Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 vs. Michelin X-Ice Xi3

Thursday, September 19, 2013 by Colin .

The Michelin X-Ice Xi3 and Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 are two of the best winter / snow tires on the market. Many drivers wonder what features separate the two options. As you can see from the pictures below, their tread designs look similar, but there are differences that separate them from one another.  

X-Ice Xi3
Michelin X-Ice Xi3
Blizzak WS70
Bridgestone Blizzak WS70
 
X-Ice Xi3
Michelin X-Ice Xi3
Blizzak WS70
Bridgestone Blizzak WS70


Ice Testing

Our ice test measured each tire's 60' acceleration in seconds and 12-0 mph stopping distance in feet. The WS70 took 4.17 seconds in the acceleration portion and took 31.1 feet to stop. Michelin's X-Ice Xi3 took 3.86 seconds and 32.5 feet. We also performed a subjective 90-degree ice cornering test and saw the Blizzak maintain its control throughout the turn, while the Michelin slid a few feet wider than the Bridgestone.

Snow Testing    

Our snow testing measured distance covered during 0-12 mph acceleration with traction control on and 12-0 mph stopping distance in feet. The Michelin reached 12 mph in 26.2 feet and stopped in 54.1 feet. Bridgestone's Blizzak WS70 reached 12 mph in 27.6 feet and stopped in 53.5 feet. 

Road Testing

On our 6.6-mile loop of expressway, state highway and county roads, we found the Michelin handled more like an all-season tire. In contrast, the Blizzak didn't handle quite as well and required more steering input when changing directions. They both had a similar level of road noise, however the Blizzak did have a better ride quality over bumps.

In summary, the Blizzak has an advantage in ice traction and ride comfort and the X-Ice Xi3 is a little better in clear road handling. Either option would be an excellent choice to satisfy your winter driving needs. For a complete recap of our test, check out "Testing the Newest Studless Ice & Snow Winter Tires."     

Comments on Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 vs. Michelin X-Ice Xi3

Thursday, October 31, 2013 by Tom:
I haven't owned the Michelin X-Ice Xi3's but I have owned Blizzaks for a number of years. I put the WS-70's on my son's 2008 Subaru WRX (non-STI). We live up three miles of narrow, twisty, steep dirt road in Idaho, with far more severe conditions than anyone in the city would ever begin to experience. The Blizzaks got my son to and from town on a daily basis last winter without issue, a 50 mile round trip at minimum. Safety is the #1 factor in buying snow tires for my family. The fact that these stop quicker and have less side slippage in cornering over the Michelin's would make me choose these again. The pictures seem to indicate a greater open space between the tread which I suspect would give a slightly better traction and clearing ability in deeper snow. These wear fairly quickly if not taken off as soon as the snow stops. A new pair will go on again this winter. I've also had these on wife's 2007 Subaru Tribeca. I've had such astounding results with Blizzaks that I'm frankly very hesitant to try anything else.
Tuesday, December 31, 2013 by Dan:
Our '11 WRX came with extra rims and Blizzak WS70's. They have been amazing except we've had 2 flats in 2 winters, and this time destroyed one tire. Decided to go with X-ice all the way around, hoping they will be tougher. With Subaru's 4 wheel drive, I don't want to mis-match new vs worn tires, and can't really afford new blizzaks every year.

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