Is the Michelin Defender the Best Tire for You? We Can Help You Decide.

Thursday, May 24, 2012 by Doc Horvath

Michelin has just released the successor to both the popular HydroEdge with Green X and Harmony all-season tires: the all-new Defender. The Defender features Michelin's Green X technology to help drivers save fuel without sacrificing mileage. IntelliSipes enhance rain and light snow traction by maximizing the number of sipes in contact with the road at any time. As always, Michelin has tuned the Defender to provide a comfortable and quiet ride.

Defender tires also feature a 30-day satisfaction guarantee and 3-year flat changing service at no cost through Michelin for the ultimate in peace of mind. Review all warranty details here.

While we haven't had the opportunity to test the tire yet, customers have been providing positive feedback. We are certain the tire will be a future best seller.

To see if the Defender is a good fit for your driving style, shop by vehicle.

 

 

Comments on Is the Michelin Defender the Best Tire for You? We Can Help You Decide.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012 by dave larson:
I like what I see but how quiet are they?
Thursday, June 14, 2012 by Doc:
Dear Dave,

Thanks for your question. Out test results are being compiled and should be posted shortly. From my experience, the Defender will carry on the long Michelin tradition of being among the quietest tires available, so no concerns there !
Monday, July 30, 2012 by Alan:
The hydroedge was one of the noisiest tires Michelin made. Any numbers on this tire? Can't imagine buying a tire and then it drives you crazy with noise.
thanks.
Tuesday, July 31, 2012 by doc:
Dear Alan,
Michelin has given the Defender an asymmetrical tread pattern to minimize road noise. The Hydroedge's directional tread pattern was very efficient in shedding water, but that kind of tread pattern always seems to create more road noise
Friday, October 26, 2012 by Kevin:
I have two vehicles that I'm trying to decide between Primacy MXV4 and Defenders: 2010 Civic LX and 2005 Accord LX. We live in Central Ohio so we get the full mix of weather. The Civic use is mainly 50 mile roundtrip hwy driving to/from work and weekend carting around the kids. The Accord is a mix local roads and hwy around 40 miles per day. MPG and safety (braking distance/handling) are most important. Which is better fit Primacy or Defender?
Monday, October 29, 2012 by doc:
Dear Kevin,
When testing both tires, I felt the Primacy model had much better wet traction, so I'd be more inclined to recommend the Primacy given your concerns.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012 by Lloyd:
I have a 2003 Buick LaSabre with a tire size of P215/70R15. Looking for the best all season tire that works well in wet/raining conditions and also in limited winter driving.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012 by doc:
Lloyd,
The Michelin Defender is availble in your size, so I'd recommmend them hightly for your application !
Friday, November 9, 2012 by Stewart:
I am looking at both the Defender and the MXV4. Have a 2004 Subaru Impreza. Worried about the performance in the winter with the snow and ice that we can have. Any suggestions between these two tires?
Friday, November 9, 2012 by jram:
I just had the Michelin defenders installed in my 2004 corolla. so far i feel that the tire makes my steering wheel shake when I reach speeds of 70mph. is not a balancing problem because I just had it done when the tires were installed. does anyone have this problem with their defenders?
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 by doc:
Stewart,
While we have yet to test the Defender in winter conditions, I can say for certain that the Primacy model has proven to have better wet traction (regardless of temperature). Hope this helps !
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 by doc:
Jram,
Sorry for the trouble ! I'd recommend having the balance checked by a shop with a RoadForce balancing machine to check the tires for any defects. The Defender model has had a very high level of build quality, but any tire manufacturer will have issues on occasion. Fee free to call our Customer Service department for help in finding another shop to check the tires.
Saturday, November 17, 2012 by Matthew Krueger:
