Michelin Replaces the Primacy MXV4 with the Game-Changing Premier A/S

Thursday, April 17, 2014 by Cy Chowattukunnel

How did Michelin improve their Grand Touring All-Season Primacy MXV4?

First, they went out and asked drivers what they wanted from their tires. The overwhelming answer was that drivers want safe handling and braking in the rain.

Next, Michelin used emerging grooves, expanding grooves and more silica to dramatically improve wet grip traction. The result is a Grand Touring All-Season tire that beat the best when new and when worn. Yes, you read that correctly. Michelin is proud to introduce the new Premier A/S. As you will see in the video below, the tire at 5/32" of remaining tread depth beat a leading competitor in Michelin's wet braking test.



Impressive? Yes. However, since we're always thinking about tires at Tire Rack, we wanted more data. How would the Premier A/S fare against the Grand Touring All-Season tire with best grip, the Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology? Late last summer we performed our own controlled test. The Premier A/S at full tread depth and a Premier A/S worn to 5/32" of remaining tread depth beat the Continental offering.

As we shaved the Premier A/S for our test, we did notice its starting tread depth (8.5/32") is less than the Primacy MXV4 (11/32"). Does less tread depth mean shorter life? No, because Primacy MXV4's taller tread blocks will squirm more, whereas the Premier A/S' Intellisipe 3-dimensional design makes its tread more resistant to squirm. The Premier A/S and Primacy MXV4 are both offered with a 60,000-mile treadlife warranty.

Note: While the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus ranks higher in the Grand Touring All-Season survey results, it's a newer tire with a relatively low amount of feedback in terms of miles reported.

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

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology Reviewer's Overall Rating: Not Rated
 
 

2003 Honda Element EX
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Detroit Lakes, MN
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
April 04, 2014

Boy O Boy this is a great tire! Just Replaced some worn out Yokohama Geolanders and my Element is a totally different car. Smooth, very quiet, handles well, and I can now carry on a conversation driving down the road. I purchased them based on Tire Rack reviews and they were spot on. Highly recommend this tire!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE-11

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE-11 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.25
 
 

2003 Mazda Miata LS
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Knoxville, TN
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
April 01, 2014

This set replaced a set of RE01R's. I drive them very aggressively in the east Tenn/NC mountains. Incredible traction off the line and in the corners. Have been caught out in deluges without problem. After sitting for a while they do need a few miles to even out. I've pretty much worn them down to slicks after 5000 miles but I expect that with my driving style with these tires. I am ordering another set. I do have a set of more "reasonable " all season tires for daily/off season driving. My car is supercharged with moderate suspension upgrades.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2006 BMW 325i Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 30,000
Location: Ann Arbor, MI
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 30,000 Miles on Tires
April 10, 2014

This is a phenomenal tire. It combines excellent grip and handling with decent ride quality. They are very quiet, especially for low profile tires. These tires replaced the Bridgestone RE050a Runflat tires that originally came with my car. They are much better than the RE050a tires in every way. They last about as long as you'd expect a high performance summer tire to last. I am on my second set of s04s - I like them that much! Highly recommended.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.82
 
 

1996 Mazda Miata
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Miles driven on tires: 33,000
Location: Lawrenceville, NJ
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 33,000 Miles on Tires
March 31, 2014

I bought these as a replacement for the used 1996 Miata, I bought on ebay in 2008
(installed at 122,000 and currently 155,000 [2014] - expecting another 15,000 miles). Very happy, great in the wet and never caught in snow, but I don'yt drive it in snow deeper than 6 inches. I don't race in the rain, but I feel confortable doing 65 on the Turnpike. Going to get another set if the car lasts that long !!

Introducing the Dunlop Direzza DZ102

Friday, April 11, 2014 by Marshall Wisler

A new release for this spring season is the Dunlop Direzza DZ102. This tire, a direct replacement for the Direzza DZ101, features many improvements to build upon from the mark set by its predecessor. The DZ101 was always reasonably well liked in its category due to its low cost and strong dry grip. However, it suffered slightly because of noise comfort and treadwear.

