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At 45,000 miles, the OEM Michelin Latitude Tour HPs are between 3-4/32" tread depth and it is about time to get new tires all around.
Because I tow, I stuck with the standard 18" rims- 235/50-18s are on it now.
I find the Michelin Latitude Tour HPs unremarkable. They have always been a little noisy and the handling has been nothing to write home about. If they had made it to 60k miles they would have some positive characteristic.

Looking for a quieter ride, superior wet traction and handling, maybe better wear

Has anyone tried the Michelin Premier LTX?
Others to recommend?
 

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I hope my OE Latitudes do not last that long. I can't wait to change them.

The Premier LTX seem to get rave reviews. The thing I do not like about them, is they only have 8.5/32nds when new. That's about as deep as another tire after driving on them for 1 year. As already stated, reviews are very positive, but it's tough finding any long-term wear reviews -- as the tires as still fairly new. I personally would pick the Destination LE2 or Altimax RT43 over the Premier LTX. Both are much cheaper, and also get great reviews.

Good luck in whatever you decide.
 

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I put the Michelin 20" Premier LTX tires on my wife's Mazda CX-9 last September and we're both happy with them. The previous tires were Yokohama Parada Spec-X and I had no complaints with them either. They gave us a long service life and were a huge improvement over the OEM Bridgestone Duelers.
 

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With FWD and boat towing, I would be very happy with 50k from a tire. My experience had been that 60k+ tires on FWD means tires with sad wet traction, squealy dry handling=not any fun.
Interesting about that initial tread depth on the Premier LTX-maybe they are banking on that widening tread groove for decent service life.
The Atimax does not come in my size, but the Firestone Destination might be a good option.
Fauster- was 'huge improvement' some noise drop?
 

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Noise and handling improvement.

The Duelers are known for long tread life, but I found the handling to be soft and the noise noticable. The Yokohamas were a huge improvement in both noise and handling, and I got reasonable life out of them. Bought the Michelin tires based solely on the Tire Rack reviews with other full-size crossovers and I have found them to be at least as good as the Yokohamas over the first 7000 miles.

On a related note, I made the first tracks in the snow this morning in my neighborhood and was pleasantly surprised by the performance of the OEM 20" Pirelli Cinturato P7's on my MKC. I expected them to suck and they didn't.
 

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Put them on and what a difference. I got them because I live in Detroit and the LTX was a much better snow tire than the Latitudes. I only got 30 K miles on them before replacement. I do more city driving.
The LTX have dramatically improved the overall ride with no handling issues. I had them on my Sport track, Two sets and have nothing but great experiences with them.
 

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Something I recently noticed with my OE Latidutes...As they wear, the tramlining gets better. When new, they tramlined so bad on grooved highway, that my MKC thought I was falling asleep. :) I still don't like them, and will definitely pick a different tire when the need replacing.
 

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Something I recently noticed with my OE Latidutes...As they wear, the tramlining gets better. When new, they tramlined so bad on grooved highway, that my MKC thought I was falling asleep. :) I still don't like them, and will definitely pick a different tire when the need replacing.
Interesting observation. Our South Carolina roads are so rain guttered ( the State repaves twice a century whether it needs it or not :grin) that tramling is a way of life.
 

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I replied about tires in another area - but I noticed someone on this thread mentioned they hoped that there Michelin Latitudes didn't last til 50K because they wanted to replace them - I was in for oil change in January the car had 22,900 miles, the tires were down to 4/32 then - I was hoping NOT to have to replace tires before lease turn in (Dec '17) but I have to. I'm looking at Hankook or Generals because I saw a decent price on both and I don't want to pay out good money then give the car back -
 

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The Continental ExtremeContact DWS06 is one to consider.

