Michelin Primacy 3 Review

Michelin Primacy 3

When you hear the name Michelin, what comes to mind is quality and high performance tyre. As a result of this reputation, the French tyre manufacturer has always ensured that the products and offerings are top-notch and of high quality for your car. This is exactly what the Michelin Primacy 3 does.

The tire is a piece of original equipment in many vehicles such as sedans and some luxury coupes. It is also available as a replacement model.

Review of Features

The Primacy 3 uses a Smart tread Compound in conjunction with the new Michelin tread pattern to enhance the traction. It also allows the tire straddle the lines between rolling resistance and dry handling of the tire in dry and wet conditions. It does this by ensuring that the entire surface of the area of the tire is in contact with the road.

The tire also features anti-blocking sipes that increase its braking power and traction performance on wet roads. One of the reasons for the design and manufacture of the Michelin Primacy 3 is the need to provide excellent dry and wet braking power. And this purpose was achieved with the Primacy 3.

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Wet Grip

Finally, the P3 was tested on many features and capabilities and it comes out with good results. Some of these tests include aquaplaning, which is also known as hydroplaning, braking tests, handling, and many others. While the tyre didn’t come out as the top performer, it wasn’t far behind the top performers in the test.

You will find the Primacy 3 in four different sizes, for your car, starting from the 16 inches size to the 19 inches size (more on that later). There is also a 35000-mile warranty which covers workmanship and materials for the warranty period.


The tire comes with the quality associated with the Michelin brand name

The Primacy 3 uses clean and Green technology that is safe for the environment

The safety of drivers is also assured with these tires

Provides excellent wet grip in wet road conditions and dry handling in dry road conditions

Good rolling resistance


Drivers may experience uncomfortable and noisy ride sometimes

What Vehicles Can You Use the Primacy 3 With?

As said earlier, the tire works exceptionally well with luxury coupes and sedan type of car. Some of these vehicles include;

  • Audi S4, A6, A4, TT
  • BMW 335i, M3, 330Ci, M5, 525i, 740i
  • Chevrolet Camaro, Corvette
  • Ford Focus, Mustang
  • Honda Civic, Fit
  • Lexus GS300, GS430
  • Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG, E320, CLS550
  • Mini Cooper S
  • Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, 3000GT, 350Z
  • Pontiac G8, GTO, Trans Am
  • Porsche Boxster
  • Saab 9-3, 9-5
  • Toyota Yaris, Solara, Supra
  • Volkswagen Passat

These are some of the cars that you can use these tires with. There are many others that cannot be listed in this review.

Tire Sizes

You will find four different sizes for this tire for your car. These include the 16 inches sizes, 17 inches sizes, 18 inches sizes, and 19 inches sizes. Below are some of the models available under each size;

16 Inches Sizes

205/55R16 91W BSW

205/55R16 91V BSW

215/55R16 93V BSW

225/55R16/XL 99W BSW

205/60R16 92V BSW

215/60R16/XL 99V BSW

225/60R16 98W BSW

17 Inches Sizes

205/50R17/XL 93W BSW

205/50R17/XL 93V BSW

225/50R17 94W BSW

225/50R17/XL 98V BSW

225/50R17/XL 98Y BSW

215/55R17 94V BSW

225/55R17 97Y BSW

225/55R17 97Y BSW

225/55R17/XL 101W BSW

235/55R17 99V BSW

245/55R17 102W BSW

18 Inches Sizes

245/45R18/XL 100Y BSW

245/45R18/XL 100W BSW

19 Inches Sizes

275/40R19 101Y BSW

245/45R19 98Y BSW

Price Range

Based on the company’s website, the price of the tire is $194 dollars. However, you can purchase the tyre from different platforms around the world. These platforms offer discounts, rebates, coupon codes, and promo offers which may lead to a reduction in price.

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When you buy the Michelin P3, you get a 6-year warranty on the tyre. This also translates to a 35000-mile tread warranty. You can reduce the mileage on the tire by half if you size the rear tires differently from the front tires.

You also get a one-year tire uniformity guaranty. This means that the tread depth will be uniform for the first 2/32 inches of wear.

The warranty covers workmanship and materials for the 6-year period and this includes free replacement within the first year or for the first 2/32 inch of wear. However, after the first year, you get a prorated amount on repairs and replacement till the end of the warranty or till the last 2/32 inch of wear.

Other offers from Michelin include a 30-day customer satisfaction guarantee and a free 3-year flat tire changing service.

Summer Tires

The major downside of the Primacy 3 is the fact that it doesn’t absorb shocks and vibrations as most summer tires do. Therefore, this may lead to uncomfortable rides when you drive on rough or uneven roads.

This downside and many others are what Michelin corrected with the Primacy 4. You can read up our review on Primacy 4 here (insert a link to Michelin Primacy 4 review).

Apart from this, there is hardly anything you need from a passenger vehicle tire that you won’t get from the Michelin Primacy 3. Safety is one of the key requirements in a vehicle and the manufacturers of these tires ensure that they come with adequate braking. All thanks to its effective tread design and tread depth.

These two features also help with traction and road grip as the tires grip the road with ease and move seamlessly on road surfaces.

What impressed us is the fact that the Primacy 3 was designed as an entry-level tire model. And based on this model, Michelin did a very good job on the tire. Therefore, should you need an ideal passenger car tire with a reasonable price and the assurance of a leading tire brand, the Michelin Primacy 3 is a very good choice.

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