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Michelin Primacy 4 vs Michelin Latitude Sport 3

Michelin Primacy 4 vs Latitude Sport 3 - Test Data [2024]

Here are the key stats for the Michelin Primacy 4 and Michelin Latitude Sport 3 tyres, at a glance.
Primacy 4Latitude Sport 3
Vehicle SuitabilityPassengerLight Truck / SUV
Driving StylePremium Touring SummerStreet/Sport Truck Summer
SeasonSummerSummer
Release Date20172013
Run Flat?NoNo
Overall Score85/10077/100

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Michelin Primacy 4 vs Michelin Latitude Sport 3 in Australia

The Primacy 4 has been around in Australia for about 7 years, whereas the Latitude Sport 3 has been on the market for about 11 years

The Primacy 4 is rated for premium touring summer action, however the Latitude Sport 3 tyres are classified as street/sport truck summer.The former is designed for use in regular passenger (non-SUV) vehicles, but the latter should be used with 4WDs, SUVs and light trucks.

Both of these are considered summer tyres. Neither of them are runflat tyres. Both brands are considered to be in the premium part of the market.

Read on to see how each of these tyres stack up against each other!

How We Reviewed These Tyres

Unlike the Australian government, the European Union carries out standardised tests on all tyres sold in Europe. These tests are carried out in identical conditions, making them a reliable way to compare tyres.

For this review, we use averaged results from tests done on 140 sizes of these tyres by the European Union.

Fuel Efficiency

EU Grade
(A - E)
Compared to an A grade tyre?
Primacy 4C0.2L/100km extra fuel consumption. ~$36 extra per year
Latitude Sport 3C0.2L/100km extra fuel consumption. ~$45 extra per year

The US Department of Energy estimates that around 25% of the fuel consumption of a vehicle is attributable to the tyres. That's a lot, and it means that choosing fuel efficient tyres can save you quite a bit of money.

The Primacy 4 tyres rank a C on a scale of A to E in the official fuel efficiency tests carried out by the EU (they call these rolling resistance tests).

The Latitude Sport 3 tyres get a grade of C

As their fuel efficiency grade is the same, expect negligible differences in fuel consumption between them.

Here's a graph comparing the Primacy 4 and Latitude Sport 3 tyres for fuel efficiency (1 = Grade E, 5 = Grade A).

Grip & Handling

EU Grade
(A - E)
Compared to an A grade tyre?
Primacy 4AThis is an A grade tyre for wet grip
Latitude Sport 3AThis is an A grade tyre for wet grip

We'll now take a look at how these tyres compare in terms of grip and handling.

A good measure of this is 'wet grip', which is an indication of how well the tyres will allow the vehicle to come to a stop in wet conditions.

The Primacy 4 tyres rank a A on a scale of A to E in the official fuel tests carried out by the EU.

The Latitude Sport 3 tyres, on the other hand, get a grade of A.

As their wet grip grade is the same, expect negligible differences in terms of braking distance.

Here's a graph comparing the Primacy 4 and Latitude Sport 3 tyres for wet grip (1 = Grade E, 5 = Grade A).

Noise

EU Grade
(A - C)
Compared to an A grade tyre?
Primacy 4B (69.0 dB)2 times as noisy
Latitude Sport 3B (70.3 dB)2 times as noisy

Another key factor to consider when choosing a tyre is road noise. Once you're over about 40 km/h, the dominant source of noise you hear is from the contact of your tyres on the road.

There is a surprisingly wide variation in the amount of noise each tyre makes.

The Primacy 4 tyres produce 69.0 dB of road noise, which corresponds to a rank of B on a scale of A to C in the standardised testing done by the EU.

On the other hand, the Latitude Sport 3 tyres produce 70.3 dB of road noise, which means a grade of B.

As their noise grade is the same, don't expect many differences in terms of cabin noise.

Here's a visual representation of how the Primacy 4 and Latitude Sport 3 tyres stack up for noise (1 = Grade C, 3 = Grade A).

Comfort

Based on the results of a number of tyre benchmarks, the Primacy 4 scores 5 out of 5 for comfort and the Latitude Sport 3 scores 5 out of 5.

UTQG Data

Introduced by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in the USA, the Uniform Tire Grading System (UTQG), is a system for comparing one tyre product to another on the basis of some standardised tests.

