The warm weather is upon us here in the Midwest and it's time to take my winter / snow tires off of my 2009 MAZDA CX-7 in favor of my all-season tires.
When performing my annual pre-season inspection of my all-season tires, I found that the factory Goodyear RS-A tires were only at 5/32nds of tread depth. While this is enough tread depth to be legal, it isn't optimal for wet traction or hydroplaning. To see how your tire's tread depth is affected by wet conditions, watch "What Honest Abe Doesn't Tell You About Minimum Tread Depths."
Given these issues, I decided it was time to replace the old Goodyears with a new set. My wife primarily drives this vehicle and we also take it on long trips. Safety in wet traction, a smooth and quiet ride and long wear were the main priorities in my decision.
I had considered the Yokohama AVID ENVigor (H&V) for its good combination of handling, steering response and wet traction, but I ultimately decided on the Michelin Primacy MXV4. Why? The Michelin Primacy MXV4 has a softer and quieter ride while still offering great wet traction and longer wear than the ENVigor. Also, when comparing prices in the 235/60R18 size, they were very close.
My first impressions driving on the new set matched exactly what I expected. The aforementioned characteristics were noticeable right away. The tires also performed flawlessly in a recent heavy rainfall, confirming the great wet traction I experienced during our testing. To top it all off, my wife is very pleased!