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.
I have a set on my 2006 Forester and thought highly enough of the wet traction to get a set on my daughter's 2006 Altima. The wet traction and resistance to hydroplaning are excellent. The treadware [at 10-15K] appears to be excellent. Handling is secure. It is better than average, and good enough, on all other major features, but there are individually better choices for high performance driving and, I think, for noise, although probably not in the same tire. There are no actual cons for this tire.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
Not at all pleased
No Sense Of Firm Traction
Very Poor Stability
Very sorry I did not just turn around immediately and bring tires back. Purchased 4 of them emphasizing that my work requires being on the road in all types of weather and I was especially concerned about winter driving. My first impression was that the tires were not gripping on dry road surface. Car is front wheel drive and traction felt off and unstable. Also noticed a weird feeling that front end was sliding. Brought back to tire dealer to see if alignment was off (just had it done)......it was fine and they did not see my problem. Now we have had snow and the traction is ZERO. AND front end just slides all over the place......my old worn tires were better...sadly.
How long have you owned it:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
By Ellie , (Moms Taxi service)
from South Carolina
Best tire ever
I Love Everything
I purchased four Michelin Defender tires for my SUV back in 2011, I love everything about them especially the tire lasting four years. The tread life lasted, everything that's stated the brakes, gas efficient, the handling ,the noise control , the comfort, the smoothness of the ride,everything just fantastic That's is what's so awesome about Michelint tires. I'm a mother ,I'm always looking to save money . Back in 2011 when I purchased my tires. I also received a rebate and got money back. The Defender tire is an awesome tire. I would recommend it to everyone I know. A matter of fact I'm headed to go get New Michelin Defender tires on right as I speak today. <br />I know everyone is different always trying to save money here and there. I would not recommend you by Michelin tires at a discount tire place, they are not guaranteed to be a brand new tire. They say that they are when really they are used! I also had a bad experience from buying tires from a discount place it ended very badly! Michelin Defener tires are worth the money and will serve you fantastic for the next 3 or 4 years. Michelin Defener Tire I highly recommend to all my friends & family!!!