Michelin Defender Review


Michelin DEFENDER Full - 660x550
Standard Touring

14"
175/65R14
175/70R14
185/65R14
185/70R14
195/70R14
205/70R14
15"
185/60R15
185/65R15
195/60R15
195/65R15
205/60R15
205/65R15
205/70R15
215/65R15
215/70R15
16"
205/55R16
215/60R16
215/65R16
225/60R16
225/65R16
235/65R16
17"
215/65R17
225/55R17
225/60R17
225/65R17
235/55R17
18"
215/55R18
225/50R18
225/55R18
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The Good
  • Minimal road noise
  • Confident traction and handling all year-round
  • Steering is responsive and predictable
The Bad
  • Wears too quickly
Dry Performance86
Wet Performance82
Winter Performance61
Comfort84
Treadwear73
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Do you need an all-season tire with the traction and handling capabilities to tackle dry, wet and wintry conditions?

Tires like the Michelin Defender are the reason Michelin is known as one of the best tire manufacturers in the world. The Defender is an all-season tire built for coupes, family sedans, crossovers and minivans. It uses the latest in tire technology to deliver dependable traction and handling in any weather condition.

Dry Performance

The Defender features a silica-based compound which provides fantastic all-season grip and braking performance. On top of that, it works to deliver low rolling resistance for higher efficiency and longer service.

Michelin Defender Tread

You’ll immediately notice how crisp and responsive the steering is on this tire. The tire’s internal structure combines Michelin’s MaxTouch Construction with two steel belts and a polyester cord body. This provides extra strength and durability at all speeds by optimizing the tire’s contact with the road. The Defender is simply excellent on all types of dry pavement. You can expect to get a smooth ride with tight cornering that performs extremely well in dry conditions.

Wet Performance

The Defender features Michelin’s IntelliSipe technology, which increases the amount of siping on the tire. What does that do? Well for starters, it makes the overall handling and braking performance better. It also improves grip on wet or snow covered road surfaces.

Tire’s tread consists of four circumferential grooves and hundreds of lateral grooves. These improve wet traction, handling and reduce the risk of hydroplaning.

To put it simply, they greatly increase your driving confidance in wet.

Winter Performance

 

Although not a dedicated snow tire, the Defender does a good job of handling moderate amounts of snow. Driving on snow and ice tends to be challenging for any all season tire, but the Defender does a good job.

However, if you live in an area with heavy snowfall, you’ll want to pick up a set of dedicated winter tires to get you through the winter safely.

Overall

The Defender is a great all-round option, providing safety, comfort and fuel efficiency for your vehicle at unbeatable value. With its value for money and good overall performance, the Michelin Defender definitely deserves a spot among the top tires in the standard all season class. Compared to competing tires from other manufacturers, the Michelin Defender will save you $250 in fuel costs over the life of the tire.

The Michelin Defender is supposedly one of the longest wearing tires on the road today. Behind this claim is an impressive 90,000 mile tread guarantee.

However there are many drivers complaining that the Defender wears out well before then, with around 30,000 to 60,000 being the average. So you may find yourself replacing these tires quicker than you’d like.

All Defender tires come with a T speed rating and are available in 57 different sizes. Sizes range from 13 to 18 inches.

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Author: Cian Kelly

I'm a 23 year old driving addict, car fanatic and writer. I spend most my time rallying around the wet roads of the Irish countryside and producing engaging and informative content for local car dealers.

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