Michelin CrossClimate SUV

The Michelin CrossClimate SUV is a Premium Touring All Season tire designed to be fitted to SUV and 4x4s.

Tire review data from 20 tire reviews averaging 79% over 205,635 miles driven, and 4 tests with an average result of 2nd.

Dry Grip 86%
Wet Grip 86%
Road Feedback 76%
Handling 74%
Wear 75%
Comfort 80%
Buy again 74%
Snow Grip 82%
Ice Grip 73%

First On MarketJune 2016
Wheel Size16 - 20"
Width215 - 285mm
Profile45 - 70
Rolling ResistanceB - C
Wet GripB - B
Noise (dB)69 - 71
Winter Rating3PMSF Rated

The CrossClimate SUV is ranked 12th of 26 All Season Premium Touring tires.

This tire has been replaced by the Michelin CrossClimate 2 SUV.

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2022 Auto Bild SUV All Season Tire Test
1st of 13 tires
  • Exemplary all-season tire with impressive ride qualities in all weather conditions, good aquaplaning safety, short wet and dry braking distances.
  • High price.
  • Exemplary.
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2019 Auto Bild 4x4 All Season Tire Test
1st of 12 tires
  • Exemplary all Season with stunning qualities on ice and snow, dynamic and sporty behaviour on dry handling, highest safety for aquaplaning, precise steering.
  • None mentioned.
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2019 Auto Bild All Season SUV Tire Test
2nd of 9 tires
  • A strong allrounder with sport dynamic handling in the dry, and good in the snow and wet. Low rolling resistance.
  • Expensive.
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2019 Tire Tests

2018 Tire Tests

16 inch
215/70R16 100 HCB69
17 inch
235/65R17 108 W XLCB69
265/65R17 112 HCB70
18 inch
235/60R18 107 W XLBB69
20 inch
255/45R20 105 W XLCB70
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Questions and Answers for the Michelin CrossClimate SUV

2017-01-15 - What is the difference between the CrossClimate and CrossClimate SUV tires? Why should I not have standard passenger CrossClimates fitted to my AWD vehicle?

The CrossClimate and CrossClimate SUV tires are generally separated by size and load rating. There should be very few, if any crossover in the two sizes.

2017-06-27 - Are these CrossClimate SUV tires any good off-road (I need tires that are 50/50 for on/off road performance)?

The Michelin CrossClimate SUV will perform better offroad than a normal SUV summer tire due to its design, but won't be as good as a true 50/50 ATR tire.

2018-10-24 - Making a decision on tires for cold weather and not sure which one to go for, need tires for my Outlander PHEV and live in Yorkshire, it’s getting cold now and when it snows, the many hills become a bit treacherous, was looking at the CrossClimates, the size comes in both regular and SUV tire, is it particularly important which one I go for or are they pretty much the same? The other tires I was considering were Goodyear vector 4 gen 2 but the size is difficult to find. Lastly, the other tire was full winters Conti TS860 S but can I run them all year as I only want one set of tires? Which one would you recommend? Any advice is greatly appreciated. By the way, great website and videos, keep up the good work. Under your advice I bought a set of Michelin PS4S for my weekend car, BEST THINGS EVER.

If you intend to run year round, I think the CrossClimate is the correct choice. Regarding the SUV or car version, I would assume the load ratings are different even if the sizes are the same, so fit whichever load rating works for your vehicle. Glad you're liking the PS4S!

2019-01-06 - Can you replace just two rear tires on a 4x4 with the Michelin CrossClimate tire without effecting safety. Watched the two tire winter video which was really interesting but would fitting these tires have the same effect being they are all season working with summer fronts.

Ideally you would replace all 4. In normal driving you might not notice a huge amount of difference, but when on snow or ice you will find you have grip to accelerate but no braking or turning.

2019-05-14 - What is the speed & heat rating on the CrossClimate SUV

It will be marked by the tire retailer, it varies by size and sku.

2021-04-13 - Good evening, the MICHELIN CROSS CLIMATE SUV is based on CROSS CLIMATE or CROSS CLIMATE+. And in addition it makes sense to buy a 4-season tire when we have about 70% traffic on dry road, 20% wet, 5% snow and 5% off-road. I live in Greece where we have sun 300 days a year.

Neither and both :) The difference between the CC and CC+ are very small. With sun 300 days a year I'd probably stick with a summer tire, all season tires work well in climates with long cold spells and snow.

2022-02-21 - My wife drives a 2019 Lexus NX300 H (Hybrid) and it came fitted as a new car with Yokohama BluEarth E51 225/60R18 100H. It has done 21000 miles and I am thinking of changing all 4 tires for safety. The Lexus NX300H is a AWD SUV. Its mainly 85.0% Dry and Wet 15.0% and used on normal roads. Should I maintain the same Yokohama tires or change perhaps to the Michelin Cross Climate SUV or the Continental All Seasons Contact. Mt criteria is Safety (Braking) and Comfort as the Lexus is a very quiet SUV. Not concerned about price of tires.

