Michelin Premier A/S vs Michelin Defender

Michelin is consistently recognized as a leading manufacturer of car and truck tires. As a pioneer of new technology, Michelin created the first radial tire and has been at the forefront of design and research ever since.

One can often find Michelin tires ranking at or near the top of tests and customer survey data. Michelin is perhaps best known by many drivers for producing tires that are long wearing with a smooth and quiet ride. The Premier A/S and Defender are no exception and both offer outstanding ride quality with many miles of treadwear.  

 Michelin Defender
Michelin Defender
 Michelin Premier A/S
Michelin Premier A/S


The Michelin Premier was designed as a replacement for Michelin's popular Primacy MXV4 Grand Touring All-Season tire. It's the tire of choice for those looking for a blend of handling, ride quality, traction and wear. This tire is appropriate for a wide variety of vehicles and driving styles. Learn more about it by reading, "Michelin Replaces Primacy MXV4 with the New Premier A/S."

The Defender is Michelin's premium Passenger All-Season tire. It focuses more on treadwear and a softer ride than the Premier A/S, while giving up some cornering grip and sporty responsiveness in the process. Many drivers who do not drive aggressively or value more wear over grip choose the Defender as their Michelin tire of choice.   

If you need more help deciding, take a look at our Tire Decision Guide.

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