Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Energy MXV4 S8

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Energy MXV4 S8Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.57

2012 Nissan Altima Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 20,000
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 20,000 Miles on Tires
September 04, 2012

This is the stock tire on both our 2012 Altima and 2011 Camry. Total of 20k usage to date on both cars.

It's the first new-car tire I've ever encountered that wasn't junk. For it's category it's a very nice tire. Quiet and comfortable.

Doesn't handle the V6 Camry power well - can spin them at will, but that's Toyota's fault for not using a wider, stickier tire. On the wimpy I4 Altima it works fine.

I said 'would buy again = yes' in the context of 'if I was buying a tire in this class.'

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.4
 
 

2008 Toyota Avalon Limited
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Ashford, CT
Driving Condition: Easy Going
 

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
March 24, 2014

Just put a set on wife's 2008 Avalon, only driven 500 miles on dry roads so far, but VERY happy with these Pirelli's that replaced Michelin Energy MXV4's that wore out way too soon. Have a separate set of wheels/winter tires, so can't comment on snow/ice traction, but other reviews appear positive. Like the responsiveness as well as the ride, and they're pretty quiet on the highway. These are really great tires, I only wish they made them in the size my truck takes, I'd order a set in a heartbeat.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Eagle Sport All-Season (W-Speed Rated)

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Eagle Sport All-Season (W-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.36
 
 

2013 Ford Fusion
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Cleveland, OH
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
February 11, 2014

So I drive for work, and have put about 10k miles on these tires so far. I have done no less than seven 100 mile+ trips through snow storms so far with these tires and am thoroughly impressed. My car is very light (235 width) and a light 1.6L Ecoboost motor. My car handles tenfold better than it did with the stock Michelin energy. The only thing i'd say is you can feel more road imperfections over the stock Michelins. But, I've had no vibrations at all with these tires even when it was neg 9 here. Dry traction and cornering is fantastic! Wet traction is great. Snow and Ice traction is impressive, even during braking. Take off isn't the best, but that's more due to the vehicle itself. Going between 40-50 on the highway with DEEP snow is what impresses me the most with these tires. They're no snow tire, but I would recommend them to anyone who has to deal with all four seasons. So far the tread is down to 9/32. It looks like I will get 40-50k miles on these tires

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2004 BMW 530i Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 13,000
Location: East Lansdowne, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 13,000 Miles on Tires
February 12, 2014

I have owned multiple vehicles, and some came with the Michelin MX4 high energy tires. I find the Continental DWS tire to be fare superior in just about every category that you have listed here. I more than pleased with this tire.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Energy MXV4 S8

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Energy MXV4 S8 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 4.27
 
 

2012 Mazda Mazda6
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Miles driven on tires: 15,000
Location: Lunenburg, MA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 15,000 Miles on Tires
January 06, 2014

These tires were stock from Mazda. I don't know how this tire can be rated as "all season". Traction is extremely poor in the least amount of snow. It performs ok on dry roads. I will probably replace these tire before this winter is over.

 

Looking for Quiet Tires? Check Out My Top Three Picks!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 by Gary Stanley

When shopping for tires, most drivers place a good deal of emphasis on quietness. No one wants to listen to a loud tire on a long trip or have to shout at their passengers to have a conversation. Tire noise can be more than just an annoyance, it can also mask important sounds that affect vehicle performance, maintenance and safety.  

For most drivers, the quietest tires are found in the Passenger All-Season, Standard Touring All-Season and Grand Touring All-Season performance categories.  

Goodyear Assurance ComforTred
Goodyear Assurance
ComforTred
Michelin Defender
Michelin
Defender
Michelin Primacy MXV4
Michelin Primacy
MXV4


For Passenger All-Season tires, the Goodyear Assurance ComforTred and Michelin Energy Saver A/S both received top ratings for noise comfort. While the Goodyear is not available in many sizes, the Michelin is made in quite a few popular fitments ranging from compact cars to crossover vehicles.  

In the Standard Touring All-Season category, the Michelin Defender has consistently received high praise from our customers in regards to its smooth and quiet ride. It's also designed to deliver extra long wear and all-season traction in dry, wet and wintry conditions, even in light snow. 

If you're driving a vehicle that uses tires with higher speed ratings, check out the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus and Michelin Primacy MXV4. The P7 All Season Plus is a relative newcomer with few miles reported in our surveys, but initial feedback has been outstanding. Developed to be environmentally friendly, Pirelli's EcoImpact icons confirm the tire's contribution to the environment with regards to energy efficiency, clean air, low noise and long wear. Michelin's Primacy MXV4 offers a quiet, comfortable ride, long treadlife, responsive handling and all-season traction. You can learn about my personal experience with this Michelin tire by reading "Michelin Primacy MXV4 Tires Installed on My Crossover."

