Consumer Reports: Winter Tires 2022

Consumer Reports: Winter Tires

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. Bridgestone Blizzak WS90 - Winner Recommended
    Bridgestone Blizzak WS90
    85 45
    · Winter · 2019 · Passenger - Studless Ice & Snow · For Nordic Winter x
    Verdict:

    Execllent snow traction and braking on ice. Fair handling, but typical of many winter / snow tires.

    Snow Traction   Dry Braking   Ride Comfort   Hydroplaning   Ice Braking   Wet Braking  
    USA+ USA+ · Canada Canada · South Korea South Korea
    Test Score:
    73
  2. Michelin X-Ice Snow Recommended
    Michelin X-Ice Snow
    82 57
    · Winter · 2020 · Passenger - Studless Ice & Snow · For Nordic Winter x
    Verdict:

    If snow traction and ice grip is the top priority, this tire is your choice. It ranked highest in snow traction and ability to stop on ice among a very capable field of winter / snow tires.

    Noise   Ice Braking   Snow Traction   Rolling Resistance   Wet Braking   Handling  
    USA+ USA+ · Canada Canada · Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+ · Japan Japan · China China
    Test Score:
    73
  3. Continental VikingContact 7 Recommended
    Continental VikingContact 7
    90 58
    · Winter · 2018 · Passenger - Studless Ice & Snow · For Nordic Winter x
    Verdict:

    The Continental VikingContact 7 strikes a good balance of snow traction and ice braking performance.

    Snow Traction   Noise   Rolling Resistance   Ride Comfort   Hydroplaning   Ice Braking   Wet Braking   Handling  
    USA+ USA+ · Canada Canada · Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+ · East Asia East Asia
    Test Score:
    70
  4. Hankook Winter i*cept iZ 2 W616 Recommended
    Hankook Winter i*cept iZ 2 W616
    80 32
    · Winter · 2015 · Passenger - Studless Ice & Snow · For Nordic Winter x
    Verdict:

    The Hankook Winter i*cept iz2 is a high rated winter / snow tire suitable for snow covered and icy roads and has good braking on dry pavement.

    Ride Comfort   Ice Braking   Snow Traction   Rolling Resistance   Wet Braking  
    USA+ USA+ · Canada Canada · Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+
    Test Score:
    69
  5. Goodyear WinterCommand Ultra Recommended
    Goodyear WinterCommand Ultra
    N/A 35
    · Winter · 2020 · Passenger - Studless Ice & Snow · For Nordic Winter x
    Verdict:

    The Goodyear WinterCommand Ultra is a good choice for traveling over snow and icy roads.

    Snow Traction   Noise   Ride Comfort   Hydroplaning   Ice Braking   Wet Braking   Handling  
    USA+ USA+ · Canada Canada
    Test Score:
    69
  6. General Altimax Arctic 12 Recommended
    General Altimax Arctic 12
    80 30
    · Winter · 2016 · Passenger - Studdable Winter / Snow · Studded · For Nordic Winter x
    Verdict:

    An impressive balance of grip for snow and icy road conditions, even without the tire studded.

    Ice Braking   Hydroplaning   Noise   Snow Traction   Wet Braking   Handling  
    USA+ USA+ · Canada Canada · Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+ · East Asia East Asia
    Test Score:
    68
  7. Nokian Nordman 7
    Nokian Nordman 7
    76 32
    · Winter · 2017 · Passenger - Studdable Winter / Snow · Studded · For Nordic Winter x
    Verdict:

    Excellent snow traction, very good ice braking and a comfortable ride. Fair wet braking and handling performance common to many winter / snow tires.

    Hydroplaning   Ice Braking   Snow Traction   Wet Braking   Handling   Noise  
    USA+ USA+ · Canada Canada · Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+
    Test Score:
    64
  8. Nokian Hakkapeliitta R3
    Nokian Hakkapeliitta R3
    85 59
    · Winter · 2018 · Passenger - Studless Ice & Snow · For Nordic Winter x
    Verdict:

    For those looking for a studless winter / snow tire with a good balance of grip on snow and icy roads, and when they are cleared, too.

