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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.

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Lasts Longer2

Warranties (2 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: [T]

Expert Tire Reviews

Michelin's New Defender® Tire Boasts 90,000 Mile Warranty

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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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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Consumer Reports Review

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REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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Defender
 
4.8

(based on 3508 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 (2110), Very good (670), Good (116), Below average (42), Average (29)
      • Fuel Efficiency:
      • Excellent (1572), Very good (1185), Good (358), Average (124), Below average (64)
      • Handling:
      • Excellent (2463), Very good (749), Good (137), Average (42), Below average (34)
      • Braking:
      • Excellent (2396), Very good (816), Good (141), Average (52), Below average (13)
      • Comfort:
      • Excellent (2475), Very good (712), Good (159), Average (54), Below average (42)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual driver (12), Commuter (8)

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    5.0

    Third set to purchase of these tires

    By CandyMissouri

    from USA

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      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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                5.0

                Best tires ever!!!

                By msmmith

                from USA

                Pros

                  Cons

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                      Comments about Defender:

                      Love these tires...my car rides like a dream and handles so well!!!

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

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                      Availability, Pricing and Specs (2 part numbers)

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                      Part numbersTire Size, Load Index & Speed RatingMSRP $
                      (PER TIRE)
                      Availability
                      83567185/65R15 88 T$141Inventory Available
                      44659185/65R15 88 T$141Inventory Available
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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" - 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
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