Michelin Premier A/S vs. Defender: Choose Your Destiny

Thursday, February 26, 2015 by Turk Turkleton

With Michelin being the producer of some of the world's best tires, it's no wonder they have become a household name. Most people have heard of Michelin's Pilot and Primacy families of tires, but now that they've started getting rid of the Primacy tires and bringing out new lines, people are wondering what to choose.

The two most recent additions to Michelin's touring all-season categories are the Premier A/S and Defender. Each tire serves very different purposes. 


Michelin Defender

Michelin Premier A/S


The Defender is their Standard Touring All-Season, high-mileage, low rolling resistance tire that comes mostly in a T-speed rating for family cars, minivans, crossover SUVs and station wagons. Most sizes come with an outstanding 90,000-mile treadlife warranty, so this could very well be the last set of tires you ever need! The Defender does seem to lack a bit of wet traction and it rides a bit more rougher than some have come to expect from Michelin, although it isn't an uncomfortable ride by any means.

Michelin's Premier A/S is their new Grand Touring All-Season, rain-busting, maximum comfort tire. It has excellent ride quality, very quiet and handles all conditions very well. The Premier A/S is so good in wet conditions, that we actually shaved a set down to half tread depth and tested its wet braking capabilities against the competition's brand-new full tread depth tires, and it still stopped shorter! The Premier comes in a variety of sizes with H- and V-speed ratings and a respectable 60,000-mile treadlife warranty.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus S1 noble2

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus S1 noble2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.88
 
 

2015 Subaru WRX
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Charlotte, NC
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
January 19, 2015

I have about 2000 miles on these tires on my WRX so far. My driving has been highly varied, with lots of highway miles and lots of canyon carving, mostly in very cool, sub-40* weather. Frankly these tires have exceeded my expectations so far, to the extent that i'm not sure i'll go back to summer tires when the season arrives if i'm not doing autoX. Overall ride comfort is very good. Though this setup is lighter, i did not notice any decrease in comfort coming from a sticky summer 17" setup to this 18" setup. There is some sidewall compliance as expected, but dry traction in cool weather is pretty phenomenal. In quick transition the sidewall compliance really blends into the chassis dynamics and i hardly notice it. One interesting thing is most high treadwear/non-performance tires will squeal like a pig at the limit, and i have not been able to get a peep out of these even with voluntarily induced understeer. The only cons i've discovered so far would probably be road noise...they are pretty noisy at highway speed, but i don't drive a quiet car so its a non issue. I've driven on them plenty in sub-freezing temps, but have yet to encounter any snow or ice. I'll update this review around 10k miles and hopefully after some exposure to snow/ice.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2003 Acura 3.2CL-S
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Chicago, IL
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
February 10, 2015

Had four new P7's put on at the same time. The Pirelli's replaced Sumitomo HTR A/S P01's which had about 25,000 miles on them (bubbles in sidewalls). It's too early to review snow traction and wear but I will comment on what I do know. The steering response increased nicely (less play in steering wheel feeling). The tires ride great and as with most new tires the feeling on the road is softer over bumps than older, worn tires. They are pretty quiet as well. I have the V rated tires. I don't notice any change in roll at highway speeds. Overall a great feeling tire...pretty quiet and the grip seems great..and they have a lot of tread so hopefully they last 4+ years.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama iceGUARD iG52c

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama iceGUARD iG52c Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.82
 
 

2014 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8
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Miles driven on tires: 5,200
Location: Rogers, MN
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 5,200 Miles on Tires
February 10, 2015

I put these on as my winter set on my gen coupe and even though the car is not made for winter with these tires on its one of the beat winter cars I've had. They have amazing traction in snow even being wide low profile tires. Dry grip is also good, my only complaint is wet traction. If the roads are wet these things are like gliding on ice and the smallest touch of the throttle sends the back end out sideways. Road noise is noticeable but not bad, and so far Treadway has been very good even though I've been pounding on them and forcing a good amount of power through them. I'd definitely buy again.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin X-Ice Xi3

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin X-Ice Xi3 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.36
 
 

2013 Dodge Avenger
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Miles driven on tires: 6,000
Location:  
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 6,000 Miles on Tires
February 11, 2015

Best winter tire out there. Excellent traction in snow, only a slight amount of noise, barely noticeable. Very smooth ride. No regrets.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak LM-500

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak LM-500 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.82
 
 

2014 BMW i3 with Range Extender
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Amherst, NH
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
February 15, 2015

Living in NH driving a rwd vehicle required a bit of convincing, but the i3 with these tires has proven to be unstoppable thus far. Excellent snow (and and light) traction and slush as well. I've gone so far as to stop on Hills with a steep grade and successfully driven straight up from a stop without a problem. In the snow storm. I am very happy with these tires.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Winterforce UV

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Winterforce UV Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.27
 
 

