If you want maximum winter traction for your SUV or truck, the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1 is the hands-down favorite. Experts have recommended this tire line for years, and hundreds of pleased owners say it's simply unbeatable on snow and ice.
'Beyond excellent' on snow and ice. Owners rave about the Blizzak DM-V1. "In my 24 years of driving experience throughout Europe, as well as here in Canada... the Bridgestone DM-V1 tyres are the BEST tyres that I have used for harsh winter conditions," says one TireRack.com customer from Calgary, Alberta. Another reviewer -- who regularly drives in Alaska on snow-packed, ice-crusted 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."
TireRack.com staffer Gary Stanley uses the DM-V1 on his family's Mazda CX-7. Once, he bought an all-wheel-drive Infiniti coupe with all-season tires -- and drove it home through a snowstorm, white-knuckled and slow. His wife sailed along in the Mazda, with the DM-V1s "making easy work of the conditions."
Its archrival, the Michelin Latitude X-Ice Xi2 (*Est. $150), runs neck-and-neck with the Blizzak DM-V1 in a test conducted by a leading consumer review publication. Both grip excellently in ice and snow -- better than any other studless winter tires for SUVs/trucks. Both are just fair on wet and dry roads (as usual for a severe-winter tire).
Owners say the Blizzak trumps the Michelin on ice and snow. 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.
Overall, owners give it high marks for treadwear, although the Bridgestone is not quite as highly rated as the Michelin Latitude X-Ice Xi2. Plenty say they've gotten 20,000 miles or more out of the Blizzaks. "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."
Review Credibility: Excellent 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
Review Credibility: Good Staffers here regularly conduct winter-tire comparison tests, but they haven't tested the Blizzak DM-V1. However, this TireRack.com blogger picks it as one of the best winter tires for SUVs and light trucks.
Review: Looking for the Best Winter/Snow Tires?, Steve Huffman, Sept. 10, 2012
3. Tire Rack
Review Credibility: Good 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
Review Credibility: Good 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. More than 350 owners have rated this tire.
Review: Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1, Contributors to TireRack.com, As of November 2012
5. Automobile Protection Association
Review Credibility: Good 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.
Review: Winter Tire Info: SUV Tires, Editors of Automobile Protection Association, Not Dated