Michelin Primacy MXM4: Hot New Seller Put to the Test!

Michelin Primacy MXM4Michelin recently added another player to the Grand Touring All-Season market with its new Primacy MXM4, and we just finished putting it through the ringer here at Tire Rack. Not to be confused with other models like the Pilot HX MXM4 or the Primacy MXV4, this new model could be poised to take over the category.

On our Real World Road Ride, I was extremely impressed with the tire's ability to mask small imperfections in the road. There's one spot, a small patch, that I look for every time, and the Primacy MXM4 rolled over with minimal noise. It smoothed out the rough expansion joints better than its competition as well. Overall, these tires were a real pleasure to drive on.

On the track, it's difficult to expect a touring tire to be a top performer and produce really low track times. But my experience was a good one with the Primacy MXM4. I thought the cornering through the slalom was stable and the braking ability was above average for this category.

Stay tuned for the full results.


Sunday, October 17, 2010 by Bill Bittner

Are these tires appropiate for my 2006 S350 mercedes? If they are, what is your best price? we need to buy some soon.
Monday, October 18, 2010 by Tucker

Yes, that tire would be appropriate. They are available in 225/55R17 for $169 each currently. And Michelin has a $70 mail in rebate going on now through November 15th!
Sunday, October 31, 2010 by Jack

Are they appropriate for 2007 Toyota Solara Convertible SLE V6? Which other Michelin would be recommended other than Energy MXV4-S8?
Friday, November 5, 2010 by Jan Christenson

As a substitute for the Energy S8's on my 07' Lexus 350: Am I likely to lose any of the sublime, quiet ride?
Sunday, April 3, 2011 by john Morgan

I have a 2008 merc c350 sport 4matic with 18 inch amg wheels. I want to replace the eagle F1 all seasons with a smoother quieter tire. Extreme performance is not needed.
Is this the tire? any other recommendation?
Sunday, July 24, 2011 by Miller

I would love to buy a set of 4 Michelin MXV4 tires but I don't see any rebates offered.
Tuesday, July 26, 2011 by Tucker

Miller, you're in luck! Michelin just started a new $70 mail-in rebate that goes now through August 6th. You can view the details for the rebate here: http://www.tirerack.com/specialoffers/details.jsp?promoID=M177
Saturday, September 3, 2011 by Rudy

I drive about 50K miles a year through 4 midwestern states, mainly Jan-July. Should I but this tire or the Michelin Pilot MXM4? I am very concerned about mileage, wet weather/ice traction.
Tuesday, September 6, 2011 by Tucker

I think the Primacy would be a better tire for you in both mileage and weather traction. The Pilot is an O.E. tire, and generally has not received the best reviews. I definitely recommend the Primacy MXM4 over the Pilot HX MXM4.
Thursday, November 10, 2011 by Vik

I would like to know if I can install Michelin MXM4 Primacy for my 02 Toyota Avalon size 205/60R16
If I can, price please
Monday, January 30, 2012 by Rob

I am looking at these for a 2006 cobalt ss supercharged.OEM are 215x45x18 but selection very small. The primacy's are 225x45x18. Will these work .
Monday, January 30, 2012 by Tucker

Rob, yes, it looks like that size is an acceptable alternative for the Cobalt SS Supercharged. If you order online, make sure to reference my name so I can watch over your order. Thanks!
Thursday, March 1, 2012 by Wendy

Looking to replace current Pilot Sport A/S Plus on my 2008 Saab 9-3 Aero. What type of handling difference will I encounter? Pilot's are wearing on the inside and outside edges....only 20,000 miles on them...alignments have been done 2x a year. Not happy with Pilots.
Thursday, March 1, 2012 by Tucker


The Primacy MXM4 is in the grand touring category, so it focuses more on ride comfort than dry handling. That being said, it still is more than capable of handling every day driving situations. It's difficult to say you'll notice much difference without knowing your driving style, but if you're a fairly reserved driver who only occasionally likes to push the envelope, you probably won't notice much handling difference.

As a side point, if your tires are wearing on the outer edges, it's usually an indication of low inflation pressure.
Tuesday, May 8, 2012 by Juan Gonzalez

Hi I currently own an 08 Acura TL Type S and have factory MICHELIN PILOT HX MXM4 on it. They need to be replaced and my question is, Is there a better tire available as far as performance? Yes I like to really push my can and would like handling and confort if possible.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012 by Tucker


Yes, there are quite a few better tire options available for your Acura TL. Since you're looking to push the vehicle, I'd recommend staying in the "Ultra High Performance All-Season" category. The top recommendations for tires there are the Bridgestone RE970AS Pole Position and the Continental Extreme Contact DWS. The Bridgestone would provide better dry road handling while the Continental would be a little more comfortable ride.

If you have any other questions or wanted to place an order, contact me at extension 738.
Thursday, May 9, 2013 by Steve

The Primacy MXM4 has (3) straight treads (grooves) and (1) offset or jagged tread. All photos show the offset toward the outside. I assume this is the recommended installation? What is the purpose of this tread and why toward the outside? I have searched various sites with no answer. Thank you.
Thursday, May 9, 2013 by Tucker


That tire has what is called an Asymmetric tread pattern. The outside part of the tread is different from the inside part. The sidewalls are labeled as such to avoid confusion when mounting. Here's a link to a tire tech page of ours that explains the different tread patterns: http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tiretech/techpage.jsp?techid=180
Saturday, February 7, 2015 by Joe

Hello, my wife's 2013 MINI Countryman Cooperworks has
225/40 R19 PZeros mounted on 7.5J x 19 rims. Looking for a tire that has better year round traction and not as low profile. Would the MXM4 in a different size fit on these rims and be a good choice? ... Thanks
Tuesday, February 10, 2015 by Tucker


Unfortunately, with the 19" wheel on there, there's not enough room to raise the profile of the tire and still fit without rubbing. You'd have to go down to 18" wheels to get more sidewall on the tire. However, in your current size, I'd recommend either the Michelin Pilot Sport AS3 or the Continental Extreme Contact DWS to be the top 2 tires in that size.


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