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Energy MXV4 S8

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Energy MXV4 S8 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10
 
 

2005 Saab 9-3 Linear 2.0T Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 100
Location: South Richmond Hill, NY
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 100 Miles on Tires
January 13, 2014

These tires are by far the BEST tires I have had on my Saab !!! The car handles great. My car feels like it's floating. Amazing ride. I highly recommend these tires. I have a radar and these tires can handle speed with ease. I've gone up to 130 mph. And its very stable. I would buy them again. I had Perelli's and they did not handle well. If you drive a sports car buy these tires, you will not regret it !!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Energy MXV4 Plus

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Energy MXV4 Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.4
 
 

2012 Mini Countryman
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Miles driven on tires: 250
Location: Salem, OR
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 250 Miles on Tires
January 13, 2014

These replaced the original Continental run-flats after 24000 miles at which point the wear bars were showing. These tires completely changed the character of the car. It now rides much more smoothly, quieter and the speedometer is more accurate. These tires were original equipment on my last two cars (Passats w/4Motion) and I loved them on those, too. Excellent tires!!!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology

Friday, January 10, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10
 
 

2007 Acura MDX
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Miles driven on tires: 100
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Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 100 Miles on Tires
November 26, 2013

Just got these tires on 07 MDX. Ride quality is superb. Road noise reduction almost 100% from the old set of Michelin Energy. Will update when more miles are on these tires.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Energy Saver A/S

Friday, July 5, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Energy Saver A/S Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.36
 
 

2010 Buick LaCrosse 3.0
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Miles driven on tires: 32,000
Location: Jefferson, NY
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 32,000 Miles on Tires
April 20, 2013

I have 32,000 miles on these tires and probably have 10,000 miles left. Good life for a heavy full sized car. Not to great in snow, but not terrible. Seem to be fine on wet roads. I normally drive too fast and so far the tires have kept me on the road even when roads are sandy in the spring. Our roads in this part of New York are poor in quality with pot holes, cracks and my rural town still has many gravel roads. Performance is good considering where I drive.

 

What are the Quietest Tires Available for 2013? Find Out Here!

Thursday, May 23, 2013 by Gary Stanley

In a recent post, "Best Tire Brands for Long Treadwear", some of the longest wearing tires were discussed and how treadlife is one of the most important factors that consumers consider when deciding which tires to buy. In addition to treadlife, tire noise is a major factor to most drivers when selecting a new set of tires. Who wants to listen to the drone of a loud tire during a daily commute or road trip. Besides being a nuisance, loud tire noise can keep a driver from hearing other sounds that can affect vehicle maintenance and safety.

Tires that generally make the least amount of noise typically come from the following performance categories:

  • Standard Touring All-Season
  • Passenger All-Sean
  • Grand Touring All-Season

Many years ago, summer tires were the quietest tires available while all-season tires were louder due to their more aggressive tread patterns. Tire technology has come a long way and the market has changed. Newer summer tires are now primarily focused on high levels of grip, handling and quick steering response, with less focus on road noise. All-season tires are now the best choice for those after a quiet ride. The following tires are some of the top picks for low road noise in three of the quietest categories:

 
 Michelin Defender
Michelin Defender
 Hankook Optimo H727
Hankook Optimo H727
 
 
 
 
Stop putting up with loud tires! Shop by vehicle to find a quiet set of tires for your car, truck or crossover.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season

Monday, May 13, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10
 
 

2006 BMW X5 4.4i
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Miles driven on tires: 700
Location: Silver Spring, MD
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 700 Miles on Tires
April 29, 2013

I am so happy with my Pirelli Scorpion Verde's that I can't wait to buy another pair. I had Michelin Energy's on my X5 and yes they are a good all around touring tire, however the price is just outragious. Plus, Pirelli's Scorpion Verde's to me are a far more superior tire from the ride, the handling and the way the tire is built. For example, as soon as they arrived at my home, which was delivered by UPS within a day, I could see the quality of the tire and design that stood out from the Michelin tire. Nevertheless, I recently went on a business trip to Delaware and Philly and let me tell you the noise level was low and the comfort and ride was excellent. I've never seen such deep tread grooves on a tire. This tire can handle Rain, Snow and anything in my opinion. I saved over $150 dollars a tire, Verde $201 and Michelin $350. In closing, I have always wanted to have Pirelli's on my car and now I do and I absolutely love them and recommend them to all. You don't have to spend the big bucks on Michelin, really. Let me reiterate that the Pirelli Scorpion Verde is an ideal tire for a SUV that travels via city and highway and ultimatley gives you that confidence of driving in style and luxury. I will be placing my next order for the other pair by the end of the week. Travel Safe!

