Consumer Reports: Winter Tires 2018

Winter tires have a tread with more biting edges for better grip on snow and ice than all season tires, and many have a softer rubber compound that remains flexible in extremely cold temperatures.

Size tested: 215/60R16.

  1. 70 Michelin X-Ice Xi3

    Excellent for severe winter driving with perfect snow traction and stopping grip on ice. But relatively long dry and wet stops.

    Snow Traction Rolling Resistance Ice Braking Noise / Comfort Value Dry Braking Wet Braking
  2. 70 Nokian Hakkapeliitta R2

    Excellent for severe winter driving because snow traction and grip on icy surfaces is excellent. Comfortable ride and low rolling resistance for fuel efficiency. But relatively long dry and wet stops.

    Rolling Resistance Noise / Comfort Ice Braking Snow Traction Dry Braking Wet Braking
  3. 66 Bridgestone Blizzak WS80

    Excellent for severe winter driving. Perfect snow traction and grip on icy surfaces, but relatively long dry and wet stops.

    Snow Traction Comfort Ice Braking Wet Braking
  4. 64 Cooper Weather-Master WSC

    A very good choice for moderate to severe winter weather conditions. Fair braking on cleared roads and handling.

    Snow Traction Aquaplaning Ice Braking Value Noise / Comfort
  5. 64 Toyo Observe G3-ICE

    A great choice for snowy road conditions. Fairly noisy and long stops on cleared roads. Fair handling.

    Rolling Resistance Snow Traction Comfort Ice Braking Wet Braking
  6. 64 Continental WinterContact SI

    Excellent for severe winter driving. But long stops on wet roads.

    Rolling Resistance Snow Traction Comfort Ice Braking Wet Braking Handling
  7. 64 General Altimax Arctic

    Impressive winter performance without the studs and a tends to be attractively priced. Fair braking on dry and wet roads, and handling.

    Noise / Comfort Snow traction Ice Braking Value
  8. 64 Dunlop Winter Maxx WM01

    This tire has excellent snow traction and braking on ice. Also it has long stops on cleared roads.

    Rolling Resistance Ice Braking Comfort Snow Traction Wet Braking
  9. 64 Nokian WR G3

    Sacrifices some winter grip for well rounded performance. A great choice for moderate winter conditions or infrequent snow storms. The WR G3 is for drivers who don't want the inconvenience of a winter tire change over.

    Noise / Comfort Aquaplaning Snow Traction
  10. 64 Toyo Celsius

    A winter tire for all year use. It is a good balance of snow traction, braking on icy and dry roads and secure handling.

    Snow Traction Noise Aquaplaning Wet Braking
Year
2018
Date added
Jul 20, 2018
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Max Score
70
Season
Winter
Auto Type
Passenger
List Type
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