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Michelin  Defender 225/65R17
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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
Tire Size
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.


Michelin Defender is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 3105.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great tires. great price! These tires have great traction on snow and ice, handle well and seem quite on the interstate. Good buy for a high mileage tire!
Date published: 2014-01-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I would buy again Michelin tires aré a very good product with a great reputación.
Date published: 2014-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Got My Original Ride Back! During the life of the original Michelin tires one had to be replaced due to our wonderful Michigan roads. The particular dealer didn't have Michelin's, so it had to be replaced by what they indicated was "identical". For the next 15k miles any highway speed travel caused the car to vibrate to the point even the passenger seat would shake if no one was sitting in it! After taking it to the dealer and finding the issue was the tire, I had enough and purchased the Defender. Great wear life warranty was what swayed me, but have to say my original ride is back. Car is again comfortable to drive at highway speeds and the traction is outstanding. Obviously the only downfall is the excessive price vs. other brands, but that's life!
Date published: 2014-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Now a Michelin believer I bought these tires for my van just in time. This winter in Michigan is starting off with a punch and what a difference these tires have made in driving in the snow, slush and even the ice that we have been having for the past month. I will be putting a set of these on my wifes car when hers is ready for tires. Thanks Michelin for producing such a great tire.
Date published: 2014-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from excellent tires These tires make my 2010 Chevy HHR drive like a completely different car. I couldn't believe the difference the tires made. I have been a Michelin fan for a long time and will continue to be one. Great tires!
Date published: 2014-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Michelin purchaser and proud of it! Very satisfied. Have been a Michelin customer for 40 years. Would buy no other tire! Have never had any issues.
Date published: 2014-01-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Like them so far Everyday driving great so far see how long they last...
Date published: 2013-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Road Worthy Tires Great tire! Rides nice and smooth. Would not ride on anything but Michelin's. You can TRUST YOUR RIDE!
Date published: 2013-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from New Tide Car rides and handles noticeably better,
Date published: 2013-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great tire I bought 4 new tires for my Scion Xb and have been very happy with the traction in the snow and overall handling. My husband will be buying these tires next fall for his car too!
Date published: 2013-12-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Disappointed at Car Ride I have been using Michelin X1 tires or Michelin Harmony Tires for about 8 years on 3 different cars, have been very happy with them as they give you a very comfortable ride. I just purchase a newer car, and they need a new pair of tires. I could not find the Harmony tires anywhere, so I bought the new Michelin Defenders which had a tread design almost exactly like my Harmonys and figured I could not go wrong with Michelins, as I had been using them for such a long time. I have been a huge fan of Michelins because of the great ride and traction they give you. The Defenders just do not give my car the great ride that I was used to having. To me , They give a harder ride and just feel different. I was hoping to exchange them for another tire, but after contacting someone at Michelin it is up to the Dealer who installed them after He inspects them whether I can get another set of tires. I was told they soften up after a bit of driving so I hope this is true. With the Harmonys they felt great right away. Seem to be using more gas too, than with the tires that came on the car.
Date published: 2013-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from another fine product from Michelin Michelin defender tires seem very nice. I have had Michelin Harmony on the same car and loved them. The new Defenders seem very good in snow and ride great. As far as mileage, time will tell;)
Date published: 2013-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW! Big Difference from Other Brands My Michelin Defenders are such a big jump in quality from the other brands. The ride is quiet, smooth, controlled and great handling in bad weather. Once you go Michelin, can't go back now.
Date published: 2013-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What can I say it's a Michelin... I am very pleased with my new tires and the smooth ride they provide and the great handling on turns.
Date published: 2013-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from so far, so good Afew miles into my new set of tires, I'm getting the ride and performance I have come to expect from Michelin. I just replaced the original tires on my Soul at only 30K, so I'm curious to see how long these go. I am also watching the gas mileage--it may be lower, but it's too early to tell.
Date published: 2013-12-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Iwould buy these tires again. I liked how they went through the snow and didn't spin as easy as my old tires.
Date published: 2013-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome tire Have had this tire for about 1 month and so far so good. Took a trip down to So Cal and back. Very impressed with how quiet this tire is. Not so sure about the fuel economy. Doesn't seem quite as good as original Michelin.
Date published: 2013-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Smooth Ride I recently purchased 4 Defender tires for my 99 Avalon. I immediately noticed the smooth ride and how quiet it is. I always purchase Michelin tires and I have yet to be disappointed. The quality is outstanding! Keep up the good work.
Date published: 2013-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super Tires After 8,000 miles of travel, we love these tires. Will buy them again. Best 90,000 mile tire out there.
Date published: 2013-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Like them I just got these tires before snow started. The dealer recommended these tires. I was driving home after work with active snow and ice. I was able to get over hills that other cars could not. I found out later the roads were closed 20 minutes after I drove on them successfully. Very good job by the tires. There were only a few of us who made it over the hills and I was very thankful I was one of them.
Date published: 2013-12-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from prius gas mileage The tires are fine except that the gas mileage on my prius is 8 to 10 miles per gallon less since I got the new tires. I dropped from 57mpg average to 47 mph. I have not made 50 mpg even on a road trip with cruise control. I am disappointed and since it is rated for 90,000 miles I am stuck with it.
Date published: 2013-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Good All Around Tire The vehicle is used primary for around town trips. Occasional longer highway trips between 100 and 300 miles. Live in Pennsylvania where it occasionally snows in winter. Tire rides smooth, little road noise. Very good wet and dry traction. Much better in snow than the original equipment tires. Currently have approximately 3,000 miles on the tires and have had no problems or complaints.
Date published: 2013-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Would Buy This Product again We like the ride that these tires provide. They work very well in the snow.
Date published: 2013-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very satisfied Picked this tire from online reviews when those of the other brand tire I was considering were not that great. The Michelin Defender tires were more expensive than I had in my budget plans but I'm glad I bought them. So far I've only 1,500 mile on them but they perform very well in rain and snow plus they are quieter than the previous tires I had. Very good tire for the money.
Date published: 2013-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So far so good Had set of tires put on two weeks ago, and then went on a 1300 trip South, each way. So far, tires seem great. We had good weather so I do not know how they will handle the snow or rain where we live, but driving on the highway they were smooth and quiet. Had nice handling. So, so far so good, but will have to update this is based on how they preform in the snow and rain.
Date published: 2013-12-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Defender Love the tires comfort, and durability. However they are so overprised.
Date published: 2013-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tire Wear Tire ride good, look great and wear like iron.
Date published: 2013-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Peace of Mind... These tires were recommended to me when I was shopping around for new tires. I had mediocre tires placed on my van the last time and was wanting to be safe as a single parent with small children. I could not be happier with these. They costed more, yes, but the peace of mind these tires bring is worth the cost, bar none. Living in the midwest good snow tires are mandatory. I am not disappointed in the least with my investment. THANK YOU MICHELIN!!!!
Date published: 2013-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great All Season Tires A great all around tire. Good in the snow.
Date published: 2013-12-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from defender tires are satisfactory
Date published: 2013-12-30
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