Michelin Premier A/S vs Michelin Defender: Which is Best?

Often times when tire manufacturers produce several popular models, loyalists of the brand are confused on which to select. On paper, both the Michelin Premier A/S and Michelin Defender do everything extremely well, however they are two completely different tires meant for two different jobs. Both tires work very well as an all-season option, are quiet and both reflect the high level of quality that Michelin tires are known for. However, there are a few key differences.

The Michelin Premier A/S with its higher speed rating and softer tread compound will have more immediate response during lane changes and sharp steering inputs. It will also maintain grip longer during hard cornering on dry pavement. In exchange for the higher levels of cornering performance, the Premier A/S has a lower treadlife warranty than the long-lasting Michelin Defender.

Michelin Premier A/S

Michelin Defender

In comparison, the Michelin Defender is all about practicality. This tire is designed to get its driver from point A to point B thousands of times over. What it lacks in dry road handling abilities it makes up for in ride comfort and long treadlife. With its 90,000-mile treadlife warranty, this tire is one of the longest-lasting tires currently on the market. This is not a tire that will set any track records, yet sets its sights on a casual consumer who doesn't consider his or herself an aggressive driver. It's important to note that the speed rating for the Michelin Defender (T for 118mph) doesn't allow it to be used on all vehicles. For example, a BMW 3 Series or Audi A4, both of which mandate an H-speed rated tire, would benefit better with the Premier A/S.

To view all options available for your application, shop by vehicle.


Tuesday, June 16, 2015 by Rodney Anderson

I am driving a 2009 Altima and while tire life is an issue, I am very concerned about road noise. Is Michelin's Premier noticeably quieter than the Defender?

Does Toyo make a tire that is comparable to the Premier and Defender?

Thanks for your help.
Friday, July 3, 2015 by Wilfrid 'Worland

The Defender is made in both T and H ratings, making the choice between Premier and Defender a bit more difficult than this suggests
Friday, October 23, 2015 by Paresh

I am having Nissan Rogue 2011 S and wondering which one is the best suited for my car. I am considering two options -
1. Michelin - Defender®
2. Michelin - Premier® LTX®
Which one I should be using for my car. And as per my understanding my car has H speed rating (and size of tire = 215/70R16)

Please suggest. Thanks!
Tuesday, January 19, 2016 by James D. Stroll

Is there going to be much of a difference between the MIchelin Defender with the H speed rating, and the H-rated Premier A/S?
Tuesday, January 19, 2016 by Tire Rack Team

James D. Stroll, In this instance, the Premier A/S has a different tread pattern, starting tread depth and softer tread compound. There is definitely a difference between the two, but since we have not tested this mix of tires, it is difficult to determine how or to what degree that difference will manifest itself. -- sonny@tirerack.com
Monday, May 23, 2016 by Kim

just bought a 2009 BMW 328i - has the original run flats on it and I want to replace them with either defender or AS Premier. your comment above about BMW 300 series makes me think I need to go with Premier, but I was told I could do Defender also. Any thoughts on which one I should go with?
Tuesday, May 24, 2016 by Tire Rack Team

Kim, Depending on your size, most Defenders will not come with a high enough speed rating for the vehicle. BMW recommends you use at least an H speed rated tire good to 130 MPH. -- sonny@tirerack.com
Friday, May 27, 2016 by Richard

I would like to ask, are Michelin Premier A/S a better choice for performance/traction on my 2007 Chrysler 300C AWD than a Michelin Defender would be?
Friday, May 27, 2016 by Tire Rack Team

Richard, The Premier A/S is going to be a better handling tire than the Defender. -- sonny@tirerack.com
Friday, July 8, 2016 by Nils

I need to replace a set of Harmony Michelins on my Impala and wonder whether to go with the defender or the premier a/s. The harmony has been an excellent tire and lasted 110,000 highway miles with still lots of tread, but time to change this summer before the next snow. Which one shoud I pick. Thanks for your help in advance.
Tuesday, July 12, 2016 by Tire Rack Team

Nils, If mileage is a primary concern with decent winter traction, we would opt to go with the Defender. -- sonny@tirerack.com
Friday, August 5, 2016 by Pham

of the 2 tires, Defenders or Premier which one is the most quiet ride? i don't care about distance or durability... just the most quiet ride?
Tuesday, August 9, 2016 by Tire Rack Team

