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.

    Ice braking Noise Snow traction Value Rolling resistance Ride comfort 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 Ride comfort Noise Snow traction Ice braking 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.

    Ride comfort Snow traction 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 Noise Hydroplaning Ice braking Value Ride 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 Ride comfort Snow traction Ice braking Wet braking
  6. 64 Continental WinterContact SI

    Excellent for severe winter driving.But long stops on cleared roads, and subpar handling and hydroplaning resistance.

    Rolling resistance Ride comfort Snow traction 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.

    Ice braking Noise Ride comfort Value Snow traction
  8. 64 Dunlop Winter Maxx WM01

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

    Rolling resistance Ride comfort Snow traction Ice braking 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.

    Ride comfort Noise Snow traction Hydroplaning
  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 Hydroplaning Wet braking
Year
2018
Date added
Jul 20, 2018
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Max Score
70
Season
Winter
Auto Type
Passenger
List Type
Professional Tire Test