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Michelin Defender

Average Customer Review

For All Vehicles (19)   8.7

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Reviews of this Tire for All Vehicles (19 Total Reviews)

64 of 97 people found the following review helpful

  5.8

February 24, 2013
2003 HONDA CIVIC HYBRID
LAKEWOOD, WA
Driving Conditions: Mixed Dry Rain
Driving Style: Mixed Highway and City
Owned Tires for: 7 months
Miles Driven on Tires: 6400
Ride Comfort   6.0
Cornering/Steering   5.0
Ride Noise   5.0
Tread Life N/A
Dry Traction   5.0
Wet Traction   8.0
Winter Traction N/A
Buy Tire Again No

Tire Pros

good wet traction

Tire Cons

very poor fuel economy (see below) not quiet

These appear to be a very poor choice for this hybrid. The car reliably turned in 47-53 mpg over 150k+ miles, and immediately dropped by 6-10 mpg in all types of driving and has never recovered. It now never tops 43 mpg. I am extremely disappointed. The tires are otherwise absolutely average compared to the OEM Bridgestones except possibly for wet traction. If anything, they seem less responsive in dry handling. The "Green X" rating certainly doesn't hold for my car.
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9 of 14 people found the following review helpful

  10.0

December 31, 2013
1990 MAZDA 626 BASE/GT
TUCSON, AZ
Driving Conditions: Mostly Dry
Driving Style: Mostly City
Owned Tires for: 6 months
Miles Driven on Tires: 3000
Ride Comfort   10.0
Cornering/Steering   10.0
Ride Noise   10.0
Tread Life   10.0
Dry Traction   10.0
Wet Traction   10.0
Winter Traction N/A
Buy Tire Again Yes

Tire Pros

Great tire

Tire Cons

NA

These tires are awesome
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful

  8.5

April 02, 2014
2002 HONDA CIVIC DX/LX/HX
FLOWER MOUND, TX
Driving Conditions: Mostly Dry
Driving Style: Mostly City
Owned Tires for: 6 months
Miles Driven on Tires: 75000
Ride Comfort   9.0
Cornering/Steering   9.0
Ride Noise   6.0
Tread Life   9.0
Dry Traction   9.0
Wet Traction   9.0
Winter Traction   8.0
Buy Tire Again Yes

Tire Pros

None Provided

Tire Cons

None Provided

Great tire!
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13 of 24 people found the following review helpful

  9.5

November 24, 2013
1995 SUBARU LEGACY BSE/L/BRTN
WHEAT RIDGE, CO
Driving Conditions: Mixed Dry Rain
Driving Style: Mixed Highway and City
Owned Tires for: 6 months
Miles Driven on Tires: 3000
Ride Comfort   9.0
Cornering/Steering   9.0
Ride Noise   9.0
Tread Life   10.0
Dry Traction   10.0
Wet Traction   10.0
Winter Traction N/A
Buy Tire Again Yes

Tire Pros

They are Michelins, and at a great price from Discount Tire. Need I say more.

Tire Cons

None.

See above. The tires are Michelins, at a great price and from Discount Tires. Nothing more to say.
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50 of 94 people found the following review helpful

  8.2

May 20, 2013
1999 SATURN SC1 COUPE
SAN DIEGO, CA
Driving Conditions: Mostly Dry
Driving Style: Mostly Highway
Owned Tires for: 6 months
Miles Driven on Tires: 6000
Ride Comfort   8.0
Cornering/Steering   7.0
Ride Noise   8.0
Tread Life   9.0
Dry Traction   9.0
Wet Traction   8.0
Winter Traction N/A
Buy Tire Again Yes

Tire Pros

None Provided

Tire Cons

None Provided

My last tires lasted for 7 years (yes, I know that's too long;) hopefully these will be just as good.
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45 of 86 people found the following review helpful

  8.3

May 17, 2013
2001 HONDA CIVIC DX/LX/HX
PICKERINGTON, OH
Driving Conditions: Mixed Dry Rain
Driving Style: Mostly Highway
Owned Tires for: 6 months
Miles Driven on Tires: 6000
Ride Comfort   8.0
Cornering/Steering   8.0
Ride Noise   7.0
Tread Life   9.0
Dry Traction   9.0
Wet Traction   9.0
Winter Traction N/A
Buy Tire Again Yes

Tire Pros

None Provided

Tire Cons

None Provided

I got these to replace a set that slid on the pavement in the rain. This set has been very good in quite a bit of wet weather, especially driving on the freeway during rush hour. They don't get quite the mileage as the last set but seem much safer.
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35 of 71 people found the following review helpful

  10.0

March 18, 2013
2001 HONDA CIVIC EX
ARVADA, CO
Driving Conditions: Mostly Dry
Driving Style: Mostly City
Owned Tires for: 6 months
Miles Driven on Tires: 3000
Ride Comfort   10.0
Cornering/Steering   10.0
Ride Noise   10.0
Tread Life   10.0
Dry Traction   10.0
Wet Traction   10.0
Winter Traction   10.0
Buy Tire Again Yes

Tire Pros

None Provided

Tire Cons

None Provided

I really like my tires and would definitely buy them again and recommend them to others.
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46 of 95 people found the following review helpful

  9.8

June 12, 2013
2003 HONDA CIVIC DX/LX
SAN JOSE, CA
Driving Conditions: Mostly Dry
Driving Style: Mixed Highway and City
Owned Tires for: 6 months
Miles Driven on Tires: 4000
Ride Comfort   10.0
Cornering/Steering   10.0
Ride Noise   9.0
Tread Life   10.0
Dry Traction   10.0
Wet Traction   10.0
Winter Traction N/A
Buy Tire Again Yes

Tire Pros

None Provided

Tire Cons

None Provided

love my tires
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39 of 86 people found the following review helpful

  10.0

June 12, 2013
1994 TOYOTA CELICA ST
SAN ANTONIO, TX
Driving Conditions: Mostly Dry
Driving Style: Mixed Highway and City
Owned Tires for: 6 months
Miles Driven on Tires: 5000
Ride Comfort   10.0
Cornering/Steering   10.0
Ride Noise   10.0
Tread Life   10.0
Dry Traction   10.0
Wet Traction   10.0
Winter Traction N/A
Buy Tire Again Likely

Tire Pros

None Provided

Tire Cons

None Provided

There are great tires for compact and subcompact cars
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46 of 102 people found the following review helpful

  10.0

June 15, 2013
2003 HONDA CIVIC HYBRID
SACRAMENTO, CA
Driving Conditions: Mixed Dry Rain
Driving Style: Mixed Highway and City
Owned Tires for: 6 months
Miles Driven on Tires: 7000
Ride Comfort   10.0
Cornering/Steering   10.0
Ride Noise   10.0
Tread Life   10.0
Dry Traction   10.0
Wet Traction   10.0
Winter Traction   10.0
Buy Tire Again Yes

Tire Pros

None Provided

Tire Cons

None Provided

The best thing about these tires is the people who put them on. The Americas tire crew was amazing.
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