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My 2019 RTL is coming upon 29,000 miles and still wearing the original shoes. I checked them yesterday and still have 6/32". They have provided good ride and handling though now that we are seeing quite a bit of snow it is getting close to replacement time. For the first time ever I had the rear end start to get a little looseygoosey while driving in 4" of fresh snow which was probably due to the inch of ice beneath.

I'm currently looking at a fully Mud Snow {MS} rated tire and have my eye on the Michelin line, one possible is the Defender LTX M/S at about $255 a piece {around $1,200 OTD}. I tow a 2,600# 6 X 10' {8' tall} cargo trailer often and as noted see fair amount of snow living at 5,000'. Don't see any reason to change the size and will likely stay with the 245 60R 18's. The originals have a nice quiet ride but am looking for a more aggressive tread.

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My 2019 RTL is coming upon 29,000 miles and still wearing the original shoes. I checked them yesterday and still have 6/32". They have provided good ride and handling though now that we are seeing quite a bit of snow it is getting close to replacement time. For the first time ever I had the rear end start to get a little looseygoosey while driving in 4" of fresh snow which was probably due to the inch of ice beneath.

I'm currently looking at a fully Mud Snow {MS} rated tire and have my eye on the Michelin line, one possible is the Defender LTX M/S at about $255 a piece {around $1,200 OTD}. I tow a 2,600# 6 X 10' {8' tall} cargo trailer often and as noted see fair amount of snow living at 5,000'. Don't see any reason to change the size and will likely stay with the 245 60R 18's. The originals have a nice quiet ride but am looking for a more aggressive tread.

Any suggestions?
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Also consider the Michelin CrossClimate2. Great overall tire, great in the rain and supposed to be very good in the snow. Very aggressive tread and VERY quiet. Love them on my Subaru and a likely choice for my Ridgeline when the time comes. Costco frequently has them for $150 off & Discount Tire reportedly will match the price. About $1000 OTD if I remember correctly in RL size.
 

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falken-wildpeak-a-t-trail tires and you can leave them on year round.




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I have many miles to go on my original Firestone tires, but when it time for new ones the Defenders would be at the top of my list. Where I live in WA we can have lots of snow/ice/rain all around the freezing point so I run dedicated winter tires from November through February. I've not used the Cross Climate but it undoubtedly is a good tire. Probably depends on what you expect from the mileage.
 

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I have the Michelin CrossClimate2 on my Lexus RX450 and they are a great tire. I have 20,000 miles on them and they look like new. They handle the snow we get here at 5,500ft, up to about 6 inches of snow, without any issues. Anymore than that I you would need a dedicated snow tire, or just stay home until they plow the roads. Wet performance is great as is the dry weather handling. They are a quiet tire also and I will buy them for my Ridgeline when the time comes.
 

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Also consider the Michelin CrossClimate2. Great overall tire, great in the rain and supposed to be very good in the snow. Very aggressive tread and VERY quiet. Love them on my Subaru and a likely choice for my Ridgeline when the time comes. Costco frequently has them for $150 off & Discount Tire reportedly will match the price. About $1000 OTD if I remember correctly in RL size.
I just had them installed on my son's car...awesome tires!
 

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Also consider the Michelin CrossClimate2. Great overall tire, great in the rain and supposed to be very good in the snow. Very aggressive tread and VERY quiet. Love them on my Subaru and a likely choice for my Ridgeline when the time comes. Costco frequently has them for $150 off & Discount Tire reportedly will match the price. About $1000 OTD if I remember correctly in RL size.
We put these on the Rav4 my wife drives. Nice ride and no issues with balance, road noise, etc. handles the wet and snow pretty good. I wished I had put them on my Ridgeline now, but the cross climate 2’s were relatively new and didn’t want to take a chance at the time. Hind sight is always 20/20.
 