Hi, I have a 2008 Nissan Maxima SL and I live in Florida. I am looking for a name brand tire like Michelin that is a quiet tire with a comfortable ride. I saw the Defenders, but I don't know if they would be good for me or not. There are so many tires to choose from it's insane. All the local tire stores seem to want to recommend their most profitable tires, but not the best for your car. Do you have a recommendation for me?
Monday, November 19, 2012 by doc:
Matthew,
Nissan requires an H speed rating to maintain proper handling characteristics on your Maxima, and the Defender is only available with the lower T rating so it cannot be used. For best results, consider the Michelin Primacy MXM4 or the Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 by Roger:
I have a 2008 Toyota Camry LE (4 CL). I am torn between Primacy MXV4 and Defender. The Michelin Website does not think Defender is the best fit for my vehicle. due to possibly speed rating. I am in Colorado and I will need the tire for all 4 season including Winter Driving. I like the Defender's Mileage warrenty. But I dont know anything about the cofort and gas economy.
Any recomendations?
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 by doc:
Roger,
Like Matthew's Maxima, you'll have to do an H rated tire (or higher speed rating) for the Camry. Best bet is the Primacy MXV4. The Defender might yield a little better fuel economy, but the harder rubber compound needed for that benefit would have a negative affect on wet traction.
Monday, November 26, 2012 by DJ:
My wife needs tires on here 2010 yaris. Im looking at the xi2 as well as the defenders. We grew up in so cal so where not use to the snow and ice in Denver. Which would you recommend for an all year tire that is good enough for the rocky mountain snow??
Tuesday, November 27, 2012 by Linda Paul:
I drive a Cadillac DTS(06) & have the original tires; living in Sudbury Ontario, I've never had snow tires. I'm debating whether the Primacy would be better, in that the Defender was suggested...........Your advice would be appreciated. Thank you.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012 by doc:
DJ,
The Michelin Xi2 is a dedicated snow tire, so we would not recommend it for all season use (above 50 degrees (F) the rubber gets very soft and would wear very quickly). Any all season tire (like the Defender) is a compromise that gives you some light snow capability and still let you leave the tire on all year long.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012 by doc:
Linda,
Our internal tests have shown the Primacy to be a better tire for wet traction, and we have yet to test the Defender in snow so assuming the two models are similar I'd lean in the direction of the Defenders if you are more concerned with long life over high speed wet handling.
Thursday, November 29, 2012 by Bill:
Looking for a set of tires for my wife's 2002 Rav4. I am looking at the Michelin Defenders for their long life, but road noise has always been an issue with her previous tires so I wondering how quiet these tires are? If noisy, any other quality tire recomendations to fit the bill? Thanks!
Wednesday, December 5, 2012 by Garret James:
88' Corolla FX (non GT). I am looking at the Defender Tires as an option, I would also appreciate input on good tires for the car, from experience. I am in Novato, we have rain throughout till Spring, and I will traveling to Colorado in a few weeks. Thank you for any recommendations.
Thank you kindly.
Thursday, December 6, 2012 by doc:
Bill,
Michelin does not yet offer the Defender in your 215/70R16 tire size (unless you are using a different size), so consider the Goodyear Assurance CS FuelMax or the Bridgestone Dueler HL422 Ecopia as great options.
Thursday, December 6, 2012 by doc:
Garret,
Feel free to email me direct or call in with your tire size, as the Defender is not available in neither 13" or 14" wheel sizes...
Wednesday, January 2, 2013 by Patsy:
Looking to replace all 4 tires on my 2009 Cadillac STS V6 AWD. They have recommened the michelin defender 225/55R17 is the right tire for me?
Thursday, January 3, 2013 by Tammy:
I'm looking for a new set of tires for my 2002 Honda Accord (Ex V6), and these were recommended. I live in the Midwest where we can see our fair share of snow!

I'd prefer better handling in the winter and thus have been looking at winter tires (specifically Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D). Would you not recommend using any winter tires all year long?

