Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin X-Ice Xi3

Thursday, February 6, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin X-Ice Xi3 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.89
 
 

2010 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Greenwich, CT
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
February 03, 2014

I took delivery of the Sportwagen in October 2010. The OEM tires were new when they faced their first snowy season in Connecticut. I was constantly checking tire pressures because the handling in the lite snow and dry was terrible. I resigned my self thinking, "Be glad with the TDI but the Sportwagen is no handler.

This winter is above average for snowfall in Connecticut and the driving on uncleared roads is mission critical for me; getting my four year-old daughter safely back and forth to school. I decided to get dedicated snows for the winter. I've had Blizzaks, Dunlops even Firestone studded tires on other family cars. I liked what I read about the Michelin X-Ice3's and decided to try them. The Michelin X-Ice3's replaced the OEM all-season Hankooks. What a difference! I keep anticipating a slide or skid, but the X-Ice3's have raised the bar when driving in the snow.

OK, you would expect them to be way better than OEM All-Seasons in snow. But, the real surprise was that the X-Ice3's have better grip than the OEM tires did in both dry and rainy conditions. No more loss of traction when accelerating.
I've changed my mind, the Jetta TDI is a pretty good handling car. I expect the Michelins to wear longer than the Blizzaks I had. Come the spring I intend to treat the Sportwagen to a set of summer-performance tires; probably Michelin's.

 

Which Type of Winter / Snow Tire Is Right for Me?

Thursday, February 6, 2014 by Doc Horvath

Like anything else that relates to your car, tires are available in a variety of models that can be fine tuned to best match what you need. Selecting the best tire starts with narrowing your search to one of our Performance Categories, which Tire Rack has developed by using our own test results, customer survey results and manufacturer recommendations. These Performance Categories help focus your search by comparing tires with similar characteristics, allowing you to choose the best tire for how and where you drive. For dedicated winter / snow tires, there are three categories to choose from.

Studless Ice and Snow

In this category, tires use aggressive tread patterns and the latest high-tech rubber compounds to provide ice and snow traction similar to traditional studded snow tires. Customers that focus on this category are looking to get the best snow and ice traction possible, with the understanding that when the roads are clear, your high speed handling will be a little less responsive than a traditional all-season tire. A few options to consider in the category, include the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70, Michelin X-Ice Xi3, Dunlop Winter Maxx and Continental ExtremeWinterContact.

Performance Winter / Snow

Options from the Performance Winter / Snow category feature tires with tread patterns and rubber compounds that are tuned to improve dry and wet traction, along with high speed handling. Drivers that aren't expecting to see heavy or persistent accumulations of snow and want a tire that will handle and perform more like the performance tires the vehicle most likely came with when new will benefit from a Performance Winter / Snow tire. If this sounds like your style of driving, then take a look at the Bridgestone Blizzak LM-32, Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4 and Dunlop SP Winter Sport 4D.

Studdable Winter / Snow

Studdable Winter / Snow tires are designed to allow the installation of optional metal studs to enhance ice and snow traction. Customers that focus on this category are looking for a low cost winter tire option and are willing to allow for more road noise and less comfort than Original Equipment tires. Studded tires are often subject to state laws that dictate when (or if) they can be used, so always check local laws before selecting a tire from this category. Tires in this category include the Firestone WinterForce UV, General AltiMAX Arctic and Goodyear Ultra Grip Winter.

Take a look at our Winter Tire Decision Guide to help you choose the best tire for handling winter conditions. 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax Arctic Reviewer's Overall Rating: 3.9
 
 

2013 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen TDI
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Miles driven on tires: 7,000
Location: Roselle, IL
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 7,000 Miles on Tires
December 10, 2013

The General Altimax Arctic is by far the most disappointing tire purchase of my life. Loud doesn't even begin to describe the --- awful howling sound these things make at highway speeds. I would be willing to forgive the noise if their grip in the snow made up for it. It doesn't. I've run Dunlop WinterSport M3, Dunlop Graspic DS-3, Michelin Arctic Alpin, and Nokian Hakkapeliitta R winter tires. These Generals are comparable to the Michelin Arctic Alpin in their snow driving performance (another worthless winter tire), but at least the Michelins were quiet.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.18
 
 

2013 Mazda CX-9
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Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 4,000 Miles on Tires
January 31, 2014

I bought these for my wife as I wanted her to be absolutely safe driving my kids around in the winter/snow and WOW do these tires ever live up to that expectation. I've had a few different sets of snow tires in my lifetime and these are by far THE BEST I've ever had. As men often do, I have tried several times to break traction in some pretty hairy wintery/snowy conditions and you have to seriously work hard to do that.

