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  • MICHELIN® Total Performance™

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]

Expert Tire Reviews

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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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Consumer Reports Review

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REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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Defender
 
4.8

(based on 3519 reviews)

96%

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 (2112), Very good (671), Good (116), Below average (45), Average (31)
      • Fuel Efficiency:
      • Excellent (1574), Very good (1186), Good (360), Average (126), Below average (65)
      • Handling:
      • Excellent (2466), Very good (750), Good (139), Average (43), Below average (37)
      • Braking:
      • Excellent (2399), Very good (816), Good (144), Average (53), Below average (16)
      • Comfort:
      • Excellent (2478), Very good (713), Good (161), Average (55), Below average (45)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual driver (12), Commuter (8)

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    1.0

    Only lasted 30,000 miles

    By Gardengirl31

    from USA

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      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Defender:

          My driving is a combination of country roads and interstate highways. I purchased these tires because of the 90,000 mile warranty. After only 30,000 miles, my car technician told me the tires were trashed. I was told by the tire dealer that Michelin won't respect the warranty because the tires exhibit uneven wear.
          I tried to contact Michelin through the contact page, but due to high volume, they have not yet gotten back to me. That was a week ago.
          I am feeling cheated because I paid for what I thought was a quality product. I will not purchase another Michelin tire.

          • Wear-Life:
          • Below Average
          • Fuel Efficiency:
          • Good
          • Handling:
          • Good
          • Braking:
          • Good
          • Comfort:
          • Good

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Third set to purchase of these tires

          By CandyMissouri

          from USA

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Defender:

                We first bought Michelin tires for our Impala and they lasted even beyond 100,000 miles and we replaced them on this vehicle last year. We like them so well that when the car I purchased from my parents needed tires we again went for the Michelin Defender. They cost a little more upfront but wear way beyond two sets of other tires we have purchased in the past. Great tire and when getting the $70 rebate it is even better! Until getting the new tires I didn't even realize how badly my car was riding and performing. All is GREAT now!

                • Wear-Life:
                • Excellent
                • Fuel Efficiency:
                • N/A
                • Handling:
                • Excellent
                • Braking:
                • Excellent
                • Comfort:
                • Excellent

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                5.0

                Second set of Defenders

                By Rio

                from USA

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Defender:

                      This is my second set of Defenders because I got around 78K on the last set on my work car a KIA Rio just shy of the 80K warranty. I hadn't realized that I hadn't rotated the tires for the last 20K miles and that my car needed a wheel alignment. Probably because of the last 5 miles of my commute is a very rough road. My wife's Accord came with Michelins form the factory and had close to 85K miles on them. I wouldn't say the ride on my work car is excellent but not because of the tire but the small car.

