We recently completed our ice rink testing of several Studless Ice & Snow tires. One thing that really stuck out to me was how impressive the new Michelin X-Ice Xi3 was in our acceleration and braking tests.
We have not yet compiled all of our test data, but the Xi3 was very competitive and seemed slightly ahead of the highly rated Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 in the straight line portion of the test. The tire also seemed to be close, but slightly behind the Blizzak WS70 when it came to cornering on the ice.
Michelin's X-Ice Xi3 tires were also some of the best handling in their category during our testing on dry roads. Many of the sizes available for the Xi3 are H-speed rated, which is higher than usual for options in the Studless Ice & Snow performance category. This also contributes to superior handling and high speed stability.
On top of many sizes being available in H-speed ratings, most sizes meet Michelin's Green X standard for low rolling resistance. Branded with their Green X symbol provides visual confirmation of the tire's positive contribution to vehicle fuel efficiency and the global environment. The application of the Green X symbol is determined by laboratory testing on a model-by-model, size-by-size basis. It's Michelin's guarantee that the tire provides a level of energy efficiency among the highest in the market for its category without compromising other key characteristics, such as traction and treadwear. For more information on what this symbol on some Michelin tires represent, read "Michelin Green X."
X-Ice Xi3 tires provide a definite advance over the X-Ice Xi2 in traction. The difference is significant enough that Michelin recommends against combining the two tires on the same vehicle. As always, Studless Ice & Snow tires should only be used in sets of four. To see if the Michelin X-Ice Xi3 is available for your vehicle, view available sizes.