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Michelin Defender tire

 
Approximate retail price:
$130
Summary: A T speed rated tire suitable for many family cars. Comes with a 90,000 mile tread wear warranty in selected speed ratings.
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About - Michelin Defender

The Michelin Defender is part of the tire test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, all season tire models like the Defender are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.


Dry braking:
Dry braking is from 60 to 0 mph.

Wet braking:
Wet braking is from 60 to 0 mph.

Handling:
Handling includes how well the tires gripped in an avoidance maneuver involving a swerve into the left lane and back into the right lane; dry and wet cornering grip; and subjective steering feel.
About This Brand

A French company, Michelin has its North America headquarters in Greenville, S.C. As a global tire maker, it offers tires for nearly all applications. In North America, it owns the BFGoodrich and Uniroyal brands. Founded in 1891, Michelin first introduced the radial tire, and the company continues to be a pioneer in tire technologies. Michelin tires generally perform impressively in our all-weather tests and offer many models with low rolling resistance and long tread life.

Features & Specs - Michelin Defender
info Speed rating T
info Treadwear warranty 90,000
info UTQG treadwear 820
info UTQG traction A
info UTQG temperature B
info Size tested 215/60R16
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User Reviews - Michelin Defender
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2.0
Rapid Tire Wear
8/31/2015
Pros
Dry grip
Handling
Ride comfort
Wet grip
Cons
Tread life
Value
Best Uses
Comment:
The 90,000 mile tires had to be replaced at 23,000. The tires were on a 2008 Toyota Sienna Limited with 105,000 miles. The tires wore even with no alignment problems. The tires were replaced without question and adjustment was made based on the 90,000 mile warranty.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
 
3.0
Lasted less than expected
8/20/2015
Pros
Dry grip
Handling
Cons
Tread life
Best Uses
Comment:
I was very surprised to find out that my Defenders only got about 51k miles on them before needing to be replaced. Supposedly good for 90k, these were on a Toyota Sienna XLE. I dont have my records of rotations done and alignment, probably missed some, Im sure, but I did more than 66% of them, so I was really unhappily surpised.<br />That said, the tires rode well, were pretty quiet and handled the suburban lifestyle well. No accidents, I felt confident driving the kids around with these tires on.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
 
2.0
It's like driving in tar all the time
8/9/2015
Pros
Handling
Ride comfort
Wet grip
Cons
Dry grip
Rolling resistance
Best Uses
Comment:
This is DEFINITELY not a low rolling resistance tire. We drive this car (and the tires) everywhere, city and highway, short trips and long trips. While the tire handles well, is relatively quiet, and has good traction, our car now has two driving modes: acceleration and braking. There is no such thing as cruising at highway speeds anymore as the rolling resistance is so great that constant pedal pressure is required to keep the car moving. Gas mileage has taken a 10-20% reduction since putting these tires on my vehicle. I echo the thoughts of the engineer who is suffering the same issue on his Prius. Tires have been rotated twice in the year we have owned them with no noticeable improvement. Wheel alignment is within specifications as measured at the dealership. I rated dry grip as a Con because the car rapidly decelerates upon removing my foot from the gas pedal. It's like driving in tar all the time. I'm afraid it is adding more stress to an already old engine and may be hastening the car's demise. I would replace the tires but who can afford that kind of investment? With the limited miles we put on the vehicle now we will suffer with these tires most likely for the balance of the car's useful life (i.e., the tires will outlast the car). The drag on the car drives me insane every time I drive it. The good news is that my wife drives the car most of the time so she doesn't have to hear me complain about it. I trusted CR's rating on this tire and am sorely disappointed.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
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