Michelin Energy LX4 Review & Rating
- Dry traction and handling
- Ride comfort
- Tread life
Manufactured and designed for a variety of vehicles including minivans, sedans, crossovers and SUV’s, the Michelin Energy LX4 boasts of having superior all-season traction in addition to offering a smooth and comfortable ride. But, does the tire really live up to these claims?
Michelin claims that the Energy LX4’s provide strong traction on all road conditions, even in light snow. We found that on dry roads the tires were actually quite good; they weren’t exceptional by any means, however they certainly held the pavement and provided a more than confident feeling. On wet ground they fared fairly well without taking us by surprise and the tread block design definitely helps. On both wet and dry surfaces the grip was decent and the tires do offer solid performance in reasonable conditions.
Cornering – Steering
The rounded shoulders of the tire are there to enhance cornering and overall control and this is exactly what we found. The tires were tested under ‘aggressive driver’ circumstances and fared reasonably well in this category. For normal driving they are at their best, but even when driving aggressively they perform to a good standard. Continued aggressive driving will result in an acceleration of tire wear – obvious perhaps but we will touch on this later – however it isn’t a major gripe with a tire that provides good control.
The Michelin LX4 has proven to work well in dry and wet conditions, but what about winter? A lot of tires fail to make the grade here and it is an area where the LX4’s fall down somewhat. They should not be completely disregarded for winter handling and driving – mild conditions should be OK – however their grip falters in particularly heavy snow or on ice. As tire wear becomes more apparent you will notice this more and more
Ride Comfort – Road Noise
The noise of these tires and its impact, and indeed any tires for that matter, varies from person to person. Personally speaking, they were far from the worst tires we have used for noise levels and sometimes people can put too much emphasis on this aspect.
One thing we did notice was the reduced vibrations and therefore increased comfort when driving on the LX4’s. For normal driving they provide a comfortable ride; nothing out of the ordinary or special, however sometimes that isn’t a bad thing.
Tread life is arguably the major area of complaints when it comes to the Michelin Energy LX4. They aren’t the most expensive tires on the market (nor are they the cheapest), however for the price you pay you expect to get a longer life span from them. While the LX4’s provide good grip on most road surfaces and conditions in addition to predictable handling and a smooth overall ride, they fall down on their tread life.
Every tire comes with a mileage guarantee (the minimum you expect to get out of it before you need to change) however the LX4’s often do not reach this minimum limit. Some have commented that after 30k they need replacements. We really expected better from Michelin.
Michelin includes a 6-year or 50,000 mile warranty on this tire.