Michelin North America Inc. has updated its five-year-old Defender tire with a tread that the company says makes it "the longest lasting tire among leading competitors' tires."

The speed rating of the new Defender has been increased to H, and the tire also carries an 80,000-mile warranty.

Michelin has updated the Defender tire for passenger cars with a speed rating of H to cover 83% of the market.

Michelin has updated the Defender tire for passenger cars with a speed rating of H to cover 83% of the market.

"We know that many consumers make tire-purchasing decisions based on warranty and price, but tire warranties, unfortunately, do not always accurately reflect the actual wear performance of a tire," says Scott Clark, chief operating officer of Michelin North America. "Our testing shows that specific tires from several leading competitors with mileage warranties between 80,000 to 90,000 miles will have a difficult time delivering the wear-life proclaimed by their mileage warranty."

Michelin credits a commissioned third-party test for its "longest lasting" claim. The test put the Defender up against the Goodyear Assurance TripleTred All-Season tire in size 225/55R17 97H, the Continental TrueContact in size 225/55R17 97H, and the Pirelli P4 Four Seasons+ in 225/55R17 97T on a 2016 Chevrolet Malibu. The tire also was tested in tire 205/55R16 91H versus the Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus in 205/55R16 91H tire size on a 2015 Honda Civic.

The company says advanced Michelin tire technology helps ensure the highest level of performance throughout the tire's lifespan. The new Michelin Defender complements the Defender LTX M/S introduced in 2015 with these key benefits:

Longevity: Maxtouch construction ensures that tire contact forces are evenly distributed to maximize tire life, while the Evertread compound is designed to provide durability for improved tread life.

Safety: Intellisie technology is designed to maximize the tire's biting edges for optimum all-season traction, while rain grooves evacuate water in wet conditions to prevent hydroplaning.     

Comfort: Comfort control technology is designed to minimize noise and provide a smoother, quieter ride.

The new Defender will be an H speed-rated product for use in both T and H applications, which will ease confusion for consumers and dealers and increase market coverage for up to 83% of passenger vehicles in the marketplace today.

Key vehicle fitments for the product line include: Buick LaCrosse, Chevrolet Malibu, Chrysler Pacifica, Ford Focus, Honda Odyssey, Nissan Altima and Toyota Sienna.

The new Defender will be available in 12 sizes beginning in March with a total of 32 sizes available by late 2017. The manufacturer's starting suggested retail price (MSRP) is $115.

For more information visit www.michelinman.com.