Goodyear vs. Michelin: The Grand Touring All-Season Tire Showdown

Thursday, May 23, 2013 by Zig Ziegler

Many tire buyers know Goodyear and Michelin as two nameplates synonymous with quality, but it can be difficult to compare these premium brands head to head. The Goodyear Assurance ComforTred Touring and Michelin Primacy MXV4 are one such case as both tires are considered benchmarks of being the smoothest, quietest and longest wearing Grand Touring All-Season tires on the market today. Choosing between the two can be a daunting task. Both the options have been perennial favorites among our customers.

 Goodyear Assurance ComforTred Touring
Goodyear Assurance ComforTred Touring
 Michelin Primacy MXV4
Michelin Primacy MXV4


The Assurance ComforTred Touring features a mildly asymmetric tread design that combines independent shoulder blocks with notched intermediate and center ribs to blend dry and wet road traction and handling. Four wide circumferential grooves evacuate water from under the tread to enhance wet traction while the tread grooves, notches and sipes form biting edges that deliver all-season traction in light snow.

Its internal construction includes a super shock absorbent Comfort Layer of rubber sandwiched between the tread and steel belts (that provides on average, 20% more cushion than standard auto tires) to insulate vibration and impacts with expansion joints, potholes and bumps. The tire also features Goodyear's dual-layer ComfortEdge sidewall to provide a balance of ride comfort and handling.

Primacy MXV4 tires feature an all-season tread compound molded into a symmetric design that combines notched shoulders, independent intermediate tread blocks and continuous center ribs. Michelin's Active Sipes alternately lock together and open as needed to provide increased biting edges that grip the road to provide all-season handling, especially in rain and snow.

Advanced MaxTouch Construction results in a tuned footprint shape that allows for long-lasting, even treadwear while their Comfort Control Technology uses computer-optimized design and precision manufacturing to reduce vibrations and road noise to deliver a comfortable ride. The tire's internal structure includes twin steel belts reinforced with Michelin's BAZ Technology (spirally wrapped polyamide, Banded At Zero degrees) to reinforce the Primacy MXV4's twin steel belts and provide high-speed durability while enhancing ride comfort.

In our most recent Tire Test Results, we said the Assurance ComforTred Touring was, "A good choice for drivers wanting to blend responsive handling with good road manners" and the Primacy MXV4 was, "A Grand Touring All-Season tire that is a pleasure to drive every day." Before you decide between a Goodyear or Michelin tire, be sure to view our Tire Test Results, Tire Survey Results and Tire Reviews on both tires to see which one will best suit your driving needs.

Comments on Goodyear vs. Michelin: The Grand Touring All-Season Tire Showdown

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 by Earl:
I have the Michelin Primacy MXV4 on a Buick Lucerne. The water and ride is OK, but these tires are just horrible in the rain. It is OK in diverting large amounts of water, but we continue to have problems with just wet streets and tires with no traction in the wet.
Thursday, June 27, 2013 by Zig :
I don't know what the case may be, the MXV4 has always rated high in wet traction in The Tire Rack tests and is currently rated 8.6/10 in Hydroplaning Resistance and 8.6/10 in Wet Traction by customers who own these tires. There's only a handful of tires that score higher in wet traction than the MXV4. If you're still have problems with wet traction when it comes time to change you tires again you may want to get a high performance tire, it will give up some ride comfort but will be better in the wet.
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 by alan:
So if I'm looking for just comfort for my 2012 LE Camry, which tire is better?

The original tires are very uncomfortable and "hard" ie bumpy
Thursday, May 15, 2014 by Zig:
In the 205/65R16 size for the Camry LE my first choice would be the Continental Pure Contact, here is a link to look at the tests and reviews:

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Continental&tireModel=PureContact%20with%20EcoPlus%20Technology&partnum=065HR6PUREC&tab=Survey&affiliate=WC3

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