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

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.

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