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 is from 60 to 0 mph.
Wet braking is from 60 to 0 mph.
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
Speed rating Speed rating. This letter denotes the maximum sustainable speed and is found directly after the load index. For S-speed-rated tires, it's 112 mph; for T, 118 mph. Speed ratings for other tires include Q, 99 mph; H, 130 mph; V, 149 mph; and Z, 150 mph plus. While such speeds may seem wildly impractical, tires with higher speed ratings tend to provide better handling at legal speed limits. Choose tires that have a speed rating at least as high as the one specified on your vehicle's placard.
Treadwear warranty Commonly used by tire manufacturers to market tires, the warranty describes the typical tread life of the tire. Consumers should view the warranty an indicator of tread life only. Actual mileage will vary with vehicle type, driving style, road, and weather conditions, just to name a few variables. Nearly all treadwear warranties are based on pro-rated amount based on the usable tread worn off the tire.
UTQG treadwear UTQGS, which stands for Uniform Tire Quality Grading System, is a federal government required grading system for passenger tires excluding winter tires. Key information includes Treadwear, Traction, and Temperature appearing on the sidewall of a tire. UTQG treadwear, an index developed by the government, compares a tire's tread life with that of a reference tire graded at 100. A tire with a grade of 300 is predicted to last three times as long as one graded at 100. Treadwear grades are just one indicator of tread life, but actual tire life will vary due to a number of factors including road conditions, driving habits, vehicle, and maintenance.
UTQG traction UTQGS, which stands for Uniform Tire Quality Grading System, is a federal government required grading system for passenger tires excluding winter tires. Key information includes Treadwear, Traction, and Temperature appearing on the sidewall of a tire. UTQG traction indicates the tire's ability to stop on a wet surface with Government grades of AA, A, B, C, from best to worst.
UTQG temperature UTQGS, which stands for Uniform Tire Quality Grading System, is a federal government required grading system for passenger tires excluding winter tires. Key information includes Treadwear, Traction, and Temperature appearing on the sidewall of a tire. UTQG temperature indicates the tire's ability to resist heat build-up under test conditions with Government grades of A, B, C, from best to worst.
The tires are peeling off good size pieces of rubber! Conservative driver. Tires have 30,000 miles of their 90,000 mile warranty. I'm extremely disappointed in these Michelin Defender tires.<br /><br />The tire dealer told us the Honda van is too heavy for tires in the size they use...Really? The very first set of tires lasted 90,000 miles.<br /><br />We'll be contacting Michelin with a complaint.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
By Buckeye Moose
from Fort Pierce,fl
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I reviewed the michelin tires numerous times.No one had a negative to say about them.I am a firm believer in consumer reports testing and rating system.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
from Central Florida
Do not Skimp on Tires!
I promised myself when I was able to afford it I would never skimp on tires, in my teenage years and early 20's I would buy the cheapest set of tires with mixed results. I got to tell you these tires have been a dream. The handling in the highway is great I feel safe with these tires on my car (Pontiac Gran Prix 2005)on two occasions this year alone I've had two pedestrians run in front of my car in situations where they came out of nowhere, one in a parking lot and the other a jogger simple just ran in front of the car, on both occasions I braked hard and the tires just gripped the road one smoke came up on both tires and they stopped a heavy car on time. These could have been life altering situations for me and these people. On a 3rd. occasion rainy conditions I was going 55 and a light suddenly changed in front of me, you know that decision should I try to make it or stop, I decided to stop because this was a major intersection with a long way to go on the other side, the tires smoked and held the car in the lane with minimal straying on the back tires. So from my experiences in the last two years with these tires I highly recommend them. These real life situation truly proved what consumer reports always says Do no skimp on tires!