Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Defender

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.

Michelin Defender Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.73
 
 

2011 Toyota Matrix
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Miles driven on tires: 50,000
Location: Thomasboro, IL
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 50,000 Miles on Tires
November 22, 2013

I drive a 2011 Toyota Matrix for my job, I drive about 160 miles a day and the Defender is a very good tire, the only complaint I have at this point is the treadwear doesnt seem to be living up to the specs, they are rotated every 10k miles, now I havent had to replace them yet so who knows maybe they will get near the 80,000-90,000 mile range but I seriously doubt it...other than that these are just a great all around tire.
they are THE QUIETEST passenger tire I have ever drove on (as a comparison theres another 2011 Matrix where I work that got Uniroyal Tiger Paws on it and they are a average VERY NOISY tire and I mean NOISY!)
I actually put Defenders on my own vehicle (2004 Pontiac Gran Prix) and love the tires on my car as well but I only have 15,000 miles on those, so cant really comment to much on them.
I consider myself a very knowledgeable car person so I can be more criticle than the "average" car owner...and having said that I would recommend these tires to anyone who wants a very good and very quiet all season tire.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli P4 Four Seasons

Monday, March 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli P4 Four Seasons Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.36
 
 

1999 Toyota Sienna XLE
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Miles driven on tires: 25,000
Location: Saint Paul, MN
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 25,000 Miles on Tires
February 23, 2014

I bought this tire after reading reviews off tirerack.com All i gotta say is this tire exceeds my expectations. I live in minnesota so i drove through rain,shine,snow and so far its a improvement over the previous kumho kr21 and uniroyal tigerpaw touring. Where the tire really shine is wet and snow traction over the previous tires Ive had. Wet roads are confident with little to no spinoff unless heavy throttle is applied. Snow traction is great i can actually hear and feel it biting over 3-6 inches of snow covered roads. I am a lot more confident driving this van now in the winter than ever before. Noise levels are reasonably low and steering is quick and precise i can take an off ramp going over 30mph with "NO" tire squealing problem whatsoever. Overall this tire well worth the money and makes my van goes where ever i want it to with no worry.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ProContact with EcoPlus Technology

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.

Continental ProContact with EcoPlus Technology Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.73
 
 

2009 Toyota RAV4 Base Model 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 2,300
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Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 2,300 Miles on Tires
January 31, 2014

Will go ahead and post my initial impressions:

These Contis immediately improved the overall ride over my previous tires (Uniroyal Tiger Paws). I've only had them on a few months but have been able to go through the paces through Idaho winter. Really really impressed with snow and hard packed ice road traction. Very confident in wet or dry handling.

Fairly quiet and smoothes out the RAV as best they can ;) I'm thinking this is an excellent choice for a small SUV doing mostly paved road driving. Will update again when I get some decent mileage.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama AVID Ascend (H- or V-Speed Rated)

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama AVID Ascend (H- or V-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.1
 
 

2003 Volvo S60 2.4
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Hampstead, MD
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
January 24, 2014

I've owned a lot of cars and a lot of different tires: Michelin, Dunlop, Continental, Pirelli, Semperit, Bridgestone, Falken, Goodyear, BF Goodrich, Firestone, Uniroyal. The only tires I've ever owned that were a close match to these were a set of Semperit M-401's I owned back in the late 70's. I put these tires on my front drive Volvo S60. I drive fairly hard and I have yet to get a squeal out of these on a curve on dry pavement. The car is like it's on rails. Very solid on wet roads where they feel almost as secure as on dry pavement. I've experienced no indication of hydroplaning. They will lose traction a bit when starting up quickly on wet pavement, but squeal almost like they would on dry pavement when doing so. We've been having a bit of a wild winter here in the mid-atlantic and I've gotten caught out in some fairly substantial snow several times over the past few weeks. A couple of times I've had to stop on steep hills behind other cars that have gotten stuck. In every case I've been able to wait for traffic to clear and drive right around the stuck car(s) with little effort, at times having to use the uncleared shoulder to get through. They aren't snow tires, but they're darned close. These replaced a set of Michelins and I've seen no noticeable change in fuel economy, but the car noticeably rides and handles better. Compared to the Michelins they replaced these tires seem to ride more smoothly over small imperfections, but slighty more harshly over large bumps and potholes. They are very quiet. I'm not able to rate tread life as I've only had them for a couple of thousand miles, but I am so impressed that I wanted to get this review out on the web for the benefit of others. Highly recommended.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Destination A/T

