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: 8.82
 
 

1995 Mercedes-Benz E320
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Miles driven on tires: 2,800
Location: Mishawaka, IN
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 2,800 Miles on Tires
February 21, 2014

Replaced S/W Assurance TripleTreads (rear only) with 25k miles on them. Mercedes frequently lost control or would not respond in light snow. With WS70 a problem of the past, been on E320 two of worst months (Lated Dec 13 thru Mid- Feb 14 with exx=cellent results. Car gears down and digs right in and pushes through all situations.

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 Potenza RE970AS Pole Position

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.64
 
 

2013 Audi A6 Sedan 3.0T
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Miles driven on tires: 1,100
Location: Springfield, IL
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 1,100 Miles on Tires
February 24, 2014

I purchase these to replace summer tires that came with the car. I had owned a C5 A6 with RE960s and was very pleased. These have been a disappointment both in dry and snow. In dry conditions they make any annoying whine around 50 mph. With the abundance of snow this season they have been unsatisfactory. They have very poor traction in even small snowfalls. They do not grip the snow but seem to slide on top of it. I would not recommend this car and tire combination in any area that receives average winter snowfall.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Dueler A/T Revo 2

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Dueler A/T Revo 2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.62
 
 

2004 Toyota 4Runner 4wd Limited
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Miles driven on tires: 40,000
Location: Greenwood Village, CO
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 40,000 Miles on Tires
March 10, 2014

I have these tire on both my Toyota 4Runner and on my Lexus GX here in Denver.
Quite and comfortable on trips to the Colorado mountains and great in snow and on off-road trails, including muddy ones. I've put about 40,000 miles on 4runner and 35,000 on the GX and both are about due for replacement. Clearly not the longest lasting, but I'll head out into any conditions with these tires that Colorado can throw at me. So I'm buy them again.

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 Dueler H/L Alenza

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.55
 
 

2005 Toyota Highlander 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Bedford, MA
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
February 21, 2014

After one of the worst winters on record, I believe these tires are the best I could have chosen. They start off with 2/32 inch extra tread depth and perform very well in snow conditions. Except for the roughest of old highways, these tires run very quiet. I am very pleased.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General G-MAX AS-03

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General G-MAX AS-03 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.7
 
 

2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Freeburg, IL
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
February 17, 2014

I have these on my 2011 Miata, with a 6-speed manual and LSD. While their dry pavement traction is not quite as good as the Bridgestone summer tires that came with the car, these are probably the best all seasons I've ever had on a Miata (and I've been driving Miatas since 1996). I've previously used Bridgestone, Firestone, and Toyo all-seasons. My Miata is my only car, so parking it in bad weather isn't an option. I haven't had them long enough to truly judge wear, but they seem to be ok so far. While they were fairly quiet when brand new, I agree that they are becoming somewhat noisy. The ride is much less harsh than prior tires, probably due to somewhat softer sidewalls, but I still have a great amount of grip, and feel confident during hard cornering. This winter is the worst we've had in years, but I've never had any real trouble with traction. At about 45 mph on packed snow and ice, I tried to get the car out of shape using only the steering wheel, but was unable to do so. When I did break loose using the throttle, it was very controllable. In about 7 inches of snow on an unplowed parking lot, I had no trouble moving the car at all. I have never tried winter tires, so I can't do that comparison, but as long as you don't get too rambunctious, these tires do the job. I will also say that I really like their grip on both wet and dry pavement. When reading some of the negative comments on this tire, I almost wonder if they're reviewing the same tire, unless this tire performs that much differently from car to car. All I can say is that I'm very pleased with this tire. If this winter becomes the trend, I may get a set of winter tires, but barring that, I feel these are a really good tire for those who want to stick with all-seasons for their car.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.45
 
 

2008 Chevrolet Avalanche
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Miles driven on tires: 78,000
Location: Columbia, MO
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 78,000 Miles on Tires
February 22, 2014

Good tire with no real issues. Only thing I don't like is if they sit for while, they develop a set that usually dissipates over the first ten miles of driving.
However, with 78K miles on them and possibly another room for 10K left, I have to say I'm impressed. Grabs in snow decently. Never slipped much on ice. Yet seems decent in the Missouri summer months. Never had a flat on one either.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Primacy Alpin PA3

Monday, March 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Primacy Alpin PA3 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.3
 
 

2006 Lexus IS250
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Miles driven on tires: 200
Location: Denver, CO
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 200 Miles on Tires
February 14, 2014

Having spent 5 days up at Winter Park, CO in February where every day there was about 2-5 inches of snowfall, and that the roads are primarily ice/snow packed with my "all season" Bridgestone Potenzas (which are an excellent 3 season tire), I quickly made the investment to put on the Michelin Alpins PA3 based upon reviews here. I'm back up here at Winter Park with these set of tires and there has been a significant difference - no sliding, excellent braking, and not once has my electronic stability control warning indicator come on. There are many steep, icy, snow pack hills, which these tires handle very well going up and coming down (reasonable speeds about 30 MPH). Previously my Bridgestone Potenzas would be sliding all over the place. I'm a believer.

