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Tire Clearance Event Plus, an additional 20% Off Select Tires
Receive an Additional 20% Off Select Tires with your online order with promo code: ROLLOUT20 when scheduled for installation on and installation is completed between 7/19/16 through 7/31/16. Not valid in combination with any other discounts or promotions. This is an online only offer and cannot be purchased in stores. Valid on select in stock tires only, those tires for which discount is available will be identified in search results and product detail pages. All other tires and special order tires are excluded from this offer.

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  • Size: 175/70R13
  • Part #: 19761|
  • SKU: 923093|
  • (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



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 3070 reviewers.
Rated 4 out of 5 by New Purchase Just purchased these tires on 7/7/2016. These new tires replaced the Michelin Harmony, (And is no longer available) which is what I had before purchasing The Defender. I get basic use out of the tires, city and highway. No road trips. I like the feel and the handling of the tiers. Haven't found anything that I dislike about the tires. Michelin make good tires. Will always have my business. July 15, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by much smoother ride- noticeable Old car Honda CR-V. We were going on a road trip. Tires made a huge difference . Felt like we were riding on air. July 10, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by great tire My first set of Michelins was the Hydro Edge and I loved them. Michelin replaced the Hydro Edge with the Defender and have kept the high level quality in these tires. I had one set one a Camry and got just under 90k miles on them. I had another set on my Civic and had 92k miles on them. The tires still had thread left, but I knew I would need a set before next winter. I replaced the tires on both cars recently and purchased another set of Defenders. July 8, 2016
Rated 3 out of 5 by Not holding up to warranty mileage Love the tire for lack of road noise and grip but only got 30,000 out the tires. Sold as a 90,000 mile tires. Had them rotated every 5000 miles and front end alinment. Very disapponted. June 27, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Honda Fit- small car.... with wonderful new tires! The defender tires have lived up to their name...I have incredible grip on the road and a much sounder ride with them on! It was worth the expense as my small car was susceptible to hydro-planing and road noise. These tires have made a really positive difference. June 20, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by Good tire but mileage overrated I like this tire in that it is quieter than most and has good traction in poor weather conditions. I have them on a Honda Odyssey van which I mostly drive for longer trips and not much around town. My concern is that they were rated for 90,000 miles, I expected about 70,00 but got only 55,000. My dealer said that they were worn wrong but I have a 4 wheel alignment every 6 months. So I only got about 65% wear of what they were rated for. Maybe it is because the van is a large vehicle... June 19, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Very Satisfied Customer I purchased the Michelin Defender tires back in August 2013 and am extremely satisfied with them. Will soon be due for a new set and plan on purchasing them again. The ride is very comfortable and quiet. I live in Pennsylvania where we had a large blizzard last winter. I had no problems getting around. June 9, 2016
Rated 1 out of 5 by Rated for 90,000 miles, got less than 40,000 miles These tires are terrible. They are supposed to last 90,000 miles. 39,000 miles later, and they are unable to pass inspection. I thought I was buying the best tires available from the best brand, but I should have bought the cheapies for almost half the price. I drive mostly highway miles, so I see no reason why they these shouldn't have lasted at least 50-60k miles, based on the manufacturer's rating of 90K June 2, 2016
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