Michelin Primacy MXM4 Tire Review & Rating

The Primacy MXM4 from Michelin is the company’s most popular touring all-season tire. Developed for drivers of high end coupes and luxury sedans, the MXM4 features the latest in tire technology for those who want only the best.

We say best because this Michelin model has everything in an all-season tire, starting with the tread compound. A sunflower oil Helio compound is a first for Michelin. This revolutionary compound is made to increase traction and reduce braking distance in colder temperatures. In fact, Michelin claims the tire will stop up to 19 feet shorter than a leading competitor tire.


Michelin Primacy MXM4 Tire Review

Rounded shoulders on the outside of the tire combine with an asymmetric tread pattern to provide improved dry traction and cornering abilities. When the roads turn wet, Michelin has added circumferential grooves and 3-D variable thickness sipes to provide enhanced grip in the rain, as well as more bite in the snow.

Comfort is an important part of this model and Michelin has added their unique Comfort Control Technology. This new technology utilizes a tire design that is computer optimized and virtually eliminates all road vibrations and noise.

It should be noted that the MXM4 uses Michelin’s Green X technology for a lower rolling resistance and increased fuel efficiency. Another benefit to this technology is lower CO2 emissions for a cleaner environment.

Inside the tire you will find two steel belts and a spirally wrapped polyamide cord that adds strength and stability to the tread when driving at higher speeds. It also increases longevity and overall ride quality. Michelin warrants the tire for either 45,000 or 55,000 miles depending on speed rating.

Pros
  • Dry traction and cornering power is excellent
  • Wet grip and handling is very good
  • Outstanding ride comfort with no road noise
  • Treadlife is among best in class

Cons

  • This type of quality comes at a price

Overall Thoughts

The Primacy MXM4 is a big improvement over the Pilot MXM4 in every area. This new model just does everything right. From the grip and traction on either wet or dry road surfaces, to the outstanding ride comfort you’ll have going down the road.

There is no distracting road noise and the treadlife is excellent for a performance tire like this one. You will be hard-pressed to find any faults with this Michelin tire.

Overall, this is one of Michelin’s best touring all-season tires and one we can certainly recommend.

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What Vehicles Will The Michelin MXM4 Fit?

(This is not a complete list of ALL vehicles this tire will fit)

  • Acura TL, RL
  • Audi A4
  • BMW 3, 5 and 7 Series
  • Buick LaCrosse
  • Cadillac CTS, DTS
  • Chevrolet Equinox, Impala
  • Honda Accord, Civic
  • Lexus LS 460, RX, ES330
  • Mercedes Benz C, E and S Class
  • Nissan Altima, Maxima
  • Saab 9-3
  • Scion tC
  • Volvo S60
  • Volkswagen Passat

Tire Sizes

16″

205/55R-16 91H BSW
215/55R16 XL 97H BSW

17″

P215/45R17 87V LEX B
215/45R-17 87W BSW
P215/50R17XL 93V BSW
215/50R17XL95V VOL B
215/55R17 94V BSW
225/45R17 91H BSW
225/45R-17 91W BSW
225/50R-17 94W BSW
225/50R17XL 98V BSW
225/55R17 97V BSW
235/45R-17 94W BSW
235/45R17 94H MBZ B
235/45R17 XL 97H BSW
245/40R-17 91W BSW
245/45R-17 95W BSW
245/45R17 XL 99H MBZ
P245/50R17 98H BUI B
255/40R17 94H MBZ BW

18″

P225/45R18 91V LEX B
225/50R-18 95W BSW
225/50R-18 95V BSW
235/40R18 91H MBZ BW
P235/45R18 94V BSW
235/60R18 102V BSW
P245/50R18 99V MBZ B
245/50R18 100H BSW
255/35R18 XL 94H MBZ

19″

245/40R-19 94W BSW
245/45R-19 98W BSW

20″

245/45R20 99V BSW

Price Range

Prices on the Primacy MXM4 range from approximately $135 and up. You may also find occasional rebates, discounts, coupons and special offers on this tire.

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Warranty

The Primacy MXM4 comes with two different mileage warranties depending on speed ratings. A 6-year or 55,000 mile warranty is standard on H and V speed rated tires. W, Y and Z-speed rated tires come with a 6-year or 45,000 mile treadlife warranty. Both also include a one-year or first 2/32 inch of wear on tire uniformity.

Materials and workmanship are warranted for 6-years and come with first year free or first 2/32 inch of wear replacement. Michelin prorates the amount for the remaining time period down to the final 2/32 inch of tread depth.