I'm actually jealous because I have Dunlop Winter Sport 3Ds on my vehicle and that don't even come close to performing as well as these Blizzaks do in the snow and ice. I can't emphasize enough how well these tires do with both acceleration and deceleration/braking. These tires defy physics in my opinion. I can't say enough good things about them. Would DEFINITELY buy these again. In fact, these will probably be the only winter tires I will buy going forward.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.91
 
 

2000 Toyota Avalon XLS
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Miles driven on tires: 15,000
Location: Boulder, CO
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 15,000 Miles on Tires
January 08, 2014

This tire shocked me with its ability to handle snow, slush and ice, even while accelerating and braking up and down hills. These turned a very nice but foolish for Boulder, Colorado, Toyota Avalon into a viable year round car. (I live at the top of town, next to the mountains and few of the roads here are plowed.

My high ratings for noise and ride might be due to the car. (The Avalon is essentially a Japanese Buick, made in Kentucky.)

These are great on hot dry pavement (crossing the desert during California and Moab trips) and the tread wear, given what they can do, is not excessive in my opinion.

Incredibly, while driving very aggressively on the hills in town (when no other cars were around!) and slamming on the brakes going downhill at 15~20 mph on snow over slush resulted in the car stopping as if on bare pavement with no action from the ABS. This was an experiment to see what would happen if I had to stop suddenly. Rather than having a sobering moment, I ended up laughing out loud.

If you think these might be expensive, consider the deductible for a collision. ;-)

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Friday, January 31, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.78
 
 

2003 Mazda Protege 5
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Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 1,500 Miles on Tires
January 08, 2014

As a compact, light weight car owner, safety with good snow traction was my priority of choosing tires. After stopping the entire traffic on both lanes on highway with my previous car spinning 180 degrees on snow several years ago, I have become extremely nervous and afraid of driving on snow. My car requires tire size which are not with abundance of selections, and previous sets of Kumho and Dunlop Dirrezza were absolutely disastrous. Kumho was excellent in summer, but very unstable on snow and hard to stop. Dunlop was way worse. It was basically impossible to control and stop the car on even just lightly covered snow. Just an inch of snow made Dunlop spin without going forward, and I could not stop my car at red lights several times. My husband did not believe me until he drove the car. Dunlop did poorly in rain, too. I think Kumho was much better. I determined that it would be a serious safety issue to continue driving with Dunlop tires, so I was very happy to trade-in those just 5000 mile tires to get a new set of Continental DWS. It was a big instant relief to drive with these tires I actually felt as soon as I started driving. I finally do not feel nervous driving on the snow, and they kept my compact car going when polar Vortex hit Colorado with 5 inches of snow under zero temperature. Looks on the side wall is not that impressive and it did made a slight noise at first, which soon went away. There's no snow tire available for this car as of today, and I think this is the very best I can get for winter driving. This is a new set and I am not quite sure how long it lasts, but I believe Conti offers 50k warranty. I highly recommend this tire.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Winter Maxx

Friday, January 31, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Winter Maxx Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.82
 
 

2011 Saab 9-3 Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: Griswold, CT
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
January 27, 2014

Have three Saabs, all with different winter tires, I have found these to be the best of the three, in New England's sleet, freezing rain, slush and snow. One of the best snow tires I've had in years. Quiet for winter tires and traction in deep snow is superb, compared to my other 9-3s equipped with ice-x's and winterforces. Wear looks good, but only have 3000mi on them. Would recommend them to anyone driving in unpredictable weather.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Thursday, January 30, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax Arctic Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.27
 
 

1995 Saturn SC2
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Miles driven on tires: 20,000
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Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 20,000 Miles on Tires
January 27, 2014

