Michelin Defender LTX M/S Review

The Michelin Defender LTX is acknowledged by many enthusiasts as the most capable highway tire for trucks, SUVs, and crossovers. Gone are the days when SUV and truck tires were built to ensure durability and reliable hauling solely, as the Defender LTX is here to ensure outstanding performance in every single category.

This Michelin Defender LTX M/S review covers all you need to know about this legend of a tire, so be sure to stick around until the end. 



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Defender LTX M/S

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Bottom Line The Michelin Defender LTX M/S is featured in a wide range of sizes and specs, and it’s backed by an impressive warranty policy.
Pros One of the best tires in terms of handling and stability, durable construction that’s great for hauling and towing.
Cons One of the most expensive all-season tires available
Tire sizes 20”, 19″, 18”, 17”, 16” and 15”
Price range Starts from approximately $125.
Warranty 70,000-mile

Michelin Defender LTX M/S (Our Review)

Overall Assessment

Michelin Defender LTX M/S Review

The Michelin Defender LTX M/S is one of the most capable tires in its class, especially when it comes to handling and stability on both dry and wet terrain. It’s able to achieve incredibly short braking distances on dry surfaces. It’s also super quiet and comfortable on the highway.

The Defender LTX is equipped with Michelin’s Evertread compound, which ensures exceptional performance on wet terrain. It’s also able to navigate the snow and ice with ease. The LT variants of this tire are built to a very high standard that they’re able to accommodate all hauling and towing applications without any problems. They’re so durable that they can even be used for light off-road driving. 


The Michelin Defender LTX M/S is featured in a wide range of sizes and specs, and it’s backed by an impressive warranty policy. Our only complaint with this tire is that it’s somewhat expensive compared to other tires.


  • One of the best tires in terms of handling and stability
  • Durable construction that’s great for hauling and towing
  • Displays remarkable traction on wet and dry surfaces
  • Pulls off notably short braking distances on dry tarmac
  • Delivers a super quiet and comfortable performance


  • One of the most expensive all-season tires available

Check out other tire pros & cons we covered in our Michelin Premier LTX Review as well as the Michelin Primacy MXM4 Review.

Vehicles That Can Use the Michelin Defender LTX M/S

The Michelin Defender LTX M/S is designed primarily for full-size pickup trucks and SUVs. The list below sheds light on some of the most popular vehicles compatible with the Defender LTX M/S. 

  • Ford: Expedition, Excursion, Explorer, Escape, Bronco, Ranger, F-150
  • GMC: Sierra, Yukon, Canyon
  • Honda: CR-V, Element
  • Chevrolet: Silverado, Colorado, Blazer, Tahoe, S10, Avalanche, Suburban, K2500
  • Dodge: Durango, Ram, Dakota
  • Land Rover: Discovery
  • Nissan: Armada, Pathfinder, Xterra, Titan, Frontier
  • Toyota: Land Cruiser, Highlander, Tacoma, Tundra, Sequoia, FJ Cruiser, 4Runner
  • Hummer: H2, H3
  • Isuzu: Trooper
  • Jeep: Grand Cherokee, Wrangler, Liberty

Didn’t find your vehicle listed above? Check out our other reviews like Michelin LTX M/S Review, Michelin Primacy MXV4 Review, and also the Michelin Premier A/S Review to find the best tire for your vehicle.

