Are Michelin defender tires good for winter driving?

I just found out I’ll be relocating for work. I’m excited, but a little nervous because the area I’m moving to has pretty cold winters. I just bought a new set of tires right before I found out I was moving. They’re Michelin Defender tires—are they okay for driving in winter weather?

Amber Reed · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
Michelin is one of the most trusted and well-known names in tires, so you’ve made a great choice! Michelin Defender tires are rated as all-season, but some reviews find the tread to be more similar to that of summer tires. That means that while Michelin Defenders will perform fairly well in mild winter conditions, you might need actual winter or snow tires to handle snow, ice, or extreme cold.
If you live somewhere like Phoenix where the winters are mild, Michelin Defenders would be a fine choice. But if you’re in Buffalo, then you will be better served by swapping the Defenders out for proper winter/snow tires when the season calls for it.
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