Michelin CrossClimate 2

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

This tyre replaced the Michelin CrossClimate Plus.

Dry Grip 87%
Wet Grip 84%
Road Feedback 75%
Handling 71%
Wear 83%
Comfort 86%
Buy again 84%
Snow Grip 88%
Ice Grip 80%

Tyre review data from 76 tyre reviews averaging 82% over 583,841 miles driven.

The CrossClimate 2 is ranked 13th of 55 All Season Premium Touring tyres.

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Latest Tyre Test Results

2023 Tyre Reviews All Season Tyre Test - 1st of 12 tyres

  • Positive - Test winner, best in dry braking, very good grip in the dry, very good aquaplaning resistance, best snow braking, best snow traction, fastest snow handling lap, very good levels of comfort, very low rolling resistance.
  • Negative - Average wet braking and wet handling.
  • Overall - The Michelin CrossClimate 2 is back at the top, winning the test overall. Once again this tyre was best in dry braking, the best in the snow, had good levels of comfort, great aquaplaning resistance, and a very low rolling resistance. Is this the perfect all season tyre? Well, once again, not quite. It was 6th in wet braking and 8th in wet handling, which is a common theme of the CrossClimate 2. Michelin, give this all season tyre more wet performance for the next iteration, even if it comes at the expense of some of that snow performance, and the segment will have an unrivalled king once again. There's no denying the CrossClimate 2 is the best all season tyre money can buy in the dry and snow, but I just think wet should be more important.

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2023 TUV Report All Season Test - 2nd of 4 tyres

  • Overall - The CrossClimate 2 demonstrated strong performance in dry conditions, ranking 1st in dry braking. It also excelled in snow tests, achieving 1st place in snow braking, snow traction, and subjective snow handling. However, it did not perform as well in wet conditions, ranking 4th in wet braking and the wet circle test
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2023 AZ UHP Summer Tyre Test - 10th of 10 tyres

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

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

Our all season tyre 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 tyre manufacturers are now making the same tyre 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 tyre on a Mercedes A Class (2013 - Amg line, 1.6 156bhp) - Tyre size 225/40 R18 92Y? thanks in advance

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

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

The CC2 makes an excellent winter tyre 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 tyres fitted. Can I replace the front two tyres with CC2s leaving summer tyres 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 tyre 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 tyres changed hugely in performance at 2mm vs brand new.

Would it be possible to do review some tyres 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 tyre 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 £87.44 - £105.53 (12 Prices) Compare Prices >>
205/60 R16 £120.52 - £142.84 (7 Prices) Compare Prices >>
225/40 R18 £108.60 - £122.47 (3 Prices) Compare Prices >>
225/45 R17 £105.59 - £123.01 (11 Prices) Compare Prices >>
225/50 R17 £143.03 - £163.98 (7 Prices) Compare Prices >>
225/60 R17 £149.28 - £159.48 (3 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 138 - tyre 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 61 - tyre 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 58 - tyre reviewed on September 29, 2021
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Given 86% while driving a SEAT 1.4 TSI (225/45 R17) on a combination of roads for 25,000 average miles
I purchased a set in 2020 for my Seat Leon. The tyres were fitted in April and I was surprised at how good the dry handling and breaking were, compared to the previous all season tyres I have used (Nokian Weatherproof and Vredestine Quatrac). Wet handing is fairly predictable, with some oversteer but easy to correct. Where these tyres excel is in their snow performance. I live in a village that can only be reached by two roads (that are both hills). I was able to drive the car up the steepest of the 2 hills (with some wheel spin), which was a surprise. The ice performance is slightly weaker but you can’t have it all! The other bonus is that the tyres performed just as well in deep snow earlier this year, even though they were down to 3mm. Excellent fuel economy and a strong and dependable tyre in all conditions. Have already purchased a set for my new car and they are being fitted today. I would highly recommend this tyre.
Helpful 0 - tyre reviewed on September 27, 2023
Given 89% while driving a Volkswagen Golf (195/65 R15) on mostly motorways for 35,000 average miles
A great tyre both in dry and wet conditions. Excellent breaking performance in dry, with a predictable understeer in the wet. Center feel and feedback were poor first 5000 miles, but improved drastically.
Even though I live in the Alps we rarely get much snow in recent 20 years. Maybe I've had 5 days of snow in last two years. Never experienced any problems with traction or breaking performance. Handling was ok.
The only major downside: Summer temperatures of above 35°C negatively affected the rubber compound which became hard, negatively affecting the wet grip. Performance in dry is stil great.

