Rated 5 out of 5 by HappyCamper Immediate improvement
The tires were mounted on my 2009 Ford Fusion and I immediately noticed an improvement in the ride and handling. I only have a few hundred miles on the tires so I can't attest to the claim of increased gasoline mileage, but I am very pleased with the tires and Michelin as a company.
August 21, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by tarheelboi1991 What a difference the right tire makes!
Although I do not have many miles on this new set of Defenders, I can already tell a difference! These tires are like driving on a cloud. Cornering is good but could be a little better. The noise and comfort levels are what has me sold on this tire (and pretty much all Michelins). I have always put Michelins on my cars and the Defender only confirms my reasoning. They are well worth every penny I spent on them. I drive everyday with combined city and highway. In the city there seems to be less noise than on the highway (but most of the interstates around here are concrete, so that adds a little to the noise level). I have a 2007 Mazda3, and they are KNOWN for road noise, but with the Defenders it has subdued that quite a bit. These tires are worth their weight in gold and will gladly purchase them again and again!
August 15, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by SnowbeltDriver SUV
Driving conditions are country, interstate, rain, ice on overpasses and snow. I immediately noticed better stability on turns, a firm ride (like a new vehicle), and gas savings on dry roads. I have every confidence that I'll not have a problem this year with winter conditions. I encouraged my son to purchase these for his F250. His concern is the price. With his driving conditions, I'm willing to make the purchase. These are the best tires I've ever had in 40 years of driving.
August 14, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Verified Reviewer defender
JUST PURCHASED THESE TIRES 8/15/2012,SMOOTH RIDE AND GREAT PROFORMANCE, TIRE ARE AWESOME!!!!!!!!
August 14, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by rc0808 So far they are great. Seem like a good
Tires installed this morning. Went straight to Interstate 10 in the rain. Handled beautifully at speeds up to 95mph. I drove 136 miles each way.
August 13, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by THL 2005 Honda Odyssey
Bought 4 Defender XT for the Odyssey less than 2 months ago, handling and comfort are good but the tires are a bit noisy on concrete and asphalt, even my 9 years old noticed it. Don't know why other reviewers said it's quiet though. May be there is a 'break-in' period on the noise. I don't know how it goes in the snow yet, will see in a few months.
August 7, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Tawfiq GREAT TIRES
As soon as I drove off the lot I noticed an immideate difference. The ride quality im well improoved, wet traction is great, and it saves me fuel.
August 5, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by HawkeyeinNM I would by this tire for all my cars
I did a lot of research and finalized on the Defenders. They were the best ones I could find and rated the best by numerous businesses. Today is just my second week of driving on these tires and I can clearly notice the difference from the other new tires I had on my 2006 Suburu Forester AWD. I switched from a 215/60/16 rectangular tire to a higher profile 215/65/16. MPG (old - 29 mpg) has increased by 3MPG. The ride is a lot smoother and the noise has been significantly reduced. Handeling performance has increased - steering seems more responsive, cornering control as good as the lower profile tires or better, stopping is better, and rain traction has improved (no Hydroplaning now). I have older Michelins (more aggressive) on my Durango but will switch to Defenders if they ever wear out. Excellent tire - don't be afraid to buy.
July 29, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Quietone Quietist tire I ever owned
PRO.These tire are the quietist tires I ever owned after 55 years of driveing, CON. I can now hear my wife when she's talking in the car all the time.
July 21, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by ksing I noticed the difference!! Awsome Tires!
I have 2004 Ford Taurus and since I had bought it used, the tires on it were all 4 different brands on each wheel... and were wearing out. I did a lot of research and finalized on the Defenders. They were the best ones I could find!! Today is just my second day driving and I can clearly notice the difference!! The ride is a lot more smoother and noise has significantly reduced!! I did not see too mucg of a difference in handling performance... but I guess the tires need to run in for 500 miles before they get to thier normal! I am really impressed with them so far... lets see how long they last... but a 80k mile treadwear warranty makes me comfortable that they will last and last and last... !! Michelin (thru an offer from my Ford Delaer) also threw in the Road Hazard warranty for free!!
July 17, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Verified Reviewer The "DEFENDER" tires are the best!
I have been a Michelin tire user for years and only a few days ago I came across comments concerning the "Defender" tire by Michelin. I was so amazed by the comments I bought a set of Defenders in stead of Symmetry this time and I can validate the comments I have read, these are the best of the best!
July 17, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by CTS DePax your Odyssey Van with Defenders
After dealing with the poor wear (30,000K max) and very poor light snow performance/cost of PAX tires, I was very careful to find appropriate replacements for the PAX system. Had to buy new Honda (steel) wheels and covers. Ordered new TPMS sensors, but found the existing ones on the PAX system fit perfectly (got full refund on ordered sensors). These Defenders are the way to go - they came out at the right time! Have ~5K on the tires - waitibng to see how they perform in winter driving. So far so good!
