Mixed review here. Love the turn-grabbing soft tread and the unfailing grippiness in pouring rain. Handled well in light snow and spotty ice, too. Didn't love the cupping and feathering initially discovered around 20K miles, which caused the tires to become loud by 30K miles despite 5-6,000 mile rotation and annual 4-wheel alignments. At about 30K miles, the dealer refused to rotate front-to-back anymore (2012 CR-V, AWD) due to excessive cupping on the front tires. After that, they were rotated left-to-right 2 or 3 more times. Eventually replaced at 2/32, after 48K miles.
The tires ride and sound okay, but I'm very disappointed in the mileage. I have experienced almost 10% reduction since putting these on compared to the original Continental tires that were on the car (which didn't last 30k miles), but had far better mileage.
Replaced the Continentals that came on the CR-V which were never that great since Day 1 (loud, wore unevenly, so-so in the snow). The Michelins are 100% better. Smooth and quieter ride, very controlled over patchy roads and the vehicle feels mush more planted in the rain.
Since I'll have to wait for snow to fall before reviewing performance I'll give it a 4 just for my expectations.
Highly recommend these tires
Just retired 4 of these, which came as original equipment on my 2012 CR-V. Despite their meager 400-A-B rating, these Duelers provided 61,614 problem-free miles. From what I've read, that may be some kind of record. Garaged, rotated/balanced on intervals, driven from 4 degrees F to 104F, from Maryland to Arizona, over 2 1/2 years. Can't ask for anything more than that!
Live in saskatchewan, canada where we get -40 and lots of wind, snow, ice. We've had these tires for 2 winters now includin winter 2013 where we set an all-time snowfall record in this part of canada and these tires are excellent. I bought another pair for our civic too. Like a tank through snow and ice, low noise, cant even notice any wear after 10,000 km.
Just got rid of the OEM tires on my 2012 CRV; they were worn out at 30K miles.
Decided to get the Michelin Defenders.
It's been snowing here in the mountains of Pennsylvania, to it's given me time to try these out in the snow....off road. Traction is fantastic. Also, very quiet and they stop on a dime.
I'd buy them again in a heartbeat.