This summer tire has shown up as original equipment on luxury sedans from Audi, Lexus and Mercedes. Owners who post reviews at TireRack.com rate it higher than any other grand touring summer tire: It gets the highest score of "superior" for steering response and wet and dry traction, and an "excellent" rating for cornering stability, hydroplaning resistance, quietness, ride comfort and tread wear. One testing organization names it a best buy for the same reasons.
The Michelin Primacy HP balances performance with comfort, more so than the top-rated Michelin Pilot Super Sport (*Est. $195) summer tire, which is geared more toward pure performance. Note that summer tires won't grip on cold roads, snow or ice. For that, you'll need a performance all-season tire like the Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position (*Est. $185).
Which? magazine, a U.K. consumer publication, ranks the Michelin Primacy HP against its peers in a rigorous independent test. We found owner reviews at Tyrereviews.co.uk and at TireRack.com, a U.S. retail website. SaferCar.gov posts the Primacy HPs official temperature, traction and tread-wear ratings.
1. Which? magazine
The U.K.'s Which? magazine is similar to Consumer Reports. Editors include the Michelin Primacy HP in their test of 11 summer tires in the 205/55R16 size, naming five best buys.
Review: Car Tyres, Editors of Which? magazine
2. Tire Rack
Customers at this retail website rank the Michelin Primacy HP number one among grand touring summer tires. With 20 owner ratings posted (15 with written reviews), this tire gets especially high marks for steering response and wet and dry traction.
Review: Michelin Primacy HP, Contributors to TireRack.com
Eighty-five owners rate the Michelin Primacy HP at this U.K. website, representing more than 2 million miles driven on the tires. It scores 85 percent for dry grip and around 75 percent for everything else, including wet grip, road feedback, wear and comfort. Two out of three owners say they'd buy this tire again.
Review: Michelin Primacy HP, Contributors to Tyrereviews.co.uk
This government website lists official ratings for most tires on the market, including the Michelin Primacy HP. It earns the highest grade of A for heat resistance and an A for traction (the highest grade is AA), with a tread-wear grade of 240.
Review: Tire Rating Lookup, Editors of SaferCar.gov