Thanks so much for your input!
Thursday, January 3, 2013 by doc:
Patsy,
The Defender will give you the longest mileage warranty (90,000 miles)of any other Michelin in your size. If 65,000 miles of life is acceptable, I'd have you look at the Michelin Energy Saver All Season as I flet they were a little better in wet conditions.
Thursday, January 3, 2013 by doc:
Tammy,
Even the best all season tire will not be able to beat a good "dedicated" winter tire for snow and ice traction, as the rubber compounds used for the snow tires are designed to stay flexible to below freezing temperatures. As a result, they can be too flexible and soft in warmer weather (above 50 degrees)which caused them to wear very quickly and handle poorly at higher speeds.

I'd say that if you are comfortable switching wheels/tires back and forth seasonally, a dedicated snow tire is the best way to go.
Friday, January 4, 2013 by Lisa:
I'm looking to replace all 4 tires on my 2009 AWD Lincoln MKZ. I'm looking for the best tire for winter conditions in the MidWest that is also quiet with good handling. Is there such a thing? Any recommendations? Thanks...I appreciate your help.
Monday, January 7, 2013 by doc:
Lisa,
Lincoln requires an "H" speed rating or higher for replacement tires,and the Defenders have a lower speed rating that recommended. I'd have you take a look at the Michelin Primacy MXM4 as our most comfortable option in your size.
Friday, January 18, 2013 by EJ:
I have a 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander, and live in north Texas. Plenty of heat not much for rain or snow. Will the Defenders give me a quiet ride with good tread life, or is there another tire I should consider?
Tuesday, January 22, 2013 by doc:
EJ,
Assuming you have 18" wheels and tires (as the Defender is not available in the stock 17" size. As mentioned above, the Defender is not great in wet) but should wear like iron....Great choice !
Thursday, February 7, 2013 by Barb:
Replacing 4 tires on my Rx330 2004. Living in Illinois. what best the Michelin defender or Goodyear Assurance. Thank you.
Friday, February 8, 2013 by doc:
Barb,
The Defender will have longest life and will be the quietest, but the Goodyear Assurance TripleTred will have better snow and wet traction. You may have to decide which benefit is most important....
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 by RuthReeves:
Replacing tires on 2006 Tucson Ltd. Husband can't tolerate road noise. Drive mostly in Florida and Georgia so snow not an issue. Do you recommend the Michelin Defender?
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 by doc:
Dear Barb,

I'd say either the Michelin Defender or Primacy would be great options.
Sunday, February 17, 2013 by bradley valdivia:
Hi there doc,

I have a 2003 Chevy impala that uses 225/60/R16 and I live in miami... I was looking at either the pirelli p6 four season plus tires or the michelin defender. There is a minimum price difference but i am not sure which to choose...

Thank you for a response
bradley
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 by doc:
Bradley,
Based on our survey results and tests, either the Defender or the Primacy MXV4 would be great options for your Chevy, but the Primacy would be a little better in wet traction
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 by Travis Z:
Doc, I am looking for tires for my wifes 2001 Toyota Solara (205/60 or 65/ 15 inch). She drives mostly highway miles and less then a year ago we bought brand new Pirelli P5 tires that are shot already. I'm looking for the tire that will last me the longest. Is the defender the best tire for that? She doesn't care about noise, just tread life.
Thanks
Friday, February 22, 2013 by Scott:
Hi, Doc!
I'm driving a 2000 Honda Accord EX V6 (4-door Sedan), and currently have Michelin Primacy on all 4 wheels. I've gotten differing opinions on what I should replace them with - 4 more Primacies or the Defenders. Is the Defender replacing the Primacy? Or is it a clear-cut case of safety and speed rating for my car, limiting my choice to the H speed rating only?
Thanks for your response!
Friday, February 22, 2013 by doc:
Since Honda requires the H speed rating as a minimum for replacement tires, the Defender would not be an option due to the (lower) T speed rating. From a practical standpoint, we did find that the Primacy did perform better in wet traction regardless of the speed rating.
Friday, February 22, 2013 by Doc:
I have a 2004 Buick Le Sabre Limited with 16 in wheels. Do you recommend the Defender or Primacy? I live in northern Missouri so I drive in all weather conditions.
Friday, February 22, 2013 by doc:
For the Buick, we would recommend the Defender as it would be best suited for the suspension setup. Unless you drove the Buick very "enthusiastically" the Defender will be a great tire for you !
Sunday, February 24, 2013 by Jim:
Doc, Also, I had poor luck with the Good Year Triple Tread on a 2x4 Suburban. How would you rate it against the Defender and Primacy for my Le Sabre?
Monday, February 25, 2013 by doc:
Travis,
Since Toyota requires the H speed rating as a minimum for replacement tires, the Defender would not be an option due to the (lower) T speed rating. For a long life, consider the Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus or Michelin Primacy MXV4
Monday, February 25, 2013 by doc:
Jim,
The TripleTred has a very aggressive tread pattern that generates quite a bit of road noise compared to either Michelin. The Goodyear would do a little better in snow, but either Michelin would be quieter and more durable.
Wednesday, March 27, 2013 by Helen:
I have a 2010 toyota prius, and i am looking for new tires. What do you suggest. Safety is my concern. Good control in wet and ice.
Thursday, March 28, 2013 by doc:
Helen,

