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Michelin Defender
 
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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5.0
Michelins are the best
4/17/2014
Pros
Dry grip
Handling
Noise
Ride comfort
Value
Wet grip
Cons
None
Best Uses
Comment:
I purchased these tires in east Texas and drove on them1850 miles to the SF Bay Area. They're on a 99 Honda CRV. They replaced Michelin X tires that were still in good shape but were 12 years old. I drove in heavy rain and in dry conditions. These tires ride better than any tires I've ever had. Gas mileage on the trip ranged from 22.5 to 27.5 MPG which is excellent for a vehicle rated by the EPA at 23 MPG. I honestly can't think of a negative thing to say about these tires.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
 
5.0
Much better then OE tires
4/11/2014
Pros
Dry grip
Handling
Noise
Ride comfort
Cons
Best Uses
Comment:
These tires replaced the original Bridgestone Duelers on a 2011 Honda CRV EX-L FWD. Living in the Phoenix area, tread life is very short due to the extreme heat. The tires that came with the CRV only lasted 16,200 miles. That being said the tires that came on our CRV, which we bought new, were less then stellar. The dealer said on average the Bridgestone's averaged between 18,000 to 20,000 miles with timely rotations, which we did. I thought the Bridgestone's rode, handled and braked ok, but these Michelin tires are by far superior in every category to the Bridgestone tires. We are extremely pleased with the Defenders, time will tell on the tread wear. We are not seeing any drop in fuel economy, as some people have experienced.<br />It would be helpful for people who review tires, to include vehicle make, year and mileage. It helps the reader compare apples to apples.
How long have you owned it:
One-to-three months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
 
4.0
Great performance, poor tread life
3/31/2014
Pros
Braking
Handling
Cons
Tread life
Best Uses
Comment:
I liked all aspects of the tires except tread life. They came with a 90,000 mile warranty, but I have to replace them at 35,000. The tires wore perfectly evenly with no sign of wheel alignment problems. I am getting a manufacturer's rebate because of the short life.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
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