Michelin Pilot Exalto AS Review & Rating
- Dry, wet and winter traction
- Cornering performance
- Smooth and comfortable ride
- A little extra noise at high speeds
Designed for high performance use, the Michelin Pilot Exalto A/S tires claim to provide extreme grip and more responsive steering in all conditions. Finding a tire to perform well in dry, wet and snowy weather is not always easy, however the Pilot Exalto AS tires could very well be one of the best all round performers on the market. Designed with Advanced HydroChutes technology and a symmetrical tread pattern we have to ask: do they really live up to their reputation?
Finding tires that work on ALL road conditions is immensely difficult; some fare better than others, however the Exalto A/S’s provide excellent traction on all surfaces. They benefit from having great grip on both wet and dry roads which is not something that can be said for many tires; we actually felt a lot safer with these tires on. All in the mind perhaps but they do give off a reassuring feeling when driving in wet conditions.
We found the Pilot Exalto AS’s enjoy more spirited driving, especially in the corners. There was no loss of control or even a hint of a wobble at a high speed. Regardless of how fast you are going the grip that you get from these tires is solid. Even aggressive drivers will be mightily impressed with these tires and the directional tread design certainly helps. The only issue is that they often lose a bit of grip if you are at high speed constantly, however this is to be expected of most tires on the market.
The area where a lot of high performance all-season tires fail to make the grade.
Driving on dry, warm conditions is one thing but taking them onto wet and freezing roads that many of us experience during the winter months is another. The Pilot Exalto AS’s are marketed as being suitable in all driving conditions, but is this true? Well, they certainly don’t fail.
While it is generally recommended to get actual dedicated winter tires if you live in extreme winter climates, the fact is that these are good without being spectacular. We were happy with how they gripped the road and we never felt out of control at any point. It is perhaps not a great idea to go racing around corners in freezing conditions with these tires on but certainly for normal driving they are better than most.
Ride Comfort – Road Noise
A particular and much talked about downside to this tire is that they are quite noisy at higher speeds, however this has been a very subjective criticism. Some drivers say they are noisy at higher speeds while some say they don’t notice any difference. Personally we did pick up on a slight decibel change however it isn’t as bad as it is sometimes made out and certainly shouldn’t put anyone off trying them out.
Comfort wise the Michelin Exalto AS performs extremely well. We found the side walls to be a little softer which smoothens out the ride indeed (a slight drawback if you have modified suspension). While the emphasis may be firmly pointed to performance we certainly experienced a large element of comfort when driving with these on.
A UTQG rating of 400 means that you will get a good amount of mileage dependent on how you use them of course, and some have claimed to still be using the same tires at 70,000 miles. Even though the Pilot Exalto AS’s are at the higher end of the market you should get value for your money given the quality they provide and how long you will get to use them at their optimal performance.
Michelin Pilot Exalto AS tires have a 6-year or 45,000 mile tread-wear warranty which is about right for their tread life.