Snow Tires: Ratings of Sources
Total of 15 Sources
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by Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Our AssessmentConsumerReports.org rates more than 40 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.
Putting Studded, Studless Winter Tires to the Test
by Gene Petersen
Our AssessmentIn this article, ConsumerReports.org reviews five studded winter tires; unlike other content, this report is free to nonsubscribers. 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.
Best Winter Tires 2012
by Editors of Motormännen
Our AssessmentThis website of the Swedish Automobile Association conducts its comprehensive winter-tire tests in cooperation with Teknikens Värld, a Swedish publication (whose name translates as World of Technology). Eighteen winter tires are tested on dry, wet, snowy and icy pavement; on test tracks in northern Finland and Sweden; and on ordinary Swedish roads. Experts rate tires on each surface for braking, hydroplaning, road-holding and the moose test -- how well the tires handle a sudden swerve, as if to avoid a moose standing in the middle of an icy road. Editors then rank the tires from best to worst. None of the top picks are available in the U.S. The article is available online, but only in Swedish.
Sweden's Biggest Winter Tire Test
by Editors of Aftonbladet
Our AssessmentThis Swedish tire tests are incredibly painstaking: Three drivers from the Finnish tire testing company Testworld spend two months testing 28 winter tires (fitted to a Ford Focus) on their track north of the Arctic Circle. Aftonbladet tests 12 studded tires, nine studless tires for severe winters and seven autobahn-style winter tires for mild climates. The non-studded tires don't impress the reviewers much, especially the autobahn-style tires, which they say are only good for mild winters and "should be banned on ice." One of their favorite studded tires is a favorite in North American tests, too -- the Nokian Hakkapeliitta 7.
Winter Tire Test 2012
by Rune Korsvoll and Jukka Antila
Our AssessmentThe Norwegian Automobile Federation participates in the same exhaustive test as Aftonbladet, but editors come to some very different conclusions. Notably, reviewers prefer the studless Nokian Hakkapeliitta R to the Michelin X-Ice Xi3 and the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70. Among studless tires, the Nokian Hakkapeliitta 7 is a favorite.
The Stars of the Winter Road
by Nils Svärd
Our AssessmentThis Swedish magazine tests 11 tires -- studded, studless and performance -- including U.S. models Michelin X-Ice Xi3, Nokian Hakkapeliitta R and Nokian Hakkapeliitta 7. Tires are fitted to a Volkswagen Golf, and experts judge each tire's braking, acceleration, traction and handling on icy, snowy, wet and dry pavement. They rank the tires from best to worst in a handy chart, explaining each tire's pros and cons.
Tires to Count On In Wet or Dry
by Erik Rönnblom
Our AssessmentThis Swedish auto magazine tests 10 winter tires -- nine studless and one studded -- on wet, dry, icy, snowy and slushy test tracks in Finland, using Volvo C30 and V50 test cars. As usual, the studded tire (a European-only model) grips best on ice, but it lags on wet and dry pavement. The Nokian Hakkapeliitta R wins the studless test for the third straight year, with balanced performance on all road conditions.
Studded or Studless? Time to Check Your Winter Tires
by Margareta Rost
Our AssessmentThis Swedish magazine tests studded winter tires from several brands on both winter roads and atop a frozen lake near Åre, Sweden. All perform well -- testers don't pick any favorites -- but a Dunlop tire (a European-only model) brakes a little faster than the others on ice. Motorföraren also gives buying advice -- how much winter tires should cost, studded vs. studless, etc.
2011-2012 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 for this year, so some of the latest models are missing.
Testing the Newest Studless Ice & Snow Winter Tires
by Editors of TireRack.com
Our AssessmentTireRack.com is a retail site that both sells and reviews tires. Staffers conduct winter-tire tests on ice, using a hockey rink as their test track, and on dry pavement. Here they test the Michelin X-Ice Xi3 against two-time champ Continental ExtremeWinterContact, as well as the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 and Goodyear Ultra Grip Ice WRT. Editors say the first three perform similarly on snow and ice, but the Michelin -- the new first-place pick -- rides and handles the best.
Best Affordable Winter/Snow Tires
by Gary Stanley
Our AssessmentEven an inexpensive winter tire will keep you safer than all-season tires, experts say. Gary Stanley recommends three affordable winter tires: the Continental ExtremeWinterContact, the Dunlop Graspic DS-3 and the General Altimax Arctic.
Winter Tires for General Cold Weather Performance
by Jim Holloman
Our AssessmentEven without snow, winter tires can give you better traction in the cold, Jim Holloman says. Three performance winter tires are recommended for cold, dry climates: the Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60, the Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D and the Michelin Pilot Alpin PA3. Staffers also recommend these tires in other TireRack.com blog posts.
Looking for the Best Winter/Snow Tires?
by Steve Huffman
Our AssessmentReviewer Steve Huffman sums up his top winter-tire picks in various categories -- including truck/SUV picks Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1 and Michelin Latitude X-Ice Xi2. Fellow staffer Gary Stanley recommends these truck tires based on his own personal experiences in another blog post.
Tire Survey Results
by Contributors to TireRack.com
Our AssessmentThousands of consumers contribute to these ratings at TireRack.com, which ranks 18 passenger winter tires and 10 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. Consumers report how many miles they've driven each tire and on what type of car. TireRack.com averages the scores and ranks the tires accordingly. Users can also click on and read many narrative consumer reviews for each tire, several of which are 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 Nokian Hakkapeliitta R, Continental ExtremeWinterContact, Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 and Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60.