DZ102 tires feature a higher treadwear rating that should increase the life expectancy of the tire. The tire delivers head-turning performance in warm, dry and wet conditions. It also has a less pronounced, but still directional tread pattern, that aims to cut down noise. Like the DZ101, the DZ102 is classified as an Ultra High Performance Summer tire and retains one of the better price-points in the class. Now through May 31, 2014, when you purchase a set of four Dunlop Direzza DZ102 tires, you can receive a $40 Tire Rack Prepaid MasterCard by mail-in rebate.

With winter finally over, expect test results on this tire and many others in the coming months!

Dunlop Direzza DZ102 Replaces DZ101

Thursday, April 10, 2014 by Ben Rooney

Dunlop recently replaced the popular (but aging) Direzza DZ101. The new model, Direzza DZ102, retains a similar sporty look to the DZ101 while providing enhanced performance. The DZ102 keeps a similar price-point, making it a very good option for drivers seeking an affordable performance tire.

Direzza DZ102 tires combine sleek styling and impressive handling to deliver head-turning performance in warm, dry and wet conditions. It features a specially formulated Silicarbon Matrix compound (combines silica and carbon black) to enhance traction. This compound is molded into a directional tread design featuring broad shoulder blocks and three notched central ribs to promote responsive handling and stable cornering.

While we haven't tested this tire yet, the initial reviews look good. Take a look at what one customer writes:

"So far I think they are great, road noise is comfortable and what I expected coming from the DZ101. Going through turns I felt the sidewalls held up nicely, the ride was very compliant and felt precise to me. Bottom line, I would recommend them to a friend."

Be on the look for upcoming test results to see how this tire compares to other options in the Ultra High Performance Summer category.

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

Thursday, April 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.86
 
 

2011 Honda CR-Z
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
April 02, 2014

I purchased these tires to replace the stock tires that came with my hybrid vehicle. When I first purchased my car (purchased used w/ 9000 miles)i averaged 40mpg with a lot of LA freeway driving. Before switching tires, I was averaging 35mpg; after the swap, it has actually increased my mpg to 45 average (as high as 50mpg) and has done so without increasing tire wear or negatively effecting the vehicle.

Definitely recommend for hybrid users! They also look nice and increase ride comfort.

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

Thursday, April 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.62
 
 

2007 Toyota Avalon Limited
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Johns Island, SC
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
March 30, 2014

Replaced Michelin MXV4 which slipped in dry or wet with any kind of acceleration. I have five pounds of air over recomended for my car 07 Avalon. And still find the smoothest riding tire's I have ever had. With no loss of traction or brakeing loss.Hydroplaning resistance is superb and steering responce is great. I'm sold on Pirelli P7 for good.

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

Thursday, April 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10
 
 

2012 Lexus CT 200h
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Vienna, VA
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
March 30, 2014

I am a Michelin man. But the factory tire wore out on my CT200H and I was not pleased, dealer said that factory puts on "substandard" tires and the replacements (same model) would be better. Sure they would... So I put on the P7's. Wow, these guys give the best ride I have had in a long time. Smooth, quiet and responsive. Fuel economy is negligibly lower, but made up for in the better ride.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General G-MAX AS-03

Thursday, April 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General G-MAX AS-03 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7
 
 

2007 Pontiac Grand Prix GXP
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Miles driven on tires: 27,000
Location: Coweta, OK
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 27,000 Miles on Tires
March 29, 2014

The G-MAX was my third set of tires on this car. 35000 miles seems to be about the maximum amount mileage I can get out of a set of tires with this car. I keep it aligned and watch tire pressure closely but, I cannot rotate the tires due to the different size tires and offset of the OEM wheels. For all around performance, the G-MAX was better than the OEM Bridgestones and the second set Kumho LX, which performed well except on ice and deep snow. However, there is a reason why I only got 27,000 miles instead of 35,000+ with the G-max. I had to replace them because I couldn't stand the noise anymore. The first 5000 miles were fine but after that it sounded like I was running mud tires. Handling on dry, wet, snow and ice were fine. Treadwear good and even. Noise was awful. My radio only goes up to 10. VanHalen called me and ask me to quit playing their music so loud. Now trying the Hankook Ventus and Eddie hasn't called once. I'll report back in 20,000 miles. BTW,Tire Rack rocks. Working on about my 10th set of tires with different vehicles from them.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 (H- or V-Speed Rated)

