Our long-term test of Michelin's popular CrossClimate2 all-season tires is proceeding well. To date, we have put 2,377 miles on the tires, so they have moved from being new to being newish. The tires are exceeding our expectations in every measurable way. Our subjective opinion is that these are outstanding tires for compact two-row crossovers like the Mazda CX-5 we are using as our host vehicle.
CrossClimate2 All-Season Tires - MPG Changes
Prior to installing the tires, our CX-5 had recorded an average MPG of 26.8 MPG over 2,500 miles thanks to a lucky reset of our Trop Odometer B prior to the test. We reset that trip odometer the day the new tires were mounted, and we have used it to record the MPG with the new tires since. Over the past 2,377 miles, the CX-5 with the new CrossClimate2 all-weather tires has a recorded MPG of 26.7 MPG. Given the accuracy of these in-vehicle MPG monitors, we call that the same as the car was providing with the OEM tires. We can also note that the Combined mileage value is slightly above the EPA's Combined estimate for the vehicle, which is 26 MPG.
We feel that this is an important validation of Michelin's claim that the CrossClimate2 winter-rated all-season tires come with no sacrifices compared to a conventional all-season tire design.
Michelin CrossClimate2 Update Summary
In our first report, we noted that the CrossClimate2 tires were quieter than the worn OEM tires they replaced and provided more ride comfort. The handling didn't seem to be adversely affected in any way that the vehicle's two main drivers could detect. Those observations continue, and we also can add that there is no unusual wear shown on the tread. We can say we have gained great confidence in the CrossClimate2 tires in wet conditions. Overall, these tires seem to have no bad habits at all. The most interesting test will come this winter when the snow and ice return. Check back for more updates throughout the year.
Testing note: This story is not a paid promotion. The tires tested were provided at no cost by the manufacturer, but mounting was paid for by the author.
John Goreham is a long-time New England Motor Press Association member and recovering engineer. John's interest in EVs goes back to 1990 when he designed the thermal control system for an EV battery as part of an academic team. After earning his mechanical engineering degree, John completed a marketing program at Northeastern University and worked with automotive component manufacturers, in the semiconductor industry, and in biotech. In addition to Torque News, John's work has appeared in print in dozens of American newspapers and he provides reviews to many vehicle shopping sites. You can follow John on TikTok @ToknCars, on Twitter, and view his credentials at Linkedin