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:
Friday, August 15, 2014 by steve turner:
Looking for something to improve the around town ride of my Volvo XC60. Suggestions?
Monday, August 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Team:
Steve, one of the most popular choices for XC60 owners has been the Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology. It has scores near the top in our consumer surveys, has excellent mileage warranty and works well as an all-season.
Monday, August 25, 2014 by Dave:
Looking for a quite riding tire for my 2007 Infinity M35X. Any suggestions?
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 by Tire Rack Team:
Dave, currently the most quiet and comfortable tire offered is the Pirelli Cinturato All Season Plus. This tire has received top honors in our consumer surveys and is offered in your size for $182 each. If I can assist, please let me know. --
Sunday, September 28, 2014 by Marshs:
Looking for tires to give a comfortable and quiet ride on my 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe. I would like the smoothest ride possible.
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 by Tire Rack Team:
Marshs, currently, the highest rated tire by consumers is the Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology.
Friday, October 24, 2014 by Jack:
What best smooth riding tires do you recommend for a Mercedes e320,
Monday, October 27, 2014 by Rich:
Wondering what the best replacement for smooth ride and wet traction would be for a 2012 Soul ! (18in)
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 by Tire Rack Team:
Jack, what year is your Mercedes and what size tires are you currently using?
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 by Tire Rack Teams:
Rich, pne of the most popular touring tires known for good ride available in this size is the Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology.
Thursday, October 30, 2014 by Mitch:
I have a 2013 Passat, I put on 35k to 45k miles a year. would like a good tire for all seasons of Minn.
Saturday, November 1, 2014 by Heidy:
I need new tires for my 2012 Chevy Equinox LT. Currently have P225R6517. They worked great. What do you suggest? Want quiet, smooth and great in rain and snow.
Saturday, November 1, 2014 by Joe:
Looking for replacement tires for a 2007 Hyundai Elantra SE; after 7 years, it finally time to replace the original Hankook tires. Looking at the Goodyear Assurance Comfortred vs. the Michelin Premier A/S. Will be commuting from Phila to DC for the next two years, so looking for the highest rating (closest to 10) on all categories for: Dry, Wet, Snow, Quit, and Comfort. Can you assist me in choosing the best one? Don't see ratings on the tires like they used to have on such categories. Thanks in advance for any assistance you can provide!
Thursday, November 6, 2014 by Tire Rack Team:
Mitch, look at options in our Grand Touring All-Season category. They feature good all-season traction and high mileage warranties. They can be seen ranked here:
Thursday, November 20, 2014 by Don Gordhamer:
Can I trust new Michelin Premier a/s? It is unproven or should I go with Goodyear Assurance Comfort tred touring for my 2010 Honda Accord
Friday, November 21, 2014 by Bill Gaines:
I have a 2006 Lexus GS300. What tire would be the smoothest, quietest rand touring tire? Michelin Primacy or Goodyear Assurance?
Monday, November 24, 2014 by Tire Rack Team:
Bill, Currently, two of the best rated tires available in your size are the Michelin Premier A/S and the Pirelli P7 All Season Plus.
Friday, January 9, 2015 by Willis Lam:
Looking for new tires for my 2011 Honda Odyssessy ex-l. Would like the tires to have good rain and snow traction
Tuesday, January 13, 2015 by Tire Rack Team:
Willis, Take a look at the Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology:
Tuesday, February 3, 2015 by Abdi:
I am looking for tires for my 2012 Toyota Sienna LE v6 FWD and can't decide between Firestone Precision touring and Michelin Primacy. I am looking for good wet/snow traction and long wearing tires
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 by Tire Rack Team:
Abdi, Both of these tires get great reviews, however the Firestone's do have a considerably lower price point. I would also take a look at the General Altimax RT43. --
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 by Troy Corriere :
I am looking for the smoothest, quietest, most comfortable riding tire for my 2012 Chrysler 300. It really has a great luxury car feel and I would like it to remain that way or even enhance the ride if possible. Thanks for your input. Warmest regards, Troy Corriere
Friday, February 27, 2015 by Tire Rack Team:
Troy, Take a look at the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus:
Saturday, March 21, 2015 by Doug:
Hello, I have a 2013 Ford Escape S with OEM Continental ContiContact Pro 235/55R17 LRR tires. Their ride is very stiff and uncomfortable I'd like to get the smoothest ride possible so I'm considering decreasing my wheel size to 16" wheels and get, perhaps, some 225/65R16 tires, or something similar. Or, could I go to 15"?

I'm concerned because a lot of the new tires are LRR and I've heard that LRR has a less smooth ride. Should I avoid LRR tires? Even a lot of the Michelins, long known for thier smooth quiet rides, now come in LRR.

What would be the best tire/wheel combination for a smooth, and, if possible, quiet ride?

Thank you,
Monday, March 23, 2015 by doug:
looking to purchase 2012 hyundai genesis with michelin tires with 25k miles(OE). these tires have a lot of road noise. I want the smoothest ride and as quite a ride as possible. Your recommendation? Thanks
Monday, March 23, 2015 by Tire Rack Team:
Doug, Many low rolling resistance tires receive great reviews and are amongst our most popular sellers. If the ride comfort on your Escape is not to your liking, downsizing would help with this issue. While 15s cannot be used due to brake clearance issues, many customers have downsized to 16" wheels and have had good success with the 225/65R16. --
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 by Tire Rack Team:
Doug, Is your Genesis a sedan or coupe? Also, what size are you currently using? --

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