Both the Michelin Defender and the Michelin Primacy MXV4 would be great choices, with the Primacy being a little bit better in wet traction. Feel free to call us direct for more information !
Sunday, March 31, 2013 by Cheryl:
I have a 2011 Chevy Impala P22355R17 tires. I live in Michigan and would like a good all season tire that does not hydroplane. Also comfort/quiet. Would Pirelli or Michelin Defender be better?
Wednesday, April 3, 2013 by doc:
Cheryl,
I'd have you consider both the Michelin Defender and the Michelin Primacy MXV4 as great options for your vehicle. Feel free to call in for more information !
Friday, April 5, 2013 by Richard:
in the 205 55 16 size there is a H speed rating for the Defender it is fit the Mazda 3 ,.... I am lucky..lol
Sunday, May 5, 2013 by Yaba:
I am recently looking at the Defender XT 195/65/15. I am finding the sidewall a little bit too thin comparing Primacy MXV4. I am wondering if the Defender XT safe enough for my corrola S
Tuesday, May 7, 2013 by Doc:
Yaba,
The Defender has the same (non-reinforced)sidewall construction as the Primacy and nearly all other tires in your size. We would consider them all to be "safe" for your application as the load capacities are well above the requirements of the Corolla. Hope this helps !
Tuesday, May 14, 2013 by terry:
i have a1995 toyota 4door sadan 4 cylinder is my car h rated ?harmany or defender which tire will be smoother and quieter for my car ? ordo i need the primicy mxv4 ? thanks for your responce .
Thursday, May 16, 2013 by Doc:
Terry,

