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
Wednesday, August 2, 2017 by MCS

I have a 2013 Honda CRV-EX-L. I wanted to know the difference between the Michelin Defender LXT and the Premier LXT
Tuesday, August 8, 2017 by Tire Rack Team


If you treat the CRV more like a car I would go with the Michelin Premier LTX, if you treat it more like a truck by towing and such I would go with the Defender LTX. Both great tires but that is a way to decide between them: https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Michelin&tireModel=Premier+LTX&partnum=265HR7PRLTX&vehicleSearch=false&fromCompare1=yes&affiliate=GU9
Tuesday, August 8, 2017 by Ray

I have a Mazda CX9 AWD and live in Boston. Btw Premier and Defender, which one will give an overall good performance considering snow traction, comfort, road noise, handling and traction? Thanks.
Friday, August 11, 2017 by Tire Rack Team


If you treat the CX9 more like a car I would go with the Michelin Premier LTX, if you treat it more like a truck by towing I would go with the Defender LTX. Both great tires but that is a way to decide between them: https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Michelin&tireModel=Premier+LTX&partnum=46VR8PRLTX&vehicleSearch=false&fromCompare1=yes&affiliate=GU9
Tuesday, August 15, 2017 by Richard Rasmussen

I have a 2012 Kia Sorento EX AWD 6 cyld. How would you rate the Premier LTX against the MX4. Have only gotten 35000 out of the set of Premiers that are on the car.
Thursday, August 17, 2017 by Chris

I have a 2011 Chevy Silverado 2WD, I live in FL so no snow options, I do not offroad at all. So which of these would be best for quiet comfortable ride, my driving is 90% normal roads/highway.
Friday, August 18, 2017 by Tire Rack Team


The Michelin Premier AS (the LTX is the SUV version) is the top rated grand touring tire, the Michelin Primacy MXM4 is an original equipment tire with older technology and not as good at wet traction. Both have the same treadlife warranty of 60K, if you are looking for the longest treadwear consider the Michelin Defender T+H at 80K: https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Michelin&tireModel=Defender+T%2BH&partnum=36HR8DTH&vehicleSearch=false&fromCompare1=yes&affiliate=GU9
Monday, August 21, 2017 by Tire Rack Team


If you treat the Silverado more like a car or SUV I would go with the Michelin Premier LTX, if you treat it more like a truck by towing or hauling I would go with the Defender LTX. Both great tires but that is a way to decide between them if they are both available in a size. -- seth@tirerack.com
Thursday, August 31, 2017 by Anish

I am looking for a tire for my 2009 Nissan rouge . The expectation is the tire should be soft like Bridgestone Duler H/L 422 Ecopia, but a slightly more responsive to acceleration and breaking.

From the blog I understand the one similar will be Premier LTX
Wednesday, September 6, 2017 by Tire Rack Team


The Premier LTX is the highest rated tire for ride comfort and all season traction and if you have the 225/60R17 on your Rogue it is one step up in speed rating at V so a little more responsive as well: https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Michelin&tireModel=Premier+LTX&sidewall=Blackwall&partnum=26VR7PRLTX&tab=Specs&affiliate=GU9
Tuesday, September 12, 2017 by kim

Would you go with the Michelin LTX vs. the birdgestone le2?

If wanting comfort and no off road - would i go with the LTX premier or the defender?
Wednesday, September 20, 2017 by Tire Rack Team


The highest rated tire for comfort and traction is the Michelin Premier LTX so I would go with that if it is available for your vehicle.
Thursday, September 21, 2017 by Michael Dobyns

I suppose the answer will be the same for my 2013 Ram 1500 with 20 inch option tires... Premier LTX for traction/ride or Defender if using as a truck for hauling/towing... correct?
Monday, September 25, 2017 by Tim

I have a 2016 Subaru Outback 2.5 Premium (4-cyl). Live in southern CA so mostly highway driving, comfort, good handling and tread life are top priorities. Currently have OEM Bridgestone Dueler H/P Sport AS. These only last about 33k miles. Decent on hwy but horrible in snow.

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