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  • Size: 225/65R16
  • Part #: 02012|
  • SKU: 772958|
  • (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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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 3220 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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
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