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Buy 3 Tires, Get 4th Tire Free Instantly. Receive a discount equal to the price of a single tire when four tires are added to the cart. Valid on select in stock tires only. Those tires for which discount is available will be identified in search results & product detail pages. All other tires and special order tires are excluded from this offer. Valid when scheduled for installation on and installation is completed between 2/16/17 through 2/22/17.

Buy 2 Tires, Get 10% Off
Receive 10% off 2 tires on your online purchase. Use promotional code ROLLOUT10 at checkout to receive discount. This offer cannot be combined with any other offers, coupons or rebates. Valid on select in stock tires only. Those tires for which discount is available will be identified in search results & tire detail pages. All other tires, as well as special order tires, are excluded from this offer. Valid if purchased online or installed by 2/22/17.

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  • Size: 215/65R16
  • Part #: 48905|
  • SKU: 686121|
  • (P) Passenger



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Michelin Defender

Michelin's best standard passenger car minivan tire ever offering 90,000 miles of confident driving through exceptional safety, longevity and a quiet, comfortable ride so that you can protect those you care about most. Look for the Defender tire line at 90,000 mile warranty for H and T-rated tires 80,000 mile warranty V-rated tires. See for warranty details.
  • Next generation siping technology enables shorter wet stopping distances
  • MaxTouch Construction combined with the interlocking action of Michelin's breakthrough IntelliSipe technology delivers impressively long wear life.
  • The interlocking action of IntelliSipes creates a more rigid tread block, which allows for a reduced starting tread depth leading to lower rolling resistance so you can save fuel without sacrificing safety or longevity.
  • Lower rolling resistance allows for reduced fuel cost
  • 38 sizes to fit mid size sedans, minvans, and small imports

90,000 Miles
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Tire Type
Speed Rating
Load Index
Load Range


Safety Rating is a combination of two values: Load Index and Speed Rating for P-Metric and Euro Metric tire sizes; and Load Range and Speed Rating in the case of heavy duty LT (light truck) sizes.

Speed Rating is based on the speed that the tire is designed to be driven at for extended periods of time. All tires in the in the U.S. are designed to maintain legal U.S. speed limits. The speed rating of tires must match the maximum driving speed of the vehicle.

Load Index is used on P metric and Euro Metric sized tires and denotes a tire's load-carrying capacity at a specified inflation pressure. The load index is represented by a number, the higher the Load Index Value the greater the load the tire can safely carry. Vehicle manufacturers recommend a maximum load capacity based on a recommended minimum load index.
(P) Passenger
Tire Class


Tire Class reflects how the tire will be used. There are four major categories: All-Season, Max Performance, Summer-Only and Winter-Use.

All-Season tires are suitable for year-round driving in all weather conditions.

Summer-Only & Max Performance tires are specifically designed for high-performance driving. Tire compound, tread design and speed ratings all combine to hug the road and maintain grip. Summer tires by nature are not ideal for winter driving due to lack of siding to grip winter roads.

Winter-Use tires have tread compounds and patterns that are specially designed for grip on snowy or icy road surfaces. They are not suitable for year-round use. The rubber compound used will wear more quickly on dry, summer roads. It is recommended that winter tires are fitted as a complete set to avoid potential handling issues.
Everday Use
All Season
All Season

Off-Road Off-Road

Summer-Only Summer-Only

Winter-Use Winter-Use
Tread Type


Tread Type is an important consideration when choosing a tire. There are four main types: Passenger, Highway, All-Terrain and Mud-Terrain.

Passenger denotes a tread that is suitable for normal use, a good all-round tread for normal driving.

Highway is a tread type unique to SUV and truck tires. The tread is optimized for normal everyday driving on paved surfaces. These tires can be driven off pavement, but are not ideally suited for off road traction. Highway tread patterns deliver a quiet ride.

For light trucks and specialty vehicles, All-Terrain tread types provide better off-road traction than standard highway truck tires. There more aggressive tread tends to be less quiet on paved roads. All Terrain tires are suitable for everyday use.

Mud-Terrain treads are specifically designed with wider tread blocks and higher void ratios to gain traction in off-road conditions. Mud Terrain tires can generate higher noise levels and tend to carry lower mileage warranties than other tread designs.
Passenger Passenger
Highway Highway
All-Terrain All-Terrain
Mud-Terrain Mud-Terrain

UTQG - Uniform Tire Quality Grade

UTQG (Uniform Tire Quality Grade) is made up of three values: treadwear, traction and temperature.

Treadwear is a relative numeric score, based on manufacturer tests, showing how well a tire can be expected to wear compared to other tires. A higher score means a tire could be expected to wear better.

