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Old 11-02-2015, 02:17 PM
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Michelin Defender LTX M/S vs Nokian WRG3 SUV

I am close to pulling the trigger one one of the above tires. Can you please provide your thoughts on one versus the other. I live in Seattle and travel up to Canada and Snow country a few times every winter.

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Old 11-02-2015, 05:19 PM
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The better tire of the two in snow is going to be the WRG3 if thats your primary goal. But if you want a little snow ability and a little off road ability the defender is probably a better mix of the two. Both ok on road but defender will probably be a little quieter from what i have read. Both are great tires i think you have narrowed it down well for the all season category. Slanted to snow=WRG3. Off road/snow balance, maybe a little quieter on road=Defender
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Re: Michelin Defender LTX M/S vs Nokian WRG3 SUV

I changed my fortera's on my WK early and will change the fortera's on my wife's 2015 altitude early as well. These are the two tires I have narrowed it down to as well. I'll give the fortera's one winter then we will see. I will be following this thread


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Old 11-02-2015, 09:01 PM
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Re: Michelin Defender LTX M/S vs Nokian WRG3 SUV

Had the earlier version of the Michelin on my 2011 WK2... excellent mileage, quiet, good light snow and rain. Not good for ice or hard packed or wet snow.
Decided on WR G3 SUV for 2015 WK2 based on my use and having WR G2 on our 2012 Subaru. "Checked all the boxes" for me. 16,000 miles and one major winter behind me.
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Michelin Defender LTX M/S vs Nokian WRG3 SUV

I also live in Seattle and went with Bridgestone Revo ATs. I like the dual compound rubber for good wet performance and have had good luck with them in the snow.

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Re: Michelin Defender LTX M/S vs Nokian WRG3 SUV

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Had the earlier version of the Michelin on my 2011 WK2... excellent mileage, quiet, good light snow and rain. Not good for ice or hard packed or wet snow.
Decided on WR G3 SUV for 2015 WK2 based on my use and having WR G2 on our 2012 Subaru. "Checked all the boxes" for me. 16,000 miles and one major winter behind me.
How do you find the Nokian in the hot weather ??
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How do you find the Nokian in the hot weather ??
Well, low 90'sF is as hot as we get here in the Great Northeast usually. The tires were fine. I do realize that a tread compound that meets the "mountain/snowflake" symbol is not going to get the long mileage of the Michelin, but I am very pleased with the WR G3 SUV's so far. They are the true all season tire that people think they are getting when running the usual all seasons in the tire ads. Nokian therefore refers to them as "all weather" tires to different and highlight the fact.
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Re: Michelin Defender LTX M/S vs Nokian WRG3 SUV

I bought a set of 18" wheels off a 2015 purchase with the Michelin LTZ. I use them in Summers. I do just fine living in a snow vent if Lake Ontario with the stick wheels on the 2011 WK2 Limited with Sahara tires. I have 2 CR-Vs in the family garage. I chose Continental Cross touch which came stock on the 2013 and new Continental True Touch on the older 2005. I bought the Continentals this Summer because of many great reviews. This car is for my daughter so I wanted the best. Same with. brakes where I replaced front factory rotors with vented slotted and drilled heavy duty rotors with ceramic pads. Really driving in snow especially on hills is all about going slow and keeping momentum in line with the physics of snow or ice driving. I've lived in the Puget Sound area twice and learned snowy Winter driving in both the Sierra Nevadas up by Lake Tahoe and college at the University of Utah and the Wasatch range. I think you will do fine getting a decent all season, but if you prefer I could suggest a separate pair of wheels and dedicated Bridgestone Blizzaks for ice and snow. Those are fine on dry and icy roads during Winter. Good luck.
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Re: Michelin Defender LTX M/S vs Nokian WRG3 SUV

I am trying to make a decision on these two tire options as well. I live in Denver, so we get snow, but I got by fine on the stock Fortera's, so I'm not sure a more capable winter tire is necessarily needed.

Michelin is actually offering a $70 rebate right now, so they would actually end up being about $100 less than the Nokians.

Seems like a good all around tire, and the 70k warranty helps. So now I may be slightly leaning towards the Michelin and am willing to give up a little bit of winter ability. I still think the Michelin will handle quite well in snow when needed.
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I am trying to make a decision on these two tire options as well. I live in Denver, so we get snow, but I got by fine on the stock Fortera's, so I'm not sure a more capable winter tire is necessarily needed.

Michelin is actually offering a $70 rebate right now, so they would actually end up being about $100 less than the Nokians.

Seems like a good all around tire, and the 70k warranty helps. So now I may be slightly leaning towards the Michelin and am willing to give up a little bit of winter ability. I still think the Michelin will handle quite well in snow when needed.
Should be fine. $100 is 2 gas fillups!
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Re: Michelin Defender LTX M/S vs Nokian WRG3 SUV

Scratch that... just got a quote at Discount Tire:

Defender LTX M/S: $1057 (including $70 rebate)
Nokian WRG3: $987
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Should be fine. $100 is 2 gas fillups!
So you're recommending the Nokians eh? Are they just as quiet as the stock Forteras? I like the snow traction ability, but honestly I drive way more on pavement and will regret my decision if they are a bit noisy/annoying on a 2000 mile roadtrip...
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