Earlier this year, my wife an I set out to purchase a SUV. After driving several different models we decided on a 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited. Having driven on Bridgestone Blizzak tires for years on smaller passenger cars and having tested them multiple seasons during our yearly ice rink tests, I was curious to try out the new Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V2. While I had considered a Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package, I ultimately decided to use snow tires on the factory wheels. This was in part because we both love the way the Jeep looks on its optional 20" Original Equipment wheels and because the cost of the 20" tires was not that far removed from that of appropriately sized 17" or 18" fitments.
Since installation last week, we have put roughly 300 miles on the new snow tires and have been impressed with their road manners. Having been seasoned by several years of tire testing, I can tell without doubt that I am riding on a snow tire. However, the on-center feel and responsiveness doesn't feel that far removed from an all-season. Having driven on the previous generation DM-V1 that features a lower speed rating and considerably more sidewall deflection, I do feel that the DM-V2 is a clear step forward. Noise quality is also very reasonable. While by no means as quiet as a class-leading touring tire, it's amazing how far this and other Studless Ice & Snow tires have come.
Stay tuned for further updates over the next few months for reports on how the tire performs in the harsh winter climates we experience in Indiana.