Whether you've been purchasing winter / snow tires for years or are new to the market, odds are that you've heard of Bridgestone's Blizzak line of winter tires. Since the 1990s, Bridgestone Blizzaks have all but dominated the snow tire market with their superior ice and snow traction. While they're best known for their studless compound, maximum snow traction WS series, like the Blizzak WS70, Bridgestone also makes more performance oriented Blizzaks for those looking for better dry handling and steering response from their winter tires. The new Blizzak LM-32 is their latest example of such a tire.
A few years ago, the Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60 replaced the Blizzak LM-25 in most sizes. In the past, the older Blizzak LM-25 and popular Dunlop Winter Sport 3D tires were considered direct competitors with similar snow traction and dry road handling/cornering. The then-newly redesigned LM-60 moved the balance closer to the snow traction side of the equation by using a more aggressive tread pattern, but with a compound and construction of a high performance snow tire. The end result was improved snow and ice traction over competing high performance winter tires, but with a sacrifice in steering response and dry cornering. Read "New LM-60 Bridgestone Blizzak Snow Tires" for more information on how Bridgestone's improvements changed with the LM-60.
Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60
Bridgestone Blizzak LM-32
While the LM-60 did indeed have better ice and snow traction, many drivers of higher performance vehicles did miss the better handling and faster steering response that the LM-25 provided. Those drivers now have an excellent choice with the new Bridgestone Blizzak LM-32. The Blizzak LM-32 moves that balance back towards the handling and dry grip side, putting it back in competition with the newest generation of high performance winter / snow tires.
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