Michelin X-Ice Xi3 vs Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 by Colin .

The Michelin X-Ice Xi3 and Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 are two of the best performing and most popular winter / snow tires. Even though both are in the same Studless Ice & Snow performance category, each possesses different qualities that may make one better suited for your winter driving needs. The Blizzak WS70 and X-Ice Xi3 rate very well in our customer surveys, however our in-house testing did bring their differences to the surface.  

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

Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

We found the ice handling and braking of the WS70 to be superior to the Xi3. When it came to handling in the snow, both were very close, but the Blizzak had better stopping results. The Blizzak also had a better ride quality, while the Michelin showed more precise clear road handling. Each option produced some tread growl up to about 55 mph then dissipated as the speeds increased.

 Michelin X-Ice Xi3

On the ice and snow, the Michelin winter tire didn't stop as quickly as the Bridgestone, but it did provide quicker acceleration times. In terms of ice traction, the X-Ice Xi3 didn't navigate turns as well as the Blizzak. The Michelin X-Ice Xi3 did the best of minimizing compromises and feeling more like an all-season tire.

For a complete recap of our tests and to learn more about each tire, read "Testing the Newest Studless Ice & Snow Winter Tires."

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