If you have no requirement for very cold weather or snow performance we would recommend staying with a summer tire as these will out perform any all season tire in the 85% of dry driving you do.

2022-11-18 - What is the difference between Michelin CrossClimate 2 SUV 255/50 R19 107Y and Michelin CrossClimate SUV XL 255/50 R19 107Y

The CrossClimate 2 is the updated version of the CrossClimate. You can find the launch press release here describing the differences.

2022-12-17 - Can you fit the SUV version on a car? I have an Audi A6 and only size of 255/40R20 is the suv version

Yes you can, the SUV and regular versions are exactly the same, just different sidewall and size range :)

2024-03-27 - I live in Canada and am looking to replace my OE A/S tires with a set with superior wet (15%) & dry (85) capabilities. I also tow a small camping trailer on unpaved roads in the summer. I have dedicated winter Michelin X-Ice SUV, which overlaps or exceeds CrossClimate2 winter capabilities. What replacement do you recommend? All season (N.America) vs. all-weather (Europe) vs. grand touring vs. LTX?

If dry is your priority an all weather tire is not the correct choice, even as one as talented as the CrossClimate. Something like the Defender LTX2 would be a good option given your light offroad use.

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235/60 R18 $285.99 - $285.99 (1 Prices) Compare Prices >>
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Top 3 Michelin CrossClimate SUV Reviews

