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.
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.
I am writing this the day before an appointment to replace these tires. When I purchased them I was hoping to get excellent tread life as tested in CR. The OEM tires on my VW Jetta Sportwagen TDI , 225/45R17, were Contis and wore out in 20k miles, so I went to the Michelins hoping for much better results. The Michelins now have 29000 miles on them and are ready to be replaced (3/32 remain). I don't consider myself to be a hard driver and I believe the lower life has more to do with the low profile tire design as I have never gotten long tire mileage with a car that has low profile tires.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
By Motown Lady
from Detroit, MI
(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Need run-flats since often flat
Easily Damaged By Pothole
The run flat feature works correctly. I know this because I have had 3 flats in 16,000 miles, 17 months. Michelin Primacy MXM4 ZP 225/40ZR18 came on my new 2013 Cadillac ATS AWD. These low profile tires are very easily damaged by potholes, even at low speeds. Damage is to the sidewalls. <br /><br />Speaking with an Automotive Tire and Safety Engineer after my last replacement, it was suggested that under-inflation may be been a contribution factor. May be better to be slightly over-inflated than slightly under-inflated.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
from Tucson, AZ
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
EXCEPTIONAL TREAD LIFE!!!
I replaced OME tires on a 2006 Acura TSX with Michelin Primacy MXV4, P215/50 R17 V tires. 95% of my driving is 75 MPH highway driving in Southern AZ. The tires were rated for 60,000 miles; I am replacing them now after 82,000 miles. I rotate and balance tires at every service. I highly recommend these tires!