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I am seeking an all season set of tires. Have always had good luck with Michelin and they offer several that should meet my needs. Definitely will look at the Cross climates as I run the Agilas Cross Climates on our Class C motorhome. The nearest Discount Tire shop is 70 miles down the mountain to Fountain Hills. Thanks for the tip about having them match CostCo, without price matching Discount is way overpriced but their customer service is good and they have shops just about everywhere.

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I am seeking an all season set of tires. Have always had good luck with Michelin and they offer several that should meet my needs. Definitely will look at the Cross climates as I run the Agilas Cross Climates on our Class C motorhome. The nearest Discount Tire shop is 70 miles down the mountain to Fountain Hills. Thanks for the tip about having them match CostCo, without price matching Discount is way overpriced but their customer service is good and they have shops just about everywhere.

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Look at the Michelin Defender LTX M/S tires too. They are EXCELLENT!
 

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I just had them installed on my son's car...awesome tires!
Agreed- awesome tires. Installed them around 6 months ago. The Cross Climate 2's grip is amazing on the Freeway, in hot weather, and during heavy down pours / rain. Hoping for a chance to test it in snow someday. FWIW, if you're an MPG watcher, these grippier tires may lower MPG roughly 10%. For me, I value / prefer the road confidence (safety) over the reduced MPG.
 

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I am seeking an all season set of tires. Have always had good luck with Michelin and they offer several that should meet my needs. Definitely will look at the Cross climates as I run the Agilas Cross Climates on our Class C motorhome. The nearest Discount Tire shop is 70 miles down the mountain to Fountain Hills. Thanks for the tip about having them match CostCo, without price matching Discount is way overpriced but their customer service is good and they have shops just about everywhere.

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@Capt Steve ,

Thanks for the shout out,

Discount Tire does offer a Low Price Promise, and for that reason we would adjust accordingly.

You have a solid choice with the Michelin LTX M/S, they ride well and have the M/S rating, just in case.

If there is anything I can do to help you with on your tire buying journey, please feel free to P.M. me.
 

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Put them on wife's Mercedes SUV and liked them so much put them on 2G Ridgeline. Much more reasonably priced and better than any Michelins, Firestones, Goodyears, Pirelli's, Falkens I have had in the past. Much better than the EOM tires.
 

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So I had the Michelin Defender LTX M/S on my original 2006 Ridgeline and loved them. Can't seem to find for my 2021 in P245/60R18. What am I missing? Diff option in spec?
 

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Look at the Michelin Defender LTX M/S tires too. They are EXCELLENT!
Put those on our Lexus GX460 SUV about a year ago, and....you're right - they feel great! Drove about 70 expressway and two-lane miles at night in the cold, hard rain last week and I don't think I could've made them hydroplane if I tried.
 

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I’ve owned many sets of Michelin Defenders. Always traded the vehicle long before the tires wore out. They have excellent tread life, ride very smooth, and offer excellent dry, wet, and light snow traction. On the flip side, they are as vanilla as you can get. Nothing even mildly aggressive about their appearance. They can also be a little noisy on certain surfaces. More so than I would expect from a premium tire. And finally, they are very expensive. Personally, I feel that they are a little overhyped. If I was looking for a plain all-season, I would consider the Firestone Destination LE3 (which is an improved version of the LE2) or the Pirelli Scorpion AS Plus 3 as cheaper but comparable alternatives to the Michelins.

That being said, if you want aggressive looks with good on-road manners and good all-season traction, I’d suggest looking at the Falken Wildpeak AT Trail. I love mine.
 

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I also use the Michelin LTX's, M\S. Im on my second set of them. Best tires I've ever used! Yes, more expensive to purchase, but are a great value, due to build quality, long mileage, great grip and longevity. Have had this set on for 9 years and at least 60,000 miles. Haven't driven as much for last 4 years, so I'm not adding miles too quickly. I see another 30K to 40K miles before replacing them. In Edmonton Alberta, Canada, we have snow for 5 to 7 months a year. These tires are like cheating in all manner of poor conditions.
 
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