If you want maximum winter traction for your SUV or truck, the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1 is the hands-down favorite among reviewers. Experts have recommended this tire line for years, and hundreds of pleased owners agree that it's simply unbeatable on snow and ice.
"Beyond excellent" on snow and ice. Owners rave about the Blizzak DM-V1. One TireRack.com customer -- who regularly drives in Alaska on snow-packed, ice-encrusted roads at 40 below zero or worse -- calls the Blizzak DM-V1 "absolutely the best tire for this environment," with traction that is "beyond excellent."
Its archrival, the Michelin Latitude X-Ice Xi2 (Est. $155), runs neck-and-neck with the Blizzak DM-V1 in one top test. While the Blizzak ultimately trumps the Michelin, according to owners, both tires grip superbly on ice and snow -- better than any other studless winter tires for SUVs/trucks. Likewise, both are just fair on wet and dry roads (as usual for a severe-winter tire). Canada's Automobile Protection Association recommends both tires for ice traction, but finds the Blizzak's deeper treads better in snow.
Quiet and extremely comfortable. This is one of the smoothest-riding winter tires you can buy for your
SUV or truck, reviewers say. Owners award the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1 the
highest possible rating for ride comfort at TireRack.com, and one expert source
rates it Very Good. It's quiet, too -- one of the quietest in an expert test.
TireRack.com customers rate it highly for keeping tire noise to a minimum.
The rival Michelin Latitude X-Ice Xi2 rates just as highly for comfort. Owners find it a little quieter than the Bridgestone, but expert testers find the Bridgestone quieter.
No treadwear warranty, but most owners are pleased with its durability. Like most winter tires, the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1 carries no treadwear warranty. However, owners give it high marks for treadwear, although it's not quite as long-wearing as the Michelin Latitude X-Ice Xi2. Plenty say they've gotten 20,000 miles or more out of the Blizzak tires. "Buying my second set today -- enough said," writes one owner after putting 45,000 miles on the Blizzaks. Another writes, "I had 15,000 miles on them when I sold the car and I could have put another 15,000 miles on them."
Ten winter tires for light trucks and SUVs are tested in this review, including the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1. A chart clearly evaluates each tire's performance on snow, ice and wet and dry pavement, along with noise and other measures.
Review: Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not Dated
2. Tire Rack
Staffers here regularly conduct winter-tire comparison tests, but they haven't tested the Blizzak DM-V1. However, experts recommend it year after year as one of the best winter tires for SUVs and light trucks, saying it continually scores well in customer feedback.
Review: Best Winter/Snow Tires for 2013-2014, "Colin", Oct. 23, 2013
3. Tire Rack
This TireRack.com reviewer recommends the Blizzak DM-V1 based on personal experience. A snowstorm hit while he was driving home from picking up his new all-wheel-drive Infiniti G37 (with all-season tires). His drive home was "stressful and slow," while his wife's Mazda CX-7 equipped with Blizzak DM-V1s made the drive easy.
Review: My Story on Winter Tires, Gary Stanley, Feb. 9, 2011
4. Tire Rack
Owners who post reviews at TireRack.com give the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1 the highest ratings of any winter tire for light trucks and SUVs. About 350 owners have rated this tire.
Review: Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1, Contributors to TireRack.com, As of November 2013
5. Automobile Protection Association
This independent Canadian nonprofit organization selects the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1 as a top pick for SUVs, giving it high ratings for performance in both ice and deep snow. They also say it's quiet and has good handling on cleared roads.
Review: Winter Tire Info: SUV Tires, Editors of Automobile Protection Association, Not Dated