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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.

 
  • Defender Tire

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Warranties (3 Warranties)

90,000 Mile Manufacturer's Treadwear Limited Warranty
Defender® tires carry a 90,000 mile limited warranty in addition to the standard materials and workmanship warranty for treadwear or mileage.
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Expert Tire Reviews

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Low rolling resistance has become the new clarion call from car manufacturers hoping to eke out every last 1/10th of a mile per gallon for EPA ratings, but Michelin's new Defender tire takes a different tack, claiming the highest mileage warranty yet: 90,000 clicks, up to 21,000 more miles than competitors.

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by PowerReviews
Defender
 
4.7

(based on 3584 reviews)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Great dry traction (13)
  • Great traction (13)
  • Smooth ride (13)
  • Quiet (11)
  • Corners well (10)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Mostly city (9)
    • All highway (6)
    • Mostly highway (6)
    • All city (4)
      • Wear-Life:
      • Excellent (2134), Very good (676), Good (119), Below average (61), Average (35)
      • Fuel Efficiency:
      • Excellent (1592), Very good (1202), Good (367), Average (136), Below average (70)
      • Handling:
      • Excellent (2495), Very good (762), Good (148), Average (48), Below average (43)
      • Braking:
      • Excellent (2432), Very good (827), Good (152), Average (58), Below average (21)
      • Comfort:
      • Excellent (2511), Very good (723), Good (169), Average (60), Below average (52)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual driver (12), Commuter (8)

    Reviewed by 3584 customers

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    5.0

    Rolling right along at 10,000

    By Nummi Pneumatic

    from USA

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Defender:

          This is my 10,000 mi report for the club warehouse version of the Defenders. They were one of the few all-season models that are made in 13" diameter for my 5 spd Chevy Nova 1986 version of the Toyota Corolla.

          I drive conservatively, but driving conditions are not always good in the PacNW. We get a fair amount of rain. The Defenders seem to be very good at channeling away water on the road. No hydroplaning when hitting a couple inches of standing water at legal speeds. Traction on new snow is pretty good, hard pack snow is good, and fair on ice. Have not slid on these, but I try to avoid that in the first place. Also have not chirped them on a fast turn (excluding painted lines), so they appear to have good dry grip.

          My car has little noise insulation, so I hear a lot of road noise, even when coasting in neutral. The Defenders are about the same noise level though not as sharp as my previous sets made by other major manufacturers. I did not notice any reduction in noise after the first 1000 or so miles as other customers have noted about the Defenders. Definitely quieter than the original rockhard set, though.

          Fuel economy is about the same as my previous replacement sets. Rolling resistance seems to be more sensitive to pressure-temperature change. The Defenders can take a lot more air pressure than usual tires. I've been running 33 psi based on road feel and responsiveness (subjective) and how fast the car slows down in neutral (rolling resistance). I also had the club warehouse tire service check treadwear on all tires at the last rotation since this is significantly higher than the car manuf spec. Wear across the treads was normal.

          I got new premium struts and alignment shortly after installing the Defenders.

          Not much data on stopping ability to report. I brake conservatively, though on those fast yellow lights, I can brake harder and nosedive the car much more before any skidding sounds begin.

          I've never felt the sidewalls get hot, other than by standing around in the summer sun. I like the fairly nondescript sidewall branding for such a premium tire-- less likely to be stolen.

          If these tires last anywhere near the stated warranty mileage, they could very well outlast the car and would certainly be worth the somewhat higher cost. I'm hoping for longvity. Before I changed them, I drove 150% of the warranted miles on the original classic American brand tires, 100% on a popular Japanese brand that now only makes sport and racing tires, and a dismal 65% on a different Japanese brand which later purchased the original classic American brandname.

          Next report will probably be at 25,000 mi.

          • Wear-Life:
          • Excellent
          • Fuel Efficiency:
          • Very Good
          • Handling:
          • Very Good
          • Braking:
          • Very Good
          • Comfort:
          • Good

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          5.0

          1st Set of Michelin Tires

          By Henery T.

          from USA

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Defender:

                I finally purchased my 1st set of Michelins for my 4WD pick-up 3 years ago. It drove like a car. Since then, I have put them on all 4 other family vehicles. In the past, I would have already replaced my pick-up tires, but I've still got a lot of miles left. Because of that, I believe Michelin tires actually cost less in the long term, they are more comfortable, and more safe than any other tire I have owned.

                • Wear-Life:
                • Excellent
                • Fuel Efficiency:
                • Good
                • Handling:
                • Excellent
                • Braking:
                • Excellent
                • Comfort:
                • Excellent

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                5.0

                great tires

                By chuck

                from USA

                Pros

                  Cons

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                      Comments about Defender:

                      Purchased these tires on 09/18/2013. Now have 41679 miles on them and they still have a lot of tread left. No I did not measure it. They are great in rain and show. Yes ther are pretty quiet. They are on a 2009 Buick Lucerne. I'll get back here when something changes or I need to replace them.

