Searching for the best premier touring all-season tires? Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza Plus vs Michelin Premier LTX are among the best options you could go for. Coming from some of the bigwig manufacturers in the game, both these tires have a lot to offer. But are they worth your purchase? Let’s find out.
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This tire is advertised to be Bridgestone’s premium touring all-season tire, providing high-performance and a classy riding experience. It has been manufactured with new technologies designed to serve the populace, including:
Michelin has proved time and again that they care for their consumers by giving them the best products. Premier LTX is a sure example of this, packed with unique and incredible features. A few of these include:
The tires come with a 60,000-mile warranty, lower than most tires in its price range.
Even in extremely wet conditions, both tires showed extraordinary grip, but the Bridgestone Alenza had the upper hand, exhibiting very little slip and slide due to aquaplaning. The Michelin gripped very well on the straights but began to slip slightly on corners.
When put under wet traction tests, both tires were brilliant. They’ll provide you with admirable levels of grip and traction even over the damp tarmac. The only difference was that Michelin Premier showed signs of under-steer. It requires you to give more steering input to regain traction. Bridgestone Alenza needed way less information.
Similar to wet tractions, both tires performed equally well under dry traction tests. The favorable conditions ensured that each tire would provide adequate traction.
Bridgestone’s traction is excellent, if not better, and would rank among the best premium tires. There were no complaints with its grip even during abrupt cornering. The tires also have outstanding stability at short braking distances and high speeds.
The secret behind Michelin Premier’s great performance is that it features a tough sidewall and soft tread. The sidewall improves the tread life while the soft tread ensures a firm grip on hard surfaces. The tire also makes use of the EverGrip technology which increases the diameter of the tread grooves.
Numerous sipes, lateral notches and four circumferential grooves. That’s what it took for Bridgestone to ensure its tires were exceptionally good in snow. The manufacturers also skipped the popular zig-zag sipes on the treads, which in my opinion, improved the tires’ snow traction even further.
Michelin Premier has a rubber tread that will get the job done in mild-snow conditions. Its sunflower oil also increases the tire’s flexibility to handle snow relatively well.
Bridgestone Alenza again scooped victory in this category showing exceptional traction in heavy snow, and doing even better in light snow. The Michelin Premier lagged slightly behind but performed equally well.
Regardless of the tire you’re using, always be cautious when driving in snow.
Ice is not the best place to use these tires, as both tires performed rather abysmally, especially the Michelin Premier. It showed a lot of sliding on icy roads, and could barely keep its grip on the surface. Bridgestone did slightly better, but it too showed signs of slippage on ice.
With that said, both of these tires aren’t the best if you reside in an area with freezing winter.
Both tires were tested on dry roads, but with sharp and tight turns. Bridgestone again claimed victory, as I felt more planted on the Alenza under tight corners. Michelin Premier, on the other side, required a bit more steering input but did amazingly well, though.
The manufacturers of both tires put great emphasis on the tires’ rolling resistance in order to attain improved fuel economy. Bridgestone Dueler is better since it comes with symmetrical tread patterns.
The treads have continuous center rib and shoulder blocks to improve stability and responsiveness at high speeds. This not only promotes high levels of comfort but also excellent performance in all conditions.
The Bridgestone Alenza was said by drivers to be more comfortable, even on rough terrain, as compared to the Michelin Premier. The Premier was said to feel a lot bumpier, even though it was comparably as smooth as the Alenza.
If you hate noisy tires, as I do, then you’ll find comfort in the Bridgestone Dueller. This is one area where Michelin’s manufacturers would be proud of. The tires are quiet even at high speeds. You’ll barely notice their sound unless you’re driving around a quiet neighborhood.
Michelin Premier also flexes its muscles in the same category. Both its external and internal structure makes it smooth and quiet.
If there’s one area where Michelin lagged immensely and could improve a lot is on the wearability of its tires. Our comparison chart showed Michelin with a 49% overall wearability, as compared to Bridgestone’s 87% overall wearability. Clearly, the Alenza trumped the Premier by a landslide.
Which of the two is the better tire? There is no definite and clear answer to this. The two tires are designed for different needs and vehicles. Go for one that fits your ride.
The Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza features superior technology, amazing performance, strong braking, competent grip and also high-speed stability and experience. It would be a perfect choice if you:
Michelin is better in noise reduction, relatively affordable with decent grip both on and off-road. Purchase it if you: