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Michelin Defender

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For All Vehicles (66)   9.1

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Reviews of this Tire for All Vehicles (66 Total Reviews)

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful

  8.6

February 03, 2014
2009 TOYOTA PRIUS BASE
DENVER, CO
Driving Conditions: Mostly Dry
Driving Style: Mixed Highway and City
Owned Tires for: 6 months
Miles Driven on Tires: 5000
Ride Comfort   9.0
Cornering/Steering   9.0
Ride Noise   9.0
Tread Life N/A
Dry Traction   9.0
Wet Traction   7.0
Winter Traction   5.0
Buy Tire Again Likely

Tire Pros

not that great in snow, had to get a set of real snow tires

Tire Cons

None Provided

not good in snow
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful

  9.4

October 25, 2014
2007 TOYOTA COROLLA CE
Saint Paul, MN
Driving Conditions: Mostly Dry
Driving Style: Mixed Highway and City
Owned Tires for: 4 months
Miles Driven on Tires: 3000
Ride Comfort   10.0
Cornering/Steering   8.0
Ride Noise   9.0
Tread Life   10.0
Dry Traction   10.0
Wet Traction N/A
Winter Traction N/A
Buy Tire Again Yes

Tire Pros

Smooth ride Long tread life Great long term value

Tire Cons

More expensive (but worth it)

Have always bought Michelin tires because they ride well and last a long time. Last set of Michelins lasted 80,000 miles on my Subaru. Haven't had these very long, but I'm sure they'll do just that, too. Haven't had to drive in snow yet, but I'm sure they'll perform well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful

  9.2

December 16, 2014
2002 HONDA CIVIC EX
Napa, CA
Driving Conditions: Mixed Dry Rain
Driving Style: Off Road
Owned Tires for: 4 months
Miles Driven on Tires: 300
Ride Comfort   9.0
Cornering/Steering   9.0
Ride Noise   9.0
Tread Life   9.0
Dry Traction   9.0
Wet Traction   10.0
Winter Traction N/A
Buy Tire Again Yes

Tire Pros

None Provided

Tire Cons

None Provided

really appreciated the service at your place, thank you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful

  9.0

December 14, 2014
2006 TOYOTA PRIUS BASE
Menlo Park, CA
Driving Conditions: Mixed Dry Rain
Driving Style: Mostly Highway
Owned Tires for: 4 months
Miles Driven on Tires: 5000
Ride Comfort   9.0
Cornering/Steering   9.0
Ride Noise   9.0
Tread Life N/A
Dry Traction   9.0
Wet Traction   9.0
Winter Traction N/A
Buy Tire Again Yes

Tire Pros

Great traction. Noticeably better than the original tires.

Tire Cons

Gas mileage decreased by 3 to 4 MPG from the old tires. This happened last time I got new tires too, but improved as the tires got older. Strange.

Good tires. This is the second set of Michelins on this car. The last set lasted about 70,000 miles. Good traction makes it worthwhile to me, even though it costs a little extra gas when they are new.
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful

  9.0

October 17, 2013
2008 TOYOTA PRIUS BASE
SAINT PAUL, MN
Driving Conditions: Mixed Dry Rain
Driving Style: Mixed Highway and City
Owned Tires for: 6 months
Miles Driven on Tires: 10000
Ride Comfort   9.0
Cornering/Steering   9.0
Ride Noise   9.0
Tread Life   9.0
Dry Traction   9.0
Wet Traction   9.0
Winter Traction N/A
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Tire Pros

Ride, lower noise than previous tire, comfort, crisper handling.

Tire Cons

Can't comment on snow and ice yet. I am hopeful, but don't know.

I was concerned about possible drop in mileage with this tire, but that has not been the case. In the summer weather, I have averaged about 50 mpg per tank going mostly 60 mph with some city driving. On occassion I averaged 53 mpg per tank.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful

  9.0

September 04, 2014
2006 TOYOTA PRIUS BASE
San Jacinto, CA
Driving Conditions: Mostly Dry
Driving Style: Mixed Highway and City
Owned Tires for: 4 months
Miles Driven on Tires: 10000
Ride Comfort   9.0
Cornering/Steering   8.0
Ride Noise   10.0
Tread Life   9.0
Dry Traction   9.0
Wet Traction   9.0
Winter Traction N/A
Buy Tire Again Yes

Tire Pros

Great all around tire

Tire Cons

None Provided

Great all around rite. Keeps traction very well in wet conditions and stops quickly.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful

  10.0

February 12, 2014
2005 TOYOTA PRIUS BASE
LANSING, MI
Driving Conditions: Mixed Dry Rain
Driving Style: Mostly Highway
Owned Tires for: 10 months
Miles Driven on Tires: 45000
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   3.0
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Tire Pros

GREAT RIDING TIRE, ALOT OF TREAD LEFT, GOOD ON MPG

Tire Cons

SCARY ON ICE OR LIGHT SNOW

LOVED THIS TIRE IN SUMMER AND FALL. THOUGHT IT WOULD BE GOOD IN WINTER ON MY 2005 PRIUS - NOT THE CASE HERE IN MICHIGAN. HAD TO BUY A SET OF SNOW TIRES.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful

  8.2

November 04, 2014
2011 MINI COOPER HARDTOP
Sugar Land, TX
Driving Conditions: Mostly Dry
Driving Style: Mixed Highway and City
Owned Tires for: 4 months
Miles Driven on Tires: 3300
Ride Comfort   8.0
Cornering/Steering   7.0
Ride Noise   10.0
Tread Life   8.0
Dry Traction   8.0
Wet Traction   8.0
Winter Traction N/A
Buy Tire Again Yes

Tire Pros

None Provided

Tire Cons

None Provided

Great choice for Mini Coupe!!
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful

  7.5

April 16, 2014
2007 NISSAN VERSA ALL
LAKE ANN, MI
Driving Conditions: Snow
Driving Style: Mostly Highway
Owned Tires for: 6 months
Miles Driven on Tires: 10000
Ride Comfort   8.0
Cornering/Steering   7.0
Ride Noise   8.0
Tread Life   8.0
Dry Traction   7.0
Wet Traction   7.0
Winter Traction   7.0
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Tire Pros

None Provided

Tire Cons

I got the year around tires for snow and non snow. I wish they had a little bit better tread.

Over all pretty good.
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226 of 298 people found the following review helpful

  9.2

June 12, 2013
2006 TOYOTA PRIUS BASE
SUGAR GROVE, IL
Driving Conditions: Mixed Dry Rain
Driving Style: Mixed Highway and City
Owned Tires for: 6 months
Miles Driven on Tires: 5000
Ride Comfort   8.0
Cornering/Steering   10.0
Ride Noise   7.0
Tread Life   10.0
Dry Traction   10.0
Wet Traction   10.0
Winter Traction N/A
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Tire Pros

None Provided

Tire Cons

None Provided

Not as quiet as previous Michelins
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