Michelin Defender

3.56

(135) Customer Reviews

Price Range:  USD $68.99 to $186.99

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Michelin´s best standard passenger car - minivan tire ever offering confident driving through exceptional safety, longevity and a quiet, comfortable ride so that you can protect those you care about most.

  • Exceptional grip provided by IntelliSipe™ Technology maximizes the number of sipes within the tire, which allows you to brake confidently when you need to most for greater peace of mind in stressful driving situations.
  • MaxTouch Construction combined with the interlocking action of Michelin´s Breakthrough IntelliSipe™ Technology delivers impressively long wear life by providing exceptional tread block rigidity while optimizing the tire´s contact with the road during acceleration, braking and cornering.
  • The interlocking action of IntelliSipes™ creates a more rigid tread block, which allows for a reduced starting tread depth leading to lower rolling resistance so you can save fuel without sacrificing safety or longevity.

Overall 

3.6

Michelin Defender
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Dry
(4.0)
Wet
(3.6)
Snow
(2.9)
Handling
(3.7)
Comfort
(3.7)
Noise
(3.5)
Treadwear
(2.9)
Overall:
2.7
Dry
3.0
Wet
3.0
Snow
2.0
Handling
3.0
Comfort
3.0
Noise
3.0
Treadwear
1.0

I have two Pontiac Grand Prix vehicles, both driven by college aged kids. I put subject tires on the 2004 Grand Prix back in 2013 and only got 27,000 miles before getting to the wear bar!! Tread wear was relatively even, and tire rotations were performed according to required schedule. So this tread wear issue is strictly due to inferior tire design. Note, that this is supposed to be 90,000 mile tire!! I recently read the following quote from Stephen Peters, brand category manager at Michelin from this web site http://www.tirereview.com/michelin-expanding-defen
der-promise/ : “Warranty is a selling tool not a real-world promise on tread life”. That’s a telling statement from Michelin leadership and I now have a firsthand experience of that. I have decided to no longer purchase the Michelin brand for ANY of my vehicles. I recently purchased Goodyear Assurance tires for my daughter’s 2005 Grand Prix, Cooper Discoverer Tires for my 2006 Silverado and Uniroyal Tiger Paw Tires for the subject vehicle, which is my son’s 2004 Grand Prix. Thus far, I’ve been very happy with performance and wear on all three vehicles and all these tire choices were much less expensive than the comparable Michelin tire option. My wife’s 2002 Suburban is now ready for another set of tires and they will NOT be the Michelin brand. In fact, I plan to purchase another set of the Cooper Discoverer.

Size: 225/60R16

Vehicle: 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix 4 Dr Sedan GT1 with 43443 KM of Tire Wear

Anonymous made this review on 3/11/2018 and is a Confident, Experienced Driver

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Overall:
3.9
Dry
5.0
Wet
4.0
Snow
4.0
Handling
4.0
Comfort
3.0
Noise
2.0
Treadwear
4.0

I bought these tires to replace the Michelin Energy Saver tires on my Fusion Hybrid. My mileage dropped and average of 4 to 5 MPG. The tries are also very noisy on many roads and when going into corners. Sounds on certain pavements like a bearing wearing out. I have had the bearings checked and no problem there. I'm thinking of replacing them even though I only have 15,000 miles on them.

Size: 235/45R18

Vehicle: 2015 Ford Fusion 4 Dr Sedan Titanium Hybrid with 24135 KM of Tire Wear

Anonymous made this review on 2/26/2018 and is a Confident, Experienced Driver

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Overall:
1.6
Dry
1.0
Wet
1.0
Snow
1.0
Handling
3.0
Comfort
3.0
Noise
3.0
Treadwear
1.0

Second set of Defender AS tires I purchased. At 27,000 miles, tread is worn to unsafe level. Worn evenly. Warranty is 90,000 miles. Balanced and rotated every 6,000 miles. Aligned every 6-8,000 miles. Will never purchase in future.

Size: 205/65R15

Vehicle: 2003 Toyota Camry 4 Dr Sedan LE with 43443 KM of Tire Wear

Anonymous made this review on 2/13/2018 and is a Confident, Experienced Driver

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Overall:
2.8
Dry
5.0
Wet
2.0
Snow
2.0
Handling
3.0
Comfort
3.0
Noise
2.0
Treadwear
1.0

We bought these for my wife's Matrix. Simply put, they are the worst tires we've ever owned and are our first, and last, set of Michelins. They suck! While brand new, my wife noticed that in wet weather, they would spin while started from a stop and she is not an aggressive driver. What I really want to warn you about is the treadwear- these tires have a rating of 90,000 miles and are worn out after 37,000. Don't waste your hard earned money, buy something else!!

Size: 205/55R16

Vehicle: 2005 Toyota Matrix 4 Dr Wagon XR with 59 KM of Tire Wear

Anonymous made this review on 1/24/2018 and is a Confident, Experienced Driver

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Overall:
4.2
Dry
4.0
Wet
4.0
Snow
2.0
Handling
4.0
Comfort
5.0
Noise
5.0
Treadwear
5.0

 

Size: 215/65R15

Vehicle: 1999 Dodge Caravan 4 Dr Mini Passenger Van SE with 64360 KM of Tire Wear

Anonymous made this review on 1/19/2018 and is a Confident, Experienced Driver

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Warranty summary for replacement tires purchased on or after 01/Nov/2016

Treadlife Warranty

Defender® T/H All-Season 90 000

Uniformity Warranty

1 Year / first 2/32" of wear

Workmanship Materials Warranty

6 Years / Free replacement first year, 2/32" or 25% of wear, then prorated until 2/32" remaining depth

Manufacturers Road Hazard Warranty

None

Manufacturer Warranty Brochure

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Manufacturer Special Warranty

30-day satisfaction, 3-yr flat changing

Special Notes:

Warranty information provided may be innacurate, or may be out of date. Please see official manufacturer's warranty brochure for specific details.

New vehicle Original Equipment tire warranties often differ from those covering replacement tires. Consult your vehicle documents to confirm Original Equipment tire warranty coverage.