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 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.
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