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MICHELIN®

Defender®

Passenger Car/Minivan

Michelin's best standard passenger tire, offering 90,000 miles 3 of confident driving through exceptional safety, longevity and a quiet, comfortable ride.

Why should you consider this tire?

Stops shorter than a leading competitor 1

Exceptional grip provided by IntelliSipe Technology™ maximizes the number of sipes within the tire, which allows you to brake confidently when you need to most for greater peace of mind in stressful driving situations.

Lasts up to 21,000 miles longer than a leading competitor 2

MaxTouch Construction combined with the interlocking action of Michelin's Breakthrough IntelliSipe™ technology delivers impressively long wear life by providing exceptional tread block rigidity while optimizing the tire's contact with the road during acceleration, braking and cornering.
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  1. IntelliSipe™ Technology maximizes the number of sipes and with interlocking action delivers long wear-life by providing exceptional tread block rigidity.
  2. MaxTouch Construction™ maximizes tire contact with the road & evenly distributes forces of acceleration, braking and cornering resulting in longer wear-life.
  3. EnergySaver Construction™ with Green X technology results in a tire that rolls easier which increases fuel efficiency.

Can save dollars of fuel

The interlocking action of IntelliSipes™ creates a more rigid tread block, which allows for a reduced starting tread depth leading to lower rolling resistance so you can save fuel without sacrificing safety or longevity.
MICHELIN Total Performance

Michelin always aims to bring together multiple performances.

At MICHELIN, we continuously push safety, durability and fuel efficiency, and even more performances, all at the same time and with no trade-offs. That’s what we mean by MICHELIN® Total Performance™, which has and will always be our difference on every tire.

Tire Highlights


IntelliSipe™ Technology
maximizes the number of sipes and with interlocking action delivers long wear-life by providing exceptional tread block rigidity.


MaxTouch Construction™
maximizes tire contact with the road & evenly distributes forces of acceleration, braking and cornering resulting in longer wear-life.


EnergySaver Construction™
with Green X technology results in a tire that rolls easier which increases fuel efficiency.

 
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See the technology behind the performance
Click to watch the videos below and see how the Defender® Drives Safer1 and Lasts Longer2.

Drives Safer1
Lasts Longer2

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User reviews

4.8 / 5 Based on 3101 reviews

98% of respondents would recommend this to a friend

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Nothing but Michelins

5 / 5

By Stephen4

I purchased my current car (1996 Mercury Grand Marquis) new in 1996. It came with the Michelin XGT4 tire. This was the first tire I have ever owned that would run smooth at all speeds. At 80,000 miles I went back to Michelin and purchased 1 set of X-one tires, and another set of X-one tires at 160,000 miles. Just today purchased a set of Defender tires at 232,000 miles. I have never had a problem with any Michelin tires I have purchased. I am concerned when I read comments from others about these tires, but, I can tell you that right now these tires are the berries.....Given the advanced age of the car (20 years) and the mileage, I doubt that I will need another set, but, if I do, they will be Michelins. All of these sets have run smooth for their lifetimes and I am very satisfied. I run them on all my vehicles. Keep up the good work Michelin!

Stephen4 would recommend this tire to a friend

smooth, quite, solid handling

5 / 5

By GaryRfromTheresaWis

The first mile I rode on these tires (Defenders) I knew I made the right choice. I did my research and picked the best tire out there, and am I glad I did. Fantastic ride, quite, and firm handling. a little most money, but well worth it. BUY THESE TIRES, YOU WILL NOT BE SORRY!

GaryRfromTheresaWis would recommend this tire to a friend

Good But a Step Down in Noise and Ride

3 / 5

By Raj2

I just purchased a used 2012 Honda Accord LX-P. The dealer agreed to replace the current set of OEM tires (with 29,000 miles) that had a bit of vibration coming from them - I assume uneven tread wear. To my delight they agreed to replace all 4 with Michelin Tires as part of the sale! That was done with an alignment. They installed the Defenders on the Accord and immediately I could tell that they were a very smooth tire! To my dismay there were also noticeably noisier on roads that had a more rough surface. This is the first set of Michelins I have encountered a noise issue after purchase. I have them on my other cars and they are the quietest tires I have purchased. Thank you.

