The Michelin Primacy MXV4[H] is part of the tire
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, performance all season tire
models like the Primacy MXV4[H] are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.
Dry braking is from 60 to 0 mph.
Wet braking is from 60 to 0 mph.
Handling includes how well the tires gripped in an avoidance maneuver involving a swerve into the left lane and back into the right lane; dry and wet cornering grip; and subjective steering feel.
About This Brand
A French company, Michelin has its North America headquarters in Greenville, S.C. As a global tire maker, it offers tires for nearly all applications. In North America, it owns the BFGoodrich and Uniroyal brands. Founded in 1891, Michelin first introduced the radial tire, and the company continues to be a pioneer in tire technologies. Michelin tires generally perform impressively in our all-weather tests and offer many models with low rolling resistance and long tread life.
Features & Specs - Michelin Primacy MXV4[H]
Speed rating Speed rating. This letter denotes the maximum sustainable speed and is found directly after the load index. For S-speed-rated tires, it's 112 mph; for T, 118 mph. Speed ratings for other tires include Q, 99 mph; H, 130 mph; V, 149 mph; and Z, 150 mph plus. While such speeds may seem wildly impractical, tires with higher speed ratings tend to provide better handling at legal speed limits. Choose tires that have a speed rating at least as high as the one specified on your vehicle's placard.
Treadwear warranty Commonly used by tire manufacturers to market tires, the warranty describes the typical tread life of the tire. Consumers should view the warranty an indicator of tread life only. Actual mileage will vary with vehicle type, driving style, road, and weather conditions, just to name a few variables. Nearly all treadwear warranties are based on pro-rated amount based on the usable tread worn off the tire.
UTQG treadwear UTQGS, which stands for Uniform Tire Quality Grading System, is a federal government required grading system for passenger tires excluding winter tires. Key information includes Treadwear, Traction, and Temperature appearing on the sidewall of a tire. UTQG treadwear, an index developed by the government, compares a tire's tread life with that of a reference tire graded at 100. A tire with a grade of 300 is predicted to last three times as long as one graded at 100. Treadwear grades are just one indicator of tread life, but actual tire life will vary due to a number of factors including road conditions, driving habits, vehicle, and maintenance.
UTQG traction UTQGS, which stands for Uniform Tire Quality Grading System, is a federal government required grading system for passenger tires excluding winter tires. Key information includes Treadwear, Traction, and Temperature appearing on the sidewall of a tire. UTQG traction indicates the tire's ability to stop on a wet surface with Government grades of AA, A, B, C, from best to worst.
UTQG temperature UTQGS, which stands for Uniform Tire Quality Grading System, is a federal government required grading system for passenger tires excluding winter tires. Key information includes Treadwear, Traction, and Temperature appearing on the sidewall of a tire. UTQG temperature indicates the tire's ability to resist heat build-up under test conditions with Government grades of A, B, C, from best to worst.
At 35,000 miles the treads are at the point where they will fail inspection and must be replaced. The 60,000 mile warranty is a farce. What Michelin requires you to do to get money back is so difficult I doubt many people bother.<br /><br />I am an average driver. The miles are a mix of highway and city.<br /><br />I don't understand why the tire still gets the top rating from CR. Also, the way the reviews are structured make it almost impossible to suss out long-term evaluations -- capping the ownership duration at 10,000 miles and 6 months seems bizarre. I want to know how the tires are doing at 50,000 miles.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
from Vancouver, WA
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Consumer Reports #1 rating justified
Expensive But Worth It
Twice I bought a pair of Michelin Primacy MXV4 in size 205/60HR15 for my BMW 318i (rear wheel drive). The purchase was based on Consumer Reports #1 rating for all-season performance tires, and other favorable test reports online. On both occasions, my car was much quieter at freeway speeds with the new Michelins than the old tires. Previous tendencies to follow road surface grooves was gone; now the car just tracks straight or can be steered around corners exactly as desired, leisurely or as rapidly as needed. Traction and braking are also good. Driving appropriately for road conditions (dry, wet or gravel) results in reassuring responses from the car on these tires; I have not driven them in snow or deep mud. After several long-distance road trips with the car fully-loaded, and some slower city driving lightly loaded, they are holding-up well: wearing evenly with plenty of tread remaining and no rubber cracking.<br /><br />Driving rentals and family members' cars on other premium brand tires in similar sizes have revealed tires that are noisier, less grippy and/or have other undesirable characteristics. In contrast to their regrettable decisions (against my advice and to which they are now committed for years, until those tires wear out), I will buy these Michelins again and recommend them as long as they are available.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
By Gray Bros
from Jackson, MS
(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
Pretty Quiet Ride
Under 20000 Was Smooth
30000 Miles And Done
Disappointing purchase and Michelin refused to provide any warranty. Tires completely shot by 37,000 miles. Dealer now claims they would never recommend this tire for more than 40,000 even though it is rated as 60,000 miles.