Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Defender

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Vehicle: 2002 Honda CR-V
Miles Driven on Tires: 1,200
Location: Carmel, IN
Driving Condition: Combined Highway/City
Driving Style: Average
Michelin Defender
Follow-Up Review: 4,000 miles on tires
January 11, 2013
After 4000 miles, I'm very happy with Michelin Defenders and highly recommend them. Running above Honda's recommended 26 psi has made them feel much nicer during cornering.<br><br>They are still compliant, very quiet, have great traction/grip in wet and dry conditions. Performance in snow and ice is very subjective, but Defenders perform well in both. Fuel mileage is better than Hydroedge by about 1 mpg.
Initial Review: 1,200 miles on tires
November 10, 2012

Michelin Hydroedges are by far the best tire I have ever owned. After 7 years of faithful service, I replaced them with Michelin's new Defenders.

Relative to the Hydroedge, after four tanks of fuel, my initial impressions of Defenders are quite good. Noticeably quieter and more compliant ride. Same excellent wet/dry traction as Hydroedge. I do feel like the Defenders have more body roll on dry roads and maybe less lateral grip in wet/dry than Hydroedges (just don't feel they are as sure-footed or predictable as Hydroedge on some of our town's many, many roundabouts). Hydroedges required little steering input during highway driving, Defender's require more (less centered feel). Fuel mileage has improved by 4+% (at this rate these tires will pay for themselves over 90,000 miles). Haven't run them in the snow yet. If Defenders are anything like Hydroedge, I have no doubt that they will last 90,000 miles.

Overall, I feel Michelin has done a great job improving on the Hydroedge in important areas - ride, noise, traction, rolling resistance and treadwear. The negatives (compared to Hydroedge) are small and probably wouldn't be noticed by most drivers anyway. If your driving style is easy going or average, I highly recommend Michelin Defenders. If your driving style is spirited, you're probably looking at other tires anyway.

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