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See what Consumer Reports has to say about the MICHELIN® Defender® tire. Subscription to Consumer Reports is required to view all details.

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Pennies On The Mile: Michelin® Defender® Tires Aim to Save the Fuel, Last 90,000 Miles

Typically, if it’s not super-sticky, high-performance rubber, we’re not all that excited when new tires come out. But Michelin has some interesting ideas in the Defender, and if the tires can truly last up to 90,000 miles in the real world, the company might raise an eyebrow or two.

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Standard Limited Warranty

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Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) is for a tire only (i.e., excluding services such as mounting, balancing and tire disposal) and is applicable for the contiguous United States. Actual pricing may vary based on retailer, region, tire size and other factors. Retailers are free to set individual prices. Please check with your local Michelin tire dealer for pricing near you.

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Based on internal wet braking test results versus Goodyear® Assurance® ComforTred® Touring tire size 185/65R15.

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Based on commissioned third-party wear test results versus Continental® ProContact™ with ECOPlus Technology tire size 215/60R16.

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90,000-mile limited treadlife warranty for H and T-rated tires; 80,000-mile limited treadlife warranty V-rated tires. See MichelinMan.com for warranty details.

"XT" sidewall marking = Defender XT tread design. available at Wholesale Clubs.
>> The sizes shown are average design values for tires measured on specified measuring rim widths.  Some tires may vary from this value by +/-3% of the section height (affecting overall diameter), and +/-4% of the section width.
>> Section width varies approximately 0.2" (5mm) for every 0.5" change in rim width.
>> Tread patterns are often tuned to accomodate different tire widths.  Tires for a particular dimension of a given tireline may vary in appearance from the tire shown in the photograph.
WARNING: Serious or fatal injury may result from tire failure due to underinflation or overloading. To ensure correct air pressure and vehicle load, refer to vehicle owner's manual or tire information placard on the vehicle. Serious injury or death may result from explosion of tire/rim assembly due to improper mounting. Only tire professionals should mount tires and they should never inflate beyond 40 psi  to seat the beads.  Before mixing types of tires in any configuration on any vehicle, be sure to check the vehicle owner's manual for its recommendations.
DANGER:  Never mount a 16" diameter tire on a 16.5" rim.
DANGER:  Never mount a 17" diameter tire on a 17.5" rim.
Inflation pressure increase must not exceed the maximum pressure branded on the tire sidewall.  When a customer requests a replacement tire with a lower speed rating than the original equipment tire, you must clearly communicate to him or her that the handling of the vehicle may be different, and that its maximum speed capability is limited to that of the lowest speed-rated tire on the vehicle.  Exceeding the lawful speed limit is neither recommended nor endorsed.
For high-speed driving, additional inflation pressure and possibly reduced tire loading and/or upsizing is required.  In the absence of specific recommendations by the vehicle manufacturer, use the following guidelines based on those in the European Tyre and Rim Technical Organization Standards Manual.
For speeds over 160km/h (100 mph), load and inflation must be adjusted according to the table below.
T-Speed Rated Sizes:
Maximum Speed (mph)     100     106     112     118
Inflation Increase (psi)     0.0     1.0     2.0     3.0
Load Capacity (% of max.)     100     100     100     100
H-Speed Rated Sizes:
Maximum Speed (mph)     100     106     112     118     124     130
Inflation Increase (psi)     0.0     1.0     2.0     3.0     4.0     5.0
Load Capacity (% of max.)     100     100     100     100     100     100
V-Speed Rated Sizes:
Maximum Speed (mph)     100     106     112     118     124     130     136     143     149
Inflation Increase (psi)     0     1     2     3     4     5     5     5     5
Load Capacity (% of max)     100     100     100     100     100     100     97     94     91