Michelin Primacy MXV4 Review & Rating
- Dry and wet traction
- Cornering grip and steering response
- Ride comfort
- Deep snow
Combining quality performance with a bold, aggressive look, the Michelin Primacy MXV4 touring all-season tire has become a popular choice for drivers of sport coupes, luxury sedans, minivans and crossovers. This competitive high performance tire adds a higher speed capability than the standard touring tires, along with excellent traction in all types of weather conditions, including light snow.
The computer enhanced technology of the Primacy MXV4 features a five-ribbed tire with an incorporated off-shoulder and diagonal compact block tread. The tire leaves a balanced foot print, with good water dispersal through its off-shoulder design. On a dry track, it is extremely responsive, handling speeds with a great deal of ease, and with excellent braking distance. The response is slightly lower in wet conditions, although it maintains a great deal of stability, minimizing the dangers of hydroplaning and sliding.
Cornering – Steering
The dry grip of the MXV4 is one of its most outstanding features. The tire hugs the road, handling sharp curves and maneuvering in and out of traffic with ease. As a very even, well-balanced ride, it retains smooth, controlled steering in wet conditions, even on soft-sprung vehicles such as the Toyota Camry.
The wide contact patch design of the tread slows it down slightly when turning corners in wet weather but does not affect its overall performance. The tires will continue to handle well in light snow, with good braking and predictable steering, but do not perform well in heavy snowfall. It is recommended for areas with prolonged snow spells in winter months to change their all season tires to snow tires.
The Michelin MXV4 will handle most winter conditions quite well in areas with heavy rains, frost and light snow. The off-shoulder grooves spread water away from the tire surface and the numerous biting teeth in the block pattern allows good control on icy roads. However, they do not have enough of the gnarly, deep ridged traction for heavy deep snow conditions.
Ride Comfort – Road Noise
The general high performance of the Primacy tires in handling, steering and braking allow for a smooth, comfortable ride without swaying or jittering. We’ve heard many drivers mention that these tires are some of the most comfortable they have ever driven on, and based on our own experiences we would agree.
With its 620 UTQG rating, you can expect to see 60,000 miles out of them. The tires’ inner structure consists of twin steel belts reinforced by spiral-wrapped polymide cord. This creates an even distribution of tire tread, enhancing the handling and speed capacity of the vehicle.
The Michelin Primacy MXV4 has a 60,000 mile tread wear warranty. Materials and workmanship are covered for six years from the date of purchase. The warranty makes exception for vehicles that use split fitments, reducing the guaranteed number of tread miles to 30,000 as mismatched treads cannot be rotated properly.