I figured I would give my initial impressions of the Michelin MXV4 in hopes of helping other members who are looking to replace the stock Goodyear RSAs.
location: Boston, MA
Car: 2007 G35x Sedan - Daily Driver
Current Mileage: 33,845 - Highway
Driving Style: Normal (Non-spirited)
Tires Rotation: Every 7500 miles
The RSAs were replaced roughly 1000 miles ago (
) and I couldn't be any happier with my decision of getting the MXV4s. The tires were bought through TireRack at $171 per tire. After having the tires mounted, balanced, and installed and getting behind the wheel for the first time, the very first thing that I noticed was how light the steering wheel felt compared to when the RSAs were installed. The wife said the same exact thing so I know I'm not crazy. With the RSAs, the steering wheel felt very heavy and took a decent amount of effort to turn. I don't get this at all with the Michelins.
The overall ride has thus far been quite comfortable. Roads with bumps that I normally drive through every day aren't as bad as they use to be. The ride is definitely softer which for some of the more aggressive drivers may be a bad thing. The road noise is pretty much non existent with these tires, I definitely hear the exhaust note and the engine much more these days. It's rained a few times since I've had these tires and the performance in the rain seem pretty good. Going through puddles in the highway isn't a problem and the car stays put without swaying or hydroplaning. I can't wait to see how these tires perform in the winter, if they are as good as they perform now, Michelin will have a customer for life.
Would I recommend these tires? Yes, to those who have similar driving styles as I do. If you're an aggressive driver that likes going fast on exit ramps, and pushing your car to the limit then maybe you should consider a different set of tires. These tires are made for comfort minded people like me. Don't get me wrong, I like to hit the gas pedal and bring the car up to 90+mph every once in a while when there's a wide open road in front me, but I just don't drive like that every day. Even when I do take the car up to 90+ the car still feels solid and planted on the ground. Overall, I'm very happy with these tires and would definitely buy another set to replace these when that time comes.