The Michelin Primacy MXV4[V] is part of the tire
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, performance all season tire
models like the Primacy MXV4[V] 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. Refer to the wet braking iText at the top of the Ratings chart for the specific speed used.
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[V]
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.
These tires came as standard equipment on my 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid. They are the V rated tire, but contrary to the V rated tire CR evaluated they have 9.5/32 of tread when new (not 12/32). The tires currently have 22,000 miles on them and have 5/32 of tread life left. If I replace them at 3/32 which will be maximum, they will give me about 31,000 miles of life. This is not acceptable in my opinion. Michelin is selling these tires as having a 62,000 mile tread wear warranty. Will be interesting to find out if they will honour the warranty as they will not come close to making it.<br /><br />They are quite good in snow and ice. Noise is minimal on a smooth highway, but there is vibration on rough seal coat highways. Probably more the suspension than the tire. Fuel economy in summer runs around 40 mpg city/highway combined.<br /><br />I would for sure avoid the 9.5/32 tread versions of these tires, and probably the model in general.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
from Salisbury. NC
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Above Average Tire
I have had 2 sets of Michelin Primacy MXV4s (V). It is a good tire and handles well. I can not give it 5 stars because it comes up short on tread life.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
from Bedford, NH
(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
Very poor tread life
These tires came as standard equipment on my 2012 Toyota Camry XLE. After only 18,000 miles, the Toyota service technician recommended I look into replacing them! I tried to milk them for additional mileage, but by 26,000 miles they were completely shot. I rotated them regularly, maintained inflation pressure, etc. I filed a warranty claim through the local Michelin dealer, and received a 60% credit toward a new pair of different model Michelins. I would STRONGLY recommend against buying this model. I went with the Defender model instead, which comes with an 80,000 mile warranty, and has gotten high recommendations from dealers.