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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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User Reviews

 
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.

 
3.0
Great on van, just okay on compact
11/18/2014
Pros
Handling
Noise
Ride comfort
Cons
Ride comfort
Best Uses
Comment:
Replaced a set of big-box warehouse Michelin tires on a 2002 Honda Odyssey. Wow. I was impressed that the Defenders were quieter, with a better ride and handling. Hence my good rating for ride comfort.<br /><br />So I bought a set to replace Michelin MXV4 tires on our 2008 Honda Civic. Well, not as impressive. The MXV4 were quieter, rode better and handled better. Hence the con for ride comfort: it depends, apparently, on the vehicle.<br /><br />Not that the Defenders are bad, but they're not premium. And the Defenders are great on the Odyssey.
How long have you owned it:
One-to-three months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
 
3.0
Don't recommend for winter
11/17/2014
Pros
Dry grip
Handling
Noise
Tread life
Wet grip
Winter traction
Cons
Winter traction
Best Uses
Comment:
I have driven many, many miles for my job so I feel I know a lot about how a vehicle should run. I would strongly recommend against these tires because they are simply terrible/uncontrollable on ice/snow with a small car. The original tires I had (Firestone Affinity), were much better than these. Maybe they are better for larger vehicles, but smaller I would go for less tread life = stickier tires. Now I have to buy winter tires at added expense because I am not feeling any range of control with these tires.
How long have you owned it:
More than 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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