Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2009 Chevrolet Traverse LT
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Miles driven on tires: 11,000
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Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 11,000 Miles on Tires
April 05, 2014

These tires replaced to OEM Goodyears. Overall these Continentals are quieter and far smoother riding. As we use Bridgestone Blizzaks in winter on this vehicle I cannot speak to how the Continentals perform in truly snowy conditions but overall they are an excellent tire and a good value. I'd definitely buy them again.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS60

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak WS60 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.82
 
 

2010 Toyota RAV4 Sport
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Miles driven on tires: 2,500
Location: South Bend, IN
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 2,500 Miles on Tires
April 20, 2014

If you drive in winter condition you need these tires! When the decision came between (my previous experience with) the Michelin X Ice and the Blizzak, I referred to Tire Racks review and Tires Rack salesman Dean. I cannot relate how much better these tires perform as a dedicated winter tire. The biggest difference was in traction while turning. Exceptional tire. I hope and expect to get 4 more years service from current set.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

Monday, July 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.55
 
 

2012 Volkswagen Golf TDI
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Miles driven on tires: 7,500
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Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 7,500 Miles on Tires
April 18, 2014

These things murder snowy, slushy, and icy roads. Obviously you have to drive to conditions but these tires make winter driving safe and easy. When no one else is on the road, I sometimes try to make my car spin out on snow covered roads and I've never been able to do it unless I pull the e-brake and turn off traction control. The only time I had trouble is going up a steep grade at a stoplight when the road was a sheet of ice. I still got up, but it was a pretty slow start.

This is a snow tire, so they'll feel a bit clunkier on dry roads but this is not what they were made for. However, they are not at all dangerous on dry or rainy roads as long as you drive smart. Keep in mind the review rating is for a snow tire and is not compared to all seasons or summer tires. I don't know why people bash all season tires on their snow traction. Of course they are going to ----!

If winter weather is a concern to your travels, get blizzaks especially if you have a family. Keep yourself right side up in the winter. These transform a snowstorm from a headache into a smile.
 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin X-Ice Xi2

Thursday, April 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin X-Ice Xi2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.27
 
 

2009 Subaru Forester 2.5 X
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Miles driven on tires: 12,000
Location: Eau Claire, WI
Driving Condition: Easy Going
 

Initial Review, 12,000 Miles on Tires
March 20, 2014

I have tried several types of winter tires (including Dunlop and the very good Bridgestone Blizzaks) but these Michelins are the best by far. When first mounted in the late fall while the roads were still clear, it was very obvious that the tires had a deeper and softer tread than all-season tires - in particular the tires felt much more compliant over pot holes and poor road surfaces. I actually checked and rechecked tire pressures thinking that the tires were all down a few psi but they were all right at 34. Turns out that the tires just have a very compliant sidewall and that contributes to their excellent performance in real winter conditions. Wide, high perfomance summer tires with stiff, low-profile sidewalls deliver sharp handling on warm, dry and smooth race tracks but they are a disaster when the road conditions are less than perfect. I belive that Michelin enginneered the x-ice sidewalls to provide a less punishing ride on rough ice covered roads, and in so doing, found that the tread maintains constant contact with the road for better traction. The x-ice tread pattern provides excellent grip with minimal road noise and the rubber compound seems much more durable than that of the competition. I expect to get at least one additional winter out of this set! I live at the top of a hill, half a mile up a 14% grade in a snow belt. Highly recommended for anyone that really needs snow tires.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.91
 
 

2013 Toyota Land Cruiser
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Saint Louis, MO
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
March 15, 2014

I highly recomend this tire for 2013 Land cruiser owners in the winter. I've had a great experience with them this winter in St. Louis MO.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.82
 
 

2009 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab
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Miles driven on tires: 21,747
Location: Sault Ste Marie, ON
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 21,747 Miles on Tires
March 23, 2014

No question a must in winter, I have owned other makes of winter tires, admittedly different vehicle, and there no comparison. Most folks think if you have a 4 X 4 you don't need winter tires, trust me huge difference and I drive throughout Northern Ontario. Tires perform great on fresh deep and light snow and on hard pack snow and ice, on cold dry days tires are not loud and corner well and seem to wearing great so far. Put a set on my wife's vehicle she could not believe the difference.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.27
 
 

2004 Ford Mustang Mach 1
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Cohoes, NY
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
March 22, 2014

This review is of my WS70s bought this winter, but also my WS50s which I bought in 2007. Both sets of Blizzaks have been absolutely awesome and to be honest, I can't tell the difference between them. If you have never driven on proper winter tires then you will be astonished. When I bought my Mustang (305bhp/320lbft rear wheel drive) to use in upstate New York, everyone said I would need another vehicle for the winter. One lone friend told me that all I needed was good winter tires. He directed me to Tirerack. On my all-season (Ha) tires, the car was pretty much undriveable on ice and snow. With these studless ice and snow tires I have NEVER had any problem, and I'm a skier, so that means getting to the Mountains just after the storm. In six winters, I have seen at least ten accidents unfold in front of me in snowy or icy conditions and have never been concerned that I was going to become part of the accident. The car steers, accelerates, corners and brakes with great confidence. It would be a lie to say they have the ultimate grip of a summer tire, but they turn an unuseable car into a very good winter vehicle.