Given 96% while driving a Mercedes Benz MB GLK 220 CDI 4 matic (235/60 R17) on a combination of roads for 15,000 average miles
Based on your tests I got the Crossclimate SUV on my Mercedes GLK 220d 4matic. Drove 2 winters and 2 summers, thru snow, slush, wet, dry, scorching heat you name it. Outstanding performance in all conditions. And the biggest surprise was how comfortable they are. My wife noticed that immediately, said it felt like I did something to upgrade the suspension. They are also very quiet. In fact more quiet and comfortable than the Goodyear Efficient Grip I used as summer and Nokian WR3 SUV for winter.
Helpful 224 - tire reviewed on April 5, 2021
Given 80% while driving a Opel Mokka 1.4T 4x4 (215/55 R18) on mostly motorways for 3,000 average miles
Very good tire in wet road and in light snow. I hadn't the opportunity to drive it in heavy snow. The consumption was increased by 0.5 l/100km in the first 3000 km. Opel Mokka 1.4T 4x4 (215/55/18). I recommend it for areas with frequent light snowfall.
Helpful 164 - tire reviewed on March 25, 2017
Given 86% while driving a Hyundai ix35 (225/45 R17) on mostly country roads for 12,000 spirited miles
Have driven approx 12000 miles on Crossclimate 225/60 R17 tires , on Hyundai ix35 4WD .
Very little visible wear, despite living in the country and French mountains, and driving fast though the bends on a lot of winding roads .
As I approach the limit and the drift sets in , the car remains balanced and controllable, with only minor understeer both in the dry and wet .
These are very well-mannered all round tires, even in driving snow in the Alps .
Helpful 72 - tire reviewed on July 7, 2018
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Given 70% while driving a Audi Q5 (255/45 R20) on a combination of roads for 20 average miles
These tires were great for the first 15,000 miles (18 months). They began to growl after that and now at 20,000 miles they are annoyingly loud between 45 and 70 miles per hour. I am at the point of replacing them even though the tread wear is minimal. The tires have been rotated and I have experimented with different tire pressures to no avail. I contacted Michelin on their website but they never responded.
Helpful 14 - tire reviewed on July 15, 2023
Given 87% while driving a Land Rover Discovery 2 (255/60 R18) on a combination of roads for 10,000 average miles
Being honest, I bought these tires because I had a good deal buying them of a friend second hand. I wouldn't buy part worn tires but these were hardly worn and £250 for four tires! My Discovery 2 is used for mainly transporting my dogs but the difference when I put these tires on was like night and day. I originally had a mix of Acelera and Fulrun (the car came with these!!) and after seeing/feeling the difference with these Michelin tires, I'll never buy a budget tire! They're amazing in the rain, both around town and on motorways (no snow or ice yet, but I'm confident they'll perform). I've just done my first green lane travelling over mainly dry rocky ground, with lots of ruts and a few deep muddy ruts and these tires flew through everything with no issues. I'm very impressed with these tires and I wouldn't hesitate in recommending them them for any SUV (a family suv wouldn't use them as I have!!!)
Helpful 21 - tire reviewed on August 20, 2022
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Given 76% while driving a Citroën C Crosser (235/60 R18) on mostly country roads for 5,000 average miles
Really good balanced tire. Improved the fuel consumption, ride quality and noise.
Helpful 20 - tire reviewed on May 11, 2022
Given 76% while driving a Honda CRV (225/65 R17) on a combination of roads for 4,000 average miles
For reference these are following on from Goodyear Efficient Grip SUV, on Honda CRV. Same tire pressures. Used over UK winter, not summer. Good: - Superb grip in all conditions. Pretty similar to the Goodyears in dry but these particularly excel on cold, wet, greasy type winter roads where they give real confidence. More of a front end and sense of traction. - Used on light snow with, again, great surefootedness. Haven’t tried on ice. - Very good at absorbing bumps in the road – very smooth ride. Not so good: - Biggest negative is losing around 7mpg average over the Goodyears – rather a lot! I tend to have higher PSIs too, where they should be more efficient. - Bit noisier (roar), but nothing too intrusive. Other: - Only used for one winter so can’t comment on wear. - Again, if it wasn’t for the notable hit on fuel consumption I’d be happy to try and use these all year round if it meant not changing to full winters. But, it’s too much to ignore and they’ll be kept for winter use only… which almost defeats the object.
Helpful 28 - tire reviewed on February 7, 2022
Given 78% while driving a Ford Edge (255/45 R20) on a combination of roads for 28,000 average miles
End of life review. Had them for 28000 miles on a 2017 210HP Ford EDGE st-line. Best thing about them is the smooth ride. Dry grip was ok from the begining and still is but not as good as a Primacy 4(didn't even expect but still OK). Wet grip is disappointing they just make you wana brake when wet or slushy. Snow, mud, grass, gravel really good. Ice not tested. Overall coming from Michelin not as good as you would expect, I'm just looking for better in the same price range.
Helpful 18 - tire reviewed on October 10, 2021
Given 80% while driving a Volvo XC60 D5 AWD Auto (235/60 R18) on a combination of roads for 4,000 spirited miles
Decent tire, but pricey and ugly
Helpful 19 - tire reviewed on August 13, 2021
Given 87% while driving a Volkswagen TOUAREG V6 TDI (275/45 R20 W) on mostly town for 12,000 average miles
A supremely quiet tire with strong grip off the line and in all conditions. Always in control and decent feedback through the steering. After 2 years and 12k miles they still have 3mm of tread left given mostly city stop start conditions. The best tire I’ve ever had. Better than the Pirelli Scorpion Verde and the Goodyear Eagle F1 3 I had previously on the Touareg. Would highly recommend. Gutted they don’t make it in 275/40 R21 for the new XC90
Helpful 28 - tire reviewed on January 7, 2021
Given 62% while driving a Vauxhall Grandland X Ultimate (235/50 R19 W) on a combination of roads for 9,000 average miles
I’m very conflicted on these tires. I’ve been driving with all seasons on my cars for the past 6 years (as I live in the Scottish Highlands), of a variety of brands and the Crossclimate SUV’s are exceptionally effective in every weather they encountered but are let down by two flaws. Firstly they are biblically firm riding! Going from Vredestein Quatrac Pro‘s to the Crossclimate’s made the ride feel like it was reinforced with concrete. Adding extra pressure to the tires did nothing to change it. Finally the lifespan wasn’t great. They lasted 9200 miles before they wore to the tread markers. This was disappointing as the previous Quatrac’s and Pirelli Scorpion all seasons both lasted over 12k before needing replacement. Driving capability is great, comfort and lifespan are below par.
Helpful 19 - tire reviewed on December 28, 2020
Given 87% while driving a Audi Q3 (225/45 R17) on a combination of roads for 15 average miles
Excellent tire on audi q3 quattro. Will buy again
Helpful 18 - tire reviewed on December 7, 2020
Given 87% while driving a Subaru Outback (225/60 R18) on mostly country roads for 200 average miles
Just switched to the Michelin CC SUV from Bridgestone Dueler H/P summer tires. However during this short period already, I am surprised by how much more comfort the CC SUV provide compared to the Bridgestones. The noise level is lower than before (which was already quite low) and I have the feeling that the CC SUV do absorb a little more bumps etc from the roads. The handling is yet a little bit more indirect compared to the Bridgestones, meaning slightly more space on the steering wheel. That feels less connected to the road, but not in an alarming or uncomfortable manner. However I expect this to improve once the tires have seen more kilometers. I read somewhere else that they require some distance to fully grow their performance. So far I am happy with my choice and do not regret it. Yes they are expensive, but that should be marginalised once they last as long as promised.
Helpful 21 - tire reviewed on October 21, 2020
Given 98% while driving a Toyota RAV4 (235/55 R18 R) on a combination of roads for 20,000 spirited miles
2 years, 25k miles and 4 skiing trips to the Alps later, these tires are still going strong. Grip and performance in all weathers has been excellent and have to be careful not to be overly confident in the snow, especially when braking as was caught out once! They are comfortable and quiet on the Autoroutes of France and more than cope with the back roads of Wales. They will get you anywhere in the snow.
Helpful 36 - tire reviewed on August 11, 2020
Given 67% while driving a Volkswagen Caravelle (235/55 R17 H) on a combination of roads for 7,000 average miles
It's the comfort that is lacking, quite rough and drones at continental motorway speeds. I have the 103 XL and I think the dampers seem to 'fight' with the side wall. I have tried putting in an extra pound psi which is better but not sure I would buy again
Helpful 23 - tire reviewed on July 14, 2020