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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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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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REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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Defender
 
4.8

(based on 3523 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 (2114), Very good (672), Good (116), Below average (46), Average (31)
      • Fuel Efficiency:
      • Excellent (1577), Very good (1186), Good (360), Average (127), Below average (65)
      • Handling:
      • Excellent (2467), Very good (751), Good (139), Average (43), Below average (38)
      • Braking:
      • Excellent (2402), Very good (816), Good (144), Average (54), Below average (16)
      • Comfort:
      • Excellent (2481), Very good (713), Good (161), Average (55), Below average (46)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual driver (12), Commuter (8)

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    1.0

    90,000 mile tire that won't last 40,000

    By Crookthumb

    from USA

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          Comments about Defender:

          Purchased these tires because of the 90,000 mile treadware warranty. Commute ~50 miles a day. With less than 40,000 miles they have worn down to 4/32nds on our 2004 Lexus ES330. The warranty claim we are told will be 5-6 hours from the Toyota dealership we had them installed at. We had the tires rotated at every oil change and even had the alignment checked when we noticed that the tires seemed to be wearing faster than expected. The alignment check came out everything in spec. The handling has been subpar. They seem to wander at faster highway speeds and lose grip on tight turns in parking lots and garages, the tires feel like they are skipping. Not the smoothest riding tire either. We will probably try the Energy MXV4 S8, but haven't come to a conclusion yet, we will see how the claim goes.

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

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          5.0

          Amazing Tires!!!

          By Darwin

          from USA

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Defender:

                Had a set of Defenders on my 2009 Yaris for a couple weeks. Handling is increadible with a very comfortable ride and improved fuel economy. Worth every penny.

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

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                5.0

                Trustworthy, Smart Buy, Excellent Value

                By Bob

                from USA

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                  Cons

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                      Comments about Defender:

                      I have purchased Michelin tires previously for my wife's car, my son's car and today for my car. Reason? I trust the tires for safety, performance and good value.
                      I have tried other brands, but nothing I have previously used compares.
                      I fee good riding on Michelins.

                      • Wear-Life:
                      • Excellent
                      • Fuel Efficiency:
                      • 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
                      38545215/60R17 96 T$191Inventory Available
                      06250215/60R17 96 T$191Inventory 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 B6" - 7.5"8.7" on 6.5"27.276610Green X1565@4423.5
                      90,000 MileXTBSW820 A B6" - 7.5"8.7" on 6.5"27.276610Green X1565@4423.4
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