Michelin Defender VS BFGoodrich Advantage T/A

Because there can only be one…set of tires on your car.

          Versus             
Michelin Defender                                         BFGoodrich Advantage T/A

Cost
Price is completely dependent upon the type of tire you need and the kind of car you drive. In any case, I’m more than able to give you approximate estimations of how much you’ll have to shell out. For the Michelin Defender tires, it’ll likely be $130/tire. However, the BFGoodrich Advantage T/As set a whole new standard. Their price comes in at a remarkably low $110.

Handling
One thing I’m sure you’ll be happy to hear is that both tires handle equally well on the track. On a dry, paved road, on a wet path, both the Michelin and BFGoodrich products will hold up just fine. Read the comments, check out the reports, nobody is hiding the high-scoring performances of these tires in grip and response or braking and turning.

Wear Life
Personally, I like to see these tire companies guarantee big numbers, like how Michelin guarantees its customers 80,000 miles in their treadwear warranty. BFGoodrich, on the other hand, doesn’t have me quite as enthusiastic. Now, I’m not saying that their Advantage tires have a warranty as low as the Firestone Affinities, which only hold up for 70,000 miles, but as simple math indicates—80k > 70k.

Fuel Efficiency
The Advantage T/A tires have average fuel economy at best. Michelin, in comparison, seems to offer much more value even given its standing in the same basic, all-season-tire category. Due in large part to the Defender’s Energy Saver Construction, which minimizes tire resistance, the Michelin tire will grant you more fuel economy than its competitor.

Warranty
Usually, Michelin destroys their competition in this category. With a 30-day satisfaction guarantee and a 3-year free flat replacement/towing service, how couldn’t they? But BFGoodrich provides a normal warranty that covers any and all product defects for the life of the guaranteed tread or for 6 entire years after the day of your purchase, whichever arrives first. I’d say it’s a stalemate.

Which Is Best?
I’m truly torn here, as Michelin has become my go-to tire in these comparisons. It has ousted Goodyear, taken down the likes of Bridgestone and Firestone, but pitted against BFGoodrich, I can no longer call it “almighty.” I’d say that both tires are excellent options. I can understand why someone would buy the Advantage tires, due to their substantially lower cost and impressive warranty, but Michelin still merits much interest with its excellent performance in nearly every major category.

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