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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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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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4.0
We have 2 sets in the family
2/11/2015
Pros
Handling
Tread life
Wet grip
Cons
Best Uses
Comment:
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
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
 
1.0
Not at all pleased
2/3/2015
Pros
None
Cons
Dry grip
Handling
No Sense Of Firm Traction
Very Poor Stability
Winter traction
Best Uses
Comment:
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:
Three-to-six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
 
5.0
Best tire ever
2/1/2015
Pros
Dry grip
Handling
I Love Everything
Noise
Ride comfort
Tread life
Value
Wet grip
Winter traction
Cons
Best Uses
Comment:
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!!!
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
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