Michelin Defender T + H Tire Review & Rating
The new for 2017 relaunch of the Michelin Defender T + H builds off the original Defender with the latest in tire technology that includes a new rubber tread compound and pattern that is created to provide enhanced treadwear and long term durability.
Michelin uses a next generation Evertread compound and asymmetric tread pattern on the Defender T + H that features higher amounts of silica for increased traction on wet pavement, while maintaining consistent grip as the tire wears down. It’s the same compound used on the best-selling Defender LTX M/S for trucks/SUV’s.
Independent tread blocks and Michelin’s Intellisipe Technology, which provides interlocking zig-zag sipes around the tire, assist in delivering excellent wet traction. These added sipes and their biting edges further enhance performance on snow covered road surfaces, which is very good for all-season tires.
Comfort Control Technology gives this model a smoother and more quiet ride on most any road surface. Noise is minimal and you’ll find the ride to be very comfortable for the most part.
Michelin has initially released the new Defender T+H in several 16-18 inch sizes, with many more to come throughout 2017. An 80K mile tread warranty is included on all tire sizes.
- Dependable dry and wet traction
- Comfortable and quiet ride quality
- Treadlife is much better than the original
- Excellent value for the money
- Not the best in deep snow or on ice and hard-pack
The Defender has been a popular choice since its release in 2012, but despite its popularity it still had a few faults. One of those was with treadlife. Despite a 90K mile warranty, we heard from a number of drivers who said they were not seeing that many miles from the tread.
Michelin addressed this issue with this newly released updated model. In fact, Michelin claims the new Defender T + H to be “the longest lasting tire among leading competitors’ tires.” Time will tell, but we feel these added improvements in the tread compound and design will likely prove this to be true.
In addition to a longer treadlife, the Defender T+H delivers consistent all-around solid performance. Dry and wet traction is excellent, while the ride is quiet and comfortable. Now that treadlife has been addressed, the only area of concern we can find is with performance in deep snow or on icy road surfaces. To be fair though, this issue is found on most every all-season tire. If you need reliable and dependable winter traction, you’ll want a set of dedicated winter tires.
Overall, this new model is now one of the best standard all-season tires available today. Highly recommended.
What Vehicles Will The Defender T + H Fit?
(This is not a complete list of ALL vehicles this tire will fit)
- Buick Park Avenue, Regal, LeSabre, Century, Lacrosse
- Cadillac DeVille
- Chevrolet HHR, Impala, Malibu, Cobalt, Cruze, Venture
- Chrysler Sebring, Town & Country
- Dodge Charger, Stratus, Magnum, Avenger, Grand Caravan
- Ford Fusion, Taurus, Focus, Flex, Crown Victoria, Freestar
- Honda Accord, Civic, Insight, CR-V, Odyssey
- Hyundai Sonata, Santa Fe, Elantra, Genesis
- Kia Optima, Soul, Forte, Amanti
- Lexus ES330, ES350, LS430
- Lincoln Town Car
- Mazda 929, Mazda6, Mazda5 MPV
- Nissan Altima, Quest, Maxima, Sentra, Cube, Versa
- Pontiac Grand Prix, Grand Am, Vibe, Bonneville
- Scion xB, xA
- Subaru Outback
- Toyota Camry, Prius, Solara, Avalon, Corolla, Sienna, RAV4
- Volkswagen Jetta, Golf, Passat, Touareg
205/55R16 91H BSW
205/60R16 92H BSW
215/65R16 98H BSW
235/60R16 100H BSW
215/55R17 94H BSW
215/60R17 96H BSW
215/65R17 99H BSW
225/50R17 94H BSW
225/55R17 97H BSW
235/50R17 96H BSW
235/55R17 99H BSW
215/55R18 95H BSW
Michelin Defender T+H prices range from approximately $123 and up. You may also find occasional rebates, discount prices, coupons and special offers on this tire.
The Michelin Defender comes with a 6-year or 80,000 mile tread warranty on the T + H. Mileage is reduced by half if different sizes are used on front than rear. 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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