The Defender replaced the Harmony with the intention of providing a longer life expectancy. Based on our internal testing the Primacy will give you a little better wet traction (at the expense of a little lower mileage warranty). If you live in an area where the roads are wet more often than not, the Primacy would the better bet.
Sunday, May 19, 2013 by alan:
I have a 2011 VW Jetta tdi with 52K miles. Looks like the original Continental tires 205/55 R16 will need to be replaced soon. Is the Defender a good choice or do you recommend something else?
Sunday, May 19, 2013 by ronnie:
i want to buy the quietest tires for my 2007 hyundai azera limited size p235/55r17 i live in florida
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 by doc:
Alan,
I'd say the Defender would be very comparable to the Conti tire that you have, or if you were looking to improve wet traction you could consider the Michelin Primacy MXV4.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 by doc:
Ronnie,
Hyundai requires at least an "H" speed rating for replacement tires, and the Defender is only available in the lower "T" rating. We'd have you look a the Michelin Primacy MXV4 as the best tire for your application !
Friday, June 7, 2013 by Greg:
I have a 98 Maxima GXE. I was trying to decide between the Defender, MXV4 & Turanza Serenity Plus. Seeing all of the previous comments I’m ruling out the Defender because wet traction is very important to me. Living in Pittsburgh, PA you are almost always going up or down a hill. So I need a tire that won’t spin on a wet road from a stop at a red light going up a 20 degree incline. I also need a tire that will give decent traction in light snow. If you read Michelin’s website or Bridgestone’s website they are both the best (obviously) tire for my car. I’m also open to other suggestions for tires that have superior wet traction. I just narrowed it down to these tires based on things I’ve found online for tires that fit my car. I’m not going to say money is no object but I’m willing to pay for good tires.
Thursday, June 13, 2013 by doc:
Greg,
In our most recent test, it was pretty much an even match between the Michelin Primacy MXV4 and the Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus (0.4 higher score for the Bridgestone overall). You can't go wrong with either one !
Monday, June 24, 2013 by Robin:
Which Michelin tire would you recommend for my 2010 Camry CE? I am torn between the Defender and the Primacy MX4V. Currently have the Energy, but am looking for more tread life.
Monday, June 24, 2013 by Bruce:
I'm looking to replace 4 tires on 2009 Cadillac DTS base in New York area hwy/cty with long trips 4-5 times a year. What do you recommend?
Monday, June 24, 2013 by Stephen Jones:
I am looking for a tire that handles well at highway speeds for a 2007 Toyota Camry. I drive about 50 miles a day on the highway and aboout 5 miles around town. What would be a good choice for me? Thank you
Tuesday, June 25, 2013 by Peter:
I am looking at the Defenders for my 09 Chrysler Town and Country (225 65R 16). Wide variety of driving conditions as I live in Wisconsin so I'm wondering if this tire is a good fit for all season conditions. Currently riding on the factory Yokohama S33's - by the way is this a decent tire? Thanks!
Monday, July 1, 2013 by doc:
Peter,
We would highly recommend the Defender for your application. Since the Yokohama is an original equipment tire we do not do any testing on the tire whatsoever but that model has not fared well in our customer surveys.
Monday, July 1, 2013 by doc:
Robin,

Toyota requires at least an "H" speed rating for replacement tires, and the Defender is only available in the lower "T" rating. We'd have you look a the Michelin Primacy MXV4 as the best tire for your application !
Monday, July 1, 2013 by doc:
Bruce,
For long life and a quiet ride, the Defender is a great choice for your Cadillac !
Monday, July 1, 2013 by doc:
Stephen,

