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Tire review

Tire manufacturers spend a lot of money on testing, research and development and tire making technology is constantly evolving.

As vehicle owners and users of tires, it is important for us to be able to make a wise choice of which brand and type of tire to use for our car. We can safely say that not all tire brands are the same based on each having its own performance characteristics. While tire manufacturers make a wide spectrum of the tires needed for the market, vehicle owners can pick and choose that best suits their vehicle, driving style, road and weather condition and of course, their purse.

Product information

  • Make: Michelin
  • Model: Pilot Sport 3
  • Place to buy: amazon.com
  • Suitable Weather condition: Summer
  • Tread pattern: Asymmetrical design
  • My rating: 8.5 out of 10

Special features

The rubber compound for this tire comprises of 3 components which give the tire its competitive advantage.

  1. Long lasting elastomer- this is a polymer which has extremely high wear resistance characteristics. When the tire is in motion at high speeds, the rubber compound is stretched to its limits. This elastomer helps to keep the compound together without it breaking up thus achieving good durability.
  2. Wet grip elastomer- this is another polymer component that is very flexible and highly compacted in substance. This enables the tire to cut through puddles of water efficiently without compromising on road adhesion.
  3. Silica- this component is mainly used to minimize energy loss during the rolling motion of the tire. It helps to cap heat build up contributed  by its low rolling resistance characteristic and hence this tire is classified energy efficient marked with a Green X. Low rolling resistance results in reduced fuel consumption and better emission levels.

This is a twin steel belted tire strengthened with polyamide and has a polyester casing intended to give high durability with enhanced ride comfort.

Performance rating

  • Dry braking- a measure of braking distance in dry weather condition from 100 kmh to 0 kmh. Rating- 9.4 out of 10
  • Wet braking- a measure of braking distance in wet weather condition from 100 kmh to 0 kmh. Rating- 9.0 out of 10
  • Handling- overall assessment of cornering stability, dry and wet traction, steering response and feedback. Rating- 9.2 out of 10
  • Hydroplaning-road grip and resistance to skidding in wet weather condition.Rating-7.0 out of 10.
  • Ride quality- the feel of the tire when driving over different road conditions and terrain. Rating- 8.1 out of 10.
  • Noise level- this is a gauge of overall noise emitted during the operation of the tire. Rating -7.7 out of 10
  • Rolling resistance- a measure of resistance to the rolling motion usually tested on a dynamometer. Rating 8.0 out of 10
  • Tread wear rate- the average life span of the tread of the tire depends largely on care, driving style, road condition and weather condition. Rating-6.9 out of 10

Overall comments

This is an above average, performance tire intended for small, medium and large sized passenger cars.

The following are first hand comments compiled from customers who have used these tires over a period of approximately 6 months covering a distance of  10,000km or more.

  1. Exceptional road holding ability on dry road condition.
  2. Road grip on wet roads is above average with good resistance to hydroplaning.
  3. Precise steering control even at high speeds.
  4. Comfortable ride.
  5. Acceptable level of road noise.

Recommendation

Based on performance ratings and customer comments, I would like to recommend this above average performing, reasonably priced tire for use on passenger cars.

Supported with Michelin digital technology tread design, this tire is indeed a good choice for car owners who are particular about quality, performance and durability.

Should you want to add a comment or if you have a question, please feel free to connect and I will be happy to respond..

Nair

2 Comments

  1. Michelin are real french quality, no wonder so many manufacturers use their tires.

    These Pilot Sport 3 seem like a bargain, especially taking into account the awesome quality. The materials used are obviously above average and clearly thought has been put into designing them.

    One thing though, since where I live there’s both snow and sun, are these offered in seasonal variation?

    • Simon,

      Thank you so much for the comments. I totally agree with your thoughts on the quality and design of Michelin tires. Michelin has a very wide range of summer and winter and all season tires to suit your preference.

      Please feel free to check it out at Amazon. You will surely be able to find one to suit your requirement and budget. Please feel free to drop me a line should you need any advise. I will be most happy to help.

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