Originally Posted by SuperchargedMR2
The Michelin Premier A/S is a good all around tire and does great in wet conditions. You have to remember that nay tire when brand new will normally produce lower MPG compared to your older tires. The tires need to break in over the first 1k miles or so. On my 2009 Corolla S I saw a drop of 2-3 MPG when I replaced my worn out General Exclaim UHP tires with my Michelin Pilot Super Sport A/S 3 tires. I felt that the General tires were near perfect. The Michelin are better on the extreme side of driving when I'm driving hard in the mountains. The ride is stiffer but it relates to the better steering, braking and handling of the tires.
I imagine that you paid for a complete set of tires just paying to mount/dismount and balance each set of tires!
Just to follow up since I checked this forum. My new car has stock 18" Continental ProContact TX with ContiSilent, which is a layer of foam inside these tires to make them quiet. Foam does not seem to help, tires do get loud after 50+ MPH. They are very comfortable/premium in general and they seem to be very fuel efficient, since I had an average 42 MPG during interstate cruising from DC to Georgia (car is EPA rated 32 MPG). ProContact TXs dislike sharp turns as most touring tires do. Larger potholes and bumps shake entire car, but small ones get almost swallowed. I will be getting a different set when these wear out, but they are probably the best tires I had on a new car since Michelin Primacy A/S.
I did try Michelin Premier A/S right before I traded-in my iM, Costco had a free install on them and I was able to return them because I decided to trade in my iM a week later. Michelin Premier A/S would be my top pick after Toyo Versado Noir as a comfortable everyday tire. Premier A/S is somewhat like a more comfortable/premium version of Primacy A/S. Premiers are just a tiny bit more bumpy than Versado Noirs, but they handle curves and turns much better/sportier. If I had to pick best overall tires out of all the tires I had tried, I would've picked Michelin Premier A/S. If I wanted the best mid-range comfort/touring/fuel efficiency tires, I would've picked Toyo Versado Noir without thinking. If I wanted to pick the best price/comfort/handling tires with better wet traction and decent fuel economy, I would've picked Nitto Motivo.
I have just one tire I want to try: Yokohama Avid Ascend GT. They have great reviews, I may try them when my Conti's get old. I am also very inclined to just get another set of Versado Noirs, since every year I get older I feel longing for comfort. It is very possible that getting a Buick Regal was a good idea. I am turning into an old fart much sooner than I expected.