Pham, The Premier A/S will have the quieter ride. -- sonny@tirerack.com
Tuesday, August 16, 2016 by Ryan

Which is better in the winter? I do a lot of highway driving getting to a from work and there is no such thing as a snow day in my job.
I need the better tire for deep snow and or icy road conditions.
Wednesday, August 17, 2016 by Tire Rack Team

Ryan, I am happy to make a tire recommendation, what size tire, and or year, make and model vehicle do you have? -- sonny@tirerack.com
Sunday, August 28, 2016 by Tractor_Jack

Hi Tire Rack Team,

My tire size is 235 65/R17 on a 2013 Honda Odyssey EX-L.

I echo Ryan's post precisely.

Should I select the Michelin Defender LTX M/S (recommended on the Michelin website using the website's Tire Selector Tool).

Or, should I select the Michelin Premier LTX (or A/S?), which is listed as an "Acceptable Alternative" (once again utilizing the website's Tire Selector Tool).

Please advise as soon as able.
Sunday, August 28, 2016 by Alexandra

2006 Honda Civic EX

Which is best for ice/snow?
Monday, August 29, 2016 by Tire Rack Team

Tractor_Jack, Either tire would be a fine choice. It depends what characteristic you prize most (longer life or better wet traction and handling). -- sonny@tirerack.com
Monday, August 29, 2016 by Tire Rack Team

Alexandra, The Premier A/S would have better winter traction: http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Michelin&tireModel=Premier+A%2FS&affiliate=GF3
Tuesday, August 30, 2016 by Kurt

I'm driving a 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland with 20" wheels. I live in Minnesota and am most concerned about winter traction in snow and ice. The Defender tread looks like it would work better but it sounds like the Premier would be a better way to go, is that accurate??
Thursday, September 1, 2016 by Newbie

How do they compare driving in heavy rain, snow and ice. In northern Virginia we have many roads unplowed for days during winter month. And due to shortage of space I can't buy winter tire.
Thursday, September 1, 2016 by Tire Rack Team

Kurt, For wet and winter traction the Premier A/S is going to be a bit better choice than the Defender. -- sonny@tirerack.com
Tuesday, September 6, 2016 by Tire Rack Team

Newbie, The better option for wet and winter time traction would come from the Premier A/S. -- sonny@tirerack.com
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 by Meg

2008 prius - NY long island area - I would like 3 things in my tire (if possible!!) - quietness, good winter/snow driving-and good MPG.
which is better for this - defender or premier A/S
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 by Yelena

I have Toyota Camry 2005, one mechanic recommend to put defender, another premier tires, what is better for my car?
I am not aggressive driver
Friday, September 30, 2016 by Tire Rack Team

Meg, The Premier A/S would be a better option based on the characteristics you have noted. -- sonny@tirerack.com
Friday, September 30, 2016 by Tire Rack Team

Yelena, It depends what characteristics you prize the most. If longevity is most important, the Defender would be the better choice. If wet traction and steering response if most important, the Premier AS would be the better option. -- sonny@tirerack.com
Saturday, October 22, 2016 by Luke

I have a 2013 Ford Explorer XLT 4WD. Roughly 80-85% of my miles are interstate but I'm also looking for improved wet traction over the Latitude Tour HP. Am I better off with the Defender or the Premier?
Monday, October 24, 2016 by Jane

Concerned. Should I be looking at the Premier LTX or the defender. 2012 Highlander Hybrid. Toyo tires now which need to be replaced. 118,000. All season.
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 by Tire Rack Team

Luke, The Premier would definitely give you better wet traction.
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 by Tire Rack Team

Jane, It depends what characteristics are most important to you. What are you looking for out of a new set of tires? -- sonny@tirerack.com
Wednesday, November 2, 2016 by Joe

I have a 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee with 20inch rims, I am concerned about winter driving as I live in Colorado and want to make sure the tires can handle driving into the mountains. Do you recommend either of these tires or should i be looking elsewhere? As I saw a similar response above are the Premier Sufficient enough. I also do a lot of highway driving and do want a comfortable quiet tire, I heard you do not get that with a winter/snow tire.
Monday, November 7, 2016 by Tire Rack Team

