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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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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 3505 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 (2108), Very good (670), Good (115), Below average (42), Average (29)
      • Fuel Efficiency:
      • Excellent (1571), Very good (1185), Good (358), Average (124), Below average (63)
      • Handling:
      • Excellent (2461), Very good (749), Good (137), Average (41), Below average (34)
      • Braking:
      • Excellent (2395), Very good (815), Good (140), Average (52), Below average (13)
      • Comfort:
      • Excellent (2474), Very good (711), Good (159), Average (54), Below average (41)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual driver (12), Commuter (8)

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    5.0

    Best tires ever!!!

    By msmmith

    from USA

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          Comments about Defender:

          Love these tires...my car rides like a dream and handles so well!!!

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

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          2.0

          Not a tire for snow

          By rallye500

          from USA

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            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Defender:

                Wasted money on these tires, not the right tires for 2010 Town & Country in rain or snow. Could not get it up my driveway when it snowed about 3 inches.Going to have to park it when it starts snowing again this year or buy different set of tires.

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

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                5.0

                defender

                By moe1

                from USA

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                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Defender:

                      Got new DEFENDER tires on my 2012 Accord. Great tires. Quiet and Smooth ride. Would buy nothing but Michelin. Again Great Tires

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

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                      Availability, Pricing and Specs (1 part numbers)

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                      Part numbersTire Size, Load Index & Speed RatingMSRP $
                      (PER TIRE)
                      Availability
                      02012225/65R16 100 T$191Inventory Available
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                      Mileage WarrantySidewallUTQG 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 MileBSW820 A B6" - 8"9" on 6.5"27.575710Green X1764@4424.5
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