Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Primacy MXM4

Tuesday, September 4, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.

Michelin Primacy MXM4 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.64
 
 

2008 Ford Fusion
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Delavan, WI
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,400 Miles on Tires
August 31, 2012

Michelin markets this tire "for premium sedans and coupes", but anyone who drives any car with a sport suspension should highly consider this tire.It outperforms performance,high performance,even ultra high performance all-season tires in every category that I have encountered.These Michelins replaced the same size 18" Goodyear RS-A's.The difference in performance has been the same as changes I have done in the past on other cars. EX: 14-7" wheels with 70 series bias ply tires, to 15-8" wheels with 60 series radial tires.That kind of upgrade cost a significant amount of money.These Michelins actually cost less than replacing the Goodyear RS-A's !!!

Follow-Up Review, 5000 Miles on Tires
March 02, 2013

The deep snow traction would be limited with just about any tire on my car,because of ground clearance and wheelwell clearance. I do not see how any other all-season tire could do much better. Best tire ever in the rain!

 

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Primacy MXV4

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Primacy MXV4Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.4

2008 Lexus ES350
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
August 04, 2012

So I just purchased these tires and immediately these tires had a bit of problems. First it was the radial pull due to the tires being stacked on top of each other at the warehouse. Then it was a balancing and alignment issue. But after it was all taken care of I can say that I am finally able to enjoy the tires and I will be giving another review after the 500 mile break in period. I have high expectations for these tires, because it was a very close toss up between these and the Continental Extreme Contact DWS which are cheaper by $30 per tire.

Load Range E 10 Ply Tires for Heavy Duty Use

Monday, May 14, 2012 by Gary Stanley

In a recent blog post titled "Goodyear Marathon Radial vs. Power King Towmax STR Trailer Tires," I covered the difference between two trailer tires we carry. Now, what about the tires used on the trucks to pull those trailers? Many full-sized pickups and cargo vans require load range E tires. If your pickup truck or van is a 2500 or 3500 (commonly called 3/4 ton or 1 ton), your vehicle falls into this category.

Load range E tires are the equivalent of the older 10 ply rated tires and are often still referred to as such, even though tires no longer have 10 actual plies in them. Regardless of what you call them, Tire Rack has what you're looking for. Below are two of my favorite recommendations for premium load range E tires:
 

Michelin LTX MS2
Michelin LTX M/S2
Michelin LTX AT2
Michelin LTX A/T2


If you're someone who does mostly street driving with some light off-road use and requires light snow capability, I would recommend the Michelin LTX M/S2. This tire is currently the top-rated option in its category according to our customer survey data and the customer reviews are outstanding. 

"I just put these tires on the Yukon. I knew they would be good tires, I had no idea they would transform my vehicle. It rides like new! A Yukon Denali already rides well for its size, but this rubber, you'd swear it was a Cadillac!" -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2005 GMC Yukon Denali XL

"Best set of tires I've ever owned. The only thing better would be riding on a cloud of air." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2003 Chevrolet Avalanche 2wd

If you need a tire with a bit more off-road capability or desire a more aggressive tread pattern for cosmetics, then consider the Michelin LTX A/T2. This tire also offers better snow traction and the LTX A/T2 stands out for reliability, wear, wet traction and ride quality.

"Two snow seasons in Tahoe and tons of additional highway, city and off-driving - this is an awesome tire! When this set is gone, I will for sure get another." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2004 GMC Yukon 4wd

"I will likely buy another set when these wear out. I am impressed overall and really like how they handle the load when I have my 3,500 lb. camper on the truck. Awesome tire." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2011 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 HD 4wd

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Sport PS2

Thursday, February 2, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Sport PS2Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.62

2009 Cadillac CTS-V
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Miles driven on tires: 20195
Location: Brockton, MA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 20195 Miles on Tires
February 01, 2012

