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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

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

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 3185 reviews)

97%

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 (1913), Very good (607), Good (111), Average (25), Below average (25)
      • Fuel Efficiency:
      • Excellent (1423), Very good (1083), Good (331), Average (103), Below average (58)
      • Handling:
      • Excellent (2251), Very good (674), Good (122), Average (33), Below average (27)
      • Braking:
      • Excellent (2185), Very good (738), Good (122), Average (42), Below average (11)
      • Comfort:
      • Excellent (2252), Very good (655), Good (144), Average (45), Below average (28)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual driver (12), Commuter (8)

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    5.0

    Best tireI've had on my CRV

    By Mike

    from USA

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      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Defender:

          Just put the 2nd set of Defenders on my 2008 CRV. The 1st set was the longest lasting tire I've had on it! Over 200,000 miles on the vehicle and going for 3. Sorry, not on this tire, but > 62K miles of it. Great riding tire...ALL seasons. Even with the tread low I experience great traction during the winter months. I put on approx. 35k mi. per year, so was pleased to go 2 years with these tires since the CRV is hard on tires.
          With the new ones I noticed significant reduction in road noise and better ride, even though the old ones were very satisfactory! Mostly highway driving so gas mileage is pretty good with this tire, maybe noticed about a 1mpg increase over others I've had.

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

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          5.0

          Back with a winner

          By rfields

          from USA

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            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Defender:

                I was persuaded to buy another brand last time I got tires. What a mistake. From that day forward my mini van handled poorly. Within a year, the van had a severe radial pull. I put up with these tires for 25K. They still had about 20K left to go but I just couldn't stand it anymore. I went back to Michelin tires and immediately noticed the difference in ride and handling. My mini van no longer pulls to the right or wanders all over the road. The difference was so dramatic that I had to come right home and write a review. I won't be dissuaded from Michelin again.

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

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                5.0

                Great So Far!!

                By Rick

                from USA

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                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Defender:

                      Just bought a set Defenders for my Honda Civic. I am very impressed with the handling and quietness of the tires. My stopping power also increased substantially. A HUGE HUGE difference over the previous set of tires. Glad I paid the extra $.

                      Haven't had them long enough to assess improvement in mileage or decreased wear. Still waiting for some precipitation to see how they handle wet roads.

                      So far, I love them!

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

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                      Availability, Pricing and Specs (1 part numbers)

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                      Part numbersTire Size, Load Index & Speed RatingMSRP $
                      (PER TIRE)
                      Availability
                      51440205/60R15 91 T$136Inventory Available
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                      Mileage WarrantySidewallUTQG Treadwear, UTQG Traction, UTQG TempRim Width Range
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                      Section Width on Measuring Rim WidthOverall Diameterrevs/miTread Depth
                      (in 32nds)
                      Eco FeatureMax Load, Single
                      (lb @ PSI)
                      Tire Weight
                      90,000 MileBSW820 A B5.5" - 7.5"8.2" on 6"24.784210Green X1356@4418.7
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