Toyota requires at least an "H" speed rating for replacement tires, and the Defender is only available in the lower "T" rating. We'd have you look a the Michelin Primacy MXV4 as the best tire for your application !
Tuesday, July 2, 2013 by William:
2006 Ford Five Hundred Limited FWD. P225/55R18. Looking at Michelin Defender and Primacy MXV4. Do not want directional or asymmetrical tires. The Defender appears to be asymmetrical. Could you please advise. Thanks
Thursday, July 4, 2013 by Harsh:
I have a 2008 Nissan Altima 2.5S . Would you recommend Defenders for that?
Wednesday, July 10, 2013 by doc:
William,
The Defender has an asymmetric tread, and the Primacy would have a symmetrical tread pattern for reference.
Wednesday, July 10, 2013 by doc:
Harsh,
Your original equipment tires have the same speed rating as the Defender, so we would consider them to be a great option.
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 by Mary:
I need to replace the factory tires on the 2011 Honda CRV with less than 27,000 miles. The dealership said the Defender or the Goodyear Fuel Max. Tire store guy says Bridgestone Ecopia 422. Thd Defender and Ecopia are similiar price - how do I know which way to go. 2 WD - most town miles... snow/ice for winter driving.
Friday, July 19, 2013 by doc:
Mary,
All three of the tires you mentioned are all very similar, so the choice between them would be tough. Based on our testing I'd lean toward the Defender for the best expected life.
Thursday, July 25, 2013 by David:
Great info. In your opinion or tests which tire is the quietest, the Defender or the Primacy mxv4. All other features are of no concern. Just the quietest tire. I can use either one per speed ratings. Please send your answer to my email.
Kind Regards,
David
Friday, July 26, 2013 by Brian:
Hi Doc,
We have a 2004 Honda Accord Ex/4. The yoko avid (H rated) touring on the front need replacing. Here in NC mostly dry/wet, but also go to the mountains and something that is reasonable. Somebody recommended the Defender. Can I leave 2 yoko and add 2 defender? Are the defenders better for me than the mxv4?
thanks!
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 by doc:
Brian,
We never recommend mixing tire types and brands, as the different tread patterns (and rubber compounds) can shed water at different rates (causing unpredictable handling at high speed and wet conditions). Of the two, the Primacy MXV4 was deemed better in wet with the Defender giving up a little wet traction for a longer expected life. We'd recommend sticking with the Yokohamas until you can change all four out at once.
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 by doc:
David,
Sorry your email did not make it with your post. We do not have our testing at the level where we are using microphones in the cars, but from most of our testers opinions there was not a pronounced difference in road noise between the two models. Concrete paved roads will generate a little more road noise than asphalt, so depending on local conditions you may have variations regardless of the tire. Tread depth also will have an effect on road noise, as a brand new (full tread depth)tire will have a little more road noise compared to a tire that has a few thousand miles on them.
Thursday, August 1, 2013 by Matt:
I am looking for the best tire in wet conditions size 215/70R15. I have had michelin symmetrys on this vehicle (crown vic) that were abysmal in rain, and bfg radial t/a's that were good but have a relatively short life. I also prefer tires made in this country (or at least north america) whenever possible. Driving style is def spirited. Def interested in the Defender but worried because of your review regarding their wet traction.
Thursday, August 1, 2013 by doc:
Matt,
In your tire size, the BF Goodrich Advantage TA would be a decent option, but any "spirited" driving will most likely limit the durability of just about every tire that I have to about the same life you had with the Radial TA.
Monday, August 19, 2013 by Michael:
I need to replace tires on my 2011 Honda Accord sedan, the orignals are P215/60R16. Which Michelin tire is best to replace with?
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 by AL DIVEN:
TO JRAM PUT MICH/DEFENDERS 215/60/15 ON 94 FORD TAURUS V/6
OK UNTIL 70MPH ON FREEWAY THEN THEY VIBRATE. ON 2ND SET OF MICH/PRIMACY ON O1 TOYOTA CAMAY V/6
LOVE THEM. OFF WITH THE DEFENDERS AND ON WITH THE PRIMACY. THE DEFENDERS
ARE A GOOD LOOKING TIRE,BUT I LIVE FAR AWAY FROM THE TIRE SHOP AND CAN'T SCREW AROUND. THE PRIMACY IS SMOOTHER AND QUITER,I'LL LIVE WITH THE 60K MILAGE.I'M TAKING THEM UP ON THE 30 DAY SATISFACTION GUARANTEE.
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 by Doc:
Michael,

