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

Thursday, August 28, 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: 9.71
 
 

2009 Chevrolet HHR SS
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Mississauga, ON
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
July 15, 2014

I purchased this tire based off the Tire Rack reviews and have been very pleased. They ride so smooth that at first I was worried they would be too soft to corner well, but I have found them very confidence inspiring and a significant upgrade over my Pilot Sport MXM4's. They are also excellent in the rain and I have yet to feel them hint at hydroplaning even at highway speeds in heavy rain.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Defender

Thursday, August 28, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Defender Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.75
 
 

2003 Honda Civic Hybrid
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Miles driven on tires: 22,000
Location: Dunnellon, FL
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 22,000 Miles on Tires
July 29, 2014

Defender gives a smooth, comfortable, and reasonably quiet ride, on most road surfaces. Dry traction is good and cornering is predictable. Wear is even with 6/32" tread left after 22,000 miles; I estimate my Defenders will safely be a 65,000 mi. tire. (35 psi works for me) You should consider Michelin Defenders, if you want quality touring tires and have an average driver style.
Although predictable in corners, Defenders didn't give the crisp handling I expected. Also, I'd advise an easy going style, allowing more room under wet braking. Ease out carefully under wet acceleration, too.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Thursday, August 28, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Super Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.5
 
 

2010 BMW 328i Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 12,000
Location: Cincinnati, OH
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 12,000 Miles on Tires
July 15, 2014

I replaced the Bridgestone RFT with these and never doubted the choice. They perform so much better and are as quite as any tire I have ever used. I only problem is I do not have spare tire but I do carry a BMW Mobility Kit but have not had to use it. I tis worth it!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Primacy MXM4

Thursday, August 28, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Primacy MXM4 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2013 Honda Civic Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 28,300
Location: Rosenberg, TX
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 28,300 Miles on Tires
July 14, 2014

OEM tires. I am actually surprised at their endurance. On civic forums a lot of people were getting <20,000miles or less on these tires and I still consider myself a spirited driver, though I am usually just hauling ------- on the highway and enjoy the curves in some favorite spots of mine. I thought I was going to need tires already but I will rotate one more time and will probably see around 31-33,000 miles out of these. Not too bad. Maybe I should've expected better. They're Michelin's and it's hard to go wrong with Michelin. I am probably going to try the pilot sport AS/3's or primacy mxm4's next round.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Primacy MXV4

Thursday, August 28, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Primacy MXV4 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.82
 
 

2004 Toyota Camry XLE
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Miles driven on tires: 24,800
Location: Reading, MA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 24,800 Miles on Tires
July 14, 2014

Have only driven 25K miles since mounting these back in 2009, but they have far exceeded my expectations in all around performance, and remarkably, still look as if they have many miles to go. Sadly, the old Camry XLE handling is more like an old Buick although very reliable and comfortable, it is not a drivers car. If it ever wears out will move to an SE. Am an old driver who grew up in the 50s, owned many cars and lots of Michelins dating back to my late 60s Volvo, and these MXV4s are the best of them all. Highly recommend for very good handling and long wear, Very good in snow for all season. Recently touched 100MPH (briefly) and still felt safe and secure.. Bravo Michelin.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Thursday, August 28, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Super Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.75
 
 

2007 Porsche 911 Carrera
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Miles driven on tires: 12,500
Location: Layton, UT
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 12,500 Miles on Tires
July 14, 2014

I use this set of tires for both driving to work and track days at Miller Motorsports Track (HPDE). This is an excellent set of tires. I have tried the Toyo Proxes but these are much better for overall traction and for tread life. I burn up two sets of rears to one set of fronts. I have seen a lot of other Porsche owners switch to these tires. These are not high mileage tires if you drive like I do but they are definitely worth the price.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Sport PS2

Thursday, August 28, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.38
 
 

2011 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport
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Miles driven on tires: 3,500
Location: Southfield, MI
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 3,500 Miles on Tires
July 14, 2014

I replaced my Goodyear tires with the Michelin for improved tire wear and far less noise. The performance is as good or in some instances better than the Goodyear tires.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin LTX M/S2

Thursday, August 28, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin LTX M/S2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8
 
 

2003 Toyota Highlander 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 45,000
Location: Riva, MD
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 45,000 Miles on Tires
July 13, 2014

I bought the tires about three years ago, to replace stock Bridgestone Duelers on my Highlander. Tires are an all-around excellent value - fantastic wear, solid ride and built to last. I drive at high speed on the highways and in stop-and-go city traffic (in Washington DC). DC's roads are always under construction. Tires have worn very well. Best tires I have ever used or seen - by the Michelins as you get what you pay for.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Defender

Thursday, August 28, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Defender Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.5
 
 

1994 Mercedes-Benz E320
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Chesterfield, MO
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
July 13, 2014

After reading the review from another, older, Mercedes Benz owner, I was compelled to share my thoughts on Michelin's Defender. Had these tires put on last fall ('13). I had a set of Yokohama Avids and they were the worst tires in the snow. A half an inch of snow would scare me to death. 60,000 mile warranty and I was unable to 25,000 miles out of them. Had an alignment prior to installing them, but the soft shoulders were bald at 25,000 miles. Liked what I saw about the Defenders and decided to give them a try.

