Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Defender

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Vehicle: 2008 Toyota Sienna XLE AWD
Miles Driven on Tires: 9,000
Location: FORT WAYNE, IN
Driving Condition: Combined Highway/City
Driving Style: Average
Michelin Defender
Initial Review: 9,000 miles on tires
June 08, 2014

An excellent replacement tire for this minivan. After 9k miles, the Michelins are better in every respect than the OE run-flat Bridgestones (except running flat, I suppose). Noise is minimal, wet traction is very good (80 mph across South Dakota in the rain proved it to me), cornering/turn-in is crisp, ride is not too harsh. The only catch is not having a spare tire. Toyota's engineers couldn't find a place for it in the all-wheel-drive model, so a can of flat repair slime is one simple option.

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