Joe, For the quieter and more comfortable tire as well as the better winter use option, I would go with the Premier.
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 by Chris

I have a 2014 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer (4 WD) here in the Pacific Northwest where it rains a lot. We occasionally get snow but not often. Like everyone else here, I'm considering the Defender and the Premier. Which one is more responsive and which is better for wet and occasional snow? Longevity is not my concern. 30miles a day on freeway. Thanks
Friday, November 18, 2016 by Tire Rack Team

Chris, The Premier Is going to be notably better in the wet. The Premier will also be a little better in winter conditions.-- sonny@tirerack.com
Monday, December 5, 2016 by Peter

I have a 2015 Subaru OUtback Premium that has worn out 225 65R17 OEM tires on it. I am look for a great al season tire for dry, rain, snow.

I see that Michelin does not make that exact size for a Premier - and it does not come up as a search result for my vehicle. Using my exiting rims can I get a slightly different size, so I can get a Premier and still have it fit? Any downsides?

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 by Tire Rack Team

Peter, You could also use a 235/65R17 on the Outback. There is no real significant downside: http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Michelin&tireModel=Premier+LTX&partnum=365HR7PRLTX&vehicleSearch=false&fromCompare1=yes&affiliate=GF3
Sunday, December 11, 2016 by Debbie

I have a 2012 Camry Hybrid XLE - I am looking for good gas mileage and smooth quiet ride. Premier or Defender?
Sunday, December 11, 2016 by Greg

I have a 2014 Toyota Corolla. I like Michelin but I'm reading bad things about the Defender (poor treadwear). Would the Premier A/S be better? I want a quality tire. I'm willing to go with any product, what would you suggest?
Tuesday, December 13, 2016 by Tire Rack Team

Debbie, The Premier A/S would be the better choice for the characteristics you have cited.
Tuesday, December 13, 2016 by Tire Rack Team

Greg, The Defender as a whole is going to be a longer lasting tire. The Premier is going to be quieter and more comfortable, with better wet and winter traction. You may also want to check out the Pirelli Cinturato P7 AS Plus: http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Pirelli&tireModel=Cinturato+P7+All+Season+Plus&affiliate=GF3
Friday, January 6, 2017 by Joe R

2008 Buick Lacrosse 225/60R16 with 60,000 miles of South Florida driving on the odometer, currently have Defenders feel out of round or balanced incorrectly rotated every 6,000 miles wore out 38,000 miles. Smooth Quiet ride is very important to me along with rain traction. getting conflicting info from internet and local tire sales centers on which is going to be a smoother ride. conflict on harder tire vs softer tire.. HELP Please clarify for my area. T.Y.
Monday, January 9, 2017 by Tire Rack Team

Joe, I would recommend the Continental True Contact for your needs. This tire has a 90K mile tread life warranty which should help address the wear issue you have been seeing. The tire is smooth and quiet for a great ride. In our wet testing it did great among the competition. A softer tire tends to give you better dry traction while sacrificing wear, the slightly harder compound of the True Contact is designed to give you great mileage.
Sunday, March 19, 2017 by Richard Thompson

I am looking for a truly smooth, quiet and responsive tire for a 2017 Nissan Rogue AWD. We will be using Michelin X-Ice or equivalent for winter on the original rims so we are looking for the best tire for spring thru fall driving. We are located in New Brunswick and we are removing the low grade OEMs. These will be mounted on a new set of 17" alloys currently on order. The vehicle is only 2 days old. Please advise, Michelin Premier LTXs, Defenders, or other?
Tuesday, March 21, 2017 by Tire Rack Team

Richard, In the 225/65R17 for your Rogue the Michelin Premier LTX would be the tire model designed for ride comfort first and highest rated in the Crossover/SUV category. The Defender LTX is available in this size as well, and has a nice ride for it's category, but would be more suited to a truck.
Monday, April 24, 2017 by Ilka

Hi - I'm looking at the Michelin Premier or Defender for the 2003 Hyundai Sonata for my daughter ..(P205 60 R16) ... Most important to me is SAFETY in all weather conditions. She already has snow tires for the winter but these would be for all weather driving. Please help me choose the safest tire :) Thanks!
Monday, April 24, 2017 by Tire Rack Team

