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.
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.
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 treadwear.
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 assessment.
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