While both options are in the same performance category, each tire was better in different regards. The Harmony has the smoother and quieter ride between the two with slightly better snow traction. HydroEdge with Green X tires make a little more road noise but provide better wet grip and more responsive handling. Making a decision on which one to choose was often a difficult task for many customers.
Enter the Michelin Defender. Using Michelin's latest tire technology, they claim to have combined the best of the Harmony and HydroEdge with Green X into one great tire.
Michelin HydroEdge with Green X
We recently tested the Michelin Defender against other all-season options. The results confirmed that the Michelin Defender is indeed an outstanding choice as it tied for first place in our test! Here's what our test summary said about the tire:
- What We Liked: Good road manners and responsive handling
- What We'd Improve: Wet traction
- Conclusion: A refined and good handling tire, especially in dry conditions
- Latest Test Rank: 1st (tie, pending winter test results)
For a complete result on how the Defender compared against the Continental ProContact with EcoPlus Technology, Goodyear Assurance TripleTred All-Season and Yokohama AVID Ascend, read "Testing Passenger and Touring All-Season Tires."