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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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1.0
Deceptive treadwear rating
1/20/2015
Pros
Cons
Tread life
Wet grip
Best Uses
Comment:
Purchased set of 4 from Discount Tire. Started out really nice and comfortable, no complaints. Just regular conservative suburban driving on 05 Camry. Always rotated and balanced regularly. 35k miles and <3yrs later, wet handling became poor. Examined tires and found only 3/32 tread left! This is a 90k mile tire. We need to complain to Michelin for misleading consumers. <br />Defender is a new tire so perhaps Michelin inflated their claims without any real-world testing. Very unhappy. Michelin reputation is not what it was anymore.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
 
1.0
90,000 mile warranty is a joke
1/9/2015
Pros
Cons
Tread life
Value
Best Uses
Comment:
Performed all maintenance necessary (alignment, rotations, proper inflation, etc.) and had to replace tires after only 40,000 miles
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
 
2.0
Could be a lot better for the money
12/25/2014
Pros
Dry grip
Handling
Cons
Noise
Tread life
Value
Winter traction
Best Uses
Comment:
Purchased the Defender because of its 90,000 tread life rating, after the Bridgestone Ecopia tires that came with my 2011 Prius wore out at 31,000 miles. I now have 40,000 miles on the Defenders and have 4/32 tread left on the tires after rotating the tires, keeping proper air pressure in them, and keeping car aligned. I also have moderate cracks between all the treads on the four tires. Very disappointed in in the tire life and quality of the tire. Michelin is overly proud of this product. In order to get them to step up to the plate on the warranty you need to haggle with Michelin customer service.
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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