The tyres currently sit at 35.000 miles in exactly 2 years.
tread depth front: 5.0 mm
tread depth rear: 5.0 mm
Helpful 0 - tyre reviewed on September 19, 2023
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Given 68% while driving a Toyota (225/45 R17) on a combination of roads for 0 average miles
Put on my 2017 toyota highlander, last winter, unhappy with the snow, ice handling!!!!
I'm going to get these off asap, before it snows again. I have 3 grandkids I need to get to school safely
Helpful 2 - tyre reviewed on September 15, 2023
Given 94% while driving a Volkswagen Multivan T5 (235/55 R17) on a combination of roads for 16,000 average miles
Stunning tire. Safe under all conditions. Better than my old winter tires in winter. As good as summer tires. Best wear of any tire on this car so far. Absolute recommendation.
Helpful 4 - tyre reviewed on August 31, 2023
Given 90% while driving a Jaguar F Pace R Dynamic P400 (255/50 R20) on mostly motorways for 10 miles
These tires are amazing on ice, snow and wet roads. They also perform well on dry roads, but I bought them for my wife because the factory "all-season" tires on her 2021 Jaguar F-Pace R-Dynamic P400 were terrible on ice and snow. The difference was day & night when they were installed in December of last year in the midst of weekly blizzards and freezing rain in Minnesota. She drives the F-Pace 50 miles to work 2 days per week on a mix of back roads and 4-lane, so needed a tire with dependable winter performance.
Helpful 9 - tyre reviewed on August 10, 2023
Given 99% while driving a Toyota (235/45 R18) on a combination of roads for 70,000 easy going miles
Smooth driving. Handles great on dry, wet, or snow conditions. Relatively low rolling friction. Looks like a noisy tire, but it is not.
Helpful 6 - tyre reviewed on July 29, 2023
Given 92% while driving a Skoda (235/55 R18) on a combination of roads for 10,000 spirited miles
These tyre are fitted to the Ambulance Officer Response vehicle that I use at work. They are therefore asked to deal with a driving style that is completely different to most other users. They need to keep me and other road users safe whilst responding to medical emergencies on a wide variety of roads and weather conditions. These tyres are fantastic in all conditions and that includes cold and wet, which are conditions that appears to be reviewed as a weak point by some reviewers. I would very much disagree with them as my experience is that if driving appropriately to the conditions these tyres along with the smart 4WD system of Skoda allows a huge amount of control and confidence when driving on slippery roads. In the 5 years that I have had this car to drive I have not felt it reach the limit of grip once. It is worth saying that the car is heavy, with the amount of equipment we have to carry so this may help with the tyres gripping. I have just got 4 of these fitted to my own Nissan X-trail T31 (2012) so will review them on this vehicle shortly. I can't recommend them enough. It is worth noting that, due to the nature of emergency driving, the tyres are change every 20,000 miles, so this life span is not representative of normal use.
Helpful 11 - tyre reviewed on July 5, 2023
(225/45 R17) on for 0 miles
I bought these as a replacement for original tires on my 2015 Accord Hybrid and I think it was a mistake! Although grip is terrific, my average MPG has dropped by about 5 miles! Low rolling resistance tires apparently are worthwhile!
Helpful 11 - tyre reviewed on June 27, 2023
Given 20% while driving a BMW M235i (225/40 R18) on mostly country roads for 8,000 spirited miles
Unfortunately these were fitted by ATS based on the "midrange tyre policy" dictated by my company on a BMW M235i Gran Coupe xDrive. Believe me when I say they should not be used on a car with 300BHP and 4WD. They dramatically changed the handling of the car, making it unpredicatble and dangerous. A pair were fitted to the front axle initially and other than the increased road noise compared to the previous Goodyear Eagle F1 tyres I didn't immediately notice the lack of grip. The M235i Gran Coupe is a priortiy front wheel drive car based on the Mini platform, so if there was any understear it wasn't that noticable. This changed drastically when a pair were fitted to the rear axle. When changing direction quickly country A and B roads or somethimes even changing lane on the motorway, the rear of the car would twitch, almost as if it was about to go in to fishtailing motion. This was very unpredictable and scary. Causing me to loose all confidence in the handling of the car. I was terrified of a scenario where I would have to take avoiding action on a motorway in the wet for example as I felt the consequences could have been catastrophic. I appreciate that this tyre is not recommneded on this car by BMW but be weary that ATS were also comfortable to fit these tyres to high torque EVs. Be warned. Stay away.
I managed to get the tyres replaced by raising a health and safety complaint with HR but have been told the next time tyres are required, they will be as per the 'midrange tyre policy'. I am opting out of the company car scheme for this reason.
Helpful 11 - tyre reviewed on June 12, 2023
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 tyres 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 tyre pressure but it's made no difference. This is contrary to the reviews I had read, based on which I chose these tyres. 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 8 - tyre 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 tyres 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 tyres 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 tyre is excellent.
Helpful 12 - tyre reviewed on April 18, 2023
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 tirereviews.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 10 - tyre reviewed on March 6, 2023