Michelin Defender vs. Michelin Harmony

Recently, drivers were introduced to the Michelin Defender. This tire has been very well received and has now replaced some of Michelin's popular models, including the Harmony. What is the difference between these two tires?

The Michelin Harmony is a Passenger All-Season tire suitable for minivans, family sedans and compact cars. It has good all-season traction and is relatively quiet and comfortable. Harmony tires also last long as they come with an 80,000-mile treadlife warranty.

Michelin's Defender took these attributes and improved upon them. It's a Standard Touring All-Season tire, which means it will have a better ride better than the Harmony. The tire has shown to have better all-season traction and lasts longer with an incredible 90,0000-mile treadlife warranty for T- and H-rated models. An 80,000-mile warranty is available for the V-rated version. In addition, the Defender enhances fuel economy by meeting Michelin's Green-X low rolling resistance objectives.

Michelin Harmony
Michelin Harmony
Michelin Defender
Michelin Defender

If you own the Harmony or have owned it in the past, and are looking for a replacement tire for your vehicle, take a look at the Michelin Defender.


Wednesday, May 22, 2013 by Jim Hawk

I can't imagine a better tire than the Michelin Harmony!
Tuesday, December 3, 2013 by Gerald Shugar

Can I use Michelin defenders on the front of my car and Michelin harmony tires on the back? These all have full tread and will be used for spring summer and fall driving on a Hyundai elantra wagon. I use four Michelin X ice 13's for winter driving
Friday, December 6, 2013 by Steve

Hi Gerald,
Those tires are compatible, but I would suggest that you install new tires on the rear.
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 by AmericanSoldier

I'm at 91,000 miles on a 80,000 mile on my Harmony(s) and was told they have been replaced by Defender. But the Harmony is NOT my MICHELIN LTX® M/S2 that I love.... GREAT RIDE!!!
Monday, July 21, 2014 by steve sramek

i got 80,000 miles out of my set of harmonies on my 1995 toyota camry in the northeast. the best tire i have ever owned, they weren't great in the snow but they handled the winters fine. smooth, quiet, good ride handling. never needing balancing, never got a flat or lost air. i hope the defender is as good!
Tuesday, August 25, 2015 by Dan

I have a set of Michelin Destiny's that have 124,000 miles on them, and have been on the road for 7 years, and I still have 4/32 tred left, however they are beginning to show their age. I am about to buy a set of Defender XT's that will probably be the last set that will go on this car, since this Buick Park Ave has over 251,000 miles. Hope this car and the tires will last another 124,000 miles!
Tuesday, April 24, 2018 by George

2011 sienna limited fwd. bought the car used with duellers allenza that are extremely noisy and tge ride quality is suler harsh. I was thinking to buy a new set of defender ltx ms but not sure if the ride quality is gonna be improved. All I know is that the unsprung weight on each corner is 4lb less on michelin. Ride quality and noise level si my main concern, but still great on wet roads Steering feel and fast cornering is second. General altimax was my second option. Whats your opinion about the defenders and altimaxregarding my needs? Thx. George
Monday, April 30, 2018 by Tire Rack Team

George, if you have the 235/55R18 size, the Michelin Premier LTX would be the best match for what you are looking for with ride quality, wet traction, and handling. The Defender LTX is a lower speed rated tire so not as sporty feeling and the Altimax RT43 is designed as a car tire first so they tend to wear a bit faster on vans. Follow the link for current pricing.


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