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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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User Reviews
User Reviews

 
5.0
Huge Upgrade from LTX on 04 Rav4
5/24/2015
Pros
Comfy Ride
Dry grip
Handling
Noise
Quiet
Ride comfort
Cons
Less Offroad Oriented
Best Uses
Comment:
I suspect we will give up a slight bit of heavy snow & Offroad grip with these, but on pavement these tires are fabulous. Quiet, smooth ride, dry panic braking is excellent, and lateral grip, for a conservatively driven family car, is better than any previous tire. We have had the OE Yokohama and Michelin LTX (not LTX2). Other vehicles are hard-driven sports cars. But for the family compact SUV these are great. <br /><br />I cannot comment on treadwear yet nor snow traction, but I suspect they will last the full six years I'm willing to own a tire. <br /><br />For 2004 RAV4 we went with 235/60-16 which is an optional OE size on this car. They replace LTX in 215/65-16 which lasted and did well in mud & snow, but was a somewhat compromised asphalt tire.
How long have you owned it:
One-to-three months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.

 
4.0
Satisfied owner; don't believe all the bad reviews
5/15/2015
Pros
Dry grip
Handling
Ride comfort
Wet grip
Cons
Best Uses
Comment:
OEM tires were wearing out, noisey and tended to stray. As with any new tire, these were much better. But, we've been particularlly pleased with the improved handling. My wife drives the minivan more aggressively than me (and she is the primary driver of this van), but treadwear seems average so far. We have another 60,000+ miles to go before we reach the 90k these are rated for. Our mechanic told us that everyone who selects these tires is happy with the long treadlife.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.

 
1.0
Like having a generator in the car
5/14/2015
Pros
Handling
Tread life
Wet grip
Cons
Noise
Value
Winter traction
Best Uses
Comment:
Ok, these are supposed to be LRR tires with the idea that they improve mileage. I can say that these are the noisiest tires I have ever owned; that the mileage on my 2010 Prius continues to decline; and that the winter performance was pretty mediocre.<br /><br />The reason I didn't return them immediately was that, for the first 1k miles or so, they weren't too bad. At some point, the noise began, initially as a kind of moderately loud flutter. Now, about six months into their use, they provide a constant, and growing, hum that drowns out almost every other sound in the car.<br /><br />An expensive mistake, one which I will not repeat.
How long have you owned it:
Three-to-six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
The Michelin Defender is part of the Tires test program at Consumer Reports. The Michelin Defender Tires features and specs include Size tested, Treadwear warranty, UTQG temperature, UTQG traction, UTQG treadwear, Speed rating. In our lab tests, Tires models like the Michelin Defender are reviewed on Noise, Overall score, Handling, Dry braking, Hydroplaning, Ice braking, Ride comfort, Rolling resistance, Snow traction, Tread life, Wet braking. Consumer Reports subscribers share reviews of the Michelin Defender based on personal experience. The user reviews of the Michelin Defender include star ratings, pros, cons, best uses, and a bottom line review to help guide your purchasing decision of the Michelin Defender.
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