|

Tires

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.
Dividing line
Community icon81 people have reviewed this model.
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
More features and specs
User Reviews - Michelin Defender
User Reviews
Already own it? Write a review
 
1.0
Tires are Shredding!
12/11/2014
Pros
Cons
Tread life
Best Uses
Comment:
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
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
 
5.0
Pay more-Get more!
11/30/2014
Pros
Dry grip
Handling
Noise
Ride comfort
Safe
Tread life
Value
Wet grip
Worth It
Cons
Conless
Best Uses
Comment:
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
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
 
5.0
Do not Skimp on Tires!
11/23/2014
Pros
Dry grip
Handling
Noise
Perfect Tire
Ride comfort
Tread life
Value
Wet grip
Cons
None
Best Uses
Comment:
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!
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
See all Models
Nobody Tests Like
We Do
Our testers put 100s of products through their paces at our National Testing and Research Center. Learn more about how we test for:
Performance
Safety
Reliability
Learn more