Consumer Reports: Winter/Snow Truck/SUV Tires 2020

Truck winter/snow tires are specifically designed for pickups and SUVs. Like car winter/snow tires, always use truck winter/snow tires in a set of four for optimum grip to go, stop, and corner. But on cleared roads they might not grip as well as all-season tires, and they tend to wear more quickly.

Size tested: 215/60R17.

  1. Michelin Latitude X-Ice Xi2 - Winner Recommended
    Michelin Latitude X-Ice Xi2
    77 30
    Light Truck / SUV · Winter · 2009 · Light Truck / SUV - Light Truck/SUV Studless Ice & Snow · For Nordic Winter x
    Verdict:

    Top-rated winter/snow truck tire. Fair stopping performance on dry and wet roads, typical of many winter/snow tires.

    Rolling Resistance   Snow Traction   Noise   Ice Braking   Dry Braking   Wet Braking  
    Eastern Asia Eastern Asia · Northern America Northern America · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    74
  2. Nokian Hakkapeliitta R2 SUV Recommended
    Nokian Hakkapeliitta R2 SUV
    79 27
    Light Truck / SUV · Winter · 2013 · Light Truck / SUV - Light Truck/SUV Studless Ice & Snow · For Nordic Winter x
    Verdict:

    A well rounded tire to tackle most winter weather conditions. Fair stopping performance on wet roads, typical of many winter/snow tires.

    Rolling Resistance   Snow Traction   Aquaplaning   Ice Braking   Noise / Comfort   Wet Braking  
    Asia Asia · Northern America Northern America · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia · Oceania Oceania
    Test Score:
    68
  3. Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V2 Recommended
    Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V2
    83 42
    Light Truck / SUV · Winter · 2014 · Light Truck / SUV - Light Truck/SUV Performance Winter / Snow · For Nordic Winter x
    Verdict:

    Recommended for severe winter conditions. This tire has Impressive snow traction and grip on icy surfaces. But fair stopping performance on dry and wet roads, typical of many winter/snow tires.

    Snow Traction   Comfort   Ice Braking  
    Eastern Asia Eastern Asia · Northern America Northern America · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    68
  4. General Grabber Arctic
    General Grabber Arctic
    N/A 21
    Light Truck / SUV · Winter · 2016 · Light Truck / SUV - Light Truck/SUV Studdable Winter / Snow · Studded
    Verdict:

    Good for moderately severe winter weather conditions. It has very good snow traction and excellent braking on ice.

    Snow Traction   Ice Braking   Comfort / Noise   Value   Rolling Resistance   Aquaplaning   Dry Braking   Wet Braking  
    Northern America Northern America · Europe Europe
    Test Score:
    66
  5. Dunlop Winter Maxx SJ8
    Dunlop Winter Maxx SJ8
    85 23
    Light Truck / SUV · Winter · 2013 · Light Truck / SUV - Light Truck/SUV Studless Ice & Snow
    Verdict:

    Emphasizes winter performance. Tire with excellent snow traction and ice braking. Relatively poor handling and wet braking performance.

    Comfort / Noise   Aquaplaning   Snow Traction   Ice Braking   Wet Braking   Handling  
    Eastern Asia Eastern Asia · Northern America Northern America · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    66
  6. Yokohama iceGUARD iG51v
    Yokohama iceGUARD iG51v
    82 25
    Passenger · Winter · 2012 · Passenger - Studless Ice & Snow · For Nordic Winter x
    Verdict:

    This tire can tackle most winter weather conditions. But fair stopping performance on dry and wet roads, typical of many winter/snow tires.

    Snow Traction   Comfort   Aquaplaning   Ice Braking   Dry Braking   Wet Braking  
    Eastern Asia Eastern Asia · Northern America Northern America · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    66
  7. Nexen Winguard Winspike
    Nexen Winguard Winspike
    79 16
    Passenger · Winter · Passenger - Studdable Winter / Snow · Studded
    Verdict:

    Good performing tire for most winter conditions. Fair stopping performance on dry and wet roads, typical of many winter/snow tires.

    Ice Braking   Comfort / Noise   Snow Traction   Value   Rolling Resistance   Aquaplaning   Dry Braking   Wet Braking  
    Northern America Northern America · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    62
  8. Toyo Observe GSi-5
    Toyo Observe GSi-5
    82 26
    Light Truck / SUV · Winter · 2012 · Light Truck / SUV - Light Truck/SUV Studless Ice & Snow
    Verdict:

    Emphasizes winter performance. Good tire with excellent snow traction. Relatively poor handling and wet braking performance.

    Value   Comfort   Aquaplaning   Snow Traction   Rolling Resistance   Ice Braking   Wet Braking   Handling  
    Northern America Northern America · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    60
  9. Hankook I*Pike RW11
    Hankook I*Pike RW11
    78 20
    Light Truck / SUV · Winter · 2012 · Light Truck / SUV - Light Truck/SUV Studdable Winter / Snow · Studded
    Verdict:

    Good tire with excellent hydroplaning resistance, and good dry braking performance. Fair stopping performance wet roads, typical of many winter/snow tires.

    Rolling Resistance   Snow Traction   Aquaplaning   Ice Braking   Wet Braking  
    Northern America Northern America · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    56
  10. Firestone Winterforce UV
    Firestone Winterforce UV
    77 9
    Light Truck / SUV · Winter · Light Truck / SUV - Light Truck/SUV Studdable Winter / Snow · Studded
    Verdict:

    Excellent snow traction and resistance to hydroplaning. Good dry braking performance. Relatively poor handling.

    Aquaplaning   Snow Traction   Wet Braking   Handling  
    Northern America Northern America
    Test Score:
    56
  11. Cooper Discoverer M+S
    Cooper Discoverer M+S
    80 18
    Light Truck / SUV · Winter · 2001 · Light Truck / SUV - Light Truck/SUV Studdable Winter / Snow · Studded
    Verdict:

    Excellent snow traction and resistance to hydroplaning. Fair stopping performance on dry and wet roads, typical of many winter/snow tires.

    Aquaplaning   Snow Traction   Rolling Resistance   Dry Braking   Wet Braking   Handling  
    Eastern Asia Eastern Asia · Northern America Northern America · Europe Europe · Eastern Europe & Central Asia Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Test Score:
    54
Year
2020
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Max Score, points
100
Tire Size
215/60R17
Season
Winter
Auto Type
Light Truck / SUV / 4*4
List Type
Professional Tire Test
Region
Northern America
Date added
Sep 21, 2019
Date updated
Oct 25, 2020