Best Studless Ice & Snow Winter Tires 2013

Thursday, November 14, 2013 by Zig Ziegler

If you're to get the best winter / snow tires offered, look no further than the tires we tested this year. We completed an extensive test on the road and ice with the following winter options: Bridgestone Blizzak WS70, Continental ExtremeWinterContact, Goodyear Ultra Grip Ice WRT and Michelin X-Ice Xi3.

 Bridgestone Blizzak WS70
Bridgestone Blizzak WS70
 Continental Extreme Winter Contact
Continental ExtremeWinterContact

 

 Goodyear Ultra Grip Ice WRT
Goodyear Ultra Grip Ice WRT
Michelin X-Ice Xi3
Michelin X-Ice Xi3


The road portion of the test rates the tire's dry and wet handling on clear roads, and the Michelin option was the clear winner in this area. For consistency, our snow testing is done at a dedicated winter test facility in Sweden, and ice testing is done at a local hockey rink to simulate the glare ice often found at intersections and in other high-traffic areas.

We also measured each tire's ability to accelerate and brake in both conditions, as well as gather subjective ratings of how each tire feels from the driver's seat while driving through several inches of groomed snow on a handling course. During the snow traction/handling portion of the test, the Continental was the favorite and for the ice traction test, it was a tie between the Michelin and Bridgestone. The Michelin had the edge in ice acceleration, whereas Bridgestone come out on top in ice braking.

For a complete recap of our test, take a look at "Testing the Newest Studless Ice & Snow Winter Tires."

 

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