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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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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

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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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REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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Defender
 
4.8

(based on 3132 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 (1874), Very good (602), Good (111), Average (25), Below average (25)
      • Fuel Efficiency:
      • Excellent (1394), Very good (1064), Good (329), Average (102), Below average (58)
      • Handling:
      • Excellent (2210), Very good (663), Good (122), Average (33), Below average (27)
      • Braking:
      • Excellent (2149), Very good (723), Good (121), Average (42), Below average (11)
      • Comfort:
      • Excellent (2213), Very good (643), Good (143), Average (45), Below average (28)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual driver (12), Commuter (8)

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    5.0

    GREAT TIRES

    By RIALTO88

    from USA

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          Comments about Defender:

          I purchased these tires over two years ago for a 2002 Mercury Grand Marquis. I have driven this car in down pouring rain, snow and some ice. I am extremely impressed with the feel on the road and the handling in all weather. I have driven approximately 65 thousand miles and have seen little to no wear. I get them balanced and rotated every 3-4 thousand miles. Definitely worth every cent. I will continue to buy this tire as long as it is available.

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

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          3.0

          decent tires

          By huskersteve

          from USA

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            Cons

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                Comments about Defender:

                Got Michelin Defenders installed on my 50,000 mile Honda Accord in February and noticed the difference right away. Of course, I didn't realize how bad the Honda stock tires on the car were and we had a huge snow/ice storm that day. The car was a million times better in the snow and ice; but, it wasn't like it was perfect. However, these are all season tires not snow tires. They were pretty expensive but so far I am pleased. I would say on a scale of 1-10 I am a 7.5 right now, with the potential to go up. I will say that I thought it would be an enormous difference from old tires and it is substantial, but for the $ I am wondering if another brand would have been better?

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

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                1.0

                very disappointed

                By Rick

                from USA

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                  Cons

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                      Comments about Defender:

                      I bought a set of Michelin Destinies for my 01 Pontiac Aztek several years ago to replace the original tires. I was very satisfied with the Destiny tires. Good and even tread wear, good handling in dry wet and snow, and very quiet. I recently had a blowout and was informed that the Destinies were no longer available and were replaced with the Defender. I was told that the Defender was actually a better tire than the Destiny. Again, I was very satisfied with the Destiny. Even though I still had over 1/2 tread left on the Destinies, I had a new set of Defenders installed because I like driving on a matched set. I got to drive on them for about a week before I began a trip from MI to FL and back. The first thing I noticed was they didn't handle the snow as well as the Destinies. Corners that I navigate every day were much more difficult with the Defenders than they were with the Destinies. Also, the Defenders would give no warning before they would let go. The next thing I noticed was the noise. The Defenders would start a deep hum at 35MPH and just get louder as I went faster. The all-terrain tires I have on my F-250 Super Duty make less noise. This is not an exaggeration, it is very distracting. When I began the trip to FL I noticed that the Drivers Information Center (D.I.C) on the Aztek indicated that my mileage had dropped from 25-26 MPG to 22 MPG. I reset the D.I.C. several times to insure that it wasn't the result of terrain, wind or other variables not related. I also noticed that my speedometer no longer mirrored the indicated speed on my GPS. My speedo consistently read 2.5 MPH less than the GPS. Since the GPS is satellite based I have to trust that it is correct. The only logical explanation is that the circumference of the Defenders is greater than that of the Destinies or the original tires. This would affect everything in the D.I.C. (mileage, average speed, distance to empty etc.) except the compass heading and the remaining fuel in gallons. While driving through GA I ran into a thunderstorm. I felt the need to reduce my speed to 55 MPH because it felt like I was hydroplaning. However, I was impeding traffic because everyone else (and I mean everyone) was passing me. I didn't run into any more rain so I couldn't tell if this was an isolated incident, but never had that issue with the Destines. The only other thing I should mention is that the Defenders "hunted" on grooved pavement. When I get back to MI I am going to contact Michelin and the chain I bought the tires from and see what kind of an allowance they will give me to trade them for a better tire. I know I will have 3,000 miles on them by then, but I do not want to keep these tires, and feel that I was mislead by both the tire chain and Michelin's web page. I don't know why Michelin would even consider marketing these tires. The noise issue alone should be enough to keep them out of production.

                      • Wear-Life:
                      • N/A
                      • Fuel Efficiency:
                      • Average
                      • Handling:
                      • Below Average
                      • Braking:
                      • 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
                      27497215/55R17 94 V$249Inventory Available
                      82333215/55R17 94 T$177Limited Availability
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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
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                      Tire Weight
                      90,000 MileBSW820 A B6" - 7.5"8.9" on 7"26.379110Green X1477@4423.8
                      90,000 MileBSW820 A B6" - 7.5"8.9" on 7"26.379110Green X1477@4423.8
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