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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 5/26/16 through 6/1/16.

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  • Size: 225/65R17
  • Part #: 20960|
  • SKU: 686202|
  • (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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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



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.

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 3060 reviewers.
Rated 1 out of 5 by Less than 40K miles, and their ready to be replaced. I bought these because of the 90,000 mile rating. I previously had Michelin tires rated at 80,000 miles and got over 70,000, so I wanted to buy them again, but they were discontinued. So I bought these Defender tires. I took them to my dealer for rotation every 5,000 miles faithfully. But this time the dealer told me that they're close to worn out and I should replace them in 3,000 to 5,000 miles. I only have about 36,000 miles on the tires, so I'm VERY unhappy. These are expensive tires, and even though Michelin will pro-rate my next tires, I have to pay again for road hazard, etc. May 17, 2016
Rated 3 out of 5 by Noisy This tire corners well and delivered 4 additional mpg all around for my 2010 Chevy Impala. However, they had to be replaced after a week with a different brand because they had a loud roar as if I had knobby mud tires on a 4x4. I am very disappointed more testing wasn't done during development. Impala owners beware! May 3, 2016
Rated 2 out of 5 by Disappointed. I've used Michelin for years and I will continue to buy them but not the Defender. The tires are noisy and ride extremely rough. I haven't decided if I going back to the dealer to see if they will replace them. They are really good people so I may get lucky. May 3, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Works good on Prius Michelin honors its warranty. I had some other Michelins on the Prius that caused vibrations despite being balanced 3 times. They replaced those tires with the Defender, which were cheaper, but perform very well. The ride is smooth and quiet. I have driven through rain at high speeds, and they feel like dry pavement. These tires are a major upgrade over the OEM tires and I recommend the Defender for the Prius. April 27, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Michelin Tire Rebate Site The 4 Defender tires that I purchased before are excellent, even when the tread was worn to be able to see Lincoln's head on a penny when placed in the tread. I drove through some pretty heavy rain on the interstate and all day rain as well. The Defender tires handled very well and still gave me a safe and comfortable ride at interstate speeds. That is the main reason I am buying my second set for my Prius and probably will purchase a set for my wife's Town and Country too. April 14, 2016
Rated 1 out of 5 by Not Worth the Price I have about 45000 miles on the tire. They wear OK. About 40% tread left. These tires however do not perform well at all in the rain and suck extremely in the snow. They ride really stiff and make a decent amount of road noise. I'm not wasting my money again on michelins. April 10, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by very good so far. Purchased these tire on 09/18/2013. Now have 71,545 miles on them. All is good untill now. I'm getting a lot of road noise but not sure its the tires. I was told when I got these that they would not last the whole 90,000 miles because of the roads here. Lots of hills and sharp turns. There is still about 10 to 20 thousend miles left on them. April 7, 2016
Rated 2 out of 5 by Tires wore out by 55,000 miles I had a set of these tires installed on my 2007 Honda Odyssey EX minivan. The tire's treadwear warranty is 90,000 miles, but the tread was down to less than 3/32" by 55,000 miles. The tires drive well, but I'm very disappointed with the treadwear. I expected better from Michelin especially after paying a premium price for them. I've purchased numerous sets of Michelin LTX M/S tires for a Ford E350 van and always get at least the 70,000 mile mileage rating stated for them. I bought these tires hoping for similar results, but didn't get it. March 23, 2016
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