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.
I was surprised to see so many negative comments for these tires. I own a '97 Sebring convertible- bought new in '96 (now my second car). The car came with MXVs. When it was time to replace them, tire retailer convinced me he had a quieter tire with better performance. After 30 days on the new tires (can't recall what brand or model they were), I went back to the retailer and told him they were (1) noisier and (2) didn't handle as well. They replaced them with new MXVs, no charge. Since then, no problem. I have not had any of the complaints others have written about. Maybe I was lucky twice? If still available when it's time for another set of tires, I'll buy them again.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
from Palm Desert, CA
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
32k miles of use and I need new tires
Rotated tires every 4 to 5000 miles. Average driver and noticed the tires constantly squeaked when turning at any speed. Tire were original equipment. Had to refill front tire twice a month. As tread wear reduced the comfort of the ride decreased and the noise increased. Noticed excessive tire markings in driveway from turning the wheel. Now I have to buy new tires and don' t trust research here at CR. Any suggestions for Camery SE?
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
By Steve J
from Fort Myers, Florida
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
Poor Tread Life
These were replacement tires on my 2011 Kia Sorento. I've had very good luck with Michelin in the past on a Ram Pick-up, but after 2 years and only 20,000 miles, these tires are just about worn out. Michelin does provide a pro-rated warranty on wear, but cashing in on it means buying another set of them or BF Goodrich, which they also own. Not sure what I'm going to do. Decent performance, but don't expect much tire life.