I purchased these used from an acquaintance. Very open tread design looked like it would also be a decent tire for rallycross. It is a nice size for stock 15x6" rims. These are primarily being used as everyday tires for commuting to work. They also did work well at a cool, soft soil rallycross this fall, and pulled one of the top times at an ice trial on an icy frozen lake this past weekend. The best winter tires I've had on a Saturn compared to Dunlop DS-2s and Michelin X-Ices. Forward traction was always a problem with the later, and these are significantly better. No real complaints, but the dry and wet braking traction is poor--I've slid the entire car stopping quickly a few times (no ABS) in warmer weather. Braking in generally seems like a weak area for them, but about what I expect from a winter tire. Hydroplaning resistance is excellent--I drove through a huge storm that flooded the highway and was able to keep a very good pace. Overall very good tires.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Enasave 01 A/S

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Enasave 01 A/S Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.45
 
 

2014 Mitsubishi Mirage
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Monroe Township, NJ
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
January 08, 2014

These tires are the OEM fitment for my car. My first impression of these tires was that they were quiet, had OK grip levels for normal driving and had dull response - to this day, my opinion hasn't changed. I understand Mitsubishi chose an absurd tire size in order to maximize MPG, but having seat time with a car wearing Bridgestone RE92's, the turn in is mushy, even at 40 PSI, and the tires howl a lot before losing traction.

Speaking of traction, there isn't much. Lateral bite is very strong, assuring you they'll deliver in a panic braking situation - longitudinal traction is another story. These tires aren't dangerous by any stretch of the imagination, even in 5 degree freezing cold winter nights, but for someone who has a heartbeat for racing, they'll be disappointed.

My car also has a very conservative suspension tune, designed for countries like Thailand where many roads are poorly paved, or gravel or dirt. I'll be changing my springs and sway bars soon, to see if the soft suspension settings are the bigger culprit to the car's poor quality of handling.

These tires also don't cut through deep snow very well - or my car's 1,950lb weight is to blame. But they'll get you home in one piece. If 165-65R14 is your only choice, stick with the Potenzas. You'll be happier in the long run.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Winter Maxx

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Winter Maxx Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.22
 
 

2012 Buick Regal GS
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: La Porte, IN
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
January 13, 2014

I have to say, I never thought I would like a snow tire as much as I liked my Blizzak's, but these tires have been amazing. Here in northern Indiana, we have seen every type of winter condition--slush to ice. The tires never failed to perform. They have a bit of a sing to them on wet pavement but are otherwise a very quiet tire. So far, I am extremely happy and would recommend this tire!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Sport Signature (H- or V-Speed Rated)

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop SP Sport Signature (H- or V-Speed Rated)Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.43

2008 Mazda MAZDA3 4-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 4,000
Location: Milwaukee, WI
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 4,000 Miles on Tires
March 09, 2011

Excellent tire. I bought the tires before winter arrived here in Wisconsin, and I have been impresssed. Handles well in snow and dry traction is great.



Compared to the original OEM Goodyear tires, I can now sucessfully drive in snow. The improvement is amazing as I hardly notice any slipping in light snow.



The only drawback is that the tires are bit on the noisy side, not quite as bad as the OEM Goodyear's but still a bit too loud on the freeway.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Winter Maxx

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Winter Maxx Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.82
 
 

2012 Ford Focus 5-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Osceola, IN
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
January 14, 2014

This is the first inaugural season for the Dunlop Winter Maxx tire. Admittedly, I was a bit apprehensive in committing to a purchase knowing the lack of testing/reporting related to this Dunlop model. The price alone translated into a great value as long as the winter traction and confidence were to follow.

After installing the tire, I have had my share of winter adversity which has included freezing rain, 12+ inch snowfalls, sub-zero temperatures, 50 degree days and everything in between. The Winter Maxx tire has proven itself trustworthy in all types of road conditions. The tread can use a little more grip during acceleration in the snow and ice, but delivers an enormous amount of confidence under braking and cornering. Lateral transfer in the snow or wet/dry conditions is predictable and smooth. The tire translates into a quiet ride comfort and is very stable at highway speeds. The tread is showing no signs of wear after the first 1500 mile rotation.

Overall, I have felt this tire to be a great value. For those who like to see a significant history reported on a tire before consideration, break out of your comfort zone and be the first on the block to try the Dunlop Winter Maxx. The tire will not disappoint and you will also have fun telling others about your decision.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak LM-32

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak LM-32 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.2
 
 

2011 Honda Civic Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Plantsville, CT
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
January 23, 2014

My daughter's car. She had Dunlop DS-3 but after 2 winters complained of ABS and traction control always coming on. Told her it was easier and cheaper to switch tires than switch cars, so went with the LM32. She calls them magical. Outstanding traction under all weather conditions. She now drives with confidence. Now Dad can sleep at night.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7
 
 

1998 Volvo V70 AWD
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Miles driven on tires: 30,000
Location: Middlebury, VT
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 30,000 Miles on Tires
June 09, 2010

I bought a set of these on sale at $78ea, I have to say the Dunlops proved to be ecellent tres overall, with their weakest ponts being treadwear and wet traction, both of whch were still quite good for a soft compound performance-oriented winter tire. At the time of purchace I lived on a diet back road on a mountain and worked at a ski resort, which required some highway driving to reach as well. The dunlops perforned admirably in foul weather, offering confident grip on both light snow and icy roads, and with the ability to churn through 8+ inch deep snow successfully, the AWD didn't hurt them in this capacity, but it was, none theless an excellent performance. Dry road performance was more than adequite, offering low-noise, decent grip and a compliant ride. Driving mountain roads every day I did notice that turn-in, especially on my heavy volvo could have been better, and the sidewalls did feel a little squishy in aggressive conering, but the performance was good enough for me to leave them on for the summer, which is what killed them. Don't run these tires as an all season. I ran them well past reasonable treadwear, and they resisted hydroplaning quite well, but at the end it wasnt the tire's fault they were just worn beyond their useful life. If you driive winter highways and secondary roads the So Wintersport 3D is agreat choice, offering excellent foul weather performance and a real step-up in dry-road performance versus other extreme duty rated snow tires I've owned. Take them off in the summer and they should give you plenty of excellent winter performance. -i replaced them with a used pair of Wintersport IV's, which were a genuinely aggressive dry road tire, and still managed excellent snow performance, perhaps not quite as good as the 3Ds, but they were even gummier, and already partly worn when I got them, which made for exceptionaly short tread lfe, less than 15,000 miles.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP20 FE

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop SP20 FE Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.09
 
 

2003 Honda Civic Hybrid
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Miles driven on tires: 35,000
Location: Bethesda, MD
Driving Condition: Easy Going

Initial Review, 35,000 Miles on Tires
January 24, 2014

we had these for 35K on our 2003 civic hybrid. at about 8 years they still had tread but a couple of the tires went out of round as we did not drive the car frequently now and then. Decided to put new ones on the car after a lot of reading of reviews. They are great on the civic hybrid. great traction even when taking hard corners fast and on/off ramps (hybrid has lots of torque on the lower end and its got a pretty good suspension for handling) and there is no slippage, squealing or handling issues. Never had an issue with the tires on rain or light snow/ice on the old or new set of tires. I cant think how people must be driving to get them to have traction issues, maybe a heavier/larger car, but ive never come close to it breaking away at all.

they are a harder sidewall so not as coushie of ride as other radials, but not bad at all. road noise is minimal, its a pretty light and thin walled car, not a luxury ride. so far milage has stayed at around 45 winter and closer to 50 in the summer (can get better, just most driving is short and worse for decent mpg) on the new set, so no initial hit on the new tires i can see.

happy camper.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Sport 7000 A/S

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop SP Sport 7000 A/S Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.7
 
 

2011 Suzuki Kizashi FWD
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Miles driven on tires: 31,000
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Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 31,000 Miles on Tires
October 14, 2013

These tires were OE for Suzuki Kazashi. Not bad when new, actually quiet and handled well. At speed they were very good and on twisty roads they gripped to a point, but I never felt fully confident they would hang in there. I mean, the car felt more than willing, but had a sense the tires would give up. Most trips were East Coast, mid-Atlantic to Upstate NY. Never had a chance to truly run them in deep snow due to mild winters, but they were a bit harsh on sub-freezing days until they warmed up. Now at 31k miles the tread is starting to go. Wear is even (they have been rotated regularly), but I was expecting more miles. I consistently get 32mpg or better and would get more at reasonable speed ; ). The handling is definitely going and spirited driving requires a lot of skill now. Time to start looking for something newer (and better).

