Pros: Outstanding performance on wet or dry pavement.
Cons: Price to replace is steep.
I will be the first to admit that when it comes to tires I am not even an armchair expert. But, I know what a good set of times feel like on the pavement. I recently purchased a gently used (3,341 miles) 2008 Cadillac CTS and the car came equipped with Michelin Pilot HX MXM4 Passenger/Performance Tires.
Product Description (from Michelin literature): The Michelin Pilot HX MXM4 is an All-Season Grand Touring tire that was developed to provide driving harmony by blending responsive handling with good ride and noise comfort. It was developed to blend some of the looks and handling of a performance tire with the reduced noise and ride comfort associated with a premium passenger tire, as well as provide year-round traction, even in light snow.
On the outside, the Pilot HX MXM4 features a weather-tuned tread compound molded into a symmetric tread design to provide traction on dry, wet and snow-covered roads. The independent tread blocks provide snow biting edges and are combined with circumferential grooves to evacuate water out from under the tire's footprint to reduce hydroplaning and enhance wet traction. Internally, the Pilot HX MXM4 features twin steel belts reinforced by Michelin's BAZ (Banded At Zero) spiral-wrapped polyamide cord to stabilize the tread area and enhance tread wear, handling and high-speed capability. The Pilot HX MXM4 features a polyester cord body to provide a smooth ride.
The Pilot HX MXM4 is available in a number of sizes, with fitments in the 16-inch to 19-inch wheel diameter range; my tires are 18 inches. Speed rated at 130mph, Michelin designed the Pilot HX MXM4 for luxury sport vehicles like Cadillac CTS, Chrysler 300M, BMW 325, Audi A6, or Acura TL, but not for regular people haulers like the Chevrolet Impala, Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, Nissan Altima, Ford Focus, or any number of assorted minivans and pick-up trucks. These tires are for performance vehicles, also ran’s need not apply.
I like these tires. Since I bought the Cadillac CTS, I have close put just under 1,500 miles on the tires and they have performed admirably on wet and dry pavement. The Pilot HX MXM4’s grip well especially during spirited driving; the tires hug the curves with aplomb and allow the care to weave in and out of traffic with ease.
Wet pavement? No problem for the Pilot HX MXM4. This summer has brought more than our share of rain to Chicago, but the Pilot HX MXM4’s never missed a beat, even in the driving rain and at speeds approaching 70mph the tires never left the road!
The ride is whisper quite; there is no road noise bleed inside the cabin even at expressway speeds exceeding 80mph. There is however plenty of feedback through the steering wheel; i.e. imperfections in the road do not go un-noticed, but the tires handle then well, making for a very comfortable ride overall. And perhaps most of that feedback is through the tight sport suspension on the Cadillac CTS. On smooth pavement the Pilot HX MXM4 Performance Tire provides a very comfortable ride indeed.
Snow has yet to fall in Chicago this season, after all its still summer, so I cannot speak to winter driving conditions, yet, or perhaps not ever because I do not intend to drive the Caddie in the snow; she sits way too low for that.
Did I say I love these tires? I spend a lot of time on the road, too much perhaps, and I can easily put 375 - 400 miles on my vehicle in a week, between commuting and extra hops to the downtown Chicago and places in between. I need to know that my tires are going to do their best to protect me and mine from the elements and that includes other drivers. But at the same time provide the grip and performance I need to have some fun while driving.
The Michelin Pilot HX MXM4 Passenger/Performance Tires meets my exacting demands for a high performance (touring) all season passenger tire.
If you need a set of new tire of your high performance sport sedan, you can’t go wrong with the Michelin Pilot HX MXM4 Passenger/Performance Tires.