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
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.
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
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.
Excellent all-season traction and handling
Steering is crisp and responsive
Very quiet and comfortable riding tire
90,000 mile warranty
Would like to see a little more cornering grip
The Defender has a number of good points including a very quiet ride quality to go
along with impressive dry and wet traction. Expect to find a smooth ride and cornering grip that is more than
adequate. Traction on snow and ice is above average overall for an all-season tire.
One area where we are seeing a few complaints on the Michelin Defender is with its
treadlife. Despite having a longer 90K mile tread guarantee, we’re hearing from some drivers who are seeing fewer
miles out of the tread, although to be fair, we’ve also heard from drivers who are impressed with the
Overall, Michelin has a very good touring all-season tire that is one of the
better models in this class. Based on other driver reviews and ratings we are not alone in our
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.