2010 Honda CR-V EX
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Schenectady, NY
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
February 15, 2015

I had a problem many years ago with Firestone tires and I swore I would never buy them again. Well, I did buy these snow tires a couple years ago, and I have to admit they are excellent. 400' driveway in upstate NY. Lots of snow and wind blowing drifts across it. We have been able to just churn our way through them with the all-wheel drive CRV. Excellent traction on snow/icy roads too. We drove back from Rhode Island in pouring rain, and we didn't even wiggle driving at speed through deep water on the Mass Pike. I have to admit I'm impressed. The only problem is with the Honda's road noise with any tire. These Firestones are very noisy on dry roads, but much of that is due to the Honda itself. They may not be so noisy on a different vehicle. They are holding up pretty well. I may get a couple more years out of them. So when it comes time to buy another set of winter tires for the CRV, I will definitely buy them if they are still available. I use summer tires in the summer, and winter tires in the winter on all our vehicles. All season tires are good for nothing. I'd rather have some tire noise and be safer with the correct tire for the season. The Firestone Winterforce were a good price too.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.57
 
 

2002 Audi A4 3.0 Quattro
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Miles driven on tires: 11,875
Location: Altoona, PA
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 11,875 Miles on Tires
July 19, 2012

i liked that brand as it is the same brand it came when i purchased the car. haven't tried it in snow so hope it perform well next winter. also can't predict the wear of tread but hope it lasts for 50000, optimistic

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin X-Ice Xi3

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin X-Ice Xi3 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.45
 
 

2013 Tesla Model S
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Miles driven on tires: 10,500
Location: Milford, CT
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 10,500 Miles on Tires
February 10, 2015

This is my second winter with the Michelin X-Ice tires and I drive the Tesla Modle S rear wheal drive every day in Connecticut. The tires have been great on snow covered or icy roads. The traction control also helps to limit any tire spin

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ProContact with EcoPlus Technology

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ProContact with EcoPlus Technology Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.45
 
 

2008 Toyota RAV4 Limited 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 600
Location: Cambridge, MD
Driving Condition: Easy Going
 

Initial Review, 600 Miles on Tires
February 17, 2015

Having driven only 600 miles on these tires, last night we had 8 inches of snow, with my RAV4 being all wheel drive I'd locked the 4x4 once and could not tell the difference between the two. These tires did a remarkable job of getting through the drifts and slush. Braking was very good, taking off from a stop was completely uneventful. I've taken corners at speeds faster than normal and they held tight enough that my traction control never activated. I can't reply about how they handle ice yet. Overall these tires should have a higher rating they have far exceeded my expectations.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.4
 
 

2008 Toyota Tundra Double Cab
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Ashford, CT
Driving Condition: Easy Going
 

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
February 18, 2015

We've had winter here in Connecticut all right and these Blizzak DM-V1's are outstanding, especially on packed snow and ice. Traction in deep snow is ok but the tires seem to load up a bit. Just a tad noisy on highway which is to be expected, but not really a concern. They're very good in 2WD, and simply awesome in 4WD. Would definitely buy again.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Assurance ComforTred

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Assurance ComforTred Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.91
 
 

2009 Chevrolet Impala
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Miles driven on tires: 50,000
Location: Altoona, IA
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 50,000 Miles on Tires
February 19, 2015

50000 miles in the snow, rain, sleet, hail and heat in Iowa. No problems what so ever. I am buying another set soon.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich Radial T/A

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich Radial T/A Reviewer's Overall Rating: Not Rated
 
 

1967 Pontiac GTO
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Miles driven on tires: 0
Location:  
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 0 Miles on Tires
January 23, 2015

Great tires but the rebate is a joke.
My next set will be purchased elsewhere.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza Plus

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2006 Mercury Mariner Hybrid
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Del Mar, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
February 20, 2015

Went from Continental Eco Contacs to this Bridgestone Alenza Plus. I would give the Continentals a solid 8 the Bridgestones ara a solid 9. Especially comfortable in the ride dept, much better than Contis. Noise level is also better. One area the Contis win is in gas mileage, Contis are hard to beat when gas mileage is an issue. One more thing, I got the 255x65x16s for my Ford Escape/Mercury Mariner, much better handling.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental TrueContact

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental TrueContact Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.5
 
 

2013 Honda CR-V EX-L
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Altoona, PA
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
February 20, 2015

I live in South Central PA, Car is driven 70 mile daily commute on interstate and I have a very rural stone drive aprox 1/2 mile long at a 10%grade. Tire has done very well in snow and ice getting to and from house. Tire has been amazing in light snow and ice conditions on the interstate between 50 and 70 mph. Tire does well on dry and wet roads. The crv is not a sports car and I would not call it a heavy suv. The tires corner well they do not cup or slide when cornering. I am very pleased with this purchase. The vehicle rides better with a 5-10% mpg gain over stock tire. The low purchase price and good reviews made this purchase a no brainer. The tires were here the next day all was in order, tire rack did a great job. I cannot comment on wear until this tire has more miles on it but it appears average.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General AltiMAX RT43 (T-Speed Rated)

