Michelin Primacy HP review
What is it?
The Michelin Primacy HP is a grand touring summer tire designed for luxury and sporty coupes and sedans. Served as the original equipment tire for the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ.
Strengths and weaknesses?
Decent overall traction and performance in both dry and wet conditions, but certainly limited as compared to more performance-oriented summer tires.
Comfort characteristics are good overall, and treadlife is sufficient given relaxed driving habits.
How does it compare?
In the very limited grand touring summer tire category, the Primacy HP distinguishes itself with satisfactory overall performance, and no notable deficiencies as compared to category competition.
Users rank the Primacy HP first out of three grand touring summer tire options.
- Treadlife Warranty: 6 years, 45,000 miles (H,V-rated). 6 years, 35,000 miles (W,Y,Z-rated). Mileage stipulations for staggered tire setups
- Uniformity Warranty: 1 year, first 2/32" wear
Anything else to know?
As a whole, the grand touring summer tire category is quite stagnant, and tire shoppers are by and large beginning to overlook the category. Accordingly, manufacturers are doing the same.
Grand touring summer tires like the Primacy HP lack the performance of high performance summer tires like the BF Goodrich g-Force COMP-2 A/S, and the year-round usability and convenience of grand touring all season tires such as the Michelin Premier A/S. Additionally, tires like the Primacy HP offer no distinct advantages over the top tier options in alternative categories, which provide equal comfort, better performance, and in some cases, superior treadlife. In many ways, the Primacy HP belongs in a bygone era when tire performance and civility were mutually exclusive. That's no longer the case.
With regard to the Primacy HP, cost is a demerit as well. It's an expensive tire with a limited scope of capabilities.
The Primacy HP may look good in relation to its dated category competition, but we recommend that you shop alternative tire categories reflective of your needs. Particularly if you're shopping for original equipment replacement tires for your sporty Subaru or Scion.
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