Honda requires an "H" speed rating for replacement tires on the Accord, which rules out the Defender (T rated only). I'd have you go to the Michelin Primacy MXV4.
Friday, August 23, 2013 by arlene clowers:
I need to replace tites on my 2010 Infiniti G37. Purchased new tires are Dunlop P225/50/R18. i have 39,000 miles on vehicle. I want better wear and quieter ride, thanks
Sunday, September 8, 2013 by Dave:
I have 2006 Camry LE 4 Cyl. Toyota Manual includes both 92T and 92H in Tire Speed Rating. I like 90K Miles Warranty & other features of Michelin Defender which comes for the same price as Michelin Primacy MXV. But tire shops recommend Primacy MXV4 with 92H and NOT the Defender. Between Defender and Primacy MXV4, which is the better tire for 2006 Camry LE 4 Cyl ? And which tire performs better on MPG ?
Tuesday, September 10, 2013 by Doc:
Dave,
Nearly all Camry models from 2007 on require an H rated tire or higher, so many installer assume that the same requirement applies to older models. As mentioned, the Primacy has proven to have better wet traction capability during our tests. While we were not able to capture fuel economy numbers for our last test of the Defender, we would expect the Defender to at least equal the 30.6 MPG we had with the Primacy MXV4 on our test cars (given the higher UTQG rating for the Defender).
Tuesday, September 17, 2013 by Gina:
I have a 2002 Honda CR-V. Used Yokohama Avid's in the past, but they're discontinued and very noisy. Any feedback on the Defenders for a small SUV (P205/70R15 95T)?
Tuesday, September 17, 2013 by Doc:
Gina,
The Michelin Defender has proven to be a little quieter and more durable than the Yokohamas based on our tests.
Friday, September 20, 2013 by venus:
I have a Corolla Sport that requires 195/65/15 tires. Defender or Primacy better if we live in California?
Tuesday, September 24, 2013 by Doc:
Venus,
Unless wet weather traction is your primary concern for a new tire, I'd recommend the Defender for a longer expected life.
Tuesday, October 1, 2013 by Jim Morsek:
I have a 2000 Camry 4 Cylinder. I live in Jacksonville Florida.
Need to replace all 4 Goodyear Assurance tires after 2 1/2 years. I'm struggling over purchasing a new set of GA's or go with another! Safety and responsiveness on extreme hot and excessively wet roads is #1, quite and smooth ride is #2 and longevity is #3!
Goodyear Assurance, Primacy MXV4 or Defenders? You call it and I'll buy it!
Sunday, October 20, 2013 by Fred:
I have a 2010 RAV4 V6 and I use Blizzaks on separate wheels in the winter. Best tire to prevent hydroplaning is my need. Braking distance counts and noise too but anti-hydroplaning rules. Don't care about "handling on back roads" (heh). Thanks very much. THANKS..Fred
Thursday, October 24, 2013 by Doc:
Jim,
The Defenders were a little disappointing in wet traction, so I'd steer you toward the Primacy tires first and foremost.
Thursday, October 24, 2013 by Doc:
Fred,
Assuming you have the 225/65R17 size, I have had good feedback on both the Michelin Latitude Tour HP and the Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza
Friday, October 25, 2013 by Bernie:
I have a 2008 Lexus ES350 and I am replacing the original Bridgestone Turanza tires, I am considering the Michelin Primacy or Defender, which do you recommend
Thursday, October 31, 2013 by Rochelle:
I have a 2007 Kia Rondo ex 6 cyl which has 225/50r17 tires. I've had both the energys and pilot and they have worn out very quickly as my car only has 55,000 miles on it. So I called Michelin and they said I could go down or up 1 speed rating and it would still be fine. Also the dealer shows it as a tire for my car even though my car is rated h or v. I do not want to make a mistake in buying them as the defenders are not inexpensive. What do you think?
Sunday, November 3, 2013 by Sree:
Hi,I have a 2009 Camry LE ( 4 Cyl) and I am looking for all season tires with good winter snow grip.I stay in IOWA.Please suggest me the best tires.Dealers here suggested the Michelin Defender,but reading above comments have a doubt if defenders are good for CAMRY 2009 (P215/60R16) V94.Please Suggest better tires in range of defenders all season winter friendly.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 by Doc:
Rochelle,
Our notes indicate your Rondo came equipped with V rated tires, and our notes indicate that H would be the lowest speed rating allowable. Anything lower than an H rated tire would affect the handling and stability of the vehicle (even in everyday conditions). The Defender is only available in a T rating in your size, so I'd have you look at the Michelin Primacy MXM4 with a 55,000 mile warranty for reference.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 by Doc:
Sree,
Your Camry requires an H rated tire or higher, so the Defender would not be a good option (as it has a T speed rating). I'd have you go to the Michelin Primacy MXV4.
