When you’re getting ready to head out on a big summer road trip, you’ll feel a lot more confident if you have a new set of tires on your car. But what are the best tires to get, and where should you buy them?
Michelin designates their Primacy MXV4 tires as “perfect for comfort-oriented touring vehicles.” That includes cars such as the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry. However, the Michelin Primacy MXV4 is a versatile all-season tire that will meet the needs of most newer cars, including coupes and sedans, mini-vans, and crossover SUVs (2006 and later).
When Consumer Reports tested performance all-season tires, the Michelin Primacy MXV4 was the number one recommended choice. (In second place was the Continental PureContact.) Most new vehicles these days come with H-rated or V-rated all-season performance tires, which handle more responsively than regular all-season tires.
The speed rating of a tire designates the fixed maximum speed capability of the tire when it is new. Michelin Primacy MXV4 tires have a speed rating of either H (130 mph) or V (149 mph) depending on which size and model you order. Most sports sedans, coupes, and sports cars have tires with one of these ratings.
Advantages of Michelin Primacy MXV4 Tires
When compared to performance all-season tires from other manufacturers, one advantage the Michelin Primacy MXV4 tires have is tread life. Michelin offers a tread life warranty of 60,000 miles (or 6 years) on the Primacy MXV4. So, though these tires are a bit more expensive when compared with certain models from other manufacturers ($130 – $260 each, depending on the size), you can expect to get long wear from them. This makes them a cost-effective (and safety-effective) choice.
Tire Rack, perhaps the most reliable store for buying top brands of tires online, with a fanatically loyal customer base, categorizes the Michelin Primacy MXV4 as a grand touring all-season tire. The guys at Tire Rack recently tested four of the top grand touring all-season tire models and, as with a similar test they did two years ago, they recommend the Michelin Primacy MXV4 as one of the best (see the summary video review of their tire test below).
In their test, Tire Rack’s experts gave these grand touring tires high marks for ride comfort, treadwear, noise comfort, and dry traction performance. Tire Rack also emphasized that Michelin adds the “Green X” symbol to these tires to show that they contribute positively to better fuel efficiency due to their reduced rolling resistance (a result of optimizing weight, tread design, internal structure, and tread compound). This means that your car will use less fuel and you will lower your carbon footprint when riding on these tires, thus making them more eco-friendly. Whether that is important to you or not, isn’t it good to know that these tires will help you squeeze the most mileage out of a gallon of gas, especially when you’re on a long trip in the summer when gas prices are usually at their highest?
Which Cars Can Make Best Use of Michelin Primacy MXV4 Tires?
As noted above, cars such as the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord will perform well with Michelin Primacy MXV4 tires. Tire Rack listed other car models that will also do well with the Primacy MXV4:
- Kia Sorento
- Mazda CX-7
- Hyundai Santa Fe Limited
- Ford Flex
- Chrysler 300
- Acura MDX
Obviously, cars and crossover SUVs similar to those above will also benefit from having Primacy MXV4 tires installed (cars such as the Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, Hyundai Genesis, Nissan Maxima, and Volkswagon Passat). Check the hundreds of customer reviews on the Tire Rack site for the Primacy MXV4 and you’ll get a good overview of what to expect with your particular car and driving conditions. User reviews average 8.4 out of 10 for the Michelin Primacy MXV4. You can find customers who have added multiple entries over several years about the performance of these tires (as I mentioned, Tire Rack customers tend to be somewhat fanatical).
Tire Rack is also currently offering good deals on certain sizes of Michelin Primacy MXV4 tires — click here to shop their site for details.
If you’d like more details concerning the advantages of doing business with Tire Rack when it comes to buying tires, see my review of the best winter tires here.
Tires are crucial performance and safety components of your car. When you think about it, tires advance technologically each year, too, just like car engines and sound systems. It’s just that the high-tech advancements in tires are hidden within that familiar black shape and complex tread pattern. As you pursue your summer adventures, add a set of tires to your car that Consumer Reports has rated number one and many satisfied customers have bought more than once for their cars — Michelin Primacy MXV4 performance all-season tires.