Michelin XPS Rib Tire Review & Rating
The XPS Rib from Michelin is engineered to deliver exceptional dry/wet traction and handling, while providing the capacity to more easily haul heavier loads. Designed for drivers of medium or heavy-duty trucks and vans, the XPS is also built to be more comfortable and quiet on the road.
A tough tread compound , steel casing and a steel reinforced bead, create a tire that is built to tackle whatever is thrown its way in terms of heavy loads. The tread design increases traction and cornering stability on dry or wet road surfaces. It also gives this tire enhanced steering response and feel.
While this model is also used as original equipment on some of today’s heavy-duty trucks and vans, it is becoming popular as a replacement tire as well. Much of this is due in part to how long a tread life this tire provides. The optimized tread design and the tire’s three steel belts not only promote more even tread wear, but it delivers added strength and puncture resistance.
This model also has a lower rolling resistance due to the tread compound, which results in better fuel efficiency. The XPS Rib includes a black serrated outline sidewall lettering that enhances the overall look of the tire. The tire carries a load rating of E, and is available in 16 inch sizes.
- Excellent dry and wet traction
- Cornering stability is very good
- Ride is comfortable and road noise is nearly non-existent
- Exceptional tread wear
- Winter traction and handling
It seems that many drivers have not heard much about the XPS Rib, but once they find out what it will do for their truck they are hooked. The performance in virtually every area of this tire is excellent. It stands up to hauling heavy loads with amazing traction and stability on either dry or wet roads. Steering is crisp and very responsive with or without a heavy load.
One area that took us by surprise was in how quiet this tire is. You would never expect it to be that quiet, but Michelin has optimized the tread design to lower the noise, and it works. Beyond that, the treadlife you’ll find is equally impressive. We’ve heard drivers getting 90,000 miles and more out of the tread. The only area that this tire is not designed to do is go through snow and ice. But even there, if you have 4WD it will still do the job in most cases.
Overall, if you need a tire that will provide top quality performance, haul heavy loads and still provide a quiet and more comfortable ride, then this is one of the best summer tires you will find. Highly recommended.
What Vehicles Will The XPS Rib Fit?
Fits these vehicles and many others:
- Chevrolet Silverado, 3500, K1500
- Dodge Sprinter 2500, Ram
- Ford F-350, Econoline E350
- GMC 2500, Sierra, Suburban
LT225/75R-16/E 115Q BSW
LT245/75R-16/E 120Q BSW
LT215/85R-16/E 115Q BSW
LT235/85R-16/E 120Q BSW
Prices on the Michelin XPS Rib range from approximately $221 and up. You may also find occasional rebates, discounts, coupons and special offers on this tire.
Michelin includes a 6-year or 60,000 mile tread warranty on the XPS. The mileage is cut in half if a different size is used in the rear than on the front. Tire uniformity is guaranteed for one-year or the first 2/32 inch of wear.
Materials and workmanship are warranted for 6-years and include free replacement during the first year or first 2/32 inch of wear. A prorated amount is given for the remaining time period or down to the final 2/32 inch of tread depth. There is also a 3-year flat changing service included, and a 30-day customer satisfaction guarantee.
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