IIka, The safest three-season tire is the Michelin Premier AS. The Defender is still a safe tire and will give you a longer tread life but the Premier is the better option for overall safety: https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Michelin&tireModel=Premier+A%2FS&partnum=06HR6PREAS&tab=Survey&affiliate=FK8
Friday, May 5, 2017 by Ben

Hi. Have a 2012 Equinox with 235/55 R18 tires and am trying to choose between the Michelin Premier A/S and the Premier LTX. Am looking mainly for the quietest and best riding tire. There is also the Defender LTX M/S available to throw that in the mix. I currently have Latitude Tours on the car with a little less than 100,000 miles on them.
Thank You.
Friday, May 5, 2017 by Tire Rack Team


The Michelin Premier LTX would be the best tire for your vehicle. This is a Crossover Touring tire designed to give vehicles with a higher center of gravity the best ride with all season traction: https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Michelin&tireModel=Premier+LTX&affiliate=FK8
Friday, June 9, 2017 by Omar

Guys I'm trying to decide between Michelin Defender and Premier A/S and the General Altima RT43. When you factor in price, I think General gives the other two a good run for the money in terms of value. Your thoughts?
Saturday, June 10, 2017 by John Hu

Hi there, I have a 2008 Honda CRV (FWD) with 225/65r17 tires. I am considering Premier LTX and Defender. In terms of Safety and Low Road Noise, which one should I choose? BTW, I live in new mexico. Thanks.
Sunday, June 11, 2017 by William

Hi. I have 2003 Honda Accord LX 2.4 and using it for Uber. I am making 5000 miles monthly in Chicago. I need long lasting and great handling 4 season tires (both in rain and snow too ) so i am between Michelin Premier and Defender. Which one do you recommend? Thanks.
Tuesday, June 13, 2017 by Tire Rack Team


If you are looking for the safest option I would go with the Premier AS. If you are looking for the longest lasting option go with the Defender. If you want the best value the RT43 is hard to beat.
Tuesday, June 13, 2017 by Tire Rack Team


With Michelin's new Ever Grip Technology the Premier would be the best option for safety as well as ride quality: https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Michelin&tireModel=Premier+LTX&partnum=265HR7PRLTX&tab=Survey&affiliate=FK8
Tuesday, June 13, 2017 by Tire Rack Team


For you what you need I would go with the Defender. These are still a good all season tire but will give you the best life. If you value safety over longevity the Premier would be the better option, you give up some life on the tire but gain traction in inclement weather.
Thursday, June 15, 2017 by Venu

I am Driving a 2011 Camry LE. Could you please suggest which one to choose from these two. I use this vehicle for my routine day to day commute to work . We also have a child in our family.
Friday, June 16, 2017 by Tire Rack Team


Go with the Defender if you are looking for the longest lasting option, go with the Premier if you are looking for the safest option. The Defender is still safe and the Premier still has a good life expectancy but those are the differentiating factors. -- archer@tirerack.com
Tuesday, June 20, 2017 by Nick L

I have a 2008 mercury grand marquis, looking to replace my Michelin energy lx4. I need a quiet and smooth ride, relatively good MPG, and good rain traction ( go through rain a lot ). I am open to other brands, but looking at these two so far.
Tuesday, June 20, 2017 by Tire Rack Team


I would go with the Michelin Premier AS. This is a tire that hits every mark: https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Michelin&tireModel=Premier+A%2FS&partnum=255HR7PREAS&tab=Survey&affiliate=FK8
Monday, July 24, 2017 by Michelle

Which one would you recommend for a 2016 hyundai elantra that I drive in mostly hot and rainy weather, avg. 80mph on highways and for long commutes?
Any assistance is greatly appreciated
Tuesday, July 25, 2017 by Tire Rack Team


I would look at the Michelin Premier A/S, excellent wet traction, better than the defender especially as it wears, and nice ride: https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Michelin&tireModel=Premier+A%2FS&partnum=145HR7PREAS&vehicleSearch=false&fromCompare1=yes&affiliate=GU9
Thursday, August 3, 2017 by Dennis

