First Impressions of the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V2

Bridgestone has historically lead the way in winter condition traction. The more Mother Nature expresses her fury, the happier Bridgestone's winter tires seem to be. In the crossover, sport utility and small truck markets, the Blizzak DM-V1 has been the go-to tire. This fall brings us the all-new Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V2.  

We took our SUV test vehicles over to a local indoor ice rink for the first time in eight years to see how this tire stacks up against the competition. In addition to the Bridgestone Blizzak DMV-2, we equipped the Cayennes with the Yokohama iceGUARD iG51V and Michelin Latitude X-Ice Xi2.

Bridgestone Blizzak DMV-2
Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V2
Michelin Latitude X-Ice Xi2
Michelin Latitude X-Ice Xi2
Yokohama iceGUARD iG51v
Yokohama iceGUARD iG51v


The full report and test results will be forthcoming, but in the meantime, our initial impressions were great. During our testing, we do an acceleration run with all traction aids engaged to center ice. Then the brakes are slammed on, fully activating ABS to a complete stop. We also took the Cayennes through a simulated corner. You can review the full test methodology by reading, "Studless Ice and Snow Winter Tires: Finding Which is Best When Winter Weather is at its Worst."

There is no substitute for a dedicated winter / snow tire, so any of the following choices would make winter driving less harrowing. The Yokohama is an attractively priced option, but does fall short of the market leading Bridgestone and Michelin offerings. In the acceleration and braking test, the Michelin and Bridgestone seemed to be very very close. The more telling test involves taking the Cayennes around the simulated corner at 13 mph. There are cones set up to establish the edge of the road. Yokohama's iceGUARD iG51V fell short when compared to the other two tires. The Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V2 went through the corner without needing intervention from the electronic safety systems. One test driver said he took the Bridgestone through the corner at 16 mph and still avoided traction assistance from the onboard computers. Once again, Bridgestone left quite an impression. This is the leading reason, I have used the Blizzak line of tires for years on my personal vehicles. For more winter tire options, take a look at "Michelin X-Ice Xi3: Testing One of the Newest Studless Ice & Snow Tires."

Comments

Friday, September 30, 2016 by Craig Westcott

Hunter, did the promised full report ever get published? Can't seem to find it anywhere. On the fence about snow tires for my new Ford Explorer Platinum and wanted to make sure the Blizzak DM-V2 were still the best out there.
Saturday, October 1, 2016 by Hunter Leffel

Hi,
You can find the report here...
http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tests/testDisplay.jsp?ttid=205

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