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  • Reviews from websites like Amazon.com and similar (aggregated), #: 788
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Summary

We spent several hours reading reviews from experts and tire owners. In summary, this is what people think about Michelin Defender. You can agree or disagree with these conclusions by voting for or against any item:

Reasons to buy vote if true

Almost every driver mentioned that tire provided great handling and grip.
A few drivers mentioned that they were impressed by the smooth, quiet ride and high fuel economy provided by this tire.
The happy drivers said that the tires performed very well in a variety of conditions, including snow/slush, heavy rain and dry conditions.
The owner said the tires provided hydroplaning resistance at highway speeds in severe rain.
One driver wrote that he was really surprised how quiet that tire really was.
The drivers appreciated the very good quality and the great price.

Reasons not to buy

Some drivers complained that the tires were horrible in wet and snow.
One disappointed driver said that tread wear was terrible.

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Michelin Defender

Description

Michelin's standard passenger tire, offering 90,000 miles of confident driving with excellent safety, longevity and a quiet, comfortable ride.

  • Stops shorter than a leading competitor (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)
  • Lasts up to 21,000 miles longer than a leading competitor (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)
  • Can save dollars of fuel (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)

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Detailed Information

Type and Size
Tire Model
Michelin Defender
Car Type
Passenger
Season
All Season
Rim Diameter
14 / 15 / 16 / 17 / 18 "
Width
175 / 185 / 195 / 205 / 215 / 225 / 235 mm
Aspect Ratio
50 / 55 / 60 / 65 / 70 %
Construction
Radial
Special Features
Runflat
No
Mud and Snow
No
Extra Load
No
Speed and Load
Speed Index
H (max 130 mph) ... T (max 118 mph)
Load Index (max load for a tire)
 

Michelin Defender Sizes & Specifications

Rim Model Size Index Features
R14 175/65 R14 82T 175/65 R14 82T
R14 185/65 R14 86T 185/65 R14 86T
R14 185/70 R14 88T 185/70 R14 88T
R14 195/70 R14 91T 195/70 R14 91T
R14 205/70 R14 93T 205/70 R14 93T
R15 185/60 R15 84T 185/60 R15 84T
R15 185/65 R15 88T 185/65 R15 88T
R15 195/60 R15 88T 195/60 R15 88T
R15 195/65 R15 91T 195/65 R15 91T
R15 205/60 R15 91T 205/60 R15 91T
R15 205/65 R15 94T 205/65 R15 94T
R15 205/70 R15 96T 205/70 R15 96T
R15 215/65 R15 96T 215/65 R15 96T
R15 215/70 R15 98T 215/70 R15 98T
R16 205/55 R16 91H 205/55 R16 91H
R16 205/55 R16 91T 205/55 R16 91T
R16 205/60 R16 92T 205/60 R16 92T
R16 215/60 R16 95T 215/60 R16 95T
R16 215/65 R16 98T 215/65 R16 98T
R16 225/60 R16 98T 225/60 R16 98T
R16 225/65 R16 100T 225/65 R16 100T
R16 235/60 R16 100T 235/60 R16 100T
R16 235/65 R16 103T 235/65 R16 103T
R17 215/55 R17 94T 215/55 R17 94T
R17 215/60 R17 96T 215/60 R17 96T
R17 215/65 R17 99T 215/65 R17 99T
R17 225/50 R17 94T 225/50 R17 94T
R17 225/55 R17 97T 225/55 R17 97T
R17 225/60 R17 99T 225/60 R17 99T
R17 225/65 R17 102T 225/65 R17 102T
R17 235/55 R17 99T 235/55 R17 99T
R18 215/55 R18 95T 215/55 R18 95T
R18 225/50 R18 95T 225/50 R18 95T
R18 225/55 R18 98T 225/55 R18 98T

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Questions and Answers

  • Aug 02, 2018
    Tire Chart 2018

    TireRack.com: Best in Standard Touring All-Season

    Ranked #8th of 14. Michelin Defender
    Highs and Lows: Wet Performance Dry Performance Comfort Winter / Snow Performance
  • Jul 09, 2018
    Tire Test 2018

    Consumer Reports: All-Season Tires

    - Winner Michelin Defender
    Highs and Lows: Dry Braking Treadwear Wet Braking Aquaplaning Handling
  • Aug 23, 2017

    Michelin Defender Tire Review - SHOULD YOU BUY?

    New tires and rims are on the way, so here is a review of my last set of tires, the Michelin Defenders 215/65R17. They are a solid set of tires and I go through the ins and outs of my experience with them over the last 50,000 miles!

  • Jul 07, 2017

    MICHELIN DEFENDER TIRE REVIEW (SHOULD I BUY THEM?)

    WELCOME BACK RIM LIONS. TO OUR FAMOUS TIRE REVIEW! SO WE GOT SOME BRAND NEW P215/70/15 MICHELIN DEFENDER TIRES! SO I GAVE MY HONEST OPINION ON THESE TIRES! THEY ARE RATED AT 100,000KM TREAD WEAR! THEY ARE A GREAT ALL SEASON TIRE! WATCH THE REVIEW! CHECK OUT OUR OTHER REVIEWS!

  • Jun 07, 2015

    Michelin Defender

    The Michelin Defender is designed with an all-season tread compound that is great for both wet and dry handling situations in addition to offering a very long tread life.

  • Mar 09, 2015

    Tested: Continental TrueContact in Winter

    Today, many Passenger and Standard Touring All-Season tires are anything but "standard." The new Continental TrueContact is designed to provide fuel efficiency along with long treadlife and good traction, particularly in the wet. But what about when it snows? We went to Sweden to test this tire where winter reigns supreme.

  • Jul 31, 2014

    Tested: More Than Basic Touring All-Season | Tire Rack

    Today, many Passenger and Standard Touring All-Season tires are anything but "standard." A growing number offer an impressive blend of treadlife, ride and traction in dry, wet and wintry weather. The new Continental TrueContact is designed to provide fuel efficiency along with long treadlife and good traction, particularly in the wet.

  • Jul 31, 2012

    Tested: Passenger and Touring All-Season Tires | Tire Rack

    New tires are often named to convey something about their attributes. And with names like Ascend, Assurance or Defender, many of today's Passenger/Standard Touring All-Season tires have strong names in hopes of striking a chord with consumers. All that marketing strategy sounds good in theory.

  • Apr 04, 2012

    MICHELIN® DEFENDER® Tire Lasts Longer

    Introducing the MICHELIN® DEFENDER® tire. Tire composition and construction help keep you safer, longer. Silica: Special ingredients like silica add strength to the rubber compound, which provides better rolling resistance and grip, so you stay safer. Synthetic Fiber: A unique layer of fabric materials help control the forces that impact your tire, so tires adapt as needed on the road.