I'm a 15 year GM world class trained tech and recreational drag/autox gear head. This is my everyday (when it's not snowing) cruiser. It's the factory tire for the car, and I can see why, 255/40ZR19-285/35ZR19. The last performance tire I used on the previous car to this one was was the Nitto INVO and I have zero complaints about it, it was/is an amazing tire but these are nicer. The car is an 09 CTS-V with the Hennessy V650 kit and 1 inch D3 drop and sway bars on it. Even before I did the kit and suspension upgrades the car handled like a dream with the PS2's. The dry traction is second only to drag radials. The cornering grip is nuts, I can push this thing hard into the corners with confidence. Comfortwise they are smooth and don't jar your fillings (have had them up to 165mph and silky smooth). They wear in even and in cars like mine with non-rotatable staggered fitment I still see no bad edge wear. Road noise is next to ZERO. I drive the car hard and they hold up just fine. 20k on them now and I'll probably get another 6-7k out of them. If you expect to get 40k out of a summer performance tire your nuts, especially on cars with staggered fitments like 90% of the cars these tires are going on. I will be replacing these with another set of PS2's. As far as people complaining about wear issues, look at the cars they are driving: 1-staggered fitment will wear more even with a perfect alignment, 2-sport models with more aggressive alignment specs and usually more aggressive driving habbits will wear more even if they aren't aggressive drivers. I saw one complaining about bubbles in the sidewall, stop hitting potholes..... They ---- in the snow but neither the tire nor the car was designed for it. Cold traction is lower to but again, it's a summer compound tire (cold as in 50 degress and less out). I'm extremely happy with the tire, have tried most the competitors on my other cars and can say this one wins.

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

Monday, January 30, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus TechnologyReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.1

2003 Toyota Tundra SR5 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 1000
Location: Northwest jersey, NJ
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1000 Miles on Tires
January 18, 2012

Steering response, comfort, road noise and stability are far superior compared to kumho KL51 AND michelin radial LT, both of which I've previously had. Dry braking is very impressive but what's even more impressive it the WET braking. Light and deep snow traction is much better than the kumho KL51 and about the same if not a little better as the michelin radial LT. Although the continentals advertise better gas milage, I didn't find this to be the case. I haven't seen any change in gas milage. You simply can't beat the price either compared to the michelin's.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich Radial T/A Spec

Wednesday, January 11, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich Radial T/A SpecReviewer's Overall Rating: 8

2007 Lexus RX400h
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Miles driven on tires: 4000
Location: Toronto, On
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 4000 Miles on Tires
January 05, 2012

Has surpassed my expectations for my Lexus SUV. As quiet and comfortable, smoother, better dry cornering and snow traction, though not as good in the wet cornering and about 3-4% worse in fuel consumption. Wear is much better - didn't see anything noticeable after 4000 miles. This is compared to the twice costly OEM Michelin MXV4 S8 I've replaced. To note: Tire size (245/55/18) is 10 mm wider than what is OEM on the RX which can explain the slightly increased fuel economy (increased drag and larger rolling diameter). However, it fits without rubbing in the wheel wells and the OEM tire pressure monitors continue to work without issue. Secondly, however, installation was painfully time consuming. Two of the four tires vibrated tremendously at all speeds and was fixed after two balancing attempts and lots of weight(3.5 and 4.5 ounces each wheel). I've also found a handful of complaints about balancing issues with these specific "Spec" tires on the net. Overall, no regrets though, I would buy a set of four again in a heart beat as the cost is significantly less than the next brand.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Optimo H727

Wednesday, December 28, 2011 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Optimo H727Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.55

2006 Ford Five Hundred SEL 2WD
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Miles driven on tires: 26500
Location: grand blanc, mi
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 26500 Miles on Tires
November 04, 2011

I've had Goodyear, Michelin, BF Goodrich, Kelly, Dunlop, Toyo - on both this vehicle and on a Toyota Sienna. For the money, the best tire on the market today - hands down. Well made, great traction when you need it - a "true All Season radial" - and I'm putting 4 new ones on my Sienna, because they're also great snow tires.

Had Michelin's but they wear out so fast - and considering it's $100 more per tire to get Michelein, I'm sticking with these. Great Spring/Summer - long trip tire as well.

Keep Your FIAT 500 Moving This Winter

Friday, November 18, 2011 by Cy Chowattukunnel
Once upon on a time, the Alfa Romeo 164, FIAT Spider, Peugeot 505 and Renault Fuego roamed the American streets with their French and Italian charms. Then FIAT said "arrivederci" in 1983, Renault bid us "adieu" in 1987, Peugeot was no longer available in America starting in 1991 and Alfa said "ciao" in 1995. Blandness had apparently won.

