Snow Tires: Ratings of Sources
Total of 14 Sources
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by Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Our AssessmentConsumerReports.org rates more than 30 non-studded winter tires, including regular winter tires, performance winter tires and those for pickups and SUVs. Each tire is rated for snow traction; braking on icy, dry and wet roads; handling; hydroplaning; ride comfort; noise and rolling resistance, culminating in an overall score. Editors rank the tires from best to worst and recommend their top picks.
A Winter Tire You Can Use All Year Long
by Gene Petersen
Our AssessmentIn this article, ConsumerReports.org reviews a special year-round tire, the Nokian WR G3; unlike most of this site's articles, this one is free to nonsubscribers. Unlike ordinary "all-season" tires, the Nokian is up to a severe-winter challenge. "This tire shined in our tests," Petersen says, handling icy, snowy, dry and wet roads with ease (regular snow tires usually struggle on bare pavement).
Putting Studded, Studless Winter Tires to the Test
by Gene Petersen
Our AssessmentIn another free article, ConsumerReports.org reviews five studded winter tires. The studded Nokian Hakkapeliitta 7 outclasses all winter tires on snow and ice -- including the top studless tire, the Michelin X-Ice Xi3. However, editors don't test the studded tires' dry braking and handling.
20 Winter Tires -- From Dangerously Horrible to Ridiculously Good
by Robert Collin
Our AssessmentThis Swedish car magazine's tire test is incredibly painstaking: Professional drivers from the Finnish tire testing company Testworld spend more than a month testing 20 winter tires (fitted to a Ford Focus) on their track north of the Arctic Circle. They use GPS to discern braking distances, acceleration and lap times, and writer Robert Collin adds his subjective impressions. Tires are tested blind (testers don't know which tires they're driving) to eliminate bias. Winners are the studded Nokian Hakkapeliitta 8 (similar to the Hakkapeliitta 7 in the U.S.) and studless Michelin X-Ice Xi3.
The Best Friction Wins
by Nils Svärd and Oleg Rastagajev
Our AssessmentThis Swedish magazine tests eight studless tires for harsh winters, including U.S. models Michelin X-Ice Xi3 and Nokian Hakkapeliitta R2. Tires are fitted to Audi A3 test cars, and experts judge each tire's braking, acceleration, traction and handling on icy, snowy, slushy, wet and dry pavement. The Nokian wins, with good performance on all surfaces. The Michelin handles icy and wet roads well, but not snow and dry pavement. In a separate test of studded tires, the Nokian Hakkapeliitta 8 wins.
Winter Tire Test 2013
by Linus Pröjtz
Our AssessmentThis Swedish publication exhaustively tests 21 winter tires -- studded, Nordic studless and performance studless -- on all winter road conditions. Unlike other experts, they aren't impressed with the studded Nokian Hakkapeliitta 8 or studless Michelin X-Ice Xi3 on wet roads (the winning tires in those categories aren't available in the U.S.). The top Nordic studless tire, the Nokian Hakkapeliitta R2, is available here, but it's hard to find.
Here Come the Environmental Studs
by Erik Rönnblom
Our AssessmentThis Swedish auto magazine tests eight studded winter tires on wet, dry, icy, snowy and slushy test tracks in Finland, using Audi A3 test cars. This year, a new Swedish law has forced tire makers to either reduce the number of studs or pass a road-wear test (to reduce wear on Sweden's roads as well as air pollution from road particles). The Nokian Hakkapeliitta 8 wins; it's similar to the Hakkapeliitta 7 in the U.S.
Select the Right Winter Traction
by Oleg Rastagajev and Erik Söderholm
Our AssessmentThis Swedish magazine tests studded winter tires from several brands on ice, snow, slush, wet and dry roads. A "curb test" checks for durability (by running the tires against a fake curb until they blow). As usual, the Nokian Hakkapeliitta 8 (similar to the Hakkapeliitta 7 in the U.S.) beats all rivals.
Testing the Newest Studless Ice & Snow Winter Tires
by Editors of TireRack.com
Our AssessmentThis retail site tests the Michelin X-Ice Xi3 against two-time champ Continental ExtremeWinterContact, as well as the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 and Goodyear Ultra Grip Ice WRT. When this test was published in September 2012, editors picked the Michelin as their favorite -- but now, they don't make a pick. The Continental rates highest on snow and ice, while the Michelin displays the best road manners and wet and dry grip.
Which Winter Performance Category Is Right for You?
by Cy Chowattukunnel
Our AssessmentDo you even need winter tires where you live? TireRack.com posts a helpful map showing average annual snowfall in various parts of the U.S., color-coded to show whether winter or all-season tires are appropriate. This post also lists TireRack.com experts' top picks for studless, studdable and performance winter tires for cars.
Best Winter/Snow Tires for 2013-2014
Our AssessmentTireRack.com also recommends two top winter tires for trucks and SUVs: the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1 and Michelin Latitude X-Ice Xi2. Links lead to each tire's individual page, complete with owner reviews.
Tire Survey Results
by Contributors to TireRack.com
Our AssessmentThousands of consumers contribute to these ratings at TireRack.com, which ranks 20 passenger winter tires and 11 tires for light trucks and SUVs. Each tire is scored in 12 categories (ice traction, deep snow traction, etc.), and the results are presented in easy-to-read charts. Owners report how many miles they've driven each tire and on what type of car. Links lead to written owner reviews for each tire, several of them quite thorough and thoughtful.
by Editors of Autos.ca
Our AssessmentThis Canadian online auto magazine (formerly CanadianDriver.com) doesn't rank the winter tires it tests, but the reviews provide a wealth of information to help readers pick the best winter tire for specific driving needs. Testers relate their experiences driving some of the tires on their personal vehicles during Canadian winters, including the Pirelli Winter IceControl, Nokian Hakkapeliitta R, Continental ExtremeWinterContact, Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 and Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60.
Winter Tire Info: Winter Tire Reviews
by Editors of the Automobile Protection Association
Our AssessmentThis Canadian nonprofit association is funded by membership fees, with no subsidies from the automobile, oil or insurance industries. The APA picks the top winter tires, based on both its own tests and ratings from tire experts and retailers. It has rated more than 50 winter tires for passenger and performance cars and for SUVs. However, it hasn't updated the ratings in two years, so some of the latest models are missing.