I have a 2015 Crv lx which would be better the premier or defender ltx. Do about equal local and highway driving.
Wednesday, August 9, 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 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=17HR6PRLTX&vehicleSearch=false&fromCompare1=yes&affiliate=GU9
Tuesday, August 15, 2017 by Sam

I have a 2009 Nissan Altima 2.5 S with only 24K miles and have to replace the Cont tires that are now 8 years old and splitting. The car is used in South FL, so there are a lot of hot dry days and wet rainy days. Trying to decide between the Michellin Premier 95V (or 95H) or the Defender T+H 95H is the best way to go. All the local shops suggest the Defender or Defender T+H for some reason. Thank you.
Friday, August 18, 2017 by Tire Rack Team


The Michelin Premier AS has a little better wet traction, especially compared to any other tire as it wears. It has a little less treadlife compared to the Defender but with as little as you are driving I think you will be aging out before wearing out so that shouldn’t be an issue: https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Michelin&tireModel=Premier+A%2FS&partnum=16HR6PREAS&vehicleSearch=false&fromCompare1=yes&affiliate=GU9
Sunday, August 20, 2017 by Sam

Thank for the feedback. From the specs, I see that the Michelin Premier A/S has good wet traction. What I'd like to know is about road noise, as I prefer a quiet tire, and not sure how which would would be the quietest (Premier or the Defender T+H). Also, it would be nice if there was more of a comparison between the regular Defender and the Defender T+H. I also saw on Michelin web site a new model listed "Michelin X Tour A/S T+H", do you have any details about it?
Friday, September 8, 2017 by Ralph Epifanio

Which would you put on a 2015 Honda Pilot, the Michelin Premier or the Michelin Defender?
Wednesday, September 13, 2017 by Tire Rack Team


I would use the Premier LTX for the Pilot, it is designed for the higher center of gravity of a crossover/ SUV, the Premier A/S and Defender T+H are designed for passenger sedans. You have all 3 options in the 235/60R18, if that is the size on yours: https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Michelin&tireModel=Premier+LTX&partnum=36HR8PRLTXV2&vehicleSearch=false&fromCompare1=yes&affiliate=GU9

All will work just fine as the same size but handling and wear should be better with the tire designed for your style of vehicle.
Monday, September 18, 2017 by Beth

Michelin Premier or Defender for 2008 Honda Pilot? Upstate SC, so mainly dry, little snow, though about once a week wet roads. Uses - Uber driver, long road trips (6 kids), a little around town driving, gravel/dirt roads to trail heads for hiking/camping. Would appreciate your advice! thanks
Wednesday, September 20, 2017 by Jim

How about for a 2007 Toyota Prius? The stock tires are very slippery in the rain and snow. Which would be better on this small car in the rain and snow?
Tuesday, September 26, 2017 by Tire Rack Team


You couldn’t go wrong with either but in general if you treat the Pilot more like a car, which I think based on your description of use you do, I would recommend the Premier LTX. It is designed as a crossover/SUV touring style tire as opposed to a truck tire like the Defender LTX: https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Michelin&tireModel=Premier+LTX&partnum=37HR6PRLTX&vehicleSearch=false&fromCompare1=yes&affiliate=GU9
Tuesday, September 26, 2017 by Tire Rack Team


The Premier AS is the best snow and wet traction grand touring all season tire so that is what I would recommend, big or small car.
Wednesday, September 27, 2017 by Richard

I live in Sacramento and I just bought a beautiful 2006 Volvo XC70 AWD Ocean Race special edition. The factory tires are 215/60R17 96V. I'd like to switch to the Michelin Premier A/S but they don't offer it in this size. What's my best strategy to get quiet highway ride, excellent wet traction, and twice a year trips to the snow or camping on dirt roads? I'm thinking that I want a bit more performance (grip) than the Defender T+H offers. Should I fit a different size Premier A/S on this wheel? Or switch to a different tire? Thanks!
Friday, September 29, 2017 by ERS

2013 Subaru Outback Limited here, looking to pull the trigger on a new set of either Michelin Premier LTX or Michelin Premier A/S. What would be the tradeoffs and recommendation Tire Rack Pros?
Looking primarily for great safety performance especially in wet, with some occasional snow use. And secondarily at tread life and durability. Thanks!
Tuesday, October 3, 2017 by Tire Rack Team