Primacy 4Latitude Sport 3
Treadwear340220
Traction
(AA - C)
AA
Temperature Resistance
(A - C)
AA

Treadwear

As per the UTQG guidelines, the Primacy 4 tyres have a treadwear rating of 340, whereas the Latitude Sport 3 tyres have a rating of 220. This means that the Primacy 4 tyres will theoretically last 1.5 times as long as the Latitude Sport 3 tyres.

Traction

The UTQG system measures traction as straight-line braking in dry conditions. The scale is AA, A, B, C, with AA being the best grade, and C the worst.

As per the UTQG system, the Primacy 4 tyres have a traction grading of A, whereas the Latitude Sport 3 tyres have a grading of A.

Temperature Resistance

The UTQG temperature resistance tests measure how well tyres can dissipate heat that builds up due to friction with the road. The scale is A, B, C, with A being the highest grade.

As per the UTQG system of tyre grading, the Primacy 4 tyres have a temperature resistance grading of A, whereas the Latitude Sport 3 tyres have a grading of A (on a scale of A, B, C).

Warranty

The Primacy 4 tyres have a warranty of 6 years, whereas the Latitude Sport 3 tyres have a warranty of 6 years.

Comparisons With Similar Tyres

Still on the fence about these tyres? Check out how they compare to other similar tyres on the market in Australia!

Summary

Let's now take a look at the main differences between these two sets of tyres.

All in all, the Primacy 4 tyres get a score of 85 out of 100, while the Latitude Sport 3 tyres get a score of 77 out of 100.

For fuel efficiency, Primacy 4 score a grade of C, which is more or less average. Latitude Sport 3 end up with a grade of C, which is more or less average.

More important is the wet grip, which gives you an indication of their traction and handling. In this regard, Primacy 4 get a score of A, which is outstanding. Latitude Sport 3 end up with a grade of A, which is outstanding.

More important is the wet grip, which gives you an indication of their traction and handling. In this regard, Primacy 4 get a score of B, which is about typical. Latitude Sport 3 end up with a grade of B, which is about typical.

The Primacy 4 tyres have a UTQG treadwear rating of 340, whereas the Latitude Sport 3 tyres have a rating of 220.This means that you can expect the Primacy 4 to last 1.5 times as long as the Latitude Sport 3 tyres.

The Primacy 4 have a UTQG traction grading of A, while the Latitude Sport 3 tyres having a grading of A.

The Primacy 4 have a UTQG temperature grading of A, while the Latitude Sport 3 tyres having a grading of A.

The Primacy 4 have a warranty of 6 years, while the Latitude Sport 3 tyres are guaranteed for 6 years.

Full Size List (click to show)

Below is a list of all 143 sizes of the Primacy 4, and all 74 sizes of the Latitude Sport 3 tyres sold in Australia, sorted by tyre width.