Well, FIAT has brought flavor back with the new 500. If you managed to snag one and live in an area that receives snow, your 500 isn't complete as it really needs a set of dedicated winter / snow tires. Given the vehicle's low curb weight, most 500 drivers should install Studless Ice and Snow tires on all four corners.

Snow Tire Size

The 500 Pop and 500 Lounge come equipped with 185/55-15 tires, while the 500 Sport rolls on 195/45-16 tires. 185/55-15 is the ideal size for cutting through moderate and deep snow without compromising ice and dry road grip. To gain a better understanding of how to choose the proper winter / snow tire size, read "Size Selection of Winter Tires / Snow Tires."

Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)

The 500 uses a direct TPMS that has the ability to automatically learn the electronic serial numbers of new sensors by simply driving the vehicle for 15 minutes at 15 mph or faster. TPMS sensors are reasonably priced at $39* each and installation is included with our free mount and balance.

Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package

For the 500, I like the Michelin X-Ice Xi2 for its great balance of ice grip and relatively good steering response. The 185/55-15 Michelin X-Ice Xi2 preserves a fair amount of the car's go-kart nature. As for wheels, the Sport Edition CE in either silver or bright satin would look great. The CE's bright satin finish is a shiny grey that goes well with the vehicle and while it may be a little hard to clean at times, a set would be a great complement to your new Michelin radial tires. This car wheel and tire combination is currently priced at $876*

185/55-15 Michelin X-ICE XI2
185/55-15 Michelin
X-Ice Xi2
15x6.5 40mm Offset Bright Satin Silver Sport Edition CE
15x6.5 40mm Offset Satin
Silver Sport Edition CE
15x6.5 40mm Offset Silver Sport Edition CE
15x6.5 40mm Offset
Silver Sport Edition CE

2012 FIAT 500 Winter FAQs:

1. Will the wheels listed for the Pop also fit the Sport? Yes, the relevant specifications are the same.

2. My 500 has a 4-98 bolt pattern, but Tire Rack sells both 4-98 and 4-100 wheels. How does the 4-100 wheel fit on the 4-98 vehicle? 4-100 wheels are compatible with 4-98 cars by using wobble bolts. Wobble bolts are bolts with floating seats. On the 500, each bolt seat moves slightly upward to accommodate the 4-100 bolt pattern. Since the wheel is centered on the hub by the wheel's centering ring, the wheel and tire assembly runs smoothly. You must use the included wobble bolts.

3. Are there any special installation instructions? Yes, please remove the two locator pins that are on the hub. These locator pins are used solely during the assembly of the car and serve no other function. They will need to be removed so the wheel fits flush against the hub.              

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Off-Road Maximum Traction vs. On-/Off-Road All-Terrain Tires

Tuesday, October 11, 2011 by Logan Woodworth
When searching for an aggressive looking tire for their truck, Jeep or SUV, many customers also want good ride quality and low noise from their set. Off-Road Maximum Traction tires, which are often referred to as "mud-terrain" or "mudders", have very aggressive tread designs and look great on vehicles with an aftermarket lifted suspension. However, tires in this category are certainly louder and ride rougher than On-/Off-Road All-Terrain tires. Some of the more popular choices in the Off-Road Maximum Traction category include the Goodyear Wrangler MT/R with Kevlar, BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM2 and Kumho Road Venture MT KL71.  

Goodyear Wrangler MT/R with Kevlar
Goodyear Wrangler
MT/R with Kevlar
BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM2
BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain
T/A KM2
Kumho Road Venture MT KL71
Kumho Road Venture
MT KL71

For many drivers, ride and noise comfort are a small price to pay as they truly are looking for the most aggressive look and best off-road traction. For others not willing to sacrifice as much ride and noise comfort, an On-/Off-Road All-Terrain tire may be the best choice.

On-/Off-Road All-Terrain tires are a practical compromise between Off-Road Maximum Traction and Highway All-Season tires. These tires are great for drivers who find themselves on unimproved roads or long gravel driveways. Even within this category, there are some options that are more aggressive than others and tend to perform closer to a Off-Road Maximum Traction tire. A few of the tires include the BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO, General Grabber AT2 and the Dick Cepek Radial F-C II.

BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO
BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO
General Grabber AT2
General Grabber AT2
Dick Cepek Radial F-C II
Dick Cepek Radial F-C II

Some drivers prefer tires with less "off-road" tread design and the comfort of a better ride. They also would like the tire to offer exceptional snow and ice traction along with adequate performance in off-road conditions. Below are a few options with less "off-road" tread design:

Bridgestone Dueler A/T Revo 2
Bridgestone Dueler A/T Revo 2
Michelin LTX A/T 2
Michelin LTX A/T 2
Firestone Destination A/T
Firestone Destination A/T

Whether for work or play, finding the tires best suited for your specific needs is not always an easy task. When you shop by vehicle, we'll help you find the right tire to match your driving needs.

Low Rolling Resistance Tires

Wednesday, January 12, 2011 by Porter Pryde

Tire manufacturers are now expanding their role in helping lower a tire's impact on the environment by developing technologies that help reduce fuel consumption. New compounds offering lower rolling resistance, new manufacturing methods and the use of more eco-friendly raw materials all contribute to a more eco-friendly tire. Our Tire Rack team has recently compared four of the new generation of tires in order to determine what the impact on mileage really is.  See comparison results.

Michelin HydroEdge with Green X (Passenger All-Season)
Michelin HydroEdge with Green X
The HydroEdge with Green X was designed to combine long tread wear and low rolling resistance with hydroplaning resistance and year-round traction. The HydroEdge with Green X radial features Michelin’s Energysaver Construction technology, resulting in a low-rolling resistance silica-based tread compound molded into a directional tread design blending dry and wet road traction with long wear.



Continental ProContact with EcoPlus Technology
(Standard Touring All-Season

Continental ProContact with EcoPlus TechnologyThe ProContact EcoPlus is designed to promote driving pleasure, fuel savings and maintain wet braking grip while providing long wear and all-season traction. The ProContact EcoPlus tire's all-season tread compound features Continental's Tg-F Polymers and +Silane additives improving treadwear, fuel efficiency and traction on slippery roads.




Goodyear Assurance featuring Fuel Max Technology (Passenger All-Season)

Goodyear Assurance Fuel MaxThe Assurance Fuel Max is designed to lower rolling resistance to enhance fuel economy over the tire’s lifetime and provide year-round traction in wet, dry and wintry weather conditions. The Assurance Fuel Max molds a low rolling resistance all-season compound into a tread design featuring distinct zones. Inboard and outboard Dry Tread Zones feature strong shoulder blocks to enhance handling in dry conditions, while a central Wet Tread Zone features Dual Aquachannel grooves that provide hydroplaning resistance.

Kumho eco Solus HM KR22 (Standard Touring All-Season)

Kumho eco Solus HM KR22The eco Solus HM KR22 offers extra long wear, low noise and good ride with competent handling and all-season traction. The eco Solus HM features Kumho's traction-enhancing carbon compound molded into a symmetric tread pattern to provide predictable handling, straight-line tracking and low noise.

Made in the USA!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 by Mason Rush
In recent days, we honored those who have fought for our freedom. I also feel that we need to acknowledge American workers that are producing tires here in the USA.  

Here is a listing of a few of the popular tire choices exclusively bred from the American worker: 


BF Goodrich Super Sport A/S

BF Goodrich g-Force Super Sport A/S


Dick Cepek Radial FC II

Dick Cepek Radial F-C II


Dunlop Radial Mud Rover

Dunlop Radial Mud Rover


Firestone Precision Sport

Firestone Precision Sport


Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar


Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar


Hoosier Racing Tires R6

Hoosier Racing Tires R6


Michelin Cross Terrain SUV

Michelin Cross Terrain SUV


Uniroyal Tiger Paw Tour SL


Uniroyal Tiger Paw Tour SL


Yokohama Avid TRZ

Yokohama Avid TRZ

Tires As Shoes: Part Two -- What Is the Purpose?

Wednesday, May 5, 2010 by Gavin Carpenter

As stated in a previous post, I recently purchased a 2010 Volkswagen GTI. 

