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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.

 
  • Defender Tire

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

Drives Safer1
Lasts Longer2

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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Defender® 
Speed Rating: [H, T]

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REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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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)

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    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    is it "green"

    By rocky

    from USA

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Defender:

          Bought tire because of Michelin quality and warranty. Also because of the mileage rating and the extra gas mileage the tire was advertised to get as I'm in sales and do lots of driving. The driving of the tire was as smooth as anything could be but on my first fill up I had lost 5 mpg. 2nd and 3rd tanks were only 1 mpg better. It never improved. Bumps in the road were harder than a new tire should be but it is quiet on road noise and handles well. Michelin was true to their warranty in fixing my problem.

          • Wear-Life:
          • N/A
          • Fuel Efficiency:
          • Below Average
          • Handling:
          • Very Good
          • Braking:
          • Very Good
          • Comfort:
          • Good

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          (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Good Tire

          By Mike

          from USA

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Defender:

                Bought first set of Defender tire at 39,000 they lasted to 88,000. Talked to customer service and was told that the warrenty would be honored. The hoops needed to get the Pro- Rated amount are large. Tires need to be returned to Michelin with Documentation. Then need to be approved. Dealer is approved on this web page.Found this to be unaceptable for dealer so paid full amount and will wait for return.
                Tires rotated at every oil change and is documented with dealer paper work.
                Like the tires and am willing to wait.

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

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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Very Satisfied with Defenders

                By Steve

                from USA

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Defender:

                      Put Defenders on 2008 Rav4 . Have 15,000 miles on them.
                      Nice quiet, smooth tires. Are wearing very good. I don't understand so many negative reviews. Has manufacture of them improved since bad reviews? Or haven't I used long enough?
                      I will update my opinion with time and mileage.
                      Still on my list to buy again.

                      • 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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                      Availability
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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
                      90,000 MileASYBSW820 A B5" - 6.5"7.4" on 5.5"23.787610Green X1102@4418.2
                      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
                      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
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                      90,000 MileASYBSW820 A B5" - 6.5"7.4" on 5.5"24.585110Green X1235@4418.7
                      90,000 MileSYMBSW820 A B5" - 6.5"7.4" on 5.5"24.585110Green X1235@4418.7
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                      90,000 MileSYMBSW820 A B5.5" - 7.5"8.2" on 6"25.581710Green X1477@4420.4
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                      90,000 MileSYMBSW820 A B6" - 7.5"8.7" on 6.5"2679910Green X1565@4421.7
                      90,000 MileASYBSW820 A B5" - 7"8.2" on 6"26.379010Green X1565@4422
                      90,000 MileSYMBSW820 A B5" - 7"8.2" on 6"26.379010Green X1565@4422
                      90,000 MileASYBSW820 A B5.5" - 7"8.7" on 6.5"26.977410Green X1653@4423.7
                      90,000 MileSYMBSW820 A B5.5" - 7"8.7" on 6.5"26.977410Green X1653@4423.7
                      90,000 MileASYBSW820 A B5.5" - 7.5"8.4" on 6.5"24.983610Green X1356@4422.8
                      90,000 MileASYBSW820 A B5.5" - 7.5"8.4" on 6.5"24.983610Green X1356@4423
                      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 B5.5" - 7.5"8.2" on 6"25.781010Green X1389@4421.3
                      90,000 MileASYBSW820 A B6" - 7.5"8.7" on 6.5"26.179610Green X1521@4421.7
                      90,000 MileSYMBSW820 A B6" - 7.5"8.7" on 6.5"26.179610Green X1521@4421.7
                      90,000 MileASYBSW820 A B6" - 8"9" on 6.5"26.678210Green X1653@4424.6
                      90,000 MileSYMBSW820 A B6" - 8"9" on 6.5"26.678210Green X1653@4424.7
                      90,000 MileASYBSW820 A B6.5" - 8.5"9.5" on 7"27.176810Green X1764@4424.8
                      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
                      90,000 MileASYBSW820 A B6.5" - 8.5"9.5" on 7"2874210Green X1929@4427.3
                      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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