You could use the size 235/55R17 and get the Michelin Premier AS, still fits XC70 and stock wheels: https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Michelin&tireModel=Premier+A%2FS&partnum=355HR7PREASV2&vehicleSearch=false&fromCompare1=yes&affiliate=GU9
Wednesday, October 4, 2017 by Tire Rack Team


I show a 225/60R17 was the stock size for your Outback, if that is what you need I would recommend the Premier LTX. That version is built for the higher center of gravity of Crossover vehicles like yours so they tend to wear a little better over the car version the Premier A/S. Both have the same EverGrip technology for the best in class traction in wet and snow: https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Michelin&tireModel=Premier%20LTX&partnum=26VR7PRLTX&tab=Survey&affiliate=GU9
Monday, October 23, 2017 by Mohan

I am planning to buy 235/60 R18 Michelin Premier A/S 103 H for my 2013 Honda Pilot Touring. Will it be good. Mostly for California driving. Like to drive more like a car and should be quiet and comfortable and more fuel efficient. Wear, Breaking, Comfort, Fuel Efficiency & Handling has a 9-10 rating in michelin website for Premier A/S tires. I am planning to replace MXV4 OE tires with Premier A/S.
Thursday, October 26, 2017 by Tire Rack Team


The Premier AS is the newer version of what you have now and is the highest overall rated tire in the category, very nice ride and traction, highly recommended: https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Michelin&tireModel=Premier+A%2FS&partnum=36HR8PREAS&fromSurvey=true&affiliate=GU9
Sunday, October 29, 2017 by Roger

Hello, I live in Chicago and have a 2011 Ford Explorer 4WD. I am struggling between the defender and the premier. I installed the defender and not sure about the ride as its seems stiff and I have lost me ride quality. I have heard some really negative comments about wear on the premier. We drive about 10K a year and mostly around town with an occasional trip. Thoughts?
Wednesday, November 1, 2017 by Tire Rack Team


The Michelin Premier LTX is the tire designed for ride comfort first over the Defender as a truck tire. The tread life warranty on them is 60k so that should be plenty for the miles you drive as 5-6 years is max that you should use a tire whether worn out or not.
Friday, November 3, 2017 by Kim Mann

Hey, there! For a 2015 escalade esv platinum would you recommend premier or defender? I've always ran defenders on my older escalade but i'm hearing different things about which tire!
Monday, November 6, 2017 by Susan

I drive a 2015 Honda CRV mostly on the highway in Georgia. Am looking at the Defender and the Premier. Which tire would you recommend?
Tuesday, November 7, 2017 by Tire Rack Team

Kim Mann,

If you treat the Escalade more like a car go with the Premier LTX, if you tow or treat it more like a truck go with the Defender LTX. -- seth@tirerack.com
Tuesday, November 14, 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, November 14, 2017 by Trina

I have a 2014 Nissan Altima s 2.5. I live in Cleveland ohio and drive 60 miles 1 way to work in the snow and ice season. Would you recommend the defender T & H for the miles I drive and weather conditions or the X-Tour A/S T & H? I don't know if the later is a new model tire as I cant find any reviews or ratings. Thanks
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 by Tire Rack Team


The Defender should be a good one but it is still new and we have not been able to do snow testing with it yet. The X-Tour may be a club tire, not one we carrry or test. I would recommend the Continental True Contact for a tested high mileage good wet and winter traction tire: https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Michelin&tireModel=Defender+T%2BH&sidewall=Blackwall&partnum=16HR6DTH&tab=Sizes&affiliate=GU9
Tuesday, November 21, 2017 by Ruth

What is the best tire for my 2014 Honda Odyssey? I have been given to different Michelin types Premier LTX and Defender LTX. I believe I was told the tire size is 235/65R17. Thank you for your time
Tuesday, November 28, 2017 by Tire Rack Team

Ruth: I would recommend the Michelin Premier LTX for the focus on ride comfort like the original tires and best in class traction. Click here for current pricing: https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Michelin&tireModel=Premier+LTX&partnum=365HR7PRLTX&vehicleSearch=false&fromCompare1=yes&affiliate=GU9
Wednesday, December 6, 2017 by Meg