                      Chuck

                      • Wear-Life:
                      • Excellent
                      • Fuel Efficiency:
                      • Excellent
                      • Handling:
                      • Excellent
                      • Braking:
                      • Excellent
                      • Comfort:
                      • Excellent

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                      Availability, Pricing and Specs (57 part numbers)

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                      Mileage WarrantyTread FeatureSidewallUTQG Treadwear, UTQG Traction, UTQG TempRim Width Range (Min/Max)Section Width on Measuring Rim WidthOverall Diameterrevs/miTread Depth (in 32nds)Eco FeatureMax Load, Single
                      (lb @ PSI)
                      Tire Weight
                      90,000 MileASYBSW820 A B5" - 7"8.2" on 6"25.482110Green X1433@4422.4
                      90,000 MileASYBSW820 A B4.5" - 6"7" on 5"22.791710Green X1047@4418.1
                      90,000 MileSYMBSW820 A B4.5" - 6"7" on 5"22.791710Green X1047@4418.1
                      90,000 MileASYBSW820 A B5" - 6"7" on 5"2390510Green X1047@4417.2
                      90,000 MileASYBSW820 A B5" - 6.5"7.4" on 5.5"23.488710Green X1168@4417.8
                      90,000 MileSYMBSW820 A B5" - 6.5"7.4" on 5.5"23.588710Green X1168@4417.7
                      90,000 MileASYBSW820 A B4.5" - 6"7" on 5"23.787810Green X1102@4418.8
                      90,000 MileASYBSW820 A B4.5" - 6"7.4" on 5.5"24.385810Green X1235@4420
                      90,000 MileSYMBSW820 A B4.5" - 6"7.4" on 5.5"24.385810Green X1235@4420
                      90,000 MileASYBSW820 A B5" - 6.5"7.9" on 6"24.883910Green X1356@4420.4
                      90,000 MileSYMBSW820 A B5" - 6.5"7.9" on 6"24.883910Green X1356@4420.4
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                      90,000 MileASYBSW820 A B5.5" - 7"7.9" on 6"24.285910Green X1235@4418.5
                      90,000 MileSYMBSW820 A B5.5" - 7"7.9" on 6"24.285910Green X1235@4418.5
                      90,000 MileASYBSW820 A B5.5" - 7.5"8.2" on 6"24.784210Green X1356@4418.7
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                      (lb @ PSI)
                      Tire Weight
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                      90,000 MileSYMBSW820 A B5" - 7"8.2" on 6"26.379010Green X1565@4422
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                      90,000 MileSYMBSW820 A B5.5" - 7"8.7" on 6.5"26.977410Green X1653@4423.7
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                      90,000 MileASYBSW820 A B5.5" - 7.5"8.4" on 6.5"24.983610Green X1356@4423
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                      (lb @ PSI)
                      Tire Weight
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                      90,000 MileASYBSW820 A B6" - 7.5"8.7" on 6.5"2777010Green X1653@4422.8
                      90,000 MileSYMBSW820 A B6" - 7.5"8.7" on 6.5"2777010Green X1653@4422.8
                      90,000 MileASYBSW820 A B6" - 8"9" on 6.5"27.575710Green X1764@4424.5
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                      90,000 MileSYMBSW820 A B6.5" - 8.5"9.5" on 7"2874210Green X1929@4427.2
                      90,000 MileASYBSW820 A B6" - 8"9.2" on 7"25.980310Green X1477@4423.9
                      80,000 MileASYBSW820 A B6" - 7.5"8.9" on 7"26.379110Green X1477@4423.9
                      90,000 MileASYBSW820 A B6" - 7.5"8.9" on 7"26.379110Green X1477@4423.8
                      90,000 MileASYBSW820 A B6" - 8"9.2" on 7"26.877710Green X1609@4424.7
                      Mileage WarrantyTread FeatureSidewallUTQG Treadwear, UTQG Traction, UTQG TempRim Width Range (Min/Max)Section Width on Measuring Rim WidthOverall Diameterrevs/miTread Depth (in 32nds)Eco FeatureMax Load, Single
                      (lb @ PSI)
                      Tire Weight
                      90,000 MileASYBSW820 A B6.5" - 8.5"9.7" on 7.5"27.276610Green X1709@4424.9
                      90,000 MileASYBSW820 A B6" - 7.5"8.7" on 6.5"27.276610Green X1565@4423.6
                      90,000 MileSYMBSW820 A B6" - 7.5"8.7" on 6.5"27.276610Green X1565@4423.6
                      90,000 MileASYBSW820 A B6" - 8"9" on 6.5"27.675310Green X1709@4425.9
                      90,000 MileSYMBSW820 A B6" - 8"9" on 6.5"27.675310Green X1709@4425.8
                      90,000 MileASYBSW820 A B6" - 7.5"8.7" on 6.5"2874210Green X1709@4424.5
                      90,000 MileSYMBSW820 A B6" - 7.5"8.7" on 6.5"2874210Green X1709@4424.5
                      90,000 MileASYBSW820 A B6" - 8"9" on 6.5"28.573010Green X1874@4425.8
                      90,000 MileSYMBSW820 A B6" - 8"9" on 6.5"28.573010Green X1874@4425.8
                      90,000 MileASYBSW820 A B6" - 8"9.2" on 7"26.977410Green X1521@4424.6
                      90,000 MileASYBSW820 A B6" - 7.5"8.9" on 7"27.376210Green X1521@4423.5
                      90,000 MileASYBSW820 A B6" - 8"9.2" on 7"27.874910Green X1653@4425.3
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