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

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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 Mile BSW820 A B5" - 7"8.2" on 6"25.482110Green X1433@4422.1
                      90,000 Mile BSW820 A B4.5" - 6"7" on 5"22.791710Green X1047@4417.6
                      90,000 MileXTBSW820 A B4.5" - 6"7" on 5"22.791710Green X1047@4417.6
                      90,000 Mile BSW820 A B5" - 6"7" on 5"2390510Green X1047@4417
                      90,000 Mile BSW820 A B5" - 6.5"7.4" on 5.5"23.488710Green X1168@4417.6
                      90,000 MileXTBSW820 A B5" - 6.5"7.4" on 5.5"23.588710Green X1168@4417.6
                      90,000 Mile BSW820 A B4.5" - 6"7" on 5"23.787810Green X1102@4418.6
                      90,000 Mile BSW820 A B4.5" - 6"7.4" on 5.5"24.385810Green X1235@4419.8
                      90,000 MileXTBSW820 A B4.5" - 6"7.4" on 5.5"24.385810Green X1235@4419.8
                      90,000 Mile BSW820 A B5" - 6.5"7.9" on 6"24.883910Green X1356@4420.1
                      90,000 MileXTBSW820 A B5" - 6.5"7.9" on 6"24.883910Green X1356@4420.1
                      90,000 Mile BSW820 A B5" - 6.5"7.4" on 5.5"23.787610Green X1102@4418.3
                      90,000 Mile BSW820 A B5.5" - 7"7.9" on 6"24.285910Green X1235@4418.5
                      90,000 MileXTBSW820 A B5.5" - 7"7.9" on 6"24.285910Green X1235@4418.5
                      90,000 Mile BSW820 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 Mile BSW820 A B5" - 6.5"7.4" on 5.5"24.585110Green X1235@4418.6
                      90,000 MileXTBSW820 A B5" - 6.5"7.4" on 5.5"24.585110Green X1235@4418.6
                      90,000 Mile BSW820 A B5.5" - 7"7.9" on 6"2583210Green X1356@4419.2
                      90,000 MileXTBSW820 A B5.5" - 7"7.9" on 6"2583210Green X1356@4419.2
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                      90,000 MileXTBSW820 A B6" - 7.5"8.7" on 6.5"2679910Green X1565@4421.7
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                      90,000 MileXTBSW820 A B5" - 7"8.2" on 6"26.379010Green X1565@4421.9
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                      90,000 MileXTBSW820 A B5.5" - 7"8.7" on 6.5"26.977410Green X1653@4423.7
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                      90,000 Mile BSW820 A B5.5" - 7.5"8.4" on 6.5"24.983610Green X1356@4423
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                      (lb @ PSI)
                      Tire Weight
                      90,000 Mile BSW820 A B5.5" - 7.5"8.2" on 6"25.781010Green X1389@4421.4
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                      90,000 MileXTBSW820 A B6" - 8"9" on 6.5"26.678210Green X1653@4424.7
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                      90,000 Mile BSW820 A B6" - 7.5"8.7" on 6.5"2777010Green X1653@4422.8
                      90,000 MileXTBSW820 A B6" - 7.5"8.7" on 6.5"2777010Green X1653@4422.8
                      90,000 Mile BSW820 A B6" - 8"9" on 6.5"27.575710Green X1764@4424.5
                      90,000 Mile BSW820 A B6.5" - 8.5"9.5" on 7"2874210Green X1929@4427.2
                      90,000 MileXTBSW820 A B6.5" - 8.5"9.5" on 7"2874210Green X1929@4427.2
                      90,000 Mile BSW820 A B6" - 8"9.2" on 7"25.980310Green X1477@4424
                      80,000 Mile BSW820 A B6" - 7.5"8.9" on 7"26.379110Green X1477@4423.8
                      90,000 Mile BSW820 A B6" - 7.5"8.9" on 7"26.379110Green X1477@4423.7
                      90,000 Mile BSW820 A B6" - 8"9.2" on 7"26.877710Green X1609@4424.8
                      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 Mile BSW820 A B6.5" - 8.5"9.7" on 7.5"27.276610Green X1709@4424.9
                      90,000 Mile BSW820 A B6" - 7.5"8.7" on 6.5"27.276610Green X1565@4423.5
                      90,000 MileXTBSW820 A B6" - 7.5"8.7" on 6.5"27.276610Green X1565@4423.4
                      90,000 Mile BSW820 A B6" - 8"9" on 6.5"27.675310Green X1709@4426.1
                      90,000 MileXTBSW820 A B6" - 8"9" on 6.5"27.675310Green X1709@4426
                      90,000 Mile BSW820 A B6" - 7.5"8.7" on 6.5"2874210Green X1709@4424.5
                      90,000 MileXTBSW820 A B6" - 7.5"8.7" on 6.5"2874210Green X1709@4424.5
                      90,000 Mile BSW820 A B6" - 8"9" on 6.5"28.573010Green X1874@4425.8
                      90,000 MileXTBSW820 A B6" - 8"9" on 6.5"28.573010Green X1874@4425.8
                      90,000 Mile BSW820 A B6" - 8"9.2" on 7"26.977410Green X1521@4424.6
                      90,000 Mile BSW820 A B6" - 7.5"8.9" on 7"27.376210Green X1521@4423.4
                      90,000 Mile BSW820 A B6" - 8"9.2" on 7"27.874910Green X1653@4425.2
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