Reviewers say the Michelin Primacy MXV4 has exceptional road manners -- delivering a quiet ride and smoothing out the bumps -- while providing excellent grip on wet and snowy roads. They recommend this grand-touring all-season tire for users who want a refined daily driver for highways, but don't need a track-worthy performer. Owners rank it as one of the longest lasting tires in this class, and Michelin's warranty is one of the best.
All-weather traction. Professionals say the H-speed-rated Michelin Primacy MXV4 has excellent stopping power -- its braking performance ranks with the best in expert tests on wet and dry pavement. Though traction on icy and snowy roads doesn't match a winter tire, the Primacy MXV4 has one of the best winter traction ratings for all-season tires. In its road test, TireRack.com says Michelin (along with a Bridgestone model) "provided the most stable handling with good overall traction and a predictable feel during the abrupt maneuvers of our course." It's also available as a V-speed-rated tire, which posts even quicker braking on wet pavement and a longer tread life.
Excellent road manners. "The Michelin Primacy MXV4 delivered a nice level of ride comfort, doing the best job at smoothing the sharper bumps and expansion joints along the route," say editors with TireRack.com. They compare it alongside other top-performing tires from Pirelli and Continental, saying the Michelin provides the quietest, smoothest journey out of the three. Reviewers say the Michelin's refined ride is excellent for daily driving. The V-speed-rated Primacy MXV4 isn't quite as smooth as the H-speed-rated version, according to a separate expert comparison, though tread noise and ride comfort are still above average.
Solid and reliable. More than 1,300 owners at TireRack.com give the Michelin Primacy MXV4 an average rating of 8.6 out of 10 for treadwear, the third highest life-span score for grand-touring all-season tires. Many owner reviews at the same site report they get 80,000 miles or more on a set, saying the tires wear pretty evenly. Experts praise the Michelin's low rolling resistance. In a simulated real-world test, editors with TireRack.com report getting up to 32 mpg -- several gallons more than their test sedan's estimated fuel consumption. The Primacy MXV4 includes a six-year, 60,000-mile treadwear warranty, which is one of the longest tire warranties available.
Editors include the H-speed-rated and V-speed-rated versions of the Michelin Primacy MXV4 in their 42-tire test of performance all-season tires. Each tire goes through extensive testing that includes brake tests on wet, dry and icy pavement; ride comfort and noise evaluations; and estimates on tread life.
Review: Performance All-Season Tire Ratings, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not Dated
2. Tire Rack
In a side-by-side comparison, Michelin Primacy MXV4 has the highest overall score, beating out Continental PureContact, Pirelli Cinturato P7 and Bridgestone Potenza RE97AS. Editors praise its exceptionally smooth, quiet ride, but say it lacks a little stability and response, especially in wet conditions.
Review: Testing Grand Touring All-Season Tires with a Sporty Edge, Editors of TireRack.com, May 24, 2013
3. Tire Rack
Editors test four different grand-touring all-season tires in this comparison: Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus, Continental PureContact, Michelin Primacy MXV4 and Yokohama AVID Ascend. Michelin is second, just behind Bridgestone; though it rates well for handling and comfort, editors say it loses a little traction on wet and icy surfaces.
Review: Testing Grand Touring All-Season Tires, Editors of TireRack.com, Aug. 17, 2012
4. Tire Rack
Almost 1,300 owners review the Michelin Primacy MXV4 here, scoring it 8.26 out of 10. It places third on TireRack.com's customer survey of the best grand-touring all-season tires, where it gets its highest scores in dry traction, ride comfort and low tread-noise categories.
Review: Michelin Primacy MXV4, Contributors to TireRack.com, As of April 2014