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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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    Drives Safer1
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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

    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

    See what Consumer Reports has to say about the MICHELIN® Defender® tire.
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    REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    Defender
     
    4.8

    (based on 3314 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 (2005), Very good (632), Good (113), Average (26), Below average (26)
        • Fuel Efficiency:
        • Excellent (1486), Very good (1129), Good (340), Average (108), Below average (60)
        • Handling:
        • Excellent (2345), Very good (699), Good (127), Average (34), Below average (29)
        • Braking:
        • Excellent (2276), Very good (765), Good (129), Average (45), Below average (11)
        • Comfort:
        • Excellent (2347), Very good (679), Good (151), Average (45), Below average (30)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Casual driver (12), Commuter (8)

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      5.0

      Nice and quiet

      By EddieS

      from USA

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            Comments about Defender:

            I have had these tires on for almost 1 week. A big difference with the Honda CR-V original tires. The sales person said these were quiet and he was right. I got the 255/65R17's on all four. I'd love to see how they handle in the winter months even though I have all wheel drive. Great tire.. :-)

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

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            1.0

            WITH RESERVATION

            By TOM

            from USA

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                  Comments about Defender:

                  I purchased a set of these tires a little over a year ago and found them unsatisfactory. The compound is too hard for my vehicle, resulting in a hard ride, reduced handling, and increased road noise. We all know that in most cases tires are designed for a vehicle. This tire is an unacceptable replacement for the tire that came on the vehicle. I have no doubt that the tire will last a long time. But at what price. I purchased the tires during bad weather, and due to the weather conditions, driving was limited. Because of the weather, the thirty day return policy expired and I was unable to take advantage of it. If you do not mind overlooking the issues that I mentioned, buy the tire. If you care about how your vehicle is designed to ride and handle, look at alternatives. I know that I will look at other options in the future. I do not believe that the tire is worth the cost.

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

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                  5.0

                  MICHELIN OUTLASTS OTHER BRANDS

                  By gigi

                  from USA

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                        Comments about Defender:

                        Purchased the Michelin Defender for my 2009 Chrysler Sebring Convertible. WOW what a difference these tires made !! I have had Michelin's on other vehicles and there is no comparison to them and other brands of tires. Michelin's will outlast three sets of any other tire. I also noticed that it increased my braking ability. Better road handling, better ride, no road noise , it was worth the extra $$ because Michelin far exceeds other tires.

                        • Wear-Life:
                        • Excellent
                        • Fuel Efficiency:
                        • Very Good
                        • Handling:
                        • 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
                        28360215/65R15 96 T$142Inventory Available
                        67722215/65R15 96 T$142Inventory 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"2679910Green X1565@4421.8
                        90,000 MileXTBSW820 A B6" - 7.5"8.7" on 6.5"2679910Green X1565@4421.8
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