleased with the tire as I wanted a comfortable tire with long tread life and a true "All-Season" tire for the winter months as I have not yet purchased a set of dedicated summer wheels/tires yet. Coming from previous Michelin Pilot Sport AS3+ which lasted around 52k of 45k mile rating with sometimes spirited driving, so have no reason to doubt Michelin's tread ware claims, at least on my vehicle. Handling in the dry, the AS3+ was better when taking curves/turns and activated the VDC/TCS less often, handling in the wet appears to be similar. Snow and ice grip, of course, are markedly better on the CrossClimate2 with all aspects of handling/acceleration/braking, whereas the AS3+ would be somewhat haphazard of anything over 1" of snow. While the tire itself is comfortable and not noisy (similar amount of perceivable noise as the AS3+), the thick tread pattern/blocks pick up large stones/pebbles like no other, which may result in annoying clinking until manually inspected and removed.
Helpful 95 - tire reviewed on May 13, 2021
Given 93% while driving a Kia Motors Sorrento xt 3.5 v6 4x4 (235/65 R17) on a combination of roads for 6,000 average miles
I've had this on the Kia Sorento for around 6 months, and driven a winter in Salt Lake City which see's a lot of snow. These tires are exceptional, quiet and comfortable in the dry, good grip in the wet, and way way better than any us all season tire. Couldn't get stuck even in deep snow. Highly recommended. Only swapping them off for the summer as I want a set of ATs on for moab driving and don't want to risk a sidewall popping, otherwise I'd keep this on all year.
Helpful 53 - tire reviewed on May 13, 2021
Given 98% while driving a Ford Focus MK3 (225/45 R17) on a combination of roads for 15,000 spirited miles
Night and Day. Driving on regular all seasons for years, then switching to the CC2’s, I was blown away. FWD car handled slush and snow with ease, especially from starting on tricky hills and positions. Quiet and confident dry road feel, and sharp response for quick maneuvers, while coming in under 150 USD
Helpful 47 - tire reviewed on September 29, 2021
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Latest Michelin CrossClimate 2 Reviews

Given 30% while driving a Volkswagen Mk7 TSI (205/55 R16) on mostly town for 100 easy going miles
I have just replaced the original tires with crossclimate 2s and have travelled less than 100 miles with them. I can't comment on other aspects of their performance, but I am very disappointed with the effect they have had on the ride quality of the car. I noticed this immediately. The car used to be very smooth on all road surfaces but now it feels unsettled and knobbly. I've tried altering the tire pressure but it's made no difference. This is contrary to the reviews I had read, based on which I chose these tires. I suppose they might improve with time, but if they don't I'm afraid I won't be able to live with them and they will need to be replaced - very annoying because they were not cheap.
Helpful 0 - tire reviewed on May 2, 2023
Given 78% while driving a Skoda (205/55 R16) on a combination of roads for 3,000 average miles
While performance is good overall, please be aware that these tires only come with about 6.5mm of tread so cant see them lasting a very long time. They are shockingly bad on fuel consumption, previously I ran Hankooks 4s2 h750 and my mpg dropped by 10% since I put on the CC2. Overall performance is good, comfort is excellent almost feels like I am sitting in a different car because the ride is so soft and supple. Road feedback is average and these tires do not like to be pushed however I am fine with that since I drive a family car anyways. Real shame about the fuel consumption, apart from that the tire is excellent.
Helpful 3 - tire reviewed on April 18, 2023
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Given 86% while driving a Toyota Corolla (225/55 R17) on a combination of roads for 15,000 easy going miles
I've spend one and half year (1 summer and 2 winter) with this tires. I've gone ski and used it icy and snowy roads. It's snow performance is really good as tire-reviews.com test results shows. Only downside is that it is not too comfortable as using summer tires on summer time. But I think this is acceptable for everyone who don't like changing tires 2 times every year. I'm definitely recommending it.
Helpful 3 - tire reviewed on March 6, 2023
Given 92% while driving a Toyota Camry (225/45 R17) on mostly town for 22,000 average miles
These tires have made my car a winter warrior. I travel from the bay area to the snow frequently in my Camry SE AWD. We've been getting massive amounts of snow and not a problem with these tires. I pass through all chain control and handles in the snow very comfortably. I driven in severe snow conditions where they close the highway shortly after. I did have a ice slip going down a hairpin turn with ice on the bottom. To be fair, everyone behind me slipped on that turn. Recovered from it very quickly though. I will keep buying these tires for my car. It is a little pricier than normal tires, but with the long treadware and ability to drive in sunny bay area and in snowing conditions is worth every penny.
Helpful 3 - tire reviewed on March 2, 2023
Given 48% while driving a Opel insignia (245/40 R19) on a combination of roads for 15,000 miles
Driven for 25000 km. Dry handling ok. Wet handling is disastre. Two times went out the road on 55km/h on wet road. Be very careful. On snow ok.