A 30-day customer satisfaction guarantee is included, as well as a 3-year flat tire changing service.


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21 thoughts on “Michelin Primacy MXM4 Tire Review & Rating

  1. Just bought a 15 regal awd with primacy mxm4 that are 3/4 worn out and sounds like all four wheel bearings gone…nice even tread wear. At what mileage do they change from quiet to extra noisy? Better choice for next set?

  2. With the recommendation by a Lexus dealer, on my wife’s 2009 RX350, I replaced the Michelin Energy 235/55 R18 MXV4 factory original tires (62,500 miles with no problems) with new Michelin Primacy tires.

    The new Primacy tires (235/55 R10 MXM4) rode smooth and were quiet, but at 17,401 miles, the same Lexus dealer recommended replacing the tires due to tread wear. I did not change the tires since the tires were expensive ($1120 for the set), and I couldn’t believe that a set of 55,000 mile tires was worn out at 17,401 miles. (The tread wear was uniform and showed no signs of wear due to misalignment or inflation issues.)

    However, at 22,610 miles, the Michelin Primacy tires needed replacing as the tread is nearly gone. (About 3/32nds, 2/32nds and 4/32nds of tread left). After not getting much satisfaction as to warranty from the Lexus dealer who had sold me the tires and done all the alignment, rotating and balancing, I took the vehicle to a Toyota dealer who measured the tread wear and also told me that many of their customers had the same problem with the Michelin Legacy tires, i.e. the tires get nowhere near the 55,000 miles advertised. After looking at the tires on new similar vehicles (Toyota Highlanders) on the Toyota lot, I read reviews on the Michelin LTX tires and found nothing but complaints from owners with those tires.

    The Toyota dealer called Michelin regarding the warranty and sent them the tread depth readings. And after some discussion Michelin finally agreed to pay 25% (about $50 per tire on three tires) in the way of warranty…… (The fourth tire was the spare and had a nail too close to the sidewall to repair at 17,401 miles and had 6/32nds, 4/32nds and 5/32nds tread left at 17,401 miles and there was no warranty offered on that tire)

    I have long been a Michelin customer and this is the first time I have ever had a problem with a Michelin tire, let alone a whole set of Michelin tires. But, in view of my experience on both the tread wear and the warranty, It made no sense to me to put Michelin Primacy or LTX tires back on my wife’s Lexus. The tread wear, plus Michelin not making good on the warranty made up my mind to not buy Michelin tires again until Michelin fixes the wear problems on their tires.

    I am replacing the Michelin tires tomorrow with Yokohama Avid Asend LX tires which I researched on line and found good ratings. The customer satisfaction of the reviews were confirmed by the Toyota dealer who also told me that they have a lot of tread wear issues with the factory Michelin tires of their Highlanders which is a similar vehicle to my wife’s Lexus RX 350.

    Thank you Tire Reviews and More for your tire reviews, though I had to go to another site to find a review on the Yokohama tires. But the many reviews on Michelin Primacy and LTX tires told me I needed to look beyond Michelin for new tires.

  3. I highly recommend these tires. They were on my new 2018 Dodge Charger GT+. I just replaced them with exact same. I got 80,077 miles out of them with some hard driving around NY & CT. and still some tread left….

    1. Just great tires. Have been driving on them since 2006, when I bought my Acura TSX. Just put another set on. Yep, 252,000 and going strong. Only bummer is the price, but the V rating tires are smooth, quiet, and responsive as heck! Love them on curves.

  4. I recently replaced all 4 tires with the Michelins MXM4. After about a month of driving, I strongly think this is all about a big name. These rubbers are no good. After any rain, they glide like no man’s business…..they got no grip on the road. These were recommended and replaced by my local Mercedes-Benz dealership. Suspension was checked, tie-rods replaced and a four wheel alignment done. I’ll get the Bridgestone Turanza EL 400 I used for over three years with no issues…..not even a flat tire.
    Disappointing after a near $2000 investment.

  5. I have a 2015 3.8 Genesis. I am looking for the best tires for a comfortable and quiet ride. I currently have Mich. 245/45/R18s. What would you recommend?

  6. I have a 2014 Lincoln MKS with these MXM4 20” tires. They came on the car. We just changed them over for new ones after putting 56,500 miles on these original tires. Great highway tires, great traction in the rain and very good in the Boston snows. The car has AWD so that’s a big advantage too. Great car and great tires!