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 by Helen M.:
I put the Defender tires on my 05 Aveo 4 mos. ago and the road noise has greatly increased inside my car. What's up with that????
Friday, February 7, 2014 by Doc:
Helen,
It's not uncommon for brand new tires (at full tread depth) to generate more road noise than the (used) tires that you removed. I'd have you let us know my calling our Customer Service department if the problem persists.
Saturday, March 1, 2014 by S T:
What's the difference between Defender and Defender XT?
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 by John:
I have 01 325I 16's (Calls for H) Live in IA so all weather - Deciding on Defendr T (as H to costly) rated or Primacy H rated. Both tires have 91 Load (since I do ot race consider equal?). My concern is water and snow as my son will be driving this rear wheel car. Which should I go with?
Friday, March 7, 2014 by Amy:
I have a 2009 Honda CRV LX AWD and am contemplating between a Michelin Defender or a BridgeStone Deuler H/L. The comments mentioned that the BridgeStone were noisy but also that the Michelin tires wore out quickly. Which one would you recommend?
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 by Brian:
A year ago I changed my Civic ex 2004 tires to Defender 195/60/15, and I am very satisfied. I would like to change my RAV4 2004 as well. However, the Defender do not come in 215/70/16. What can you recommend - or should i go for defender 215/65/16 (3% less speeding)
Friday, March 21, 2014 by Doc:
ST,
The Defender XT is a variation of the standard Defender that is made exclusively for Sam's Club. I'd have to have you talk to them regarding the differences as we have no information on the XT
Friday, March 21, 2014 by Doc:
Amy,
In our internal testing, we found that the Bridgestone does provide a little better wet traction than the Michelin, but both had the same road noise levels. We have not had many people wear out the Defender as of yet, but we would expect about 40,000 miles of life on the Bridgestone and about 65,000 out of the Defender (assuming regular rotation, proper alignment, etc)
Friday, March 21, 2014 by Doc:
Brian,
For safest results, we'd have you use 225/65R16
Monday, April 21, 2014 by Steve:
I have a 2011 Toyota Prius, and live and drive in South Florida. Some rain especially this time of year, but obviously no snow conditions. Is the defender my best choice for mileage and wear. Road conditions being my secondary concern.
Monday, June 30, 2014 by puja:
hi
I have a Toyota Camry 2010 LE and I live in Arizona (no snow,very little rain n sunny always with temp going to 110 or more in summers). We bought new Michelin defender for our car as suggested by the dealer but when I checked with Michelin representative they are not the right speed rating. I called my dealer but they told that they are the best tires for Arizona weather as they have long life n have a 90,000 mile warranty. Now, I am in a fix whether I should get them changed to the recommended speed rating tires or stick to them. I just bought them yesterday so I still have time under the thirty day policy of Michelin. Doc what would you suggest??
Monday, September 1, 2014 by Dan:
I have a 2005 Rav4 that takes 235/60R16 100H tires. Should i go with the Michelin Defender, which is T rated. Or should I go with the Michelin Primacy MXV4 with has the recommended H speed rating? I would like to go with the Defender for tire longevity, but have been advised not to drop the speed rating as it reduces the handling of my CUV.
Friday, September 5, 2014 by Doc:
Steve,
Sadly, the Defender didn't do as well in wet conditions than we would have hoped. I'd have you look at the new Michelin Premier.
Friday, September 12, 2014 by Kristin:
I have a 2003 Honda Odyssey and bought Defenders in 8/2012. Had to warranty 2 in 2/2013 as they wore "funny" and were done to 2/32 in months. Now here I am in 9/2014 and they wore "funny" again even though they haven't hit the full warranty of miles. Michelin won't warranty a 2nd time & I clearly don't want to buy the same "funny" tires. What recommendations do you have?
Thursday, September 18, 2014 by Doc:
Kristin,
I'm sorry that you've had issues with the Defenders, we have seen very few warranty claims on the tire. I'd have you look at the Michelin Primacy MXV4 as an option
Sunday, October 12, 2014 by Dennis Pidge:
I have a 2003 VW Golf TDI and looking at replacing my Michelin Pilot Exalto with either the Defender or Michelin Premier. The Michelin Pilot front tires are defective and causing a wobble at high speeds. Which tire would you recommend?
Friday, October 17, 2014 by Doc:
Dennis,
The Premier will give you a similar level of wet traction that you had with the Exalto for reference. I'm concerned that the Defender would have a noticeable (negative) change in wet compared to what you are used to.

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