What GTI tires, or what shoes for that matter, should I get? 

If I were to be the weekend warrior with my local SCCA it would be to my benefit to consider an Extreme Performance Summer tire, or even a track and competition, R-compound tire with a nice set of lightweight racing wheels. Using our handy shoe parallel, would I put running shoes on my car?

In my neck of the woods, weather changes with the beating of a butterfly's wings, and something with versatility may be more financially feasible. (I'll get to that point in my next post.) How about the equivalent of a cross training shoe, an Ultra High Performance All-Season tire?

I like taking long road trips on the weekends with my fiance and don't want her to complain about the rough ride of my new car. Maybe I should consider something like an oxford shoe in the Grand Touring category?

I will use the line of Michelin Radial Tires as a visual example because they have a very comprehensive list of tires in their line. (Some of these tires do not come in a size that would work for my vehicle.)  There are also many other tires in each category that will allow me to fine-tune my selection.

Streetable Track & Competition: Track shoe=Pilot Sport Cup. 
These tires are sticky! Not something to drive everyday, but they hook-up on the track to leave the competition staring at your bumper. 
Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 

Max Performance Summer: Running shoe= Pilot Sport PS2. 
About as much fun I'll have on the road during warm weather, but not the tire for driving to and from work unless I feel like a new set every couple of summers.
Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 

Ultra High Performance Summer: Tennis shoe= Pilot Exalto PE2. 
Sporty performance, but practical tire wear.
Michelin Pilot Exalto PE2 

Ultra High Performance All-Season and
High Performance All Season: Cross trainer= Pilot Sport AS Plus
Practicality has set in. I still like having fun, but want some more life in the tire, and want the tire to work when it gets cold.
Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus

Grand Touring All Season: Oxford=Primacy MXV4
Sporty styling on the sidewall, but more oriented towards long rides and longer treadlife.
Michelin Primacy MXV4

Passenger All-Season: Walking shoe= HydroEdge
About as basic as tires can get. They are designed for high mileage and for maximum practicality. 
Michelin HydroEdge

Studless Ice and Snow: Snowshoe=X-Ice XI2
In an area that gets deep snow, ice, and cold temperatures this will forge through the worst.
Michelin X-Ice Xi2
 



 

 


 

 

Search by Low Rolling Resistant Tires at Tire Rack

Thursday, April 29, 2010 by Chad Hocker
Bridgestone Ecopia TiresAs we are trimming budgets and looking for ways to do more with less.  Why not try a low rolling resistant tire from Tire Rack.  Now you can further refine your search results to see only the low rolling resistant tires (LRR).  As a car enthusiast I see the low rolling resistant tires as a way to be more efficient in what we do stretching the dollar a little further and a gallon of fuel a little further.
We typically think Hybrid vehicle when it comes to low rolling resistant tires but any more that's not the case.  For example I just put a set of Michelin Radial Tires with Green X Technology on a GMC Duramax pick up truck today.  Typically you would not think of a big truck like that with low rolling resistant tires, but technology has met with practicality.

How to view the Low Rolling Resistant (LRR) Tires at Tire Rack.  Let us know the vehicle you have or shop by tire size, when the tire options show up scroll all the way to bottom, then look on the left hand side search results and click "Show ONLY LRR Tires"

Green X Technology from MichelinIf any Michelin Green X Tires are available they will shown now or any of the Bridgestone Ecopia Tires, along with any low rolling resistant (LRR) tire available as well.



Michelin Radial Tires

Tuesday, January 26, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
Michelin has always been at the forefront of tire development. They commercialized the first Michelin radial tires back in the 1940s and have been growing ever since. Today, they are a worldwide brand whose tires can be seen in private driveways and on international race tracks alike. And as your Michelin tire dealer, you can find them in Tire Rack's inventory, too.

Whether you need winter / snow tires or something to cover every season, and even if you like to hit the mud and sand on occasion—Tire Rack can help you find Michelin radial tires. Just search our inventory according to your vehicle's make, model and year.

We'd like to mention the following, though our list of excellent Micheline radial tires is certainly longer than these three:




HydroEdge

(Passenger All-Season) 




Latitude Tour
(Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season)




Primaxy MXV4

(Grand Touring All-Season)