Michelin Defender Tire Reviews – What Needs To Note?

By David Barlow
Last Updated: August 7, 2021
Michelin Defender review

Those looking for an excellent all season tire should go through this Michelin Defender review. As Michelin is a leading brand of the worldwide tire industry, you will definitely be satisfied with their products. 

Michelin’s tires are available for all seasons and possible to provide drivers of family sedans, minivans, coupes, etc. Among them, the Defender is the latest regular tire of Michelin.

Michelin Defender has 2 models: Michelin Defender LTX M/S, an all-season truck tire and the Michelin Defender T + H (Passenger All-season).

In near identical 17-inch tire sizes, the Defender LTX M/S achieves an LT specification and 116 load index while the Defender T + H is rated at just 102. This translates to a load capacity difference of almost 900 lbs. per tire.

Thanks to the combination of Michelin’s IntelliSipe technology and silica tread, Defender’s traction is remarkably boosted. As a result, it enhances the number of sipes and advances braking and handling performance. 

Also, those sipes add extra biting edges so that the tire can get a more excellent grip on snowy or wet roads. 

Even better, the Green X and IntelliSipe technology create a particular action of interlocking. It enables a more rigid tread block and a lower resistance to rolling. Hence, the fuel costs will be saved. 

Another outstanding feature is the polyester cord and the steel belts inside this tire. These components and the MaxTouch construction will go together to strengthen the sturdiness at any speed. 

They also boost the tread life, allowing you to use the tire longer. The tread warranty for this brilliant tire is 90,000 miles.

Michelin Defender Review: Pros And Cons

Below are some advantages and disadvantages of Michelin Defender tires. Let’s go through them!

  • Excellent traction for all seasons
  • Offering comfort and quiet sound when moving
  • Responsive and crisp steering
  • Providing lower resistance of rolling
  • Not very impressive tread life
  • Need-to-be-advanced performance of cornering

Tire Drive Test

Generally, we have a great impression of this excellent Defender tire. It has appeared with expected features like the brilliant traction suitable for any season in the year. 

Not only that, but it also offers comfort and quiet sound whenever we drive. As we usually drive long distances, this aspect is what we need. 

The steering also attracts our attention when deciding to buy this tire because it is responsive and crisp. It provides a lower resistance to rolling as well, giving smoother rides. 

Besides those positive points, Defender also has a few aspects that are expected to be improved in the future. 

The tread life somehow makes us a little disappointed. It has a tread guarantee of longer than 90,000 miles. But in reality, we find that it has fewer miles than the warranty. 

Despite that, we heard from almost all drivers that they were impressed with the tread wear and satisfied with the warranty.  So, the tread life may need to be advanced more, but it is still acceptable. 

Another element that we are looking for improvement in is the cornering performance. It would be better if the cornering grip can have more impressive performance at higher speeds. 

In summary, this is one of the most impressive all-season tires we have ever used. Despite some small cons, Defender remains a worth buying tire. With all positive things mentioned above, we highly recommend tires from Michelin. 

If you are drivers of minivans, coupes, family sedans, crossovers, etc, this Michelin Defender tire is definitely for you.

Treadlife Warranty:6 Years / 90,000 Miles Half mileage for rear if different size than front
Uniformity Warranty:First 1/32″ of wear
Workmanship & Materials Warranty:6 Years / Free replacement first year, 2/32″ or 25% of wear, then prorated until 2/32″ remaining depth
Manufacturer’s Road Hazard Warranty:None
Manufacturer Special Warranty:60-day satisfaction (1), 3-yr flat changing
Additional Information:(1) Exchange for Michelin, BFGoodrich, or Uniroyal
Defender warranty summary for replacement tires purchased on or after 06/01/19 at Tire Rack

185/65R14P 205/70R14

Defender prices range approximately from $184.99 – $364.75

Defender Ratings By Consumer

Defender Ratings By Consumer

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    Michelin tires were on my Hyundai Sonata when I bought it in 2009. They lasted for 4 years and covered over 60,000 miles. These tires never gave me a flat or caused any other problems during those four years. When I needed to replace them, I wanted something that was just as good. The Michelin Defender was recommended by the salesman, and I voted for it. So far, I’ve not been disappointed. These tires are superior in ride and will likely last as long as my last ones. The price was also very reasonable for such a high-quality tire. I would not buy any other brand.

    July 31, 2021


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    These tires will be a delight if you have the money. I’m here to help. Hear me now, beleive me later. They are not suitable for winter use yet, as I just recently bought them. For many years, I have been a Michelin tire purchaser. These DEFENDERS do what they say, defend you from all kinds of driving dangers.

    July 13, 2021


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    These tires have had 1,500 miles and are soft to the touch. They track well and are quieter than stiff tires. The handling and cornering are very pleasant. They are a much more comfortable ride but still manage to grip the roads and in all weather conditions very well. They are very comfortable and I am happy with them.

    April 13, 2021


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    These tires are definitely superior to comparable tires in this size range. They provide a great ride and are quiet in all conditions. They can be used on any kind of pavement, concrete included. I have no doubt that similar Michelin tires will be available in the future. The treadwear rating is outstanding.

    December 6, 2020


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    Although I wouldn’t normally spend that much on tires, I did my research and found these to be highly rated. The tires have been in a bad mix of snow, ice, and greasy slush and I feel more safe than any other tire I’ve purchased. This tire is a great value as it grips the road well and provides excellent safety.

    August 1, 2020


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    It was a great experience to take our annual fall drive to Florida. It felt so soft and smooth. The old tires bounced if they hit bumps in the road, but these new Michelin tires seem like they float above them. The average mileage per gallon actually increased when we had animals, suitcases, and other heavy items in our car. These tires are highly recommended! These tires are great!

    July 30, 2020


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    These tires made a big difference in winter handling. They were installed on a snowy day when many cars were sliding on the ice on the side road I was taking to Mavis. After getting my new tires, I decided to continue on the same route home. It was like day and night. There was no slipping or sliding, even after an acceleration stop at a red light. They are slightly noisier and rougher on dry roads than my old tires but that’s ok by me. I would rather spin on ice in the winters of western NY. Anyone who drives in snow or slush is highly recommended.

    June 5, 2020


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    It’s amazing how different the OEM Kumho tires are from this car. It is very quiet and smooth on highway and city roads. Great steering response. It is completely different from the Kumhos’ tank-like drive. Although I haven’t had the Defender tires for long enough to test the tread wear and winter driving, I have high hopes that these tires live up to their hype. This purchase has been a great success.

    May 11, 2020


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    These tires are great for many reasons. But, I especially love the huge drop in noise that I experienced when I switched from my original tire (which had 27,000 miles), which was rotated, balanced and aligned often. They were still noisy and prematurely wore out, so I considered getting rid of the car and switching to the new Michelin Defender. BTW, I will write Honda to give them “H” for their garbage original equipment tire. Also to let them know how close Honda came to losing a customer due to it. I am now able to have a conversation with my driver and hear myself think in a way I couldn’t before. You have the best prices and the most courteous staff. Keep up the great work! You are the best!

    April 14, 2020


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    These tires are also on my 1985 Mercedes Benz. It is an excellent tire, and I would buy them again. I was attempting to strike the car in front of my car a few times when someone stopped in front of us. Amazing how they gripped the road.

    March 10, 2020


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Hi everyone, I’m David (Tireguy). I believe that finding tires can lead to a lot of confusion and frustration for almost every driver. That’s why I would like to bring my experiences and knowledges to develop World Tire Review blog, it will give people a deeper understanding of what choosing the right tire is really like!