July 9, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Felix Michelins 0n 4 Honda Accords since 1986
I've just replaced 4 Michelin Harmony tires today on my 1998 Honda Accord LX with 4 new Michelin Defender XTs. The Harmony tires (rated at 80,000 miles) lasted 9 years over 91,000 miles, and although they may have comfortably given me an additional 6 months/5000 miles, I opted for safety. I routinely have tires rotated and pressure adjusted approx every 8,000 miles at the local Honda dealer where I have all my servicing done. This is our touring car. We make 5 or 6 trips a year ranging from 250 to 800 miles per round trip in addition to an 1,100 mile trip to Canada every other year. I look forward to the new Defenders' performance
July 4, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by TimmyBob New Defenders = Impressive
Just replaced the original LX4 tires on my 07 Honda Odyssey with a set of 4 Defender tires. On a recent roadtrip the tires performed extremely well. Handling and braking were excellent, and there was very little if any road noise. Fuel efficiency was right on the same track as the original equipment tires. The comfort and smoothness of the ride in my opinion takes a close second to the LX4's. I believe this is because the Defender tire carries a 90,000 mile warranty as the original LX4's only lasted 50,000 miles. Also, the sidewall design is a little less attractive as the LX4 but still looks great on the vehicle. I would recommend these tires to anyone looking for great handling in any types of weather.
June 28, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by SolarGirl Excellent TIRE
I bought these tires last week and so far I like my purchase. The car drives smoother, better and overall just feels like a new car! I replaced the tires that came on my car when I first purchased it and I must say I am glad I went with Michelin. Michelin is the best brand out there! Now my car can handle any weather! Thanks Michelin!!!
June 24, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Evaluator Simply THE BEST
Michelin simply makes the BEST tire you can buy. I have a set of Harmony tires on a VW with over 50,000 miles of trouble free driving. Even the tire store is amazed that they still have 50% of life left when they balance and rotate the tires. The DEFENDER is a terrifc solid ride on our Honda CRV. With a 90,000 mile warranty, I expect these to be equally as good as the Harmony. Michelin tires will continue to be my family's choice of tire.
June 21, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Verified Reviewer Very Good So Far
I have 2007 Accord that came with OEM Michelin Energy MXV4 that lasted 67K. I replaced MXV4 with Defender and so far I'm happy about the purchase and don't even have one negative thing to say about.
June 19, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by CRIS1212 NO MORE SCARY DRIVING IN A STORM.
you will never want to experience your vehicle slide across 3 lanes of traffic because your tires lost grip of the road, and your 2 year old in the back seat. As a Father, Tire Techician, and ''CAR CRAZY''. I RECOMMEND THE ''DEFENDER'' or any MICHELIN tire.
June 16, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by LifetimeMichelinCustomer New Car Feel
I just bought these tires to replace my old hydroedges on my 2002 Honda CRV. I wasn't sure I wanted to go with Michelins again because I did not like the hydroedge tires for my car. They were too noisy and had a high pitched whine when I drove at highway speed. Also, all four tires started wearing badly and cracking on the outside no matter how often I had alignments done, even though they weren't wearing in the middle. They were in such bad shape with 30,000 miles on them that no place wanted to repair one of the tires that had picked up a nail (the place where I originally bought them finally did). I am glad to say that the salesperson who helped me with my tire selection convinced me to try the new defenders with the promise that I could bring them back if I didn't like them. Well, there is no way I am returning them! These are possibly the best Michelin tires that I have ever experienced and I have bought only Michelins since owning my first car (my Dad is a Michelin fan too). They drive like on glass, turn on a dime and the ride is blessedly quiet, even at high speeds. Thank you Michelin, I am once again a very satisfied Michelin customer. I don't know yet about the wear life, and fuel efficiency since I have not had them long, but so far I am very happy! I may provide more of an update regarding that later.
June 15, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by carrataplan2 I would buy this product again and agai
i like this tire because i ... oh god i love it
June 11, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Mudslinger Great Value for the Money
Replaced all four tires. Was impressed with the new feel and ride both on city streets and the highway. My old tires were vibrating at 70 mph at highway speeds. I ran these new ones up to 100 mph no vibration. I chose these tires for the weir and mileage to be expected. Noting the best value over several brands and mileage ratings (Number of mile/$) these tires were 833 m/$.
June 6, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Vlad99 Where safety comes first.
Michelin uses cutting edge technology to give superior performance in any kind of road condition, dry or wet. Today's autos are pushed harder and faster than ever before, and its nice to know your family's safety is protected by the best tire that is made. Some things cannot be valued by money.
June 5, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by TaiChimonkey Great comfort ride like my Energy LX4
A very good replacement for Honda Odessey LX4 Energy , will hope to out last the original 50k miles . So far the Defender rides similar to LX4 Energy and handles very good. Can't say much about energy efficiency, and stopping faster and hydro riding effect yet. Woould be similar if not better than older tech. Will keep you posted.
June 2, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by TravelingGrandpa The new Defender
This is my first set of the Michelin Defender. So far I am very impressed with them. I have Michelin tires on all of my vehicles and for the safety of always haveing a high rated tires on my vehicles it is worth the slightly higher price. I have bought around 40 sets of Michelin tires and if you figure the price per mile, they are very cost wise.I normally get 60,000 to 70,000 miles on Michelin tires. I just hope these last as long as the Hydroedge tires did.
May 26, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Yarisowner 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 Verified Reviewer 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 traveling salesman2 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 Frosty 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 Verified Reviewer 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 bufbooth 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