Wednesday, December 19, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Destination A/T Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.14
 
 

2008 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Litchfield, NH
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
December 07, 2012

With only 1000 miles so far, I haven't been able to try them in snow yet, but so far I think these are good, solid tires. Much more stable feeling than the uniroyal cross terrains I had before. They drive straight and with NO vibration what so ever even up to 80MPH (so far). Believe it or not, I had 100,000 miles on them when I replaced them and still would pass inspection but I wanted a more aggresive tread for this coming winter. I'm confident that these Destinations will really deliver in the snow. Yes, they are noticably louder that the Uniroyals. Hey, it's a Tacoma.....not a Mercedes. Turn the radio up a bit louder. The noise is NOT a LOT louder. VERY easy to get used to. I'm sure these will be awesome tires that will last a long, long time. You wont be dissapointed.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Affinity Touring

Tuesday, August 14, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Affinity TouringReviewer's Overall Rating: 10

1999 Chrysler LHS
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Miles driven on tires: 28,000
Location: Hattiesburg, MS
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 28,000 Miles on Tires
August 05, 2012

In 42 years of driving, this is undoubtedly the finest set of tires I have ever owned. I have owned top of the line Goodyear, Bridgestone, Dunlop, Uniroyal, and Kelly-Springfield. No other tire I've owned outperforms these tires in terms of quiet, smooth ride, tread wear, responsiveness and sure footedness in wet weather. No other tires I have used even comes close to giving me the confidence I have in the performance of these tires in wet weather. I purchase premium tires because I need to feel safe while driving regardless of the weather and at whatever speed I am driving.. The Firestone Affinity Touring tire give me that confidence.

I definitely recommend these tires and will re-purchase. They are worth every penny I paid.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Energy Saver A/S

Thursday, May 24, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.


Michelin Energy Saver A/SReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.33

2000 Infiniti Q45
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Miles driven on tires: 800
Location: Orlando, FL
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 800 Miles on Tires
May 10, 2012

I've put about 800 miles on the Michelin Energy Savers. Yes They do....save gas. I went from some worn out Uniroyals with 40,000 miles to these tires. The first tank if gas took me from 18.9 MPG to 22.3 MPG, an 18% increase. the tires will pay for themselves in less than a year of normal driving. They are Michelin quiet, smooth and responsive on top of that. If they hold up over 40,000 miles they are a bargain.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin LTX M/S2

Thursday, March 1, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.

Michelin LTX M/S2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.64
 
 

2004 GMC Canyon SLE Extended Cab
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Miles driven on tires: 80,000
Location: Abingdon, VA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 80,000 Miles on Tires
February 26, 2012

