Back in November 2019, I wrote about my choice to replace the Michelin Pilot Sport 4 originally fittet on my Tesla Model 3 with all-season Michelin CrossClimate+ tires (I recommend reading that article to learn more about my choice of tire size etc.). After 30 months and 85,000 km (53,000 miles), these tires were ripe for replacement — overdue, actually, but still managed to keep me safe. Did I get a new set of CrossClimate’s right away? I most certainly did! Here’s why.
But is it just the tires? Does the drivetrain characteristics of an EV playing a role too? Maybe, but in any case: +50,000 miles on a set of tires? I mean, that’s a long way, and that brings the cost per miles way down (in this case $12 per 1000 miles!). I did not expect to go further than 60,000 km (37,000 miles), and as you will see in the chart below, it seemed they would be able to last way longer. The Danish legal minimum is 1.6 mm, which is actually way too low in my opinion. I would not recommend going below 3 mm, especially in climates with risk of ice and snow.
Which is why I had new tires ready before they got below 3 mm. Around 75,000 km (47,000 miles) I noticed a slight wobbling sensation. I examined the tires, but I did not see any damage, other that the side walls beginning to show signs of wear, and since it was winter time, I attributed the issue to the rubber getting hard and thus having the flat bit when being parked for hours or days needing more time to even out when starting to roll than a new soft rubber would. It only bothered me at low speeds. That turned out to be a dangerous misjudgment. However, it did prompt me to start looking for a good price on a set of new CrossClimate2 tires.
Looking at the data, everything seemed to go fine, and I was very impressed, but luckily I stopped before any damage was done.
Impressive. And I will continue to measure the new tires. By the way, the energy consumption over the total 30 months on these tires was 173 Wh/km (278 Wh/mile). Note that my Model 3 is the long range RWD which is rare in Europe.
Looking at the photos, it’s obvious I drove these tires at least 5,000 miles too far. But since the dangerous wear and tear was on the inside of the tires I had not noticed. Probably due to a less than perfect alignment of the wheels, an uneven wear was being amplified out of sight, which of course led to the wobbling sensation. Again, there were no apparent acute physical damage to the tires, but please make sure to replace your tires if you experience anything unusual near the end of life.
I have been very pleased with the CrossClimate+ tires. They are incredibly comfortable on the 18 inch aero rims on the Tesla Model 3, and they handled all hard cornering, acceleration, and braking. I threw at them with confidence. The only thing I noticed right after the switch from Pilot Sport 4 to CrossClimate+ was that a rumbling noise had now been replacing with a high-pitched one. So, I was curious about this new generation CrossClimate2 design, because I had heard this high-pitched noise issue should have been resolved, and it has! It’s just gone.
Even though it is hard to see the difference on the crude noise measurements, the subjective experience is indisputable. In terms of sound profile, it is in a class of its own. Especially at higher speeds. I am actually surprised by the level of comfort.
Many of the miles on the CrossClimate+ have been on ice and snow, and they have performed very well in all situations. I have never had issues with loss of control. Note, by the way, how tread depth varies in how fast the wear occurs depending on temperature. It seems that colder and therefore harder tires wear out at a slower pace in the winter than warm and soft tires do in the summer. My Model 3 has rear-wheel drive and the tires were only rotated once, so at this point the tread depth is the same on all 4 tires — when measured in the middle of the tread, that is.
In conclusion, if you’re not after the best of the best performance tires out there, these tires are a good option if you can’t be bothered with having to shift between summer and winter tires, and if you drive a lot. If your mileage is low, you should be aware that it seems the rubber compound of the CrossClimate series is designed for use within 2 or 3 years, after which the rubber seems to get quite brittle. Other makes with harder compound might be more suitable for mileage being spread over more years. For me though, this is the perfect tire, and I hope the new generation CrossClimate2 will serve me as excellent as the CrossClimate+ has done.
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