I have a 2014 Sonata GLS and commute a total of about 70 highway miles a day in New England. It is therefore imperative I have a tire that handles well in all conditions including ice and snow. I have to replace my Michelin Premier A/Ss as they have not lasted (about 55% of rated mileage :-(). I am looking at the new Defender T+H only because of the poor wear I got from the Premiers, but am concerned they will not perform as well. How do they compare especially in ice/snow?
Wednesday, December 6, 2017 by Ro

Hi Tire Rack team, I have a 2013 2.5 Altima SL, it came stock with Michelin Primacy. I drive a fair amount, highway and some city. I live in midwest Chicago. A smooth quiet ride is of concern, rain traction is of concern, if its snowing, I certainly dont want to slip and slide beyond expected, my car gets 27 hwy, 32 city by spec. so I dont want to buy something that will lower my fuel economy but dont want a noisy non traction ride... Unless I need to go another route, I seemed to have narrowed it to the Michelin Premier tour.... I think A/S is accurate description, vs. Michelin Defender. Looking for your thoughts recommendations- Thank you.
Tuesday, December 12, 2017 by Tire Rack Team

Meg: The Michelin Premier A/S will be the better traction in wet conditions, though the Defender T+H was pretty good when we tested it. Unfortunately we have not yet had a chance to test the new Defender T+H for winter traction. You may also want to look at the Continental PureContact for a tire that has been tested and does well in all conditions. Click here to see it and the current pricing: https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Continental&tireModel=PureContact+with+EcoPlus+Technology&partnum=065HR6PUREC&vehicleSearch=false&fromCompare1=yes&affiliate=GU9
Tuesday, December 12, 2017 by Tire Rack Team

Ro: The Michelin Premier AS is the highest overall rated tire in the grand touring category and is highly recommended.
Tuesday, January 2, 2018 by Joe NH

2013 Lexus RX 350
Looking for quiet so it looks like the Premier LTX vs. the Defender.
Concerned about the reports that many are getting less than 25 k tread life.
What do you think?
Tuesday, January 2, 2018 by Joe NH

2013 Lexus RX 350 . Looking at the Premier LTX vs. the Defender.
Concerned about reports regarding the Premier getting less than 25,000 tread life.
Any help here?
Wednesday, January 3, 2018 by Tire Rack Team

Joe NH: The tire has a 60K treadlife warranty from Michelin and it is the top overall rated tire in its category. There is a little longer treadlife warranty with the Defender LTX as well as some other tires. As far as it getting less than 25k, there must have been some reason beyond the tire itself for it to wear that fast.
Thursday, January 4, 2018 by Ben

16 Highlander XLE. Defender or Premier? South Texas (hot weather) mainly but do take long trips to Hill Country and Colorado Rockies.
Tuesday, January 9, 2018 by Tire Rack Team

Ben, generally speaking, if you treat the Highlander more like a truck then go with the Defender LTX. If you treat it more like a car go with the Premier LTX. The Defender has a little longer treadlife warranty which may make more sense with the long trips. Click below for the current pricing on the Defender LTX in the stock size 245/60R18:

Friday, March 2, 2018 by Ernie

Our 2012 Kia Sorento SX w/ OEM 235x60-18 tires .Vehicle was born with a harsh riding suspension. Want tires to minimize harshness. Always have been a Michelin fan.Wife car 90% in town use. Under 4k miles per year. Looking at Michelin Premier LTX. Would the Premier A/S give a softer ride?
Monday, March 12, 2018 by Tire Rack Team

Ernie, the Michelin Premier A/S might be a touch softer ride with your 2012 Kia Sorento being a tire designed for a car and therefore not as much sidewall reinforcement as there would be in the Premier LTX which is designed for the Crossover/SUV and it's higher center of gravity. You would have better wear out of the LTX though for the same reason.
Monday, March 12, 2018 by Steve

I have a 2014 Subaru Forester 225/60/17. Live in Missouri so we get all four seasons, sometimes in the same week. Would like strong wet traction, decent snow traction, and not opposed to paying more for quality. I've decided the Michelin Premier LTX is probably the right choice, but then saw the Verdestein Quatrac 5 getting great reviews here. It is available in my size, but is it appropriate for the Forester? It is also much lower in price. Thanks!

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