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama AVID Ascend (H- or V-Speed Rated)

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama AVID Ascend (H- or V-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.1
 
 

2003 Volvo S60 2.4
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Hampstead, MD
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
January 24, 2014

I've owned a lot of cars and a lot of different tires: Michelin, Dunlop, Continental, Pirelli, Semperit, Bridgestone, Falken, Goodyear, BF Goodrich, Firestone, Uniroyal. The only tires I've ever owned that were a close match to these were a set of Semperit M-401's I owned back in the late 70's. I put these tires on my front drive Volvo S60. I drive fairly hard and I have yet to get a squeal out of these on a curve on dry pavement. The car is like it's on rails. Very solid on wet roads where they feel almost as secure as on dry pavement. I've experienced no indication of hydroplaning. They will lose traction a bit when starting up quickly on wet pavement, but squeal almost like they would on dry pavement when doing so. We've been having a bit of a wild winter here in the mid-atlantic and I've gotten caught out in some fairly substantial snow several times over the past few weeks. A couple of times I've had to stop on steep hills behind other cars that have gotten stuck. In every case I've been able to wait for traffic to clear and drive right around the stuck car(s) with little effort, at times having to use the uncleared shoulder to get through. They aren't snow tires, but they're darned close. These replaced a set of Michelins and I've seen no noticeable change in fuel economy, but the car noticeably rides and handles better. Compared to the Michelins they replaced these tires seem to ride more smoothly over small imperfections, but slighty more harshly over large bumps and potholes. They are very quiet. I'm not able to rate tread life as I've only had them for a couple of thousand miles, but I am so impressed that I wanted to get this review out on the web for the benefit of others. Highly recommended.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Winter Maxx

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Winter Maxx Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.1
 
 

2013 Toyota Prius c
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Location: Minneapolis, MN
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
January 25, 2014

I planned on purchasing a set of Blizzak tires this fall but they sold out everywhere buy the time I was ready to purchase. I bought the Winter Maxx tires hoping that they would be adequate. I live in Minnesota and we have had a tough winter with snow and ice. To my surprise, these tires are performing great in snow and on ice. I see no fall off from the Blizzaks I have always used in the past. I'm not sure I would use them in an area where there is light snow with mostly try roads. But if you do a lot of city or rural driving on icy, snowy roads, I highly recommend these tires.

 

What's the Best Handling Performance Snow Tire?

Thursday, January 16, 2014 by Doc Horvath

Many car enthusiasts like to use their performance vehicles all year long, but for those that live in colder climates, there's a challenge: the Original Equipment summer tires can't provide grip below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. In Europe, the standard is to have a set of performance tires for the summer and a second set of performance tires for the winter.  

One of our recent tests compared the Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60, Dunlop SP Winter Sport 4D, Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4 and Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3 to see which one would provide the best balance of performance and winter grip.

To best evaluate the tires' traction levels on ice, we headed back to a hockey rink to measure 60' acceleration times and stopping distances from 12 mph. The Bridgestone and Michelin nearly tied for the quickest times and shortest stopping distances. However, all four were able to beat the figures of any all-season tire.

Before winter arrived in the Midwest, we loaded up the tires and went to a winter test facility in Sweden. While there, we measured each tire's ability to accelerate and brake in light snow, as well as gather subjective ratings of how each tire feels while driving through several inches of groomed snow on a handling course. The Michelin and Pirelli both proved to be responsive and stable when called upon at highway speeds, with the Dunlop and Bridgestone just a little behind. Similar tests were performed on our track when ambient temperatures were in the upper 30°F range to replicate conditions found during the winter season, with both the Michelin and Pirelli tires leading the way.

When all the results were examined, the numbers proved that the Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4 delivers the best balance of performance in this group, driving well on the road plus providing good ice and wet traction. Pirelli's Winter Sottozero 3 and Dunlop SP Winter Sport 4D both have good ice and wet traction and nearly matched the Pilot Alpin PA4's handling on the road. The Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60 takes a more focused approach by also providing good ice traction, but it just doesn't have the wet road grip or clear road handling stability of the other three tires.

For a complete recap of our test, read "Testing Performance Winter / Snow Tires: Which have the Right Balance of Performance?"

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D

Thursday, January 9, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.27
 
 

2012 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS
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Location: Toronto, Ca
Driving Condition: Spirited

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

I am in Toronto and we are having the worst winter ever for snow. What perfect timing to have purchased these amazingly sticky tires. I cant put my Carrera away for the winter as I love it so much, and traction with these snows is amazing, in all types of conditions, including deep snow and wet snow. I spoke to a very helpful Tire Rack rep prior to purchase and he recommended these vs all season. I was vasillating for weeks on snows/all seasons and am I ever glad I got the snows. I am driving with confidence and less stress for sure.