Gmc Canyon 4x4, S-10 4x4, Honda Ridgeline, Toyota 4Runner, All 4 wear LTX M/S. My Canyon just got 3rd set of LTX's, second set got 80,000 miles. S-10 is on its 4th set, it's pushing 200,000. 4Runner is still on 2nd set at 55,000 miles, truck has 130,000. Michelin was very acommoidating to warranty replace all 4 on my Ridgeline at 35,000 miles 7/32 tread left for cracking tread and sidewall. I worked in the tire industry several years back and found through experience that Michelin makes a superior product in most of their product lines. My BMW has stock 18" PS2's and My 09 V6 Accord has 18" stock Michelins. The Max performance Michelin's I have used are unprecedented for traction & handling, 25,000 for wear is common for me. Over 30 years of personal tire buying my advice is to pay a small amount more up front and in the end you will be better served for the life of your tires. I have used Goodrich, Uniroyal, Firestone, Yokohama, Goodyear,& Bridgestone, all fall short in long range performance. Only the Yokahama and Bridgestone were close in long life ride comfort, as well as tread wear. Please take my comments seriously, I have had literally hundreds of personal and business tires and Michelin as a company has serviced me better than the other manufactures. If you regularly maintain the alignment and shocks on a vehicle & check your air pressure, The Michelin will in general wear more evenly and maintain a better ride longer, not to mention service you more mileage on most of their product line.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin HydroEdge with Green X

Tuesday, January 31, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.

Michelin HydroEdge with Green XReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.38

2000 Cadillac Seville STS
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Miles driven on tires: 2000
Location: New Bern, NC
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 2000 Miles on Tires
February 04, 2011

I purchased this set of tires for my 2000 Seville STS and it is by far the best set of tires I have ever put on a vehicle. My old Uniroyal's were worn out after 20,000 miles and they never rode great on this car, but these Michelin's make this car feel like new. Bumps that were previously felt aren't existent anymore, and cornering stability is much improved. When I first installed them I felt they were rough, but after breaking in the car is smooth and goes over every road surface with ease. I'm throughly enjoying the capabilities of these tires, and there is no better tire in the rain. Hydroplaning is no longer an issue, and I can actually give the car throttle and not worry about it slipping and having the traction control system kick in. I'm a Michelin customer for life, and Tire Rack is great to deal with. Will definitely purchase again!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Optimo H727

Friday, December 23, 2011 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Optimo H727Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.27

2006 Subaru Baja Sport AWD
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Miles driven on tires: 2500
Location: Milwaukee, WI
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 2500 Miles on Tires
November 11, 2011

I bought my Baja used with just under 100,000 miles on it. It had Uniroyal Tiger Paws on it that looked to have plenty of tread left. Well the first time it snowed I found out that the Subaru has plenty of traction to get going, but I could not stop or steer. Time for new tires. I read the reviews on Tire Rack and checked out Consumer Reports. The Hankook's appeared to be a clear winner, so I ordered a set. Wow, what a difference! After having them mounted, I was driving home and was shocked by how quite my car had become. I just thought it was noisy and rode bad because it was an older car. These tires made it feel like a brand new car! I literally started to laugh on the way home. Drove in the rain with no problems. We had our first snow fall and I actually had brakes and could maintain control. I love these tires and cannot recommended them highly enough. Thanks Hankook and thanks Tire Rack! Buy these tires, you will not be disappointed.

Made in the USA!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 by Mason Rush
In recent days, we honored those who have fought for our freedom. I also feel that we need to acknowledge American workers that are producing tires here in the USA.  

Here is a listing of a few of the popular tire choices exclusively bred from the American worker: 


BF Goodrich Super Sport A/S

BF Goodrich g-Force Super Sport A/S


Dick Cepek Radial FC II

Dick Cepek Radial F-C II


Dunlop Radial Mud Rover

Dunlop Radial Mud Rover


Firestone Precision Sport

Firestone Precision Sport


Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar


Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar


Hoosier Racing Tires R6

Hoosier Racing Tires R6


Michelin Cross Terrain SUV

Michelin Cross Terrain SUV


Uniroyal Tiger Paw Tour SL


Uniroyal Tiger Paw Tour SL


Yokohama Avid TRZ

Yokohama Avid TRZ

Buying Tires, Selection, Service, Price and the Experts

Thursday, May 6, 2010 by Rudy Riedel
Why buy tires at Tire Rack? Tire Rack started in 1979 and has continued to grow. Many customers look to Tire Rack to get the knowledge to make an informed decision on their purchase. We also stock many of the leading brands like BFGoodrich, Bridgestone, Continental, Dick Cepek, Dunlop, Firestone, Fuzion, General, Goodyear, Hankook, Hoosier Kumho, Michelin, Pirelli, Sumitomo, Uniroyal and Yokohama. We stock the hard-to-find speciality performance tires, too.



