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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
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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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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 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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    5.0

    Driving smooth

    By Santosh

    from USA

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          Comments about Defender:

          Defender Tires are highly recommended. I feel driving smoothly.

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

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          3.0

          smooth, noise

          By pete

          from USA

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Defender:

                smooth yes.........noisier than expected yes.
                wish I would have researched a quieter tire.

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

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                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                Disappointed by this tire

                By Scotty

                from USA

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Defender:

                      I always buy Michelin tires because they offer a good combination of ride comfort, low noise and excellent grip. This Defender tire had none of these qualities. I bought a set at the local big box club for my wife's 2010 Altima SL Sedan to replace the OEM Primacy MXV4. Since Primacy MXV4 are getting hard to find, I was tempted by the Defender's claims and 90,000 miles warranty. As soon as I drove off the place, the car was not the same. It felt heavy and skittish, like the tires were overinflated. They were not, the rubber was just that hard, I guess they will go 90K miles if they ride that harshly. Also on the highway back home, it roared like nothing I've heard from Michelin tires before, I thought I had all-terrain tires on, my Outback would have been jealous.
                      I decided to give it some time since some people said that they improved after a few miles. Nope, they did not. The tires ride so harsh that you can feel the bumps in the steering wheel, and the noise did not improve, still more noise than I expect from Michelin. To make matters worse, it rained for a few days straight and performance in wet condition is not great, I did not feel confident at all and started braking much earlier than with the old tires.
                      After 2 weeks, I had to take some time off from work (not happy since it is my busy time) and waste a couple of hours at the store to get them exchanged. I got some Premier A/S from Michelin for about 60 bucks more for the set, and the ride is back to normal, hopefully they will make me miss the MXV4s

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

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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
                      32737205/65R15 94 T$143Inventory Available
                      36866205/65R15 94 T$143Inventory 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 B5.5" - 7.5"8.2" on 6"25.581710Green X1477@4420.3
                      90,000 MileXTBSW820 A B5.5" - 7.5"8.2" on 6"25.581710Green X1477@4420.3
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