Michelin Defender vs. Primacy MXV4

Michelin has a long history of being an industry leader in tire technology, even commercializing the first radial tires in the 1940s. Throughout the years, they have continued to produce some of the best tires that money can buy. This may explain why most drivers rank Michelin among the best high quality tire manufacturers.

Producing tires for many types of vehicles, Michelin may be best known for manufacturing some of the smoothest and quietest riding all-season and touring tires available on the market. Two of the best that were designed specifically for a smooth and quiet ride, good all-season traction and long treadwear, are the Defender and Primacy MXV4.

 Michelin Defender
Michelin Defender
 Michelin Primacy MXV4
Michelin Primacy MXV4

How do these two tires compare? The Michelin Defender has longer treadlife (90,000-mile warranty) and a softer ride between the two. While the Primacy MXV4 has shorter treadlife, it offers better handling and steering response for more confidence in corners and more stability while driving at highway speeds. 

I purchased the Primacy MXV4 tires for my wife's vehicle and we have been very pleased with them. You can read more about our experience with this tire by viewing "Michelin Primacy MXV4 Tires Installed on My Crossover."


Saturday, January 11, 2014 by Jim Moulton

I bought Defenders for my 2004 Taurus,very uncomfortable ride, Michelin told me to use the Primacy mxv4.
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 by Gary


The Primacy MXV4 rides more stiffly than the Defender. If you are finding that the defender rides too firmly for you then the Primacy MXV4 would not be good choice. You may want to be sure you are using Fords recommended air pressure as opposed to the max air pressure listed on the tires sidewall.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 by Leon

I had alot of problems with hydroplaning with MXV4 tires. Switched to Defenders. Problems solved.

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