Tesla Model 3 All-Season Tires Keep Things Simple – Turns Out Safe And Cheap

Back in November 2019, I wrote about my choice to replace the original Michelin Pilot Sport 4 fittet on my Tesla Model 3 with all-season Michelin CrossClimate+ tires (I recommend reading this article to learn more about my choice of tire size etc.). After 30 months and 85,000 km (53,000 miles), these tires were ready for a replacement – really late, but they managed to keep me safe. Got a new set of CrossClimate right away? I definitely did! Here’s why.

Ready for a new long stretch rest in my Tesla Model 3. Yes, I know the standard size for an 18-inch aero’s is the 235, but I find this 245 a perfect fit in terms of comfort, grip, appearance, and speedometer accuracy. Photo by Jesper Berggreen

But is it just the tires? Do the characteristics of the electric vehicle’s propulsion system play a role, too? Maybe, but anyway: +50,000 miles on a set of tires? I mean, that’s a long way off, and that brings down the cost per mile (in this case $12 per 1,000 miles!). I wasn’t expecting to go further than 60,000 km (37,000 miles), and as you’ll see in the chart below, it looks like they’ll be able to last much longer. The Danish legal minimum is 1.6mm, which is actually quite low in my opinion. I wouldn’t recommend going lower than 3mm, especially in climates that are at risk of ice and snow.

Not less than 3 mm (CrossClimate + immediately before replacement). Photo by Jesper Berggreen

New 7mm (CrossClimate2). Photo by Jesper Berggreen

This is why new tires are primed before they reach less than 3mm in size. About 75,000 km (47,000 mi) away I noticed a slight reeling sensation. I checked the tires, but I didn’t see any damage, except that the sidewalls started to show signs of wear, and since it was winter time, I attributed the problem to the increased hardness of the rubber and therefore the flat part when standing for hours or days needs more time to even when starting Rolling over the new soft rubber. It only annoyed me at low speeds. That turned out to be a serious miscalculation. However, it did get me to start looking for a good price for a set of new CrossClimate2 tires.

Sidewall on the CrossClimate + signs of cracking appear. Photo by Jesper Berggreen

Be sure to select the XL (Extra Payload) variant with strong sidewalls. Photo by Jesper Berggreen

Looking at the data everything seemed to be working fine, and I was pretty impressed, but thankfully I stopped before any damage was done.

In hindsight, obviously, the decline was accelerating around the 70,000 km (43,000 mi) mark, but it seemed curious to be flat again.

Embarrassed. I will continue to measure the new tyres. Incidentally, the total power consumption over the 30 months for these tires was 173 W/km (278 W/mile). Note that my Model 3 is a long-range RWD which is rare in Europe.

CrossClimate+ after 30 months and 53,000 miles. Photo by Jesper Berggreen

CrossClimate2. Photo by Jesper Berggreen

Looking at the pictures, it’s clear that I’ve driven these tires for at least 5,000 miles. But since the serious wear was on the inside of the tires I didn’t notice it. Perhaps due to the less-than-perfect alignment of the wheels, the uneven wear has been amplified out of sight, which of course leads to the sense of wobbly. Again, there was no obvious severe physical damage to the tyres, but please be sure to replace the tyres if you experience anything unusual as the end of life approaches.

Seriously uneven wear inside the tread. Photo by Jesper Berggreen

I didn’t notice anything critical on the visible outer edge of the tires (CrossClimate+). Photo by Jesper Berggreen

Note the subtle differences in tread design from the CrossClimate+ to the CrossClimate2. Photo by Jesper Berggreen

I have been very happy with the CrossClimate+ tires. They’re incredibly comfortable on the Tesla Model 3’s 18-inch aerodynamic rims, and they handled all the tough cornering, acceleration, and braking I threw at them with confidence. The only thing I noticed right after switching from the Pilot Sport 4 to the CrossClimate+ was that the rumbling noise had been replaced by a higher pitched noise. So, I was curious about the design of the new generation CrossClimate2, because I heard that the high pitch noise issue had to be resolved, and it has been resolved! I’ve just gone.

These measurements were made immediately before and after replacement on the same stretch of runway, in the same direction of travel, and under identical weather and temperature conditions (dry, 15 °C, 59 °F). App used: Spectrum by black cat systems

Although it is difficult to see the difference in the raw noise measurements, the subjective experience is indisputable. In terms of audio profile, it is in a class of its own. Especially at high speeds. I am actually amazed at the comfort level.

She had many miles on the CrossClimate+ on snow and ice, and she performed well in all situations. I’ve never had problems with losing control. Note, by the way, how the tread depth varies in the speed at which wear occurs depending on the temperature. Cooler, stiffer tires seem to wear out slower in winter than warm, softer tires in summer. My Model 3 has rear wheel drive and the tires only rotated once, so at this point the tread depth is the same on all four tires – when measured at the center of the tread, ie.

Photo by Jesper Berggreen

In conclusion, if you are not after the best performing tires, these tires are a good choice if you are not bothered with having to switch between summer and winter tyres, and if you drive a lot. If your mileage is low, you should be aware that the CrossClimate chain rubber compound appears to be designed for use within two or three years, after which the rubber appears to be quite brittle. Other components with stiffer compounds may be more suitable for miles spread over other years. For me, this is the perfect framework, and I hope the new generation CrossClimate2 will serve me as well as CrossClimate+ did.


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