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 (H- or V-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.1
 
 

2008 Mini Cooper S
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Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
March 25, 2014

I replaced the original Pirelli run-flat tires with these Michelin Pilot tires. Immediate impression is much less road noise, less jarring over road ruts and equally good handling and feel in corners and acceleration. These are NOT runflat tires, and I deliberately chose this to imporve the comfort of the ride of my lowered Cooper S.
I recommend these tires over the OEM pirelli run-flat tires. I carry a can of slime in case of a puncture, but have not had a puncture in several years so am not too worried about that, and I would probably call BCAA or AAA if it was a serious blowout.

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 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: 9.45
 
 

2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Indianapolis, IN
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
March 27, 2014

These tires replaced Michelin Primacy MXV4 (o.e.m. on'13 Avalon) which were terrible in the snow and "unsettled" when driving in rain. Only had 18k on them, but did not feel safe to drive in wet weather. After reading all the reviews, I decided to go with Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus. I could immediately tell a big difference in how car felt more secure,balanced and just more grip. Tires are quiet on paved surfaces and a little noisy on concrete which is to be expected with a 70,000 tread life. Overall I would highly recommend tires.I have only purchased Michelins for the last 20 years,but after reading the reviews and considering the price I decided to go with the Pirellis.So far I am very pleased.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Latitude Tour

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Latitude Tour Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.44
 
 

1999 Mercedes-Benz ML320
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Miles driven on tires: 63,000
Location: St Petersburg Beach, FL
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 63,000 Miles on Tires
March 27, 2014

P255/65R16 106T Latitude Tour on an ML320 first series SUV. The tires are holding up well with just over 63k miles over 64 months. The first 18 months (14k mi) were in New England and the tires performed well through two northern winters. Snow traction was excellent as was wet traction. The last 48k miles have been in south Florida, mostly highway miles. Treadwear is excellent with about 4 to 5/32 of depth across the widths of each tire. (Tire rotation schedule and alignment issues with the car are main culprits for the uneven tire wear). Wet weather driving at highway speed in Florida has been great with zero hydroplaning (on 255s) along with confident braking. Dry weather driving is relatively quiet as is expected from all season tires. Mileage for the ML320 at highway driving is consistently 20mpg which I attribute 1-2 miles on the tire model. The previous tires were also Michelins but were H rated, lower tread life tires. I was initially concerned with "T" (118mph) speed rating, "B" temp rating, and 106 load index (2,094lb) for Florida drivers tend to consistently speed beyond the 70 MPH law. The ML is a heavy SUV with gross weight of 6000lbs. Front and Rear GAWR are 2550 & 3550 lbs respectively. A typical workday round trip is 140 miles highway driving 3-4 times a week. Additionally, was also concerned about the Florida heat and sun as the vehicle was not parked under cover for most of the last three years. As such, there is cracking all along the circumference of the tire walls (dry rot cracking, maybe). At this point, I am pleased with the performance and longevity of these Latitude Tours and may likely keep them on until the warranty period end (or another 2k miles). As a side note, I would purchase these again for a vehicle that I expected to keep a long time. These tires were a great investment. By the way, I love Tire Rack and will continue to purchase from them. Just replaced these with Conti CrossContact LX20 due to cost and remaining life of the Benz.

Best Tires for Subaru Outback

Monday, March 31, 2014 by Gary Stanley

If the tires on your Subaru Outback are nearing replacement, be sure to check out the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus. While many drivers associate Pirelli with producing ultra high performance tires for exotic high-end sports cars like Ferrari and Lamborghini, they also make outstanding all-season touring tires. In fact, the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus is currently ranked number one by our customers in the Grand Touring All-Season performance category.  

The tire's great balance of traction, handling and ride quality to go along with a 70,000-mile treadwear warranty make the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus an ideal match for many Subaru Outback drivers.  

