Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin LTX A/T 2

Thursday, February 20, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin LTX A/T 2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.87
 
 

2007 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Tehachapi, CA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
February 15, 2014

So I really researched the heck out of what tire was right for my 4x4 tacoma. We live at 6000 ft and can get up to a foot of snow at a time in winter. We needed a fairly aggressive tire tread for winter. But I also was weary of tire noise and the mileage hit you get with some AT tires. This tire hit the sweet spot. I had to back up a fairly steep incline on my property with a moderately loaded trailer in snowy mud. Although this probably speaks as much to the capability of a 4x4 tacoma with the locking diff I know I couldn't have made it with the dueler h/t that came on the truck. This tire has very little road noise and has just aggressive enough tread to get it done while offroad. I would highly recommend this tire to someone in my situation where you frequently drive unimproved roads as well as highway. Also, get the load range E light truck tire because the ride is no worse and for a nominal increase in cost you get a bit more tread depth and load rating which is well worth the money. Kudos to Michelin on a well balanced light truck tire!

 

Is the Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology the Best Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season Tire? Our Customers Think So!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 by Zig Ziegler

The main concern of many crossover and SUV customers is traction, treadlife and road noise, not always in that order. Continental's CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology is a tire that rates highly in all of these key areas.

The CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology, currently ranked first in our survey results, is Continental's ecologically friendly Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season tire developed to help crossovers, sport utility vehicles and light-duty pickup trucks perform on the highway and in mild off-road conditions. It's designed to enhance driving pleasure, save fuel and maintain grip when braking on wet surfaces, while providing long wear and all-season traction, even in light snow.

 Continental Cross Contact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology
Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology
 Continental Cross Contact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology
Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology


Continental uses an all-season tread compound featuring their Tg-F Polymers and +Silane additives to improve treadwear, fuel efficiency and traction on slippery roads. The compound is molded into a symmetric tread design with notched outboard shoulders, independent intermediate tread blocks and continuous center ribs to blend on-road steering response and straight-line stability with reduced noise and enhanced ride comfort. Four circumferential grooves enhance wet traction while Continental’s Traction Grooves (featuring ridges in the outboard grooves) promote three-dimensional snow-to-snow traction.

To view the performance ratings for the CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology, take a look at "Testing Eco-Focused Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season Tire."

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax Arctic Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.64
 
 

2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser
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Miles driven on tires: 55,000
Location: Chatham, NJ
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 55,000 Miles on Tires
December 26, 2013

Very solid winter tire with excellent traction in snow. I would rate these on par with the Nokian Hakkepelita, but the Altimax costs half as much. The bonus is they last as long as regular street tire--my last set went 60,000 miles, and I also leave them on in the summer. They do double duty as a decent light offroad and gravel tire as the sidewalls seem quite tough. It doesn't get mentioned much in the reviews, but some snow and A/T tires are hard to balance. I expected due to the low price the shop would have balance problems. I'm happy to report that I never had a balance problem with these and all had to be minimally weighted. I've tried 4 different brands of snow tires. These are the best I've found. Just ordered my third set.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama Geolandar A/T-S

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama Geolandar A/T-S Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.23
 
 

2002 Volvo V70 XC
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Miles driven on tires: 50,000
Location: Issaquah, WA
Driving Condition: Easy Going

Initial Review, 50,000 Miles on Tires
January 27, 2014

I bought these for my 6,000 mile Alaskan expedition. The tires were surprisingly quiet and comfort despite their aggressive tread patterns. They perform well on pavement (obviously) and excellent off-road. I don't do any recreational off-roading but for driving through gravel, mud, dirt, etc., these tires are really excellent. I just placed an order for the new set of Geolandars.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Wrangler DuraTracReviewer's Overall Rating: 7.73

1996 Toyota Land Cruiser
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Miles driven on tires: 15,000
Location: Hillsboro, OR
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 15,000 Miles on Tires
January 04, 2014

Purchased the tire for mostly offroad use, but wanted something that had good on road manners. The tire has been very quiet, and continues to perform well on-road. Offroad the tire does ok, but don't expect MT performance from this tire. In dirt, sand and snow the tire does pretty well, but deep mud is not this tires forte due to the tightly spaced center rib. I have not had any issues with the sidewalls despite all the rumors on the internet about the weak sidewalls, and I regularly run them at 10-15 psi. If you are the occasional offroader, this would be a good tire for you, but if you are more hardcore, stick with the MTR or similar.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Grabber HTS

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Grabber HTS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.75
 
 

2009 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab
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Miles driven on tires: 11,000
Location: Lords Valley, PA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 11,000 Miles on Tires
December 08, 2013

Nice all-around tire for my 4x4 Tacoma. Great traction in nasty winter weather and mild off-road conditions. Great value for the $$$. I have very little tread wear at 11,000.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM2