You may want to check out Tire Rack reviews for tires in your size too. A number of the tires mentioned were originally designed for truck based 4x4's and 4x2's, we have CUV's and there are tires designed for them too so you may want to consider those. Not as many reviews as some of the more popular tires have been around longer. I used to drive 35k+ per year for over 10 years and have bought lots of tires and different brands. There is no perfect all season all weather tire, there are many good ones but they all have their pro's and cons depending on what is important to you in a tire. If you live were it snows, get winter or snow tires, it is worth it. Other wise all the major brands are good so you really can't go too wrong. I have also found that in general USA and European tires perform better on US and Euro cars and trucks and Asian tires perform better on Asian cars and trucks. I am sure folks will disagree but that is my opinion and I will stick to it. You also get what you pay for when it comes to tires so avoid the cheap tires, they are not worth it unless one is desperate for tires and are selling the car soon. Tires are always on sale too, even at the dealers they do have competitive prices and good selection now. My Lincoln Dealer could get any tire sold on a factory ford or Lincoln. I even asked about getting police tires and yes can but they are not cheap, including the high speed police snow tires, $2,200 for a set of 4. They don't make many hence the high cost.

Anyway good luck with your choice.
 

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20" wheels / tires

My 2015 MKC is turning 35,000 miles and I am getting close to replacing tires. I expect to get around 40K before replacement. I have 20" rims with the standard Pirelli 255/40 R20. I have 2 issues with these tires. First, as they wear, they have become noisy. Not what I would expect for a luxury car. Second, the ride is rough as compared to the mkc 18" or 19" wheels/tires. I knew when I purchased the car with the low profile 20's that I would sacrifice comfort for style. However, I am a bit disappointed. My question is this; can I install a larger tire on my 20" rims to improve ride quality? I am thinking of 255/50 R20?
If anyone has done this, I would appreciate your feedback. Or if you have an opinion, I would like to hear from you.
Thanks
Mike
 

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Trainman- larger diameter tires might get on the rim okay, but there is a risk of wheel well interference both on large bumps and rubbing up front while at full lock left or right.
Plus, there is no doubt that your speedo will be inaccurate on the slow side.

If it is really bugging you, you are probably better off swapping down to 19" rims, or even 18"s to give you more sidewall back.
 

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Interesting to see such a wide and varied range of opinions on wheels that would work for the car. Not sure if this advice will help at all, but getting to a tyre shop and getting their opinion may help because they may have experience with outfitting other cars with wheels that match your climate/road quality/etc?
 

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Interesting to see such a wide and varied range of opinions on wheels that would work for the car. Not sure if this advice will help at all, but getting to a tyre shop and getting their opinion may help because they may have experience with outfitting other cars with wheels that match your climate/road quality/etc?

I always go to Tire Rack and look at the tire reviews where the vehicle is the same as mine.
 

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I always go to Tire Rack and look at the tire reviews where the vehicle is the same as mine.
Ditto. Still, I have to look at the number of miles and the type of driving done by the reviewer. It ticks me off when someone raves about a tire when they only have 500 miles on them.
 

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Thanks for the opinions on this subject. I think talking to a tire expert at a tire store would be a good idea.
 

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Thanks for the opinions on this subject. I think talking to a tire expert at a tire store would be a good idea.
Make sure the tire expert's store sells a lot of different brands - that helps to make sure that you're not only being recommended one or two models. Listen to what they have to say, then visit tirerack.com and read the reviews on their recommended tires. At the very least, you'll verify the tire price and can see if tire store quotes are reasonable. Best case is that you verify that you are buying a reputable and well-rated tire at a competitive price.
 

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I have run 235/60R18 tires on the vehicle (same wheel pattern as Evoque I dumped) that were 29.1 OD. Your Pirelli's are 28.0 in and were NO (porsche spec) tires. They are an EXCELLENT tire. Yes they are a bit firm but I'll take firm and capbale over comfy and incompetent any day. They are, indeed very pricey. Mine came with 20's also which I would not have wasted money on. You can actually buy 4 18in wheels and tires for about the same cost as replacing those stock Pirelli's at Tire Rack
 

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I've only got 18k miles on my latitudes and they hydroplane so bad its dangerous. Michelin will warranty but only pay 60% and I have to pay 40%. Not real happy with them at all. Down to 4/32 tread but wearing evenly so dealer says no manufacturer defects...:|
 

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This thread prompted me to measure mine. 23,000 miles and 7/32 remaining. I don't find them to be awful, they have decent traction in the rain and are OK in snow. There are certainly better choices when replacement time comes, but I don't see how some of you are wearing them out so quickly or having such traction issues.
 
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