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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
jumping to conclusions
7/11/2015
Pros
Dry grip
Handling
Noise
Ride comfort
Wet grip
Cons
Best Uses
Comment:
After reading CR ratings and reading user reviews I bought a set of Michelin Defenders for my 7 year old Toyota Tacoma. While riding home on the new rubber I felt that the ride was harsher and noisier than the tires they replaced. Then came the lightbulb moment. In almost 60 years of buying vehicles, and replacement tires for them, I remember very few times when the installers paid any attention to correct inflation pressures. My Tacoma recommends 29psi front and 32psi rear. After the tires cooled, I checked pressures which ranged from 36 to 39 psi. The 39psi tire was on the driver's side front. I corrected the pressures and went for a short ride. CR's rating for noise and ride was vindicated. I do not believe that my experience was unique and strongly suggest that buyers check tire pressure after installation.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
 
1.0
Very low mileage life
7/11/2015
Pros
Cons
Tread Life Bad
Best Uses
Comment:
After only 23K miles, they are nearly shot. Dealer said the Defenders are not living up to their reputation. We rotated them without fail and drive very conservative. Would not recommend them.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
 
3.0
Somewhat less than advertised.
7/10/2015
Pros
Handling
Smooth And Quiet
Cons
Tread life
Best Uses
Comment:
Bought these defenders after going through 2 sets of Michelin energy tires in less than 100,000 miles. Was looking for more tread life. Disapointed in that regard. I don't think we will get near 45000 before they are completely gone.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
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