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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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Defender® 
Speed Rating: [T]

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 3487 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 (2101), Very good (669), Good (115), Below average (38), Average (28)
      • Fuel Efficiency:
      • Excellent (1563), Very good (1184), Good (356), Average (118), Below average (63)
      • Handling:
      • Excellent (2450), Very good (747), Good (134), Average (40), Below average (33)
      • Braking:
      • Excellent (2384), Very good (813), Good (137), Average (50), Below average (13)
      • Comfort:
      • Excellent (2464), Very good (709), Good (157), Average (51), Below average (40)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual driver (12), Commuter (8)

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    5.0

    Michelin Defender Tires

    By Bill

    from USA

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      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Defender:

          I have to tell you the Michelin Defender tire is the very best tire that I have ever purchased. From the time my car hit the street after purchase it was like driving a whole new car. It now rides & handles like a Buick should. Thank You

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

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          4.0

          Better than expected so far

          By Michael

          from USA

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Defender:

                It's possible that the type of auto makes a difference in the use of the tires. My milage has gone up one MPG, unlike some of the other reviews. As far as quiet goes, it is difficult to remember because I took off studded snow tires to put these on and of course they are much quieter. I like them but have no idea if they will go the whole guaranteed milage on my '92 Miata. It's a light vehicle, not heavy but I am an aggressive driver. We'll see about the guarantee.

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

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                4.0

                Love hate Relationship

                By jeff

                from USA

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Defender:

                      Love hate Relationship I been driving on michelin tires for 24 yrs from the ( X One ) to the ( X Radial or Harmony) to the Defender .The Defender in my mind is from the great X One, which is now the defender. or close to the performance tire now the MXM4 with sun flower oil. The defender has better handling & braking than the MXV4 and Lattude tour but it looks like the two others has better Gas mileage and Comfort. I seen cracking at 6 to 9 yrs but never in 23 months. Wish the tire had more CAPABILTY to last longer I even went from 99T to 103T air presure is 38 psi cold the back tires never rotated.they all dry rotter or cracked in 19,000 miles , I only checked them because i was helping a friend but new tires. where they cracked earlyer ? The Defender is the best tire in the rain it stops like dry conditions. The handing comes from the x one and now the Performance tire mxm4 or close to by aperance in my option. Rember the baby in the tire commerical ( X one ) I just wish michelin would do more for quality. The old days the tires were thicker and heavyer. I also bought and helped other w tires about 8 sets . I allways followed the recommended tire Pressure . Having a van I never added weight over 300 pounds .Maybe ill lower the pressure to 32 psi the rides softer but no as ferm as 38 psi .Ill experiment to get the best comfort and handling resultes . I live in the north east ,There great in the snow ALLWAYS CONFERDENT w them . But Im NOT HAPPY NOW and should not need to rebuy tires in TWO years . Please Michelin add sunflower oil to them so we can enjoy our tires .

                      The Michelin Warrent Dept is working with me as we speak.

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

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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
                      10251225/60R17 99 T$190Inventory Available
                      99901225/60R17 99 T$190Inventory 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" - 8"9" on 6.5"27.675310Green X1709@4426
                      90,000 MileXTBSW820 A B6" - 8"9" on 6.5"27.675310Green X1709@4426
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