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General AltiMAX RT43 (T-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.1
 
 

2000 Subaru Outback
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: North Haven, CT
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
February 21, 2015

The testing and the results posted from Tire Rack helped my decision to get these tires. I chose them because of the results for snow traction as well as the overall results. Very happy with them, especially considering all of the snow we've gotten lately. They seem to handle better in the deeper snow than a small amount though. They handle rain with no problem either. They handle and respond better in all conditions than the Michelin's I had on before. I didn't want to spend a lot since I have over 190K on the car. I was able to purchase these and have them mounted for the same price a local warehouse dealer would give me for their cheapest, no-name brand tires. I didn't want to spend a lot but I wanted tires I could trust based on professional and consumer reviews. I'm glad I chose these. They've done well in any kind of conditions or situation I've driven in. It's hard to comment on the noise level of the tires because my Outback is loud to begin with. They are at the same level of the Michelin's I had before (which I thought were very good). It's hard to comment on tread wear as well since I only have 5K on them, but I don't see any since of wear on them. They'll probably outlast the car at this point. It took a while to get used to the responsiveness of these tires. I wasn't used to the car moving with small inputs to the wheel and it seemed to require a lot of correction while driving on the highway. It's gotten better with some miles on the tires or I've just gotten used to it. The ride is just right, not too soft and not too harsh. I would recommend these to anyone for both their quality and their price. I also used one of the Tire Rack recommended installers and they were great too.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Primacy MXV4

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Primacy MXV4 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.27
 
 

2000 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 1.9 Tdi
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Miles driven on tires: 72,000
Location: Oakville, MO
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 72,000 Miles on Tires
February 21, 2015

Rotated every 10,000 miles and extremely even tread wear. There is still more than plenty of tread left to keep these on my car. I commute 100 miles round trip, all highway and couldn't ask for a better tire.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.27
 
 

2011 Subaru Forester
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Miles driven on tires: 12,000
Location: Grafton, MA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 12,000 Miles on Tires
February 20, 2015

We bought my wife a Forester in November of 2010. We had a pretty bad winter that year, and she complained that her car wasn't doing well in the snow. I looked up the Yokohama Geolandres that were the OEM tires, and was shocked to see the bad reviews. Picked up a set of these Pirellis from Tire Rack (based on the great reviews). Well. They just transformed the car. The snow tractin of these tires is amazing, considering how non-aggressive the tread pattern is. This Winter from -------- really out these tires to the test, and they passed with flying colors. My wife made it into work one very snow day, leaving larger trucks and SUVs in the dust. The ride and handling are also superb, with huge props going to steering response, something I'm a fanatic about. Stop waffling and just get these tires. I just ordered a set for my Infiniti G37xS and can't wait to get them on the car.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Sport PS2

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.57
 
 

2007 Volkswagen Passat Wagon 2.0T
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Miles driven on tires: 20,000
Location: Yuma, AZ
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 20,000 Miles on Tires
March 01, 2013

The PS2's replaced the low-grade Perelli's that came on my Passat Sport (18x8) and they proved to be a huge improvement. They took off-ramps and corners like they were glued to the road. On one occasion I drove on an open desolate road at triple digits and the car was smooth as silk and was very stable. Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end so after about 12,000 miles they didn’t ride as well and became quite noisy. Soon thereafter I noticed extensive wear on the inside shoulders. A little research on the web revealed this pattern is fairly normal for the PS2’s.

I ended up changing from 18’s to 17’s at which time I installed the Pilot Super Sports that were supposedly the upgraded version of the PS2’s. They lasted longer but were horrible in terms of comfort and never did balance out. I only mention this because these were essentially brother and sister tires, so your outcome may vary.

Currently, I have a 2013 Bug that came with 17’s, but this time I went the other direction and installed 18’s. I’m tempted to go when the Michelin PS2/Pilot or Super Sport/Pilot but I’m hesitant. My other option may be the BFGoodrich G-Force Sport COMP-2 tire mainly because there about $100 less and have similar qualities despite their heavier weight.


Best Pro: They stick like glue and corner very well.
Worst Con: They don’t last very long and cost a lot.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich g-Force Sport COMP-2

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich g-Force Sport COMP-2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.57
 
 

1987 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS
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Miles driven on tires: 750
Location: Yakima, WA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 750 Miles on Tires
February 21, 2015

I purchased a staggered set (225 50 16 and 255 50 16) for my 1987 Monte Carlo SS. I have added many suspension and engine improvements. These tires and a factory set of GTA wheels is by far the best. My SS now sticks to the road. These are very impressive tires.