Michelin Defender vs. Primacy MXV4

When looking for an all-season option from Michelin for your passenger vehicle, consider their Defender and Primacy MXV4. The Standard Touring All-Season Defender has a treadlife warranty of 90,000 miles for T- and H-speed rated models and an 80,000-mile warranty for the V-rated tire. We have already tested the tire at and around our headquarters and really liked its road manners and handling. It scored lower on wet and winter traction compared to some of the other tires we tested. The Defender is currently ranked number one in its category.    

Michelin's Grand Touring All-Season Primacy MXV4 is offered with a 60,000-mile treadlife warranty. It scored highest during our "Testing Grand Touring All-Season Tires with a Sporty Edge" test and performed good enough to receive the best overall ranking. It's high marks for road comfort and quietness set it apart from the rest. 

Michelin Defender
Michelin Primacy MXV4
Michelin Primacy MXV4

The main differences between the two is that the Defender will last longer, while the Primacy MXV4 will provide better all-season traction. Both tires offer great ride quality and low tread noise. Also, all Defender sizes feature Michelin's Green X technology, however only certain sizes of the Primacy MXV4 feature it. Green X branded tires are designed to have low rolling resistance to help obtain better fuel efficiency. 

View all Michelin tires and find the one that works best for your vehicle.


Saturday, November 9, 2013 by Ralph Gentles

What can you tell me about the Michelin Defender tire with warranty of 90,000 miles SUK 686095
Thursday, November 21, 2013 by Hello AJ

The Defender is a good tire and both have a low rolling resistance feature to help fuel economy. The Primacy does have better wet traction though.
Monday, December 1, 2014 by James

I have a 2012 Mazda 3 and live in Minnesota. Thoughts on Defender vs. Primacy?
Thursday, December 4, 2014 by Tire Rack Team

James, Do you have 16" or 17" wheels? Typically, the Primacy is a more popular choice due to the manufacturers requirement for an H-speed rated tire. -- marshall@tirerack.com
Sunday, January 4, 2015 by India

I live in New York City and have a 2010 Hyundai Accent GS. Which Michelin is best, the Defender or Primacy MXV4
Thursday, January 8, 2015 by Tire Rack Team

India, Both of these tires have received great reviews, however, while the Defender seeks to obtain maximum mileage and a higher treadlife warranty, the Primacy MXV4 aims for a balance of performance and treadlife and uses a softer tread compound and higher speed rating. -- marshall@tirerack.com
Monday, February 2, 2015 by jamie blake

Is the pr michelon tireimacy msv4 the same as the premier a/s 95v michelon tire ?
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 by Tire Rack Team

Jamie, The Michelin Premier A/S is the replacement for the Michelin Primacy.
Monday, April 6, 2015 by ED


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