So its been a little while since someone posted here so i thought I'd post some "fairly" new tires i found while in the market for a new set. Firstly, I have a 09 AWD MKS sitting on P245/45R20 and chet, these tires are expensive. My car still has the O.E set from Lincoln, Michelin Primacy MXV4. These pretty things are nice, but sit 3rd on my list.
The brands i'm looking at are:
- Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus (Grand Touring All-Season) $228/ea
- Continental ExtremeContact DW (Max Performance Summer) $192/ea
- Michelin Primacy MXV4 (Grand Touring All-Season) $255/ea
- Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110 (Max Performance Summer) $155/ea
Counting backwards let me highlight a few pros and cons for each brand.
4. Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110 - This brand was recommend to me from a friend who uses them on his car and has had good luck with them. There is a tiny lag in the steering response but i doubt anyone would notice it. It is harsh on rough roads due to them being pretty firm, but the deal breaker for me, the lose of traction on wet roads, this is due to its narrow peak. This tire is pretty noisy. Yet it does have the best steering response. Not a good tire for MKS, LS maybe as its lighter.
3.Michelin Primacy MXV4 - Does good on smoothing road conditions and least amount of tread noise and impact noise. One thing it lacks is the urgent steering response when compared to Continental and Pirelli, yet still handles nice to the drivers input. Good traction on dry and wet roads.
2.Continental ExtremeContact DW - Best job softening rough road conditions and provides the least tread and impact noise. At a cost for a comfortable ride it comes with a softer handling where it comes off a little less responsive than Hankook. On a dry track it has great grip but seems to be a little less responsive on faster turns. It does great with traction on wet roads but due to the softer handling, it seems to hold back a little.
1. Pirelli Cinturato P7 - P7 handles great being right behind Hankook V12. On the road its right behind Continental with smoothness on the road with less tread noise, but the impact noise is noticeable. This tire does handle a little under great when it comes to contact on wet roads and lacks good grip under hard braking. This is the ONLY tire that comes with LRR equipped.
After all is said and done i'll most likely be picking up a set of the Pirelli P7's. I feel this tire is well round with smoothness, tread noise, comfort and the fact its LRR i'll save a little one gas. With a UTQG of 700 A A, this tire is one of highest rated monster around, this will most likely be the last tire i'd have to buy for my car. I would like to point out this is just my opinion and depending on the driver tires will vary. I myself is slow, never over 60MPH type of guy I feel the P7 fits my needs just right. If you're not worried about a particular feature, go with MXV4 its a good tire.
I really hope this helps those in the market for some new tires and are unsure of which route to go. Just keep in mind, MKS is luxury car, therefore, you want a luxury ride!!