Primacy 4 Sizes

Size
165/65 R15 81T
175/65 R15 84H
185/50 R16 81H
185/60 R15 88H XL
185/65 R15 88T
185/65 R15 92T XL
185/65 R15 88H
185/60 R15 84H
185/55 R15 82V
185/60 R15 84T
195/55 R15 85V
195/60 R18 96H XL
195/60 R17 90W
195/65 R16 92V
195/55 R16 91V XL
195/60 R15 88H
195/60 R15 88V
195/50 R15 82V
195/55 R16 87H
195/55 R16 87V
195/65 R15 91V
195/55 R16 87T
195/45 R16 84V XL
195/55 R16 87W
195/65 R15 95H XL
195/65 R15 91H
195/55 R16 91T XL
205/55 R16 94V XL
205/55 R16 94H XL
205/50 R17 89V
205/60 R16 92V
205/45 R16 83W
205/55 R17 95V XL
205/45 R16 83H
205/55 R19 97V XL
205/50 R17 93H XL
205/65 R15 94H
205/55 R17 91W
205/45 R17 88V XL
205/55 R17 95W XL
205/55 R16 91H
205/55 R19 97H XL
205/65 R15 94V
205/60 R16 92H
205/55 R16 91W
205/60 R16 96W XL
205/55 R16 91V
205/50 R17 93W XL
205/55 R17 91V
205/60 R16 92W
205/60 R16 96H XL
205/50 R17 93V XL
205/45 R17 88H XL
205/60 R16 96V
205/60 R16 96V XL
215/55 R18 99V XL
215/55 R17 94W
215/65 R16 102H XL
215/45 R17 91W XL
215/45 R17 87W
215/55 R16 93W
215/55 R16 97W XL
215/55 R16 93V
215/50 R17 91W
215/50 R18 92W
215/60 R16 99H XL
215/60 R16 95H
215/50 R17 95W XL
215/60 R17 96V
215/65 R16 102H
215/65 R17 103V XL
215/60 R16 95V
215/45 R17 91V XL
215/55 R17 94V
215/60 R16 99V XL
215/55 R17 98W XL
215/60 R17 96H
215/65 R17 99V
225/50 R16 92W
225/55 R18 102Y XL
225/45 R17 91Y
225/45 R17 94W XL
225/50 R17 98Y XL
225/60 R17 99V
225/55 R17 101W XL
225/55 R16 95W
225/45 R18 95Y XL
225/50 R17 94Y
225/60 R16 102W XL
225/45 R17 94Y XL
225/55 R17 97Y
225/50 R18 99W XL
225/45 R17 91V
225/55 R18 102V XL
225/55 R17 101V XL
225/50 R17 94W
225/40 R18 92Y XL
225/55 R17 101Y XL
225/55 R16 99W XL
225/65 R17 102H
225/45 R17 91W
225/55 R16 99Y XL
225/45 R18 95W XL
225/45 R17 94V XL
225/55 R17 97W
225/50 R17 94V
225/50 R17 98W XL
225/50 R17 98V XL
235/55 R18 100W
235/40 R19 96W XL
235/50 R18 101Y XL
235/55 R17 103W XL
235/45 R20 100V XL
235/55 R18 100V
235/55 R18 104V XL
235/60 R17 102V
235/60 R18 103V
235/45 R18 98Y XL
235/45 R18 98W XL
235/45 R17 94W
235/40 R18 91W
235/45 R17 97W XL
235/50 R18 97V
235/50 R19 103V XL
235/55 R17 99V
235/50 R18 101H XL
235/55 R17 103Y XL
235/45 R17 94Y
235/55 R19 105W XL
245/40 R18 97Y XL
245/45 R17 99Y XL
245/40 R18 93H
245/45 R19 102V XL
245/45 R17 99W XL
245/45 R18 96W
245/45 R18 100W XL
245/45 R18 100Y XL
255/40 R19 100W XL
255/40 R18 99Y XL
255/45 R18 99Y
255/50 R18 106Y XL
255/45 R20 105V XL
255/45 R20 101V

Latitude Sport 3 Sizes

Size
225/65 R17 106V XL
225/60 R18 100V
225/55 R19 99V
235/60 R18 107W XL
235/55 R19 101V
235/65 R19 109V XL
235/65 R17 108V XL
235/55 R19 105V XL
235/55 R18 104V XL
235/60 R18 103W
235/50 R19 103V XL
235/50 R19 99W
235/65 R18 110H XL
235/60 R17 102V
235/65 R17 104V
235/55 R19 101Y
235/55 R18 100V
235/60 R18 103V
235/65 R17 104W
235/50 R19 99V
235/55 R19 101W
245/50 R20 102V
245/65 R17 111H XL
245/60 R18 105H
245/50 R19 105W XL
245/45 R20 103W XL
255/40 R21 102Y XL
255/55 R18 109Y XL
255/40 R21 102Y
255/45 R19 100V
255/60 R17 106V
255/55 R19 111Y XL
255/50 R20 109Y XL
255/55 R18 105W
255/55 R18 109V XL
255/45 R20 105Y XL
255/50 R19 103Y
255/55 R17 104V
255/45 R20 101W
255/45 R20 105V XL
255/50 R19 107W XL
255/60 R18 112V XL
255/50 R19 107V XL
255/55 R19 (111Y) XL
265/45 R20 104Y
265/40 R21 105Y XL
265/50 R20 111Y XL
265/40 R21 101Y
265/50 R19 110W XL
265/50 R19 110Y XL
265/50 R20 107V
275/40 R20 102W
275/50 R20 113W XL
275/45 R19 108Y XL
275/45 R20 110V XL
275/45 R21 107Y
275/45 R20 110Y XL
275/50 R19 (112Y) XL
275/50 R19 112Y XL
275/40 R20 106W XL
275/55 R17 109V
275/40 R20 106Y XL
285/40 R20 108Y XL
285/55 R19 116W XL
285/55 R18 113V
285/45 R19 111W XL
295/40 R20 106Y
295/35 R21 103Y
295/40 R20 110Y XL
295/35 R21 107Y XL
295/45 R20 110Y
295/45 R19 113Y XL
315/40 R21 111Y
315/35 R20 110W XL
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