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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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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
 
4.7

(based on 3591 reviews)

95%

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 (2137), Very good (676), Good (119), Below average (63), Average (36)
      • Fuel Efficiency:
      • Excellent (1594), Very good (1204), Good (367), Average (138), Below average (70)
      • Handling:
      • Excellent (2498), Very good (763), Good (148), Average (48), Below average (44)
      • Braking:
      • Excellent (2436), Very good (828), Good (152), Average (59), Below average (21)
      • Comfort:
      • Excellent (2515), Very good (725), Good (169), Average (60), Below average (53)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual driver (12), Commuter (8)

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    4.0

    Warranty Replacement

    By Bill

    from USA

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Defender:

          Great feel, traction, handling & low noise. But I was disappointed by the actual mileage I got out of my tires. 90k warranty, only got 36k out of them, despite following recommended rotation, alignment & air pressure checks. Working with the tire dealer where I purchased them, I received a proportional reimbursement for mileage used from Michelin. However, when cost of mount, balance, disposal, etc of new tires is factored in I still had to lay out more than $500 for four new tires. Add in the time invested in replacing them, I am fairly disappointed in the total experience with Defenders. This is the eighth set of Michelins I've purchased for my family's vehicles. If I buy something that is supposed to last, I expect it to last as long as the manufacturer states it would. Failing to meet that simple standard can only serve to damage one's faith in a manufacturer's promise and will certainly impact my decision making for future tire purchases.

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

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          5.0

          3 days - no noise

          By tree

          from USA

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Defender:

                i researched extensivly online. i wanted a quiet tire, good reputation, quality, etc. for my '05 honda odyssey.
                some comments on the DEFENDER tire i picked mentioned noise. well, i have not expierienced any noise in the 3 days i've owned the tires. so far so good.

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

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                5.0

                Great Tire

                By Valdese

                from USA

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Defender:

                      When I bought my current vehicle, a 2010 Ford Escape (used), it had Michelin tires on it. I did not realize at the time that I bought the car that the tires were "dry rotted" but they still looked good. Those tires lasted me two years!!! I pray I get that good of use out of the set I just bought today! If so, it was worth every penny I spent today!

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

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                      Availability, Pricing and Specs (1 part numbers)

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                      Part numbersTire Size, Load Index & Speed RatingMSRP $
                      (PER TIRE)
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                      38335225/50R17 94 T$189Inventory 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 MileASYBSW820 A B6" - 8"9.2" on 7"25.980310Green X1477@4423.9
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