Michelin Primacy MXV4 Review

Michelin Primacy MXV4 Review

Reviewers say the Michelin Primacy MXV4 has exceptional road manners -- delivering a quiet ride and smoothing out the bumps -- while providing excellent grip on dry or 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.

ProsSmooth, quiet ride, Very good traction on snow, Excellent warrantyConsLoses some traction on wet pavement

Breaking it down


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 its traction on icy and snowy roads doesn't match a winter tire, the Primacy MXV4 has one of the best winter traction ratings among 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 (safe to 149 mph), 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 MXV4 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. Hundreds of owners posting reviews to TireRack.com give the Michelin Primacy MXV4 an average rating of 8.4 out of 10 for treadwear, which means it falls into the category of "excellent." 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.

Our Sources

1. ConsumerReports.org

Performance all season tire Ratings, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not Dated

Editors include the H-speed-rated and V-speed-rated versions of the Michelin Primacy MXV4 in their test of performance all-season tires. Each tire goes through extensive testing that includes braking on wet, dry and icy pavement; ride comfort and noise evaluations. Estimates on tread life are also included.

2. Tire Rack

Testing Grand Touring All-Season Tires with a Sporty Edge, Editors of TireRack.com, May 24, 2013

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.

3. Tire Rack

Testing Grand Touring All-Season Tires, Editors of TireRack.com, Aug. 17, 2012

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.

4. Tire Rack

Michelin Primacy MXV4, Contributors to TireRack.com, As of September 2015

More than 1,390 owners review the Michelin Primacy MXV4 here, giving it an overall rating of 4 stars out of 5 and it lands at number six out of 25 in the Grand Touring All-Season category. This Michelin tire gets its highest scores in dry traction, ride comfort and low tread-noise categories. The MXV4 also gets very high treadwear ratings.

5. Amazon.com

Michelin Primacy MXV4 Radial Tire - 215/60R16 94H, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of September 2015

The Michelin Primacy MXV4 draws a scattering of reviews across various sizes of the tire at Amazon.com. The 215/60R size here gets 4.8 stars out of 5 in a handful of reviews, other sizes get similar ratings.