The previous reviewer said they were hard and could feel every stone and expansion joint. I had the exact opposite reaction! The Defenders were soft, but firm in cornering. (Maybe tire pressure not set correctly?) In the snow, they were incredible. Drove thru some 6-8" snows this year and felt like they had great traction in the snow. Wet was equally impressive!

I have some past SCCA solo experience, not to say I want to take on Vettel or Hamilton. But I know how to push a car to under steer or over steer. I haven't pushed my rear wheel drive shooter to the limits, but enough to say the Defenders are sticky. I also haven't seen any shoulder wear. I highly recommend these tires if you are driving a rear wheel drive and are concerned about snow/wet traction, and want a long lasting dry weather tire.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Premier A/S

Thursday, August 28, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Premier A/S Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.62
 
 

2011 Toyota Prius
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Grand Ledge, MI
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
July 12, 2014

I researched this tire before I bought it because I wanted to make sure that I had the best of the best without losing MPG since I drive a Prius. At first the MPG went down (probably because I was getting better traction than my old bald tire) plus the fact that I went from 15" to 17" wheels. I put the max PSI in the tires, and now the MPG seem to be foinf a lot better, only a few MPG less than the 15". I would highly recommend these tires. They have great grip and tread technology.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Thursday, August 28, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Super Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.88
 
 

1998 BMW M Roadster
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Miles driven on tires: 13,000
Location: Kensington, MD
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 13,000 Miles on Tires
July 11, 2014

This is the 6th set of tires on my 98 M Roadster and the best tire I've ever driven. Previously I was running Michelin PS2 which is a very capable tire, but the PSS excels in every category. The dry and wet grip on these tires is exceptional, however, I used caution at highway speeds due to hydroplaning. I don't believe it to be the fault of the tire as my suspension and alignment is set for aggressive street use with significant camber, particularly in the front. I highly recommend these tires for summer use and temps above 50 degrees, but my tread cracked due to freezing temperatures, shortening the life of this set. If you get them keep them indoors and climate controlled during freezing temperatures you will avoid premature failure.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Thursday, August 28, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Super Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.43
 
 

1995 BMW 540i
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Miles driven on tires: 6,000
Location: Greeley, CO
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 6,000 Miles on Tires
July 11, 2014

First, I have these in 245/40/17 flavor, though for my car 245/45 would be appropriate. I got these from a fellow BMW enthusiast already mounted on wheels, so 'beggars' and all. But I have to say, these are the best performance tires I've ever driven on. I have killed a lot of tires in my time, and these are far and away the most grippy street tires I've driven. I live in Northern Colorado, and while I don't race in the mountains, I do enjoy driving there, and usually am 'spirited'. The first time I did that with these tires I got scared - and to this day I still don't know where their limit is. I will say that it's too fast for street driving, so I'll find the limits when I get to a track later this summer. But for street use, these things have more traction than my car can use. I no longer have ABS - I simply have 'stop now'. And 'traction control' is my perfectly good clutch slipping, not the tires.

I have had the pleasure of driving these in the rain also, and while the tread design doesn't look too great for that, the tires actually do extremely well. Yes they'll hydroplane if there's enough water and speed, but any tire will. These are among the best I driven in that regard, though. And wet grip is astonishing - very similar to dry grip in that the limits are beyond road speeds and into 'track only' levels of speed. It would be patently unsafe to find the limits of these gumballs on public roads - but if you want the best traction you can get, I think these are right there at the top.

The only thing I'm unsure about is the treadwear - I haven't measured yet. I'll do so when I rotate next, but it looks pretty good so far. Only 6k miles, so it's hard to see visually. I'll update again with more miles put on.

K Fox

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

Thursday, August 28, 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: 9.75
 
 

2012 BMW 328i Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Madison, AL
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
July 11, 2014

Best thing I have done in a while is to get rid of the hideous RFTs. the ride improved , road noise is almost not there and handles even better .Since it doesn't sound like a bearing going out the car has become much more of a joy to drive. yeah no spare I'm living on the edge now lol.

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

Thursday, August 28, 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: 8.75
 
 

2009 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 1,509
Location: East Brunswick, NJ
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 1,509 Miles on Tires
July 11, 2014

I went from buying used Goodyear rsa 205/50/16 and got myself a set of 17"vw wheels with these new michelins. Road noise went up slightly but I thinks that's due to the larger tire and smaller sidewalls. The traction is great even in the wet. These tires definitely grip we'll and after only 1,500 miles of driving I see zero signs of wear on the tire edge. Since the car feels like a whole new car I have been cornering off ramps and such a lot and expected to see some signs of wear and there were none!
Great tire and will buy again.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Thursday, August 28, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Super Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: Not Rated
 
 

2014 Hyundai Veloster Turbo
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Miles driven on tires: 4,003
Location: Las Flores, CA
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 4,003 Miles on Tires
July 10, 2014

I bought these after numerous recommendations saying that these are the best tires in the business. After having them on for a little over 4,000 miles now, I can confirm that the above is true. I changed out the stock tires that came on the car because they were so horrible and let me tell you...it's like night and day. Being a FWD car, I'm already ad a handling disadvantage, but with these tires, I can corner at higher rates of speed. They stick like crazy. I don't hear much from them as far as road noise. I would highly recommend spending the extra money to get the PSS's. You will not regret it.

