Whether you drive a sport utility vehicle (Kia Sorento, Toyota Highlander, Honda Pilot, etc.), a 4x4 or a light truck (Land Rover Range Rover, Cadillac Escalade, Mercedes-Benz Classe GLS, etc.), a van (Nissan NV200, Ford Transit Connect, RAM ProMaster City, etc.) or a pickup (Ford F-150, GMC Sierra, RAM 1500, Toyota Tacoma, etc.), you have to make sure you've got the tires that best suit your needs, your driving style and your vehicle!
SUVs, pickups and light trucks require tires that are not only bigger, but also that have a higher load index. Especially in curves, the tire's stiffer sidewall help carry the weight of the vehicle, with its higher center of gravity. However, some all-season tires that are used on passenger cars are just as good for sport utility vehicles.
Just like in the passenger car and small SUV category, the Defender remains undefeated again this year! In certain dimensions, the new versions are speed-rated H, which allows them to fit a greater number of vehicles. The Defender LTX M/S has an unequaled durability, doubled with a 130 000 km warranty. Michelin tires are well-known for the comfort and quiet ride they provide and this model is no exception thanks to the Comfort ControlMC technology, which reduces the noise created by the contact with the road. Also featuring the IntelliSipeMC technology, the Defender LTX M/S passes the road tests with flying colors, whether its for road handling, cornering stability or traction on wet and dry pavement. Again this year, the Defender well-deserves the 1st position of our top 5 best all-season tires in not one, but two categories.
Yet another Michelin tires reaches the second position of our top 5 for its undeniable comfort and longevity! Although the Premier LTX is slightly less durable than the Defender, the tire stands out by offering a sportier ride thanks to its stiffer sidewall. Furthermore, with its EverGripMC compound that contains a large amount of silica, the Premier LTX delivers excellent grip in wet conditions and great resistance to hydroplaning, even when worn. Moreover, the tire's expandable grooves quickly evacuate water. All in all, the Premier LTX gets good grades when it comes to longevity and road handling: it deserves the second place in our top 5 best all-season tires for SUV and light truck.
As its name suggests, the Scorpion Verde is equipped with a green technology. The tire's low rolling resistance and light weight allow a better kilometric performance. All together, it can compare with the Dueler H/L 422 Ecopia by Bridgestone, but it offers a sportier feel on the road. In short, the Scorpion Verde is an eco-friendly tire that provides great handling features and excellent traction.
As mentioned above, this tire also offer row rolling resistance which results in fuel economy. The tire's redesigned tread pattern allows a better contact with the road, improving its performance on wet pavement. Although it is not as comfortable and durable as the Michelin Defender LTX M/S, the tires' road handling and traction are similar. The Dueler H/L 422 Ecopia is an excellent choice for those looking to save on fuel making no compromise on handling.
It's a hat trick for Michelin which scores three positions in our top 5! In third place is a model often offered as a replacement product for original equipment. It delivers excellent performances, as well as the comfort and longevity generally associated with all Michelin tires. However, its higher price does not allow it to compete with the tires in the first and second place. That being said, if you need to replace two tires to complete your existing set of Latitude Tour, we recommend you go for the Defender LTX M/S or the Premier LTX.
To view our detailed evaluations for each tire in our top 5 (and many more), click on the details thumbnail in the product page, or visit our Evaluations section.