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.53
 
 

2005 Jeep Wrangler
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Miles driven on tires: 45,000
Location: Midwest City, OK
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 45,000 Miles on Tires
December 24, 2013

If you take your Jeep or truck off-road this is tire everyone gets that have done their research. I got 45,000 out of my first set and I didn't even consider another tire or brand when it was time to replace them. 45K doesn't sound like much compared to street tires but in this class there is no equal. If road noise bothers you this may not be your tire but the traction advantage greatly out weighs a little tire singing. Ice is the one thing these tires don't like but when it comes to snow or mud, the tires are a definite confidence builder! I have never had any issue with balancing unlike many other brands and they have a strong sidewall that holds up well while playing in rocks.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin X-Ice Xi2

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin X-Ice Xi2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.78
 
 

2013 Hyundai Accent GLS Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 3,050
Location:  
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 3,050 Miles on Tires
January 06, 2014

I drive highway, city, and rural dirt/gravel roads, hence my inclusion of "off-road" driving conditions. The dirt roads in rural Missouri are "minimum maintenance" and I rely on excellent tires to travel to our cabin throughout the winter, a 100 mile trip from Omaha. I typically buy Blizzaks and was disappointed they weren't made for my Accent. TireRack suggested the Michelin X-2 Ices and they have done the job spectacularly, enabling me to drive through a 10" snow we received two weeks ago.

Thank you! Great tires! Mark Surmeier

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Turanza EL400 RFT

Friday, January 31, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Turanza EL400 RFT Reviewer's Overall Rating: 4.86
 
 

2011 Toyota Sienna AWD
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Miles driven on tires: 30,500
Location: Orinda, CA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 30,500 Miles on Tires
January 27, 2014

Original equipment tires. Started getting noisy after 5000 miles. Mostly long distance highway driving, with camping gear. NO, off-road driving. Even with rotating every 4000 miles, air pressure checked monthly and alignment twice a year, they started wearing on both inner and outside front tire edges faster than center tread and rotating just made all look the same. Three nail caused flats and the dealer would only USE some high-tech plug to repair them (Toyota instructions) Replaced original tires at 30500 miles with same brand RFT but dealer suggested I try the Turanza 400-02 RFT instead. Result are EVEN WORSE tire wear, with mini chunks in the tread at happening from 8000 to current at 15000 miles. (45,000 total) on mini-van. Received the Toyota recall regarding load rating door frame decal. Because we have an OE rear Cargo Container and AWD, they offered NEW more heavy duty tires that will meet the max load rating requirements. Dealer told me there are not any 235/55R-18 RFT Heavy Duty tires available. He offered to remove the Cargo Container so the load rating decal would confirm. NO WAY, or go to a smaller RFT with a better load rating. NO WAY . Do not want to resort to non RFT (no spare) due to our out of the way camping. He then suggested I get a can of that green goo and a small air compressor. That will screw up the TPM's and sometimes leave a hard green goo on the insides of the rim. Has anyone found solution to these crappy tires that are still Run Flat and the same size or a size that will still fit without any tire interference?

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure with Kevlar

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure with Kevlar Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2010 Ford F150 XLT 4x4
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Miles driven on tires: 1,500
Location: Tallmadge, OH
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 1,500 Miles on Tires
December 15, 2013

This is the 5th set of tires I've had on this truck. It's a company vehicle that I've driven since it was new. I drive in all weather conditons, and all off-road conditions for the work I do. Putting these tires on was like geting beefed-up shocks. It handles and corners like a mid-sized sedan now. The traction is excellent in all conditions. We had a big snow storm with 35deg temps yesterday, which left 3" of icy slush on the roads. No problem. Today, the temp dropped to 22deg, so the now the slush has frozen solid. No problem. Very happy with these tires, just glad I didn't have to pay for them myself:)

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Wrangler SR-A

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Wrangler SR-A Reviewer's Overall Rating: 5.17
 
 

2013 Ram 1500 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 4,500
Location: Cypress, TX
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 4,500 Miles on Tires
June 09, 2013

A tire review haiku:

Okay for street use
Crappy For Offroad Driving
Will not buy again

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Fortera HL Edition

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Fortera HL Edition Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.09
 
 

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee
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Miles driven on tires: 14,000
Location: Sidney, MT
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 14,000 Miles on Tires
January 22, 2014

I live in western North Dakota and these Goodyears are the worst set of tires I've ever had the misfortune of owning. I live on a gravel road and after 14,000 miles I've had 4 flats and had to replace two tires. Should've opted for the off-road tires at vehicle purchase time. Will be getting 10 ply-rated tires shortly. These tires are for paved roads that are in good condition only. On the highway the tires are extremely smooth and silent. Off-road and in snow and ice they are horrible.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KOReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.25

