When I am using Proton Pesona I find several options to change my OEM tire the Silverstone Kruizer. Searched in the web for the several tire brands like Toyo, Yokohama, Goodyear, Bridgestone, Continental and much more but I had decided to change to Michelin Pilot Preceda 2 and since these Michelin in my Pesona, I had become the lover of the Michelin tire with their ever-famous mascot Bibendum. The driving experience after changed to Michelin tire in my Proton Persona had changed dramatically as the tire had provided a stability while cornering, an added performance and a long-lasting performance. When I changed the tire again, I had used the Pilot Preceda 2 for nearly 56,000km before the tire thread becomes thin. Since then in my car, I always will fit the Michelin tire and I had used Michelin XM2, Michelin Pilot Sport 3, and lastly Michelin Pilot Sport 4.
When I had bought the Honda HR-V, I had found the OEM tire Yokohama Blue Earth a lousy tire. The tire had given the steering feeling numb experience, high road noise, and uncomfortable ride. Then I had decided to change to Michelin tire and they are 2 tire that is available for the Honda HR-V tire size where they are Michelin Pilot Sport 4 and Michelin Primacy 3 ST. Since I had used the Michelin Pilot Sport 4, I had decided to change to Michelin Primacy 3 ST. Michelin is the only tire that is sold in Malaysia that provides 5 years warranty but not all the car lovers love to change to Michelin because the tire price is on the higher side. The Michelin can be considered as BMW and Mercedes Benz of the tire due to their price and reliability.
The first thing that I noticed after I had installed the Michelin Primacy 3 ST is the steering feel. From the numb feel of the OEM tire now the steering is more responsive and feel much lighter. The ability to manoeuvre the car had been improved dramatically after I had installed the tire. It is far better driving experience now with the Michelin tire compared to uncomfortable ride that I feel with the OEM tire.
The next improvement that I noticed, the car is now better in term of smoothness and the road noise had been reduced significantly. On the OEM tire, the road noise can be heard when I am going at a moderate speed and they are the least smoothness in the performance. Now the road noise can’t be heard, and the car is performing with a performance that can be said as silky smooth. Although the road noise is still heard when I’m driving down a bad road condition or when I am driving at a high speed but still I had found it is much more acceptable if compared to the OEM tire.
Michelin had introduced what they called as Total Performance where the tire that they made had all the attributes like long lasting, great performance, silent, safety, fuel saving, and great pleasure and all the attributes can be seen in these Michelin Primacy 3 ST. The tire did provide all these attributes and although this is not a UHP tire the cornering ability is not been sacrificed. The Total Performance does give the car lovers the feel of the tire is sticking like a glue in the road and this is precisely what Michelin Primacy 3 ST provides.
The grip on the dry and wet is better than the OEM tire. The superior grip on wet and dry is typical Michelin tire even though this is not a UHP tire. From speeding to a standstill is not a problem with these tire on the wet road or even on the dry road. The OEM tire also has a grip but Michelin tire, especially on these tire, is a better choice.
On the fuel consumption part, these tire have Green X mark on it and due to this the fuel consumption can be said on the better side as I found the fuel bar does not drop drastically but on the realistic side these tire only work if we drove the car in a moderate speed or follow the speed rules in the highway and if we drove excessively fast the fuel consumption is just a gimmick as they is no effect on the consumption part of it.
Since I changed the tire, the complaint of the road noise can be said due to the OEM tire and change from Yokohama to Michelin had given a significant improvement on the Honda HRV. The steering feel, performance, superb grip on cornering, and fuel consumption had been improved drastically since I had installed these tires. Since this is not a UHP tire, I expect the tire to be long lasting than my previous Pilot Sport 3 or maybe like the Michelin XM2 and Michelin Pilot Preceda 2 one of the best tire ever produced by Michelin as it combined the comforts and the ride of the UHP tire. Although on Michelin Pilot Sports series tire like Pilot Sport 3 and Pilot Sport 4 the cornering ability and the grip is far superior due to the UHP characteristic on Michelin Primacy 3 ST this department is not sacrificed either due to the Michelin total performance which maximizes safety and provides great driving pleasure. Michelin again had proved that their tire is the best even though the price tends to be on the higher side, but it is worth every penny of it.
Where Michelin tire is a far better tire and can be said as the best tire in the world, the reason that Honda Malaysia does not include these tire as their OEM tire in the Honda HR-V is maybe due to keeping the price low and at some time maybe there is agreement with Yokohama tire for these cars. How great this will be if the Michelin tire had been fixed in the Honda HR-V as the OEM tire but unfortunately maybe due to the price and the agreement with Yokohama tire, this is not possible.