Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Energy MXV4 Plus

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Vehicle: 1999 Subaru Forester S
Miles Driven on Tires: 44,000
Location: Portland, OR
Driving Condition: Combined Highway/City
Driving Style: Spirited
Michelin Energy MXV4 Plus
Initial Review: 44,000 miles on tires
September 01, 2012

My second set of Energy MXV4 Plus tires for this car. Both sets delivered 40K mi. Factory tires were Yokohama Geolander, which were terrible (<20K mi). The Forester is made for NW weather and the Michelins complement this vehicle nicely. Taking into account we are talking about a small cross-over SUV, handling is stable and sure-footed in wet and dry weather. Highway driving (70+ mph) is confident and noise is OK (much better than the Yokohamas). Light snow and icy conditions are not a problem either. I have NEVER been stuck with this vehicle. A set of cable chains on the front are all that are needed for deep (1ft+) snow. I'm not sure the chains are needed - I live on a hill and just don't want to risk having to install them after getting stuck. I am not sure you can find these tires anymore but based on ratings, the Michelin Primacy MXV4 is probably a better / lower cost choice than the Energy MXV4 S8.

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