Take a look at what Outback owners are saying about their experience with the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus:

"So glad I did my research with Tire Rack and compared the tires side-by-side. After a full week of research, I went with the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus and the difference is amazing. The noise level from my previous Bridgestone Potenza is a 180. The Pirelli is hands down the best tire I've owned!" -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2003 Subaru Outback Wagon 

"This tire has amazed me since it was installed 10,000 miles ago. Immediately, I noticed a difference in decreased road noise and increased ride comfort over the O.E. Continental. It has been a great tire while driving in heavy rain and an equally as great tire when taking corners a little faster than you should." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited

"I bought these tires a month ago to replace tires damaged by road debris. These are by far the best tires I've had on this car, including O.E. Potenzas, Kumho Solus KH16 and two sets of General AltiMAX HPs. These Pirellis are amazing. The car is noticeably quieter and rides smoother - it's like a new car. We have had a snowy winter so far in Connecticut, so I have had many chances to test these on snow and ice. Truly impressive." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2003 Subaru Outback L.L. Bean

While you're thinking about tires, check your tires' air pressure since they can lose 1 psi per month. To learn more about this important safety issue, read "Winter Air Pressure Versus Summer Air Pressure."

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.82
 
 

2011 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ
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Miles driven on tires: 87,000
Location: Arlington Heights, IL
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 87,000 Miles on Tires
March 22, 2014

I absolutely love these tires. I have owned several large SUV's over the past 10 years and have never gotten more than 50,000 miles on a set of tires. These still had 7/32 of tread left at 87,000 mi and would have gone past 100,000 if I had not picked up a nail that caused me to replace all four so I have even tire size. Needles to say, I purchased another set of Bridgestone Dueler Alenzas. My drive home from the installer was dream as I had forgotten how great new tires feel.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Fuzion Touring (H- or V-Speed Rated)

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Fuzion Touring (H- or V-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.67
 
 

2008 Toyota Solara SE V6 Convertible
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Miles driven on tires: 100
Location: Natick, MA
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 100 Miles on Tires
March 17, 2014

my previous tires were expensive Michelin for a sports car and they wore out fast even with moderate driving (less than 75mph ever). the Michelin's never felt right and were always noisy. these cheap tires feel smooth and make no road noise! important with a canvas roof where I hear everything in the road. Purchased just this weekend and already feel confident that these will wear well. Have yet to experience tire in bad weather but already great improvement over last tires that were supposed to last longer and wear better but did not. With what I paid for those tires I could have replaced them twice with these so I will stick with these from now on.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 (W- or Y-Speed Rated)

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 (W- or Y-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.25
 
 

2008 Mini Cooper S
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Warwick, RI
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
March 22, 2014

Decided to replace my 50% used Continental Extreme Contact DWS tires with a set of these A/S 3's, along with new wheels. I upgraded from the OEM size 205/50/ZR 16 to a set of 205/45/ZR 17's on Sparco Tarmacs. Both the Continentals and the Michelins were W speed rated. While I understand upgrading to larger wheels with smaller aspect ratio tires improves handling, I only reduced the aspect ration by 5%. I say that because the difference between the Continental's and the Michelin's is night and day.

2 weeks prior I upgraded my suspension with the H&R Touring Cup Kit. While it was a significant upgrade over stock, I felt it was still missing something. There was still some roll in hard corners and the steering was a tad mushy. I simply couldn't believe the difference as soon as I bolted up the new wheels with the Michelin A/S 3's! The Conti's have a very soft sidewall that makes the suspension feel mushier than it needs to be. Turn in on the Michelins is simply outstanding. Crisp and precise. Prodigious grip in corners and very predictable at the limit. High speed stability is light years ahead of the Continentals, which were excellent in there own right. Ride quality is actually a tad better than the DWS's as well. I would recommend these to anyone looking for a truly no compromise all-season tire.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus S1 noble2

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus S1 noble2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.67
 
 

2007 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS
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Miles driven on tires: 400
Location: Lansing, IL
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 400 Miles on Tires
March 23, 2014

Awesome tire . Much better than the OEM tires and unbelieveably better than the Continental DWS I bought as replacements. Getting a set for the Malibu now !!!