Helpful 15 - tire reviewed on January 16, 2023
Given 100% while driving a Skoda (205/55 R16) on mostly town for 1,000 easy going miles
I was looking for a set of all seasons tires and I had a choice between Bridgestone Weather Control A005 Evo and Michelin CrossClimate 2. A friend bought her A005 Evo, I was driving her car and noticed an increased noise and that disappointed me, in the end I chose CC2. Until now, I had dedicated tires, but because I don't do many km a year, I chose all seasons. I had read reviews about CC2 and in the end I realized that the information is real. I say from the beginning that I drive normally, not sports, and most of the roads are in the city. On a wet road the grip is good, as well as on a dry road, I caught a torrential rain and the tires were ok. The noise produced by them is low on good asphalt, but on rough roads they are a bit louder but not disturbing. From the reviews, I noticed low wear on heavy cars but on light cars wear is really ok, one more reason to be happy that I chose CC2.
Helpful 6 - tire reviewed on January 1, 2023
Given 96% while driving a Nissan (225/45 R17) on a combination of roads for 20 easy going miles
Best tire I have owned for all-around performance. I had Pilot Sports before, and obviously in dry and wet warm temperatures they are superior, but what you give up with the Cross-Climates is not enough to worry about. The big bonus is winter driving is a breeze. These puppies are like snow tires you can use year-round. You only need one set of tires. Summer performance is fine. If you want to track your car, get Pilot Sports and a set of winters. If you drive on the street, buy these. I was expecting them to be really noisy, but they are fine. (Other tires I have used: Michelin Defender, Michelin X, Michelin X-Ice, Nokian winters, Firehawk Police Pursuit (summer and winter), BF Goodrich, Goodyear (including Police RSA), Hankook, Sears Michelin all-season, Michelin Pilot Sport, Michelin Truck tires). So, i have a bit of experience with tires. I won't buy anything else.
Helpful 10 - tire reviewed on December 18, 2022
Given 97% while driving a Toyota Camry (225/45 R17) on a combination of roads for 22,000 easy going miles
I got these tires recently to go to the Tahoe, and they are great. Living in the Bay Area, it's kind of hard sell to get pure snow tires for your drive in the snow is only 10% of the commute. I have an AWD SE Camry (yeah they make those now) and I am extremely confident in them. I decided to go when it was snowing and no hiccups. The camry detects when the road was icy and automatically switch the torque to AWD. Since a lot of people going to this area are not necessarily knowledgeable of driving or even equipped to drive in the snow. I drove very cautiously (35 MPH Max) I saw a lot of spinouts. I have been stuck and kept spinning out on other AWD cars equipped with all season tires. The key to tap on the accelerator gently
Helpful 10 - tire reviewed on December 14, 2022
Given 85% while driving a Hyundai Tucson (225/60 R17) on a combination of roads for 13,000 average miles
I originally posted a review of these tires in Dec 2021, shortly after having them fitted. A year later I am still extremely pleased with them - they suit they car very well, providing extra grip and confidence without impacting comfort and noise which are easily on par with the OE tires (ContiPremiumContact5) that were replaced. Fuel economy also improved slightly - by about 0.5mpg - after the tire change. After covering 13K miles, tread wear has been 2.6mm at the front and 1.7mm for the rear, so with occasional wheel rotation they should last between 35 to 40K miles.
Helpful 4 - tire reviewed on November 26, 2022
Given 87% while driving a Chrysler 300C (235/55 R19) on a combination of roads for 9,000 spirited miles
I am most surprised by the comfortable ride. The agile handling especially in dry conditions is a joy. They are quiet enough although the 300C is very quiet. The braking is great all around. The wet performance could be a little better but the winter performance is outstanding period. I live in Minnesota and these tires outperform any all season M+S tires with 3PMSF rating. It is fabulous to have this level of winter performance without having to change over to winter only tires. The tracks in the snow are really cool to look at. I had OE Michelin Primacy MXM4 tires that were very good performers, even in winter with my all wheel drive. They had a while to go before replacement but when I saw the CC2, I bought a set and have never looked back.
Helpful 7 - tire reviewed on November 23, 2022
Given 76% while driving a Kia Motors ceed (225/45 R17) on mostly country roads for 5,000 average miles
Good if you don't drive much and want a single tire for the year. I am pretty happy and impressed with them overall. Better than my last (old) winter tires in the snow. Only real negatives for me: noisy on some roads steering input is slightly delayed (which I don't mind as the ceed cd is very direct anyways)
Helpful 7 - tire reviewed on November 21, 2022
Given 81% while driving a Kia Motors Pro ceed (225/45 R17) on a combination of roads for 15,000 average miles
Replaced my Michelin Primacy 4 by the cross climate 2 on my Kia Proceed 1.5 T-gdi. They instantly made the ride alot more smooth and quite a bit more silent aswell! The CC2 have proved to be a trusty companion in all kind of weather conditions so far. Only handling on wet and especially aquaplanning I found lacking, the tires tend to spin through faster then I have thought in the first place of a Michelin, especially in a more hillier landscape. Road feedback isn't like a UHP tire, but they didn't bring down the sportiness of my proceed either, the CC2 is more then responsive enough for normal driving, good feedback, it won't leave you searching how to place the car on the road. Wear is also good, have been driving them for 20000km and they nearly haven't worn down yet.
Helpful 4 - tire reviewed on November 15, 2022