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

Thursday, August 28, 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: 9.12
 
 

2004 Audi A4 1.8T Quattro
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Miles driven on tires: 6,000
Location: Toronto, ON
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 6,000 Miles on Tires
July 10, 2014

For my aggressive, but not performance oriented, nor extreme driving style, these are a great match. Cornering grip is excellent, wet or dry. Highway cruising has been great, as has been wet weather performance at both low and high speeds, including 75mph during downpours through minor standing water. The tires seem to slice through this without considerable pull away from the direction of travel. Not sure how much quattro comes into play, but the car always feels very stable, wet or dry.

Regarding road noise, about which I’ve read a number of less favorable comments: I just did 3000 miles roundtrip between Toronto and Dallas, coming into which, I’d already put a few thousand on the tires and was concerned about the amount of hum I was hearing. At the halfway point of the trip, the hum was to the point where I expected to find a problem with one of the tires. But it was OK. The hum was always there, changed pitch depending on speed, but became most noticeable during the sweeping curves of exit and on ramps. Replaced a wheel bearing in Dallas and the last 1500 miles of mostly highway driving, on combinations of extremely new and old pavement, and varying conditions of concrete roads, was quiet at all speeds, relative to surface conditions. Wind noise was now much more prevalent, whereas before I always heard a hum. It was as if I’d gone from old, worn out tires to brand new ones. Perhaps these tires are louder than other brands/models, or on certain cars than others, but it could also be a problem elsewhere, such as a mechanical problem with the car itself.

It’s summer currently, so no idea how they’ll be in the snow, but I doubt they'll match my dedicated winter set. Went for these A/S instead of dedicated summers for the better tread life/durability and in case I get caught out during a freeze in the fall, when I do a lot of driving, before getting the winters on.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Latitude Tour

Thursday, August 28, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Latitude Tour Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.25
 
 

2008 GMC Acadia SLT AWD
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Miles driven on tires: 38,000
Location: Baton Rouge, LA
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 38,000 Miles on Tires
July 11, 2014

Replaced the factory Goodyear Eagle RS-A's with these hoping for something better than the "just better-than average" Eagles. After a mere 38k miles (vs the 60k on the Eagles), the Michelins are now at the wear bars and definitely weren't any better than the Eagles - which is to say, both models worked perfectly fine for around the town family shuttling and highway trips in the hot / humid / rainy South. However, they were considerably worse in tread wear and road noise (I thought I had a bad bearing after 20k miles - shop said it was just the Michelins). At least this time around, there are a dozen more choices in the 255/60R19 size.

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

Thursday, August 28, 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: 9.71
 
 

2004 MINI Cooper S
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Vandalia, OH
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
July 09, 2014

I just replaced the Run Flats, that were on my 04 Mini Cooper S, What an improvement in cornering,wet and dry traction,noise level and ride comfort.I only have 2k on these and they are all summer miles, so I have no idea what the snow/ice traction will be like with this set of tires,but I expect them to be better or at least as good as the Goodyear Eagles, I ran on my last R53. I have tried, Pirelli's, (Very short tread life less than 15k,Yokokama's(No wet or snow traction),Goodyear Eagles (they stopped making the size I need in all weather). I would recommend these tires for the Mini, buy a set of rims on ebay, and put the Run Flats away until it's time to trade the Mini in.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General AltiMAX RT43 (T-Speed Rated)

Thursday, August 28, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General AltiMAX RT43 (T-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.43
 
 

2007 Chevrolet Cobalt Coupe with 4 Lug Wheels
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Black Lick, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
July 28, 2014

I've only had these tires on for a few days, but right off the bat the first thing I noticed was how much quieter they are compared to my hankook's. It's a major difference! The second thing I noticed was that the road actually seems smoother. They ride so nice! Then I tried to push it it a corner and it actually scared me. I drive pretty aggressively. The steering response/sensitivity is pretty bad. I won't be comfortable taking off ramps at highway speed any more. Then when I got back to the straight road I did the steering test-left right left right and so on. It feels like I'm rolling on 20psi, squirrelly. So I bumped the pressure up a bit. It's a little better... I'm 7psi over what's on the door. I think for the normal person who drives non-aggressively these would be fantastic tires! My ONLY complaint is the soft walls-stuttering response. Outside of that they're great so far!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin LTX M/S2

Monday, August 25, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin LTX M/S2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.13
 
 

2010 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab
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Miles driven on tires: 50,000
Location: Dallas, PA
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 50,000 Miles on Tires
July 08, 2014

Rotated the tire EVERY 5000 miles.....I developed a bad vibration, to the point it would vibrate my wrist watch, in the steer wheel. One shop did and alignment with no success; second shop rebalanced with no change in status; third shop discovered tires cupped. Very disatisfied with wear.