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Michelin Defender

Average Customer Review

For All Vehicles (97)   9.2

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Reviews of this Tire for All Vehicles (97 Total Reviews)

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful

  10.0

September 19, 2013
2011 SUBARU OUTBACK 3.6R ALL
GILBERT, AZ
Driving Conditions: Mostly Dry
Driving Style: Mostly Highway
Owned Tires for: 6 months
Miles Driven on Tires: 8000
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

Quieter and smoother than the original Continental tires. Typical Michelin high quality.

Tire Cons

None

We drive from Phoenix to Ontario,Canada and back each summer. We have experienced downpours in the Midwest and the Subaru with the Defender tires give excellent grip in wet and dry weather. Hydroplaning can occur during these times, but we have confidence in our tires. Handling, ride comfort, noise and braking are outstanding. Even with the added grip, gas mileage is still as good as the Conti's. We would recommend Defenders to anyone needing a top quality touring tire.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful

  9.0

July 24, 2014
2012 SUBARU OUTBACK 3.6R ALL
Columbus, OH
Driving Conditions: Mostly Dry
Driving Style: Mixed Highway and City
Owned Tires for: 4 months
Miles Driven on Tires: 5490
Ride Comfort   8.0
Cornering/Steering   10.0
Ride Noise   9.0
Tread Life   9.0
Dry Traction   9.0
Wet Traction   9.0
Winter Traction N/A
Buy Tire Again Yes

Tire Pros

Much better handling than original tires

Tire Cons

Slightly less gas mileage but worth it!

So far I really love these tires. Much better handling and ride than originals.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful

  9.2

March 15, 2014
2012 KIA SPORTAGE LX
SPRING HILL, TN
Driving Conditions: Mostly Dry
Driving Style: Mostly Highway
Owned Tires for: 7 months
Miles Driven on Tires: 3000
Ride Comfort   10.0
Cornering/Steering   9.0
Ride Noise   9.0
Tread Life   9.0
Dry Traction   9.0
Wet Traction   9.0
Winter Traction N/A
Buy Tire Again Yes

Tire Pros

makes me feel safer

Tire Cons

a little pricey

so far I love the tire. I drive a lot so safety is very important
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful

  9.0

July 07, 2014
2011 SUBARU OUTBACK 2.5I BASE
Redding, CA
Driving Conditions: Mixed Dry Rain
Driving Style: Mixed Highway and City
Owned Tires for: 6 months
Miles Driven on Tires: 7000
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
Buy Tire Again Yes

Tire Pros

None Provided

Tire Cons

None Provided

For $900 or so, I'm glad that I am happy with the tires.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful

  7.8

February 18, 2014
2011 NISSAN ROGUE SV
DENVER, CO
Driving Conditions: Mostly Dry
Driving Style: Mixed Highway and City
Owned Tires for: 6 months
Miles Driven on Tires: 5000
Ride Comfort   7.0
Cornering/Steering   8.0
Ride Noise   8.0
Tread Life N/A
Dry Traction   8.0
Wet Traction   8.0
Winter Traction   6.0
Buy Tire Again Likely

Tire Pros

Wear well, good general tire

Tire Cons

They are a little bit slippery in snow and ice. Not terrible, but not fabulous.

Overall a decent tire. I hope they continue to last and work well for me.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful

  9.8

February 28, 2013
2010 SUBARU OUTBACK 2.5I PREMIUM
BRIGHTON, CO
Driving Conditions: Mixed Dry Rain
Driving Style: Mostly Highway
Owned Tires for: 5 months
Miles Driven on Tires: 5000
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   10.0
Buy Tire Again Yes

Tire Pros

Brand and quality

Tire Cons

None

Cannot go wrong with Michelins. Traction and handling are the best!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful

  10.0

December 08, 2013
2008 TOYOTA SIENNA LE/XLE
LUSBY, MD
Driving Conditions: Mixed Dry Rain
Driving Style: Mixed Highway and City
Owned Tires for: 6 months
Miles Driven on Tires: 6000
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

Quiet ride. Great handling

Tire Cons

Price but you get what you pay for in my opinion

Tires ride superbly with absolutely road noise. The expected tread life on these tires is just ridiculous in my head so only time will tell if they can live up to the rating. I wouldnt settle for anything less than a michelin when outfitting my wifes van that carries out children around. You get what you pay for and these tires will make it worth it to spend the extra money.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful

  10.0

November 06, 2013
2006 LINCOLN TOWN CAR SIGNATURE
FORT WORTH, TX
Driving Conditions: Mixed Dry Rain
Driving Style: Mixed Highway and City
Owned Tires for: 1 month
Miles Driven on Tires: 500
Ride Comfort   10.0
Cornering/Steering   10.0
Ride Noise   10.0
Tread Life N/A
Dry Traction   10.0
Wet Traction   10.0
Winter Traction N/A
Buy Tire Again Yes

Tire Pros

Everything

Tire Cons

None

Very smooth, very quiet ride. Excellent grip. Highly pleased. Wish I had bought them sooner!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful

  9.7

April 12, 2014
2012 SUBARU OUTBACK 2.5I PREMIUM
SAN ANTONIO, TX
Driving Conditions: Mostly Dry
Driving Style: Mixed Highway and City
Owned Tires for: 6 months
Miles Driven on Tires: 3000
Ride Comfort   10.0
Cornering/Steering   10.0
Ride Noise   8.0
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

Excellent riding tires.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful

  5.2

February 19, 2014
2013 SUBARU OUTBACK 2.5I LIMITED
EAST LANSING, MI
Driving Conditions: Mixed Dry Rain
Driving Style: Mixed Highway and City
Owned Tires for: 1 year
Miles Driven on Tires: 15000
Ride Comfort   2.0
Cornering/Steering   4.0
Ride Noise   2.0
Tread Life   8.0
Dry Traction   8.0
Wet Traction   7.0
Winter Traction   4.0
Buy Tire Again No

Tire Pros

long lasting

Tire Cons

noisy, ruff riding, very stiff.

Replaced with Pirelli P7 All Season Plus H rated. Much better tire for this vehicle. Had trouble balancing the Michelin Defender tires. The Discount Tire workers are the best.
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