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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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REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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Defender
 
4.7

(based on 3550 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 (2124), Very good (672), Good (116), Below average (53), Average (31)
      • Fuel Efficiency:
      • Excellent (1585), Very good (1193), Good (361), Average (131), Below average (66)
      • Handling:
      • Excellent (2485), Very good (752), Good (143), Average (45), Below average (40)
      • Braking:
      • Excellent (2421), Very good (817), Good (148), Average (55), Below average (18)
      • Comfort:
      • Excellent (2499), Very good (716), Good (163), Average (58), Below average (47)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual driver (12), Commuter (8)

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    3.0

    DISSAPOINTED

    By N/A

    from USA

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          Comments about Defender:

          I bought the defenders 6/2012 for my 2009 Toyota Camry and I only have 50,000 miles on these tires and the treadwear indicators are already down to 3/32. I have rotated and balanced the tires every 8k miles. I bought these tires because of the 90,000 mile rating. I already feel the tires hydroplaning in wet weather as they have worn down and do not perform as well in wet weather. I like the tires except for the way they wear down fast.

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

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          5.0

          ALWAYS BUY MICHELIN

          By Charles1244

          from USA

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            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Defender:

                I have been purchasing Michelin Tires for more than 35 years. I just purchased a 2009 Buick LaCrosse and it had a brand new set of another brand of tires on it, I took them off and purchased 4 Michelin Defenders. The only tire that I trust for me and my family is Michelin

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

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                5.0

                spectacular tire, a beautiful ride!

                By Intimidator 3

                from USA

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                  Cons

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                      Comments about Defender:

                      These tires went on my 1995 Olds Cutlass Supreme. They deliver a beautiful smooth,quiet,comfortable ride,also very responsive, drives like a brand new car! When my wifes Silverado needs tires, Michelins will be going on that too. Do yourself a favor,do not waste a bunch of research time,just buy Michelin knowing you are buying the best tire on the market. Nobody else even comes close.

                      • 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$191Limited Availability
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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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