 

Goodyear vs. Michelin Brand Showdown

Thursday, April 18, 2013 by Ben Rooney

Two of the most recognizable and respected brands in the industry are Michelin and Goodyear. Both brands have their fans, both brands have their detractors, but ask any sampling of people in the United States to name a couple of tire brands and Goodyear and Michelin will probably dominate the responses. A common question that we receive is: "Which brand is better?" The answer depends on the tire category and the specific needs of the driver, but I'll try to give an overview by comparing the top tires from each brand by category. This comparison focuses on categories for cars.

Category: Passenger All-Season

Contenders: Goodyear Assurance TripleTred All-Season vs. Michelin Energy Saver A/S

Verdict: The Goodyear has the advantage in bad weather traction. Michelin's Energy Saver A/S optimizes rolling resistance to slightly enhance fuel economy. Both have very good treadwear and rate well in our customer surveys, but the Goodyear is currently higher. Two strong contenders, however the Goodyear wins with superior traction in bad weather.

Category: Standard Touring All-Season

Contenders: Goodyear (none) vs. Michelin Defender

Verdict: No contest here as Michelin has the number one tire in the class and Goodyear has no entry. Michelin wins by default. Goodyear would need a heroic new entry to unseat the current king of this class.

Category: Grand Touring All-Season

Contenders: Goodyear Assurance ComforTred Touring vs. Michelin Primacy MXV4

Verdict: These two tires are both excellent entries into the category. I've driven both of these and prefer the Michelin, which also has slightly higher survey results over a larger number of miles. This round goes to Michelin.

Category: High Performance All-Season

Contenders: Goodyear Eagle GT vs. Michelin Pilot Exalto A/S

Verdict: The Eagle GT is solid but the Pilot Exalto A/S remains one of the best all-around tires in the category. It blends ride, handling and traction in a wide variety of conditions. The Pilot Exalto A/S takes this round for Michelin as well.

Category: Ultra High Performance All-Season

Contenders: Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric All-Season vs. Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus

Verdict: These tires are both right in the top tier of the category. We have not tested them directly against one another, and the Goodyear is relatively new. Both earned similar results against other tires in the category in tests one year apart. This one is too close to call.

Category: Max Performance Summer

Contenders: Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 vs. Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Verdict: This is an excellent match-up of two of the newest and stickiest tires in the Max Performance Summer category. The Michelin won their head-to-head test, and having done some of the driving for the test, I agree with the results. Honorable mention to the Goodyear, which is an excellent tire in its own right, but the Pilot Super Sport is the class of the field right now.

Category: Extreme Performance Summer

Contenders: Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar G: 2 vs. Michelin (none)

Verdict: Goodyear makes the Supercar G: 2 in very few sizes, but does enough to take the category unopposed. Any tire that looks this cool merits some points in a brand shoot by virtue of the halo effect it brings to the brand:

 

 

 

 

 


Roundup:

  • Goodyear wins two categories: Passenger All-Season and Extreme Performance Summer.
  • Michelin wins four categories: Standard Touring All-Season, Grand Touring All-Season, High Performance All Season and Max Performance Summer.

Whether you're a Goodyear or Michelin fan, both brands provide great options. Choose the tire from the brand you like that best suits how and where you drive.

Best Tires for Fuel Economy

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 by Steve Huffman

With high fuel prices, everyone is looking for ways to save money at the pump. The tires on your car have an impact on your fuel economy. One easy way to reduce your rolling resistance is to always maintain proper air pressure in your tires. An underinflated tire takes more energy to roll - costing you money.

Today, many manufacturers have designed tires to help reduce rolling resistance and improve overall fuel economy. They have been able to accomplish this by making improvements to the rubber compound, tread design and sidewall construction. When many of these tires were introduced a few years ago, it was initially thought, by many, that they may suffer in their traction capabilities, especially in the wet. To their credit, the manufacturers have been able to overcome these concerns and have been able to produce some very capable tires.

Bridgestone Ecopia EP422
Bridgestone Ecopia
EP422
Continental ProContact with Ecoplus Technology
Continental ProContact with
EcoPlus Technology
Michelin Defender
Michelin
Defender


One of our best-selling low rolling resistance tire is the Bridgestone Ecopia EP422. This Grand Touring All-Season tire offers an excellent ride and good all-season traction. The Ecopia EP422 uses an all-season tread compound featuring Bridgestone's unique NanoPro-Tech (Nanostructure-Oriented Properties Control Technology) to reduce rolling resistance and energy loss while maintaining dry, wet and wintertime traction. This tire is offered with a 65,000-mile treadlife warranty.

Another great option is the Continental ProContact with EcoPlus Technology. You may be familiar with the ProContact model as it has been an Original Equipment tire on many vehicles. The EcoPlus Technology's all-season tread compound features Continental's Tg-F Polymers and +Silane additives to improve treadwear, fuel efficiency and traction on slippery roads. This tire is offered with an 80,000-mile treadlife warranty.