Traction measures the tire's ability to stop a vehicle on wet roads. It doesn't reflect a tire's acceleration, cornering, or hydroplaning performance. Traction grades range from AA (highest) to C (lowest).

Temperature grades the tire's ability to withstand heat build-up, with A being the highest grade and C the lowest.

A - Over 115 mph
B - Between 100 to 115 mph
C - Between 85 to 100 mph
Treadwear: 820
Traction Asphalt - gForce
AA - Above 0.54
A - Above 0.47
B - Above 0.38
C - Less Than 0.38
A - Over 115 mph
B - Between 100 and 115 mph
C - Between 85 and 100 mph

Drive / Ride Performance Characteristics

All tires have the following six performance characteristics, divided into three sets of trade-offs. In most cases, a tire may perform excellently in one characteristic but only standard in the other.
Standard Ride Comfort & Standard Handling
Handling: Get stiff side wall for precise steering and cornering but settle for a firm ride with increased road noise.
Ride Comfort: Enjoy a quiet, smooth ride but lose some cornering ability.
Standard Treadwear & Standard Traction
Traction: Stop faster in wet conditions but expect a shorter tread life.
Treadwear: Get long, uniform wear across your tread pattern but expect less traction in wet conditions.
Standard Low Rolling Resistance & Standard High Speed Performance
High-Speed Performance: Get increased performance at higher speeds but sacrifice some fuel economy.
Low Rolling Resistance: Enjoy improved fuel efficiency but expect less high-speed cornering ability.


Rated 4.8 out of 5 by 3229 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Very good so far I just bought these tires 4 days ago but so far I'm very impressed. I like the 90k tread life. These tires are much quieter than the tires I had previously. They also ride very smooth. Stopping and cornering is much improved. I thought the price was high but was able to take advantage of the $70 rebate michellin is offering right now so that helped. May 22, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by high price, but maybe worth it! I bought 4 Defender tires a month ago for my 1999 Buick Century & right off we find the ride much smoother than previous tires we had. How they wear in the future, time will tell. But I am very optimistic tho. May 20, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by smooth ride bought these tires 5/9/12 as a replacement for a 2003 Lincoln LS. These tires are smooth but have much more road noise than I expected. I have said in the past I would not purchase Michelins again, after a bad experience, but chose to give them another try May 11, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Tires are as I expected! Only had these new Defender tires 2 days, so far, in town, on a road trip yesterday and driving around the area.....I am VERY IMPRESSED! Did a lot of research and the tires is already living up to all that you promised! Great handling, I know as I used to race cars, and the comfort is there as promised and now that we are retired and not doing a lot of driving I am sure there will be a lot of tread still on them after the recommended replacement time of 10 years. Thanks for making the greatest tire on the road! May 10, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Wears best I travel by automobile extensively, The last set of new tires gave me 19,000 miles and had to be replaced. My experience with Michilen over the years has convinced me to stick with the best. Best wear, best ride and best safety. We noticed a marked difference in the ride as soon as we pulled out of the tire store. I'm very impressed with the Defender. May 10, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Defender tires replaced my HydroEdge I have had great luck in the past with Michelin HydroEdge tires and was a bit upset when I heard that the HydroEdge tires were being discontinued, until I learned about the Defender tires replacing them. I only have about 500 miles on my Defender tires, but so far they are quite and handle just as good as the HydroEdge tires in the rain. My vehicle is a 2003 Oldsmobile Van. May 9, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by great expections Bought these yesterday to replace X radials on 2007 TC van. I have ran 3 sets of X radials over 60.000 miles on two vans. I was told this tire was replacing the X radial, the defender rides smooth and with the fuel saving and safety features who could go wrong. April 28, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great Tires Just put a set on last week on a 2011 Honda CR-V, replacing the OEM tires after just 19000 miles.....drives a handles much differently and better than when new. Worth the price if you drive a lot as I do. April 24, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by good ride Just installed a set of Defenders on my minivan. What a difference. Much quieter,and it seems like the van rolls with less resistance. Planning a long trip up north so I hope the tires are as good as the hype. April 10, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by tires i went to my local wholesale club,bought a set of 4 defender tires for my hyundai ,these tires are fantastic,worth every penny,very comfortable rideand great handling,i will definitly purchase them again if need be!!! April 7, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by The Defender is great! Put a set of the Defenders on my Lincoln Town Car. My wife said, "I can't believe how much better the car handles and it is so quite. The ride is much better over rough roads as well." She was not aware of all the ads about the Defender. We would not go back to a regular tire. Ron April 6, 2012
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