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 Potenza RE970AS Pole Position

Monday, March 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.38
 
 

2009 Honda Civic Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 35,000
Location: Clinton, NJ
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 35,000 Miles on Tires
February 21, 2014

I've used many tires in the last 35 years, usually I go for high performance, but long lasting tires. Out of all the tires I've bought the Potenza RE970AS Pole Position were hands down the very best tires I've bought, dry and wet traction, hydroplaning resistance, steering responsiveness, and cornering stability, exceed every all weather tires and some well known dedicated summer tires. Period. I never drove them in the snow, but in cold weather (15-40 degrees)they became a little slippery when being pushed hard, but always very predictable. In the dry or wet, cold or hot, you always knew what these tires were doing. Fairly comfortable for the type of tires they are (UHP, and reasonably quite, the only annoying sound came from the slap of expansion joints. I will definitely buy again.

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 Ecopia EP422

Monday, March 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Ecopia EP422 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.91
 
 

2007 Toyota Prius
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Miles driven on tires: 20,000
Location: Aurora, OR
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 20,000 Miles on Tires
February 28, 2014

I Was amazed by this tires capability in snowy conditions. Within the limitations of driving responsibly in winter conditions the tire excelled on ice, freezing rain, fresh snow, fresh pack and icy packed snow. Changing lanes by driving over snow and slush berms was a much more stable experience than I expected. Over all I am very impressed by this tire and it seems to give me several more MPG than there tires on the car previously. Measured by Scanguage.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus

Friday, February 28, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.12
 
 

2011 Hyundai Tucson
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Miles driven on tires: 15,000
Location: Chalan Pago, GU
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 15,000 Miles on Tires
February 27, 2014

Out here in Guam it rains 300 plus days a year and stays above 80 degrees year round so I needed a good wet weather tire that could handle potholes, wet corral based asphalt, algae covered asphalt and standing water as well as dry roads unkempt by blind road workers.

These tires do the job of handling my digital throttled right foot as well as the road conditions thrown at them.

The only complaint I have is a hum at 50-57mph that cane be heard over conversations and the radio, at first I thought it was an alignment issue, but everything checks out. In all other speed ranges these tires are near silent and soak up bumps and cracks like a champ. Wet traction from a standstill is good and the tires are stable and predictable in turns even on wet roads at speed.

Lanes changes are crisp and smooth without any feeling of mushiness and the tires feel like they settle into center point very quickly without assistance.

I would definitely put these on a passenger vehicle again or even a small SUV such as my wife's Tuscon. These are not performance tires and I would not put them on my AMG or my GT350 and expect to be happy with the performance. These are definitely touring tires that perform like they should.

I have no way of knowing their performance in snow, so I can not speak of cold weather performance.

If you are looking for a comfortable, all weather ride with outstanding wet traction and a predictable, secure, and quiet ride then I highly recommend these tires.

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

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology

Friday, February 28, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.09
 
 

2013 Mazda MAZDA5
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Ellisville, MO
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
February 25, 2014

Has been a great tire so far. I have had extreme contacts before and did not hesitate to try a new conti on my wife mazda. Made a huge difference compared to the crap OEM. Actutally took those Bridgestones off at 30k because they just didn't feel safe in the wet and could not move in the snow. Highly recommend the conti's!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

Thursday, February 20, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.5
 
 

2002 Ford Escort ZX2
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location:  
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
February 17, 2014

Just got to use these tires during an east coast snow storm. They work great in snow and ice. They are soft in the side wall so not well suited for spirited driving but would be the best choice to get you home after work in a snow storm.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1

Thursday, February 20, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.3
 
 

2011 Toyota RAV4 4wd V6
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Miles driven on tires: 1,500
Location: Holyoke, MA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,500 Miles on Tires
February 16, 2014

I drive a 2011 Rav4 all wheel/4wheel drive compact SUV. I had 2 year old all season tires that failed terribly in even the smallest of snowfalls. So after a lot of research I chose these and I am so happy I did. Where I had trouble before, now I don’t. Slush to me is worse than ice, and now it’s no problem, along with deep snow. It just snowed here 12” and I drove through it to see if I could loose traction, I even zig zaged and didn’t. Where I had trouble getting out of snow covered side streets without spinning out, with my blizzak dm v-1’s I pull out into on-coming traffic with no trouble at all. I have a ¾ mile steep up hill I take to go to work and covered with snow I had no problem going up it at all. The first thing in spring I plan to replace them for {Bridgestone Dueler H/L 422 Ecopia (Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season)}

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak LM-32

Thursday, February 20, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak LM-32 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.4
 
 

2013 Lexus GS 350 F Sport
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Bloomfield Hills, MI
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
February 07, 2014

I have always believed that Blizzaks are the best winter tires you can get. My car feels planted and surefooted with these tires. There is no excessive ABS and traction interventions when I am driving. I am very impressed as how smooth the tires are on the highways and on the back roads. It is comfortable and still provides excellent steering feel unlike the older Bridgestone Blizzaks. It handles better then my all season Michelins. The road noise is average for winter tire. The traction in light snow is fantastic! Even in deep snow, my car can claw through the pack snow plus ice without getting stuck. Compared to Dunlop Wintersport 3D and Michelin Pilot Alpin Pa4 which are also performance oriented tires, the Blizzaks have better handling with better snow capabilities unlike the former two tires. I highly recommend these tires.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.82
 
 

2005 Subaru Baja Turbo AWD
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Tehachapi, CA
Driving Condition: Average

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

I bought this tire because I live at 6000 ft and my previous all season wasn't cutting it in the deep snow. The other tire wasn't bad but we get 1 ft at time sometimes. This tire is superb in deep snow. I mean superb. I couldn't believe the difference from my all season. It felt like you I was driving on pavement again. If you want to get away from using chains in all but the absolute worst conditions the blizzak will not disappoint.