The Michelin Defender LTX M/S and Michelin Premier LTX are two all-season tires that are a favorite choice for many. Whether you’re looking to buy new tires for your van, crossover, SUV, or pickup, they are among the best options available today. We’ll take a look at how the two compare head-to-head.
|Defender LTX M/S||Premier LTX|
Michelin Defender LTX M/S
The Defender LTX M/S is made with a strong tread compound that is designed to deliver excellent traction, acceleration, and braking on dry pavements. Its 3-D sipes and symmetric tread pattern ensure the tire performs above average. Performance on wet traction is also quite good.
The tire’s four circumferential grooves enhance braking and safety while reducing the chances of hydroplaning. Stability and handling are above average, especially when it comes to hauling heavy loads or pulling larger trailers.
Acceleration and braking are also predictable and rank quite high in performance when compared to tires in the same class. Like any other Michelin tire, the Defender LTX M/S is comfortable and quiet. Its low road noise and smooth ride cover all types of surfaces except for grooved and rougher pavements.
Michelin Premier LTX
The Premier LTX uses a sunflower oil and silica compound to deliver exceptional traction on dry road surfaces. It fares better than the Defender LTX but the difference is almost negligible.
Michelin used the EverGrip technology to make rain grooves larger and added emerging grooves on the tire’s shoulders. This helps to maintain traction on wet surfaces even when the tire wears out. Unfortunately, the Premier LTX doesn’t fare well when it comes to winter traction. Its performance on ice and snow is below average.
However, it still provides excellent acceleration and braking as well as steering response. It holds better rolling resistance, meaning you may get better fuel economy when compared to the Defender LTX.
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