The only time these tires have caught me out is on wet pavement. On two occasions (in six years) they span up unexpectedly whilst accelerating pretty hard in second gear (The car is a Standard), but that was really my fault.

It is worth noting that in retrospect, I should have replaced them last year. The WS50s did about 30,000 miles and I expect the WS70s will be similar. The performance in ice was undiminished, but they started to struggle in snow because of insufficient tread-depth. I replaced them with about 3/16 of tread remaining. I'm sure this is less than Bridgestone recommend.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.82
 
 

2005 Mazda MAZDA6 s Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 4,000
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Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 4,000 Miles on Tires
March 26, 2014

Coming from Continental ExtremeWinterContact's, the Blizzaks are more comfortable, steadier, and more predictable. My old Conti's actually had better take-off grip than the WS70's and had better dry weather grip and dynamics, but rode harsher, made the rear end squirrely, and were less predictable in breakaway events under all conditions. The Blizzaks are better in wet weather versus the Conti's and light years ahead in slushy conditions. I have not been stuck with them on during the winter of 2014, where we have received over 100" of snow. The only thing holding them back would be my car's ride height and lack of all wheel drive.

The only thing I would the WS70's to be better is in absolute grip (acceleration, brake, corning) but only if the predictability and stability were not compromised. Better to have a tire with lower limits that doesn't scare you than one with higher limits that does.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10
 
 

2007 Ford Crown Victoria
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Huber Heights, OH
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
March 15, 2014

Have had this tire on several vehicles and am very happy with it, especially under icy conditions. This winter (2013-14) has been especially icy in the Midwest.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.5
 
 

2000 BMW 328i Sport Package
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Miles driven on tires: 500
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Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
March 04, 2014

i feel like i'm driving a different car! (i call it the tank)love these new snow tires - they've made all the difference in the world!

Choosing Between Performance Winter / Snow Tires and Studless Ice & Snow Tires

Monday, March 17, 2014 by Gary Stanley

As a moderator of several forums, I have received many questions on snow tires this winter. Recently, a customer had a question about choosing between Studless Ice & Snow tires and Performance Winter / Snow tires:

I’m getting ready to order winter tires and wheels. My concern is that here in Denver, we can have big changes in temperatures. It’s not uncommon to be able to wear short sleeves during February and March, while the ski resorts are getting pounded less than 80 miles away. Given the temperature range, are there any brands I should stay away from that get squirmy when it gets warmer? 95% of my driving is in the Denver area. I only have two clients in the foothills just west of town.

Here was my response to his question:

Most of the tires in the Studless Ice & Snow category like the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70, Continental ExtremeWinterContact and Michelin X-Ice Xi3 will have slower steering response in warmer temperatures, and thus, feel a little squirmy. Of these choices, the Michelin X-Ice Xi3 feels the least squirmy, but would still give you outstanding snow and ice traction for the times you have to drive on snow-covered roads. 

If you move to a Performance Winter / Snow tire like the Bridgestone Blizzak LM-32 or Dunlop SP Winter Sport 4D, you'll find that these tires have more responsive handling even in warmer temperatures. Unfortunately, there's a noticeable step down in snow and ice traction when compared to Studless Ice & Snow tires.

Are you trying to make a similar decision? You may want to lean towards one of the more aggressive snow tires like those listed above if one or more of the following are true :

  • Your geographical area gets heavy snowfall and/or lake-effect snow.
  • You are often driving on packed snow and ice.
  • You are willing to give up some dry grip and steering response for maximum winter traction.
  • You are a newer driver or want more confidence when driving in winter conditions. 

Choosing between these two performance categories may be difficult and is mostly a personal preference choice for the trade-off between snow traction and dry road handling. When making your decision, keep in mind what are the worst conditions you'll experience. This is the time when you will need traction the most!  You can read about my experience with winter tires by reading, "My Story on Winter Tires."

