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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® 
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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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User Tire Reviews & Ratings

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REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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Defender
 
4.7

(based on 3536 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 (2117), Very good (672), Good (116), Below average (50), Average (31)
      • Fuel Efficiency:
      • Excellent (1581), Very good (1189), Good (361), Average (129), Below average (66)
      • Handling:
      • Excellent (2476), Very good (751), Good (140), Average (44), Below average (40)
      • Braking:
      • Excellent (2411), Very good (816), Good (146), Average (54), Below average (18)
      • Comfort:
      • Excellent (2489), Very good (715), Good (161), Average (57), Below average (47)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual driver (12), Commuter (8)

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    5.0

    Defender Tires

    By Dave

    from USA

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          Comments about Defender:

          This is a great product. In the bad snow storm around I-285 located around Atlanta, Georgia in 2014, I had absolutely no problem driving with your tires... The only problem was with other drivers who were not prepared and parked their vehicles on the freeway.

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

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          5.0

          Best tire I've owned !!

          By KMMichigan

          from USA

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                Comments about Defender:

                I very seldom write a review, and if I do usually it is because the product did not meet my expectations. Well in this case I am so excited about my new Michelin Defender tires I want everyone who is even considering a new tire to try this tire. I put them on a 2012 Honda Civic LX Sedan. I don't even think about tires.. they are tires right. Well these actually made the car feel entirely different than the stock factory tires. It turns better, there is way less road noise and slapping. There seems to be less drag and I am experiencing better fuel economy. I have not had them very long but in that short time being in Michigan I have experienced ice, snow and wet conditions and these tires cut right through it. I absolutely could not be happier with my decision. I considered many different brands and price ranges and to be honest these were on the top end of my budget but they are well worth the additional cost and I will never put anything else on any of my vehicles. It is rare that a manufacturer actually delivers on its advertising but in this case Michelin is actually under promising and way over delivering. Thank you and great job !1

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

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                5.0

                Buy Michelin once buy Michelin always

                By Joann

                from USA

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                      Comments about Defender:

                      I have a 1999 light weight car with 233,000 miles. I've gone through a few sets of tires by popular manufacturers. My last set was my first Michelin Weatherwise tires. I loved them and got a little over 60,000 miles. I just bought the Defender, not because Consumers Guide rates them #1 but I knew what to expect. Most of my driving is highway. They hug a very wet road and I have no problem negotiating curves on wet or slushy highways. I know that I can depend on them to keep me from sliding on icy roads when I break, much more consistently than other tires. A bonus is better gas mileage. I am very happy with my Michelin Defender tires.

                      • Wear-Life:
                      • N/A
                      • Fuel Efficiency:
                      • Very Good
                      • 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
                      05615205/60R16 92 T$147Inventory Available
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                      Mileage WarrantySidewallUTQG 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 MileBSW820 A B5.5" - 7.5"8.2" on 6"25.781010Green X1389@4421.3
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