  7. 235/45r18… Wouldn’t wish these on my worst enemy… blew out sidewall twice… 2nd time it was car wash rail that weakened sidewall… excessive tread wear caused squealing and torque steer… puncture prone (won lottery with two 3/4 in. screws in same tire)… have had summer tires that are better in light snow… not sure what’s good about these other than it still held the lane for 100 yds. on highway with a ruptured sidewall… and yes, the tires were properly pressurized

  8. I have a 2017 Lincoln MKZ with Michelin 24540R19 tires and the ride is very rough. The tires do everything u say they will but the ride is terrible. Can I go to a different size tire that is not low profile that would allow a better and smoother ride? Will different tires effect the odometer on my car? The ride in this car is not smooth. It could be in the suspension system. Give me your thoughts. Thanks

  9. I bought a new set of Primacy MXM4 for my 2010 Lexus RX350 in 2018. There are approximately 15,000 miles on them now. Shortly after we switched from MXV4s to these we noticed a difference in the ride quality ie, bumpy, sometimes bone jarring ride. Never doubting the recommended Michelin tires, I began to work on the suspension. Now, after new front struts, rear shocks and rear springs, it is no better. Front end has been checked and re-aligned. I’ve lowered the psi in the tires from 32 to 30 and it makes little difference. So, all you RX350 owners out there looking for a good Lexus ride, you won’t get it from these tires and I won’t buy them again.

    1. Robert, thanks for the input. I just got my 2016 ES 350 with 18″ wheels with oem Bridgestone Turanzas. At 33 psi its a rough loud ride. After 400 miles on these I changed to Perilli P7 Cinturato All Season Plus tires now with ~3.5k miles on these. Just as loud and about as stiff except these tires track freeway grooves and loose traction on aggressive launches worse than the Turanzas. I was kicking myself for not going with the MXM4s, until I saw your post just now. I miss the old MXV4’s.

      Hope you have luck finding something that works on your next set!

  10. How is this tire on Tesla Model 3 performance and would I get the “V” rating since I doubt I would ever exceed 150 mph speed?
    I notice this is a 245 instead of 235 width, so will this hurt or help my Tesla.

    I like the tires on the Tesla, 4s, I am told they are the best summer tire out there but not good for rain and especially bad for snow. Is this true and will I notice a difference from what I have to what I feel I would like to get, the mxm4 ? Please share in detail and if from experience or hear say?

    1. Hello Jessica! The Primacy MXM4 tires are suitable for all seasons, and as per customer experience, they offer a smooth performance. Hope this is helpful.

  11. I own a set for my Dodge Charger and they give a way better feel and ride than the stock tires. I really like them.

  12. I have a Chrysler 300s 2016 allwheeldrive and it just went over 40,000 miles. I have tires rotated at every oil change at 6,000 miles. I have primacy m+ m 4 Michelin 235/55/r19-101h tires and they are wearing down so they will not pass inspection when I take it in …I have read that these tires are of premium, and should last approx 55000 miles….what should I do to get Michelin to take care of the excessive wearing, by compensating me . It is a leased vehicle that expires in January….and I am not sure what the lease company will dowhen they inspect the vehicle before I turn it in…I heard they could charge me for a new set of tires? If I have to replace them what is another tire brand of equal quality that would be less expensive!

    1. John
      Good luck with your warranty. I had the same issue on a 2015 Fusion Titanium all wheel drive with these tires. I had the almost identical rotation schedule and miles as you . The warranty isn’t worth your time to fill out. They might as well tell you better luck next time?
      My first and last set of Michelin’s.

  13. I have a Chrysler 300s 2016 allwheeldrive and it just went over 40,000 miles. I have tires rotated at every oil change at 6,000 miles. I have primacy m+ m 4 Michelin 235/55/r19-101h tires and they are wearing down so they will not pass inspection when I take it in this fall….I have read that these tires are of premium, and should last approx 55000 miles….what should I do to get Michelin to take care of the excessive wearing, by compensating me . It is a leased vehicle that expires in January….and I am not sure what the lease company will dowhen they inspect the vehicle before I turn it in…I heard they could charge me for a new set of tires?

  14. Is this tire good for my car? 2012 Chevy Malibu LTZ V-6. I drive a minimum of 150 miles daily. Five days a week. I have 25 miles in the mountains twists and turns. The rest is freeway driving. Wet and Dry.

    1. Hi James,

      Primacy MXM4 from Michelin is a perfect choice for wet grip handling and dry traction. However please
      check with a professional for the compatibility before considering the switch. Keep on visiting us for
      more information.

      Thanks for commenting.

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