Michelin Defender LTX or Michelin LTX Premier: Which is Right for You?

Michelin recently introduced two new tire lines, the Premier LTX and Defender LTX M/S. Both tires are available in some of the same sizes, so a common question is, "Which one is the better choice?"

For starters, these are both great tires and we expect many years of rave reviews to come. The Premier LTX features Expanding Rain Grooves and Emerging Grooves first introduced on the Premier A/S passenger car tire line. The benefit of these two features is the lessened drop off of wet traction as the tire wears when compared to the competition. This feature is what sets the tire apart from the Defender LTX. Where the Defender shines will be in longer wear, with a 70,000-mile treadlife warranty, as compared to the 60,000-mile warranty on the Premier. Snow traction will also be better with the Defender lineup according to Michelin.

Michelin Defender LTX M/S
Michelin Defender LTX M/S
Michelin Premier LTX
Michelin Premier LTX

In summary, if your need is for the best wet grip, take a look at the Michelin Premier LTX. If you're looking for good light snow traction and longevity, start your search with the Michelin Defender LTX M/S.


Thursday, November 24, 2016 by Rich

Which tire will provide the best ride? Which will tire will provide the quietest ride? I have a 2010 Honda Pilot.

Sunday, May 7, 2017 by dave

I have a 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe currently using Continental Tires that are noisy. My son has same vehicle 2016 with Kumho tires. Far less noise. I'm comparing Michelin premier vs Kumho. Live in desert, very little rain. Which will be quieter?
Tuesday, May 9, 2017 by Hunter Leffel

Hi Dave,
I would expect the Premier to be quieter than Kumho, especially as the tires wear
Sunday, June 18, 2017 by Mary

Which Michelin will provide quieter ride for my big Buick? Premier LTX or Defender LTX?
Tuesday, June 20, 2017 by Tire Rack Team


Go with the Premier, this tire will provide a better ride quality compared to highway all season.
Tuesday, June 27, 2017 by Bee Green

Which would be a better tire for me, the Michelin Premier LTX or the Defender XT? Currently have Michelin Harmony tires & was never impressed with the handling in wet or dry conditions.

Have a 2002 Honda CR-V w/105,000 miles. Also, have oversized tires/wheels, 215-65-16. Live in N. Georgia, so a lot of rain, heat, little to no snow. Poorly maintained roads, but rare to no off-roading. Mostly city driving w/moderate hwy. Wet road performance, turn/curve handling (wet & dry) are main priorities, followed by comfort, low noise & longevity.

Thank you for your help!
Friday, June 30, 2017 by Tire Rack Team


The Michelin Premier LTX fits all your criteria the best, except for the off roading but if where you went you could get through on the Harmony's these would be fine. The Premier LTX has great wet traction, even as it wears, good handling and ride comfort with a 60K treadlife warranty: https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Michelin&tireModel=Premier+LTX&partnum=165HR6PRLTX&vehicleSearch=false&fromCompare1=yes&affiliate=GU9
Sunday, July 2, 2017 by Matt

I have a 2015 Grand Cherokee Limited and am looking for all season tires that have the least amount of road noise but will handle well in moderate snow, (I live in NJ). The Premier LTX and Defender are at the top of my list, in terms of road noise, handling and driving in the snow which is the better choice?
Thursday, July 6, 2017 by Tire Rack Team


The Premier LTX would be slightly higher rated for ride quality between the two very good tires by category. Both good in the snow for all-season tires.

1. https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Michelin&tireModel=Premier+LTX&sidewall=Blackwall&partnum=66TR8PRLTX&tab=Sizes&affiliate=GU9

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