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

Thursday, March 13, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.27
 
 

2014 Volkswagen Jetta
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Miles driven on tires: 3,300
Location: South Bend, IN
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 3,300 Miles on Tires
March 13, 2014

We went from a 4wd Jeep to a 2wd Jetta the day before we got our first big snowfall of the season. Blizzak WS70 tires on my Jetta took me places in snow I would go to only in my Jeep. It gave my wife a level of confidence of driving I have never seen in her before in her 15 years of winter driving. There is a lot of talk about the tire being loud, which I don't find it to be a loud tire. Regardless, if it was or gets loud, it would be the trade off of having superior traction in harsh environments. The tires handle the wet and standing water very well. The steering response is good, but not great. Another trade off for having superior traction when you need it. -you don't buy winter tires for steering response, you buy them for traction in the worst environments. Amazing tire.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position

Thursday, March 13, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8
 
 

1999 Saturn SL2
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Miles driven on tires: 40,000
Location: De Pere, WI
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 40,000 Miles on Tires
March 12, 2014

The ratings for ice and snow reflect once or twice I had theses on instead of my Blizzaks. Otherwise theses are excellent tires. I already have purchased another set for my Subaru Legacy GT. These tires have more grip available than the Saturn had power to overtake them. Highly recommended.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.91
 
 

2013 Hyundai Elantra Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Rolling Prairie, IN
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
March 08, 2014

For a light car with small tires, it did very well this snowy NW Indiana winter. My third vehicle with Blizzaks, one set on my 4 wheel drive pick-up and the other on wife's Hyundai Tucson. Lose a little agility over regular tires, but that is to be expected.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Winter Carving Edge

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Winter Carving Edge Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.2
 
 

2012 Subaru Legacy Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 300
Location: Wilmington, VT
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 300 Miles on Tires
March 08, 2014

The Subaru's all-wheel drive probably played a big part but these Pirellis are so far the best winter tires I've tried. Even better than Bridgestone Blizzaks that I've had on other Subarus, which themselves were excellent winter tires. The Pirellis have fantastic grip on packed snow and slush. The only time I experienced slight wheel spin was on glare ice. I also commend Tire Rack on their quickness of delivery. It usually took a few days on previous orders but this time I placed my order early afternoon one day and UPS delivered the following day. Can't get any better than that.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.1
 
 

1998 Volkswagen Beetle
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Miles driven on tires: 2,500
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Driving Condition: Easy Going
 

Initial Review, 2,500 Miles on Tires
March 06, 2014

Bought a set of Blizzaks for my daughter's New Beetle in November. Her first reaction was, these tires are great and I don't slide or spin anymore when it rains. Then she drove in the snow and was thrilled that the car ahead of her was spinning wheels trying to get up a hill and she didn't slide or spin once, just went right up the hill. With the winter we've had here in Maryland, this was the perfect winter to have a set of dedicated winter tires. And if SHE notices the difference, they have to be an incredible tire for winter driving. We will go back to all-seasons for spring, summer and fall, but these tires will be on my "snow" vehicles from December through March every year.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.27
 
 

2014 Honda CR-V EX-L
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Miles driven on tires: 100
Location: Woodmere, NY
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 100 Miles on Tires
March 04, 2014

Excellent tire for winter. This is my second set of blizzacs with rims from Tire rack. Rims and tires great and arrived perfect. I cannot say enough good things about tire rack. I recommend the blizzacs to everyone that I know. Tire only good for 3 or 4 winters as it wears fast if no snow on the ground. Only good for 10-15K miles.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

Monday, March 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.18
 
 

2005 Audi S4 Avant
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Miles driven on tires: 12,000
Location: Hayward, WI
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 12,000 Miles on Tires
February 28, 2014

What's the best sport sedan/snow tire combination for extreme winter conditions? Quattro/Blizzak. Bar None. No comparison.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

Monday, March 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7
 
 

2008 BMW 328xi Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 9,250
Location:  
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 9,250 Miles on Tires
February 26, 2014

Great winter tire. Really happy with them on my wife's '08 328xi (AWD). Previously had the WS60's on an older 328i (RWD).

Like the WS60's (and other winter tires in general) they are a bit soft in the corners & a bit noisy at highway speed in dry conditions. But you remember why you bought them when the snow falls!

Would definitely buy these again.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

Friday, February 28, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.27
 
 

2012 Chrysler 300 Limited
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Miles driven on tires: 3,500
Location: Menasha, WI
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 3,500 Miles on Tires
February 23, 2014

These tires are simply amazing. The traction in snow and on ice is beond what I would have expected. I can drive through light/ moderate snow and on ice easily better than I can in my truck with all terrain tires on. My wife has loved them and has found herself asking what everyone elses problem is trying to drive in the snow. I will recomend these to anyone and everyone. I myself will next time the tires I use on my truck for winter(all terrains) with the truck equiolent of the Blizzak WS70