Sizes and Specs

SizesAvailable Specs
15 Inches31×10.50R15 C 109R OWL
205/65R15 XL 99T BSW
215/75R15 100T OWL
235/75R15 XL 109T OWL
235/75R15 XL 109T OWL
16 Inches215/55R16 XL 97H BSW
255/65R16 109T OWL
215/70R16 100H BSW
235/70R16 XL 109T OWL
235/70R16 XL 109T OWL
245/70R16 107T OWL
255/70R16 111T OWL
255/70R16 111T OWL
265/70R16 112T OWL
265/70R16 112T OWL
275/70R16 114H BSW
LT225/75R16 E 115/112R BSW
235/75R16 XL 112T OWL
LT245/75R16 E 120/116R BSW
245/75R16 111T OWL
LT265/75R16 E 123/120R OWL
265/75R16 116T OWL
LT215/85R16 E 115/112R BSW
LT235/85R16 E 120/116R BSW
17 Inches215/50R17 XL 95H BSW
225/55R17 XL 101H BSW
225/65R17 102H BSW
225/65R17 102H BSW
235/65R17 104T BSW
235/65R17 104T BSW
245/65R17 107T BSW
245/65R17 107T BSW
255/65R17 110T BSW
265/65R17 112T BSW
265/65R17 112T BSW
235/70R17 XL 109T BSW
LT245/70R17 E 119/116R BSW
255/70R17 112T BSW
LT265/70R17 E 121/118R OWL
265/70R17 115T OWL
265/70R17 115T OWL
LT285/70R17 E 121/118R BSW
LT295/70R17 E 121/118R BSW
LT225/75R17 E 116/113R BSW
235/75R17 109T BSW
LT245/75R17 E 121/118R BSW
255/75R17 115T BSW
18 Inches235/55R18 100T BSW
245/60R18 105H BSW
245/60R18 105H BSW
265/60R18 110T BSW
275/60R18 113H BSW
235/65R18 106T BSW
LT255/65R18 E 120/117R BSW
255/65R18 111T BSW
255/65R18 111T BSW
265/65R18 114T BSW
LT275/65R18 E 123/120R BSW
275/65R18 116T BSW
LT285/65R18 E 125/122R BSW
265/70R18 116T BSW
LT265/70R18 E 124/121R BSW
LT275/70R18 E 125/122R BSW
LT295/70R18 E 129/126R BSW
19 Inches255/50R19 XL 107H BSW
235/55R19 XL 105H BSW
245/55R19 103H BSW
255/60R19 109H BSW
20 Inches35×12.50R20 E 121R BSW
255/50R20 XL 109H BSW
265/50R20 107T BSW
305/50R20 116H BSW
255/55R20 XL 110H BSW
275/55R20 113T BSW
275/55R20 113T BSW
LT265/60R20 E 121/118R BSW
275/60R20 115T BSW
LT285/60R20 E 125/122R BSW
LT275/65R20 E 126/123R BSW
LT285/65R20 E 127/124R BSW
LT295/65R20/E 129/126R BSW


The Michelin Defender LTX M/S is listed at a starting price of around $125. Granted, this tire is on the expensive side, but you may find special offers such as discounts, rebates, and coupons that can help you knock off a few dollars off its price tag. 

Consider looking into other tire prices with the help of our reviews such as Michelin LTX A/T 2 Reviews as well as the Michelin Defender T+H Tire Review.


The Michelin Defender LTX M/S is backed by a 70,000-mile or 6-year tread warranty for all T and H-rated models. LT-rated models are backed by a 50,000-mile or 6-year warranty. 

Uniformity is warranted for the first 2/32 inch of treadwear or the first year of use. Workmanship and materials are warranted for a period of 6 years, with free replacements during the uniformity period.

When you purchase this tire, you get to enjoy a 30-day test trial period as well as Michelin’s flat tire replacement service for 3 years.

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Michelin Defender LTX M/S Tire Customer Review

Marlo T. says: “The Michelin Defender LTX M/S is one of the most impressive tires on the market today. Dare I say that it’s the best tire for pickups and SUVs. First of all, it looks intimidating yet elegant at the same time. It’s quiet and extremely comfortable, especially on the highway. Also, it’s incredibly sturdy and can be used for hauling. I can’t really find a single flaw with this tire.”

Marlo T. posted 5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5) review

Phil A. says: “Quality comes at a price, people, and the Defender LTX is a great example of that. You really get what you pay for with this tire, from exceptional handling and traction to an ultra-quiet and comfortable performance to unrivaled durability. A very well-rounded tire, all in all.”

Phil A. posted 5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5) review