2001 Mercury Mountaineer 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 50,000
Location: Schertz, TX
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 50,000 Miles on Tires
April 26, 2010

I put the TA KO on a 01 Mountaineer (5.OL, AWD) after OE tires recalled in 02. These are great off-road tires! I have driven w/ them in all weather extremes, from 115+ degree Mojave desert rock and sand to deep snow and ice in Ohio. When you need a tough tire this is it, BUT it feels like a tough tire on the road with rough ride, noise, and they've been difficult to balance.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Optimo H727

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Optimo H727 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10
 
 

2011 Subaru Outback
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Miles driven on tires: 15,000
Location: Frederick, MD
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 15,000 Miles on Tires
June 19, 2012

I bought this tire last fall to replace the continue oem tires...I bought these based on numerous reviews for wi.ref frigid.g and rain resistance. These tires have exceeded my expectations in every aspect of driving. I take my subaru everywhere. Inroads off-road, etc. The only the.g you have to remember Is for the first 500 to 750 miles they might be a little squirely until the first layer wears off. After that, great tire.

 

Does Tire Rack Offer Road Hazard Protection?

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 by Zig Ziegler

It's the time of year when the weather is as unpredictable as the roads you drive on -- with the constant freezing and thawing of the roadways, potholes are everywhere. If you purchased Tire Rack's Tire Road Hazard Program it could make the difference between a minor inconvenience and a major out-of-pocket expense.

Tire Rack supports the tire manufacturers' warranties for all the tire brands we sell. Those warranties apply to tires that become unusable for any reason within the tire manufacturer's control, typically covering materials and workmanship. However, these warranties do not apply to causes and conditions beyond the tire manufacturer's control, such as road hazards.

 Tire Rack's Road Hazard Program
Tire Rack's Tire Road Hazard Program
 Tire Rack's Road Hazard Program
Tire Rack's Tire Road Hazard Program


Road hazard damage is damage that occurs when a tire fails as a result of a puncture, bruise or break incurred during the course of normal driving on a maintained road. Nails, glass and potholes are the most common examples of road hazards. Because of this, many drivers desire the additional security and peace of mind that a Tire Road Hazard Service Program provides.

  • Tires are covered for 36 months from the date of purchase or until 2/32" or less of tread remains, whichever occurs first.
  • Repairs are reimbursed up to $25 per tire per occurrence.
  • During the first 12 months, you will be reimbursed for 100% of the original cost of the tire covered by the Tire Road Hazard Service Program, subject to the limitations set forth in the Program Certificate. Beyond the first 12 months, the reimbursable amount is calculated by a proration of elapsed time, not to exceed 36 months.
  • The following tires are not eligible for the Tire Road Hazard Service Program:
    • Competition tires
    • LT Metric sized tires
    • LT Flotation sized tires
    • Trailer tires
  • The following vehicles are not eligible for the Tire Road Hazard Service Program:
    • Any emergency service vehicle.
    • Any vehicle used for hire, commercial, towing, construction or postal service.
    • Any vehicle used for farm, ranch, agriculture or off-road use.
    • Program is only available to customers living in the 48 contiguous States. Alaska, Hawaii, U.S. territories, APO/FPO, Canada and Mexico are excluded.
  • Additional exclusions and limitations are described in the Program Certificate.

Be sure to consider adding the Road Hazard Protection to your tire purchase to protect yourself from future road hazard damage expenses.

Black Rock Steel Wheels are Perfect for Your Truck

Friday, January 17, 2014 by Gary Stanley

We're proud to announce that we carry Black Rock steel wheels. Manufactured in California, these wheels are specifically engineered for serious off-road and rock climbing applications with fitments available for Jeeps, SUVs and lifted trucks.

Black Rock offers heavy gauge steel wheels that are clear coated and painted black with center caps included at no additional charge. The wheels won't chip or crack and provide a rugged style that also looks great. Some of the more popular fitments for these wheels include the newer Ford F-150 trucks, Ford Expeditions, Chevy Silverado trucks and the Dodge Ram. Also, we offer some of their wider, low offset off-road fitments.


Black Rock 937 Type 8P Steel

Black Rock 942 Type D Steel 17x8


For more steel wheel options for your vehicle, take a look at "Steel Wheels Available at Tire Rack."

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin LTX A/T 2

Thursday, January 9, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.

Michelin LTX A/T 2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.64
 
 

2013 GMC Sierra 2500 HD 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 13,800
Location: Anchorage, AK
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 13,800 Miles on Tires
January 09, 2014

Straight line tracking is a bit imprecise, but that could be the truck. Usable on ice and packed snow, but you have to be careful and take your time. These are not winter tires, IMO, but will get you by if you must