Michelin's Defender features Green X technology to provide a level of energy efficiency among the highest on the market for its category without compromising other key characteristics, such as traction and treadwear. The tire is offered with either a 90,000- or 80,000-mile treadlife warranty depending on the speed rating.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Energy LX4

Thursday, April 11, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Energy LX4 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.45
 
 

2006 Honda Odyssey
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Miles driven on tires: 50,600
Location: Ashburn, VA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 50,600 Miles on Tires
April 08, 2013

I have a set of these Michelin LX4 on my Odyssey EXL. I had always been happy with Michelin in the past on my Honda Accords and Nissan. They are generally more quiet than any other tires of comparable costs, particularly when they get olders (35K+). This set performs well for the most part with no exception. I rotated my tires every 7.5K so they wear evenly and keep the pressure between 35 to 40 psi depending on the weather (high pressure during the winter months). They are very quiet on the city and highway unless the road surface have grooves but never pave up in some states. I'd say that we did about 30K on high way and 20K in city. They are probably good for another 4-5K in the summer before I have to replace them. The tires traction is very good in dry, wet or light snow conditions now that the tread had worn out but it is used to be good in 4-6 in" of snow too when it was newer. I will likely replace them with the Michelin Defender which has a better tire life (60K+) for almost the same price. I think if the Defender is quiet as this tire, I will be happy.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Energy LX4

Thursday, April 11, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Energy LX4 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 4.9
 
 

2010 Honda Odyssey
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Miles driven on tires: 30,000
Location: Richmond Hill, ON
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 30,000 Miles on Tires
March 31, 2013

These were OE tires on my Odyssey, and I've just put them back on after taking off my X-Ice xi2s, which are excellent. The LX4s are loud, hard riding tires abviously designed to squeeze out a tenth of an MPG more in testing. They were absymal in snow/ice, and hydroplane fairly easily. Treadwear has been okay, although the previous owner did not rotate them so two have worn faster.

I am considering replacing them with Defenders, which have gotten good reviews.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Energy MXV4 Plus

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Energy MXV4 Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.36
 
 

2011 Hyundai Azera
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Miles driven on tires: 24,400
Location: Cape Elizabeth, ME
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 24,400 Miles on Tires
March 22, 2013

Six months ago, I bought the car used with 19,200 miles on it. At the time the tread depth was 5/32. Just had a 5,000 mile check and was told the tread depth is now 3/32 or less, and the tires need to be replaced. Original owners of the car bought it in Maine and resided in Florida for a couple of years, so I cannot speak to their driving habits, however, I have driven about 75/25% local miles. The tires is supposedly rated for 50,000 miles, and the car will have about half that when the tires are replaced. While they are quiet and ride comfortably, the durability is completely unsatisfactory.Though the tread is now worn, this past winter I have not found them to handle well on wet roads and snow.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Latitude X-Ice Xi2

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Latitude X-Ice Xi2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.18
 
 

2010 Honda Odyssey
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Richmond Hill, ON
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
March 31, 2013

These are my first winter tires and compared to the horrid Energy LX4s that were OE on the van, these cut through snow and ice like nothing I've ever seen before. Sure, if you drive fast on packed snow and jam on the brakes you can break traction, but in normal driving I never lost grip.

As soon as I put them on, I noticed how quiet and smooth they are - far superior to the OE tires. Handling and cornering is a bit 'squishier' than the OE tires, but I got used to that very quickly.

For me, the real benefit is the extra margin of confidence that when I hit the brakes or need to turn corners on the snow/slush/ice that covers Toronto from December to April, my van will respond as I expect. I have not had any close calls or nervous moments with these tires, in contrast to the LX4s I ran through last winter, or my previous all-seasons on other vehicles.

I very strongly recommend these tires to others.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Energy Saver A/S

Thursday, March 21, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Energy Saver A/S Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.82
 
 

2010 Ford Escape 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Scott Township, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
March 17, 2013

I purchased these tire right before winter and am happy with them for the most part. They get a little hard below 20degrees but seem to get better after a few miles. They are good in snow and very good in the rain. They seem to be wearing very well so far and hope they give better tread life than the Michelin Cross Terrain that they replaced. I did notice a increase in mileage of almost a mile per gallon which I was impressed by. All in all I would buy them again.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Defender

Tuesday, March 19, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Defender Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.29
 
 

2005 Honda Accord Hybrid
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Clemmons, NC
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
March 11, 2013

This tire was purchased for a 2005 Honda Accord Hybrid. Tire performs great in wet and dry conditions. Very impressed with the noise levels experienced with this tire... nearly silent on good roads and greatly improved on all other surfaces. Fuel economy dropped 3 mpg as compared to the previous tires(Michelin Primacy MXV4) Much of the difference may be new vs. old tires. Rolling resistance is noticeably higher than previously. Takes more energy/power to accelerate to and maintain speed on highway.