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Michelin Defender Tire Review & Rating

Michelin's newest standard all-season tire, the Defender, offers drivers of coupes, family sedans, crossovers, minivans and other types of vehicles the latest in tire technology to keep you safer on the road and get you to where you want to go regardless of weather conditions.

All-season traction on the Defender is enhanced through a silica tread compound and Michelin's IntelliSipe technology that increases the amount of siping on the tire. The result is better overall handling and brake performance. An added benefit of the sipes is that they also provide additional biting edges for more grip on wet or snow covered road surfaces.

Defender Tire By Michelin

The IntelliSipe design features a unique interlocking action that allows the tread block to become more rigid and promotes a lower rolling resistance. This means higher fuel economy and lower fuel costs.

Wet traction and handling on the Defender is enhanced by four circumferential grooves and hundreds of lateral grooves that work together to increase grip and expel more water from under the tire, which reduces the risk of hydroplaning on wet roads and provides added driving confidence.

Inside the tire you will find two steel belts and a polyester cord body to go with MaxTouch Construction. This provides added strength and durability at all speeds by optimizing the tire's contact with the road while accelerating, cornering or braking. It also makes for more even tire wear and a longer tread life. Michelin stands behind the Defender with a 90,000 mile tread warranty.

Pros

  • Excellent all-season traction and handling
  • Steering is crisp and responsive
  • Very quiet and comfortable riding tire
  • 90,000 mile warranty

Cons

  • Would like to see a little more cornering grip

Overall Thoughts

The Defender is still relatively new to the market, so it is a bit early to tell how long the tread life will hold up, but at this stage it looks to be excellent. We do like the 90,000 mile warranty that Michelin provides. That says a lot right there.

The tire is extremely quiet on the highway and has impressive dry and wet traction to go along with a smoother ride. While cornering grip is more than adequate, we would always like to see a bit more. Traction on snow and ice is above average for an all-season tire.

Once again, Michelin has come up with another winning all-season tire that is one of the best in this class. Based on other driver reviews and ratings we are not alone in our assessment.

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What Vehicles Will The Michelin Defender Fit?

Fits these vehicles and many others:

  • Chrysler Sebring, Town & Country
  • Chevrolet Impala, Venture
  • Dodge Grand Caravan
  • Ford Crown Victoria
  • Buick LeSabre, Regal, LaCrosse
  • Cadillac DeVille
  • Lincoln Town Car, MKZ
  • Ford Freestar, Focus, Taurus
  • Honda Odyssey, CR-V, Civic
  • Hyundai Elantra, Sonata
  • Kia Soul, Amanti, Forte
  • Nissan Sentra
  • Scion xB, xA
  • Toyota Sienna, RAV4, Camry, Corolla
  • Subaru Outback
  • Volkswagen Jetta

Tire Sizes

13"

175/70R13 82T BSW
175/70R13 82T BSW

14"

P205/70R14 93T BSW
175/65R14 82T BSW
185/65R14 86T BSW
185/65R14 86T BSW
175/70R14 84T BSW
185/70R14 88T BSW
185/70R14 88T BSW
195/70R14 91T BSW
195/70R14 91T BSW

15"

185/60R15 84T BSW
195/60R15 88T BSW
195/60R15 88T BSW
205/60R15 91T BSW
215/60R15 94T BSW
185/65R15 88T BSW
185/65R15 88T BSW
195/65R15 91T BSW
195/65R15 91T BSW
205/65R15 94T BSW
205/65R15 94T BSW
215/65R15 96T BSW
215/65R15 96T BSW
205/70R15 96T BSW
205/70R15 96T BSW
215/70R15 98T BSW
215/70R15 98T BSW

16"

205/55R16 91H BSW
205/55R16 91T BSW
205/60R16 92T BSW
215/60R16 95T BSW
215/60R16 95T BSW
225/60R16 98T BSW
225/60R16 98T BSW
235/60R16 100T BSW
215/65R16 98T BSW
215/65R16 98T BSW
225/65R16 100T BSW
235/65R16 103T BSW
235/65R16 103T BSW

17"

225/50R17 94T BSW
215/55R17 94V BSW
215/55R17 94T BSW
225/55R17 97T BSW
235/55R17 99T BSW
215/60R17 96T BSW
215/60R17 96T BSW
225/60R17 99T BSW
225/60R17 99T BSW
215/65R17 99T BSW
215/65R17 99T BSW
225/65R17 102T BSW
225/65R17 102T BSW

18"

225/50R18 95T BSW
215/55R18 95T BSW
225/55R18 98T BSW

Price Range

Prices on the Defender range from approximately $87 and up. You may also find occasional rebates, discounts, coupons and special offers on this tire.

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Warranty

The Michelin Defender comes with a 6-year or 90,000 mile tread warranty on T & H speed rated tires. V speed rated models have a 6-year or 80,000 mile warranty. The tire's uniformity is guaranteed for the first year or first 2/32 inch of wear.

Materials and workmanship are guaranteed for 6-years and includes free replacement during the first year or first 2/32 inch of wear. Michelin prorates out the amount for the remaining time period or until the final 2/32 inch of tread depth on the tire.

Michelin also includes a 3-year flat tire changing service and their 30-Day customer satisfaction guarantee, where if you are not satisfied with your tires you can exchange them for a different model or get a full refund.


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Michelin Defender Reviewed by Tire Reviews And More Rating: 4.5