We know how the tires perform and we test them at our test facilty. We put the tire test results online for you to review. We offer fast shipping to a local installer near you. Installation is also made easy. Find a Recommend Installer near you here.

Tire Rack Consumer Reviews: Uniroyal Truck Tires

Wednesday, April 21, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
If you want to buy truck tires, we suggest you take advantage of our collection of consumer reviews. We've got them for most of the tires in our inventory, including Uniroyal truck tires.

Laredo HD/H (Highway All-Season)
"I have a 3/4 ton truck that I drive on the highway most of the time. Very good tire for the price. Best thing for a large truck, reminds me of a semi tire in look and wear. The tire still has showed no wear yet. If you have a truck that is over 8,600 lbss and drive on road all the time, this is the tire." — Tire Rack Consumer Review, Chevrolet C2500, GA

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An Informative Way to Start Your Tire Search

Thursday, March 4, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
As you know, Tire Rack keeps a large number of consumer surveys on hand. This is strictly for your benefit during the purchasing process. You'll find tire reviews for a number of popular manufacturers, which means you can read Hankook tire reviews, Sumitomo tire reviews, Uniroyal tire reviews...of course the list doesn't stop there.

To make it even easier for you to sift through our database, we also keep them organized by specific vehicle. You might be looking for Chrysler tires, or maybe you need Chevrolet tires. Perhaps you need 350Z tires. Regardless of your search criteria, we'll produce a list of reviews that represents appropriate tires for your vehicle.

It's just another way we attempt to streamline your purchase. An informed purchase is a better purchase, but the best kind of purchase is the one that has you driving away with a smile. And that's what we aim for every time.

Start your search.

Uniroyal Tire Reviews: A Look at the Tiger Paw Tour SR

Wednesday, December 9, 2009 by Tire Rack Team
Vehicles sold within the United States tend to feature Original Equipment All-Season tires. Developed specifically for new cars and light trucks, these tires offer an all-encompassing mix of ride quality, noise comfort, treadwear and handling. Even year-round traction, though only in lighter snow. As the tires wear out, many drivers will replace them with the same exact tire. 

Further, some drivers will purchase tires labeled as Original Equipment on other vehicles provided they meet their own vehicle/driving requirements simply because of their performance reputations. 

The Uniroyal Tiger Paw Tour SR is one such Original Equipment tire. And as we aim to provide as much information about the tire as possible, you'll find these Tire Rack Consumer Reviews quite useful:

"I purchased these tires because of the quiet, comfortable ride qualities, but have been impressed with the handling, wet and dry traction, as well as the quiet, comfortable ride quality." — Toyota Avalon XLS, LA

"I have driven on these tires for 9 months and have found them to be excellent in all types of driving and weather conditions and no sign of tread wear in over 8,000 miles." — Buick LeSabre, KS

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Uniroyal Truck Tires

Monday, November 30, 2009 by Tire Rack Team

Laredo is the name Uniroyal gave to its family of truck tires. It conveys the tire's ability to provide traction and durability in the most challenging, rugged conditions. Uniroyal truck tires are commonly seen as Original Equipment (O.E.) tires, meaning they come with the vehicle upon purchase. Yet over the years, Uniroyal truck tires have pleased consumers to the point where they're now being purchased as replacement tires. Tire Rack offers the following Uniroyal truck tires:

Laredo AWR
Laredo All Season AWP
Laredo Cross Country
Laredo HD/H

You can read even more about them in our library of consumer reviews. Or, just search by vehicle or tire size to figure out which Uniroyal truck tires fit your vehicle.