    Ride Comfort   Ice Braking   Snow Traction   Rolling Resistance   Wet Braking   Handling   Noise  
    USA+ USA+ · Canada Canada · Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+ · Japan Japan · China China
    Test Score:
    64
  9. Toyo Observe GSi-6
    Toyo Observe GSi-6
    66 39
    · Winter · 2018 · Passenger - Studless Ice & Snow · For Nordic Winter x
    Verdict:

    Excellent snow traction and hydroplaning resistance are the highlights of this model. Fair wet braking and handling performance like many winter / snow tires.

    Ice Braking   Hydroplaning   Noise   Snow Traction   Wet Braking   Handling  
    USA+ USA+ · Canada Canada · Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+ · Japan Japan · China China
    Test Score:
    64
  10. Yokohama iceGUARD iG53
    Yokohama iceGUARD iG53
    N/A 27
    · Winter · 2019 · Passenger - Studless Ice & Snow · For Nordic Winter x
    Verdict:

    Excels in snow traction and has exceptionally low rolling resistance to enhance fuel economy. Very long wet stopping performance.

    Ride Comfort   Ice Braking   Snow Traction   Rolling Resistance   Handling  
    USA+ USA+ · Canada Canada · China China
    Test Score:
    63
  11. Nexen Winguard Ice Plus
    Nexen Winguard Ice Plus
    70 41
    · Winter · 2018 · Passenger - Studless Ice & Snow · For Nordic Winter x
    Verdict:

    Excellent snow traction, ride comfort, and resistance to hydroplaning. Long wet stops and fair handling are compromising traits.

    Ride Comfort   Hydroplaning   Snow Traction   Wet Braking   Handling  
    USA+ USA+ · Canada Canada · Russia+ Russia+
    Test Score:
    62
  12. Falken Winterpeak F-ICE 1
    Falken Winterpeak F-ICE 1
    75 32
    · Winter · 2020 · Passenger - Studless Ice & Snow · For Nordic Winter x
    Verdict:

    Excellent performance on snow and icy roads, and high resistance to hydroplaning. Fair handling and long stops on wet roads is a trade-off, though common to winter / snow tires.

    Hydroplaning   Ice Braking   Snow Traction   Wet Braking   Handling  
    USA+ USA+ · Canada Canada · Europe Europe
    Test Score:
    62
  13. Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3
    Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3
    81 61
    · Winter · 2014 · Passenger - Performance Winter / Snow
    Verdict:

    Very good snow traction and hydroplaning resistance. The ride is comfortable. Fair stopping performance on ice.

    Hydroplaning   Handling   Dry Braking   Snow Traction   Noise   Ice Braking  
    USA+ USA+ · Canada Canada · Europe Europe · Russia+ Russia+ · East Asia East Asia
    Test Score:
    60
  14. Uniroyal Tiger Paw Ice & Snow 3
    Uniroyal Tiger Paw Ice & Snow 3
    N/A 22
    · Winter · 2016 · Passenger - Studdable Winter / Snow · Studded · For Nordic Winter x
    Verdict:

    Delivers on snow traction and hydroplaning resistance, but unexceptional elsewhere. Ice braking was just average without studs installed.

    Hydroplaning   Snow Traction   Wet Braking   Handling  
    USA+ USA+ · Canada Canada
    Test Score:
    59
  15. Sumitomo Ice Edge
    Sumitomo Ice Edge
    82 31
    · Winter · 2017 · Passenger - Studdable Winter / Snow · Studded · For Nordic Winter x
    Verdict:

    High marks for snow traction, and average grip on ice, though adding studs typically enhances ice braking performance.

    Ride Comfort   Hydroplaning   Snow Traction   Wet Braking   Handling  
    USA+ USA+ · Canada Canada · East Asia East Asia
    Test Score:
    58
  16. Firestone Winterforce 2
    Firestone Winterforce 2
    75 30
    · Winter · 2016 · Passenger - Studdable Winter / Snow · Studded · For Nordic Winter x
    Verdict:

    This Firestone performs well in areas with modest wintery conditions. It scores an Excellent rating on CR's test for resisting hydroplaning, topping all winter/snow tire rivals.

    Ride Comfort   Hydroplaning   Snow Traction   Wet Braking   Handling   Noise  
    USA+ USA+ · Canada Canada
    Test Score:
    54
Year
2022
Tire Test Original Link
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Max Score, points
100
Tire Size
215/60R16
Season
Winter
Auto Type
Passenger
List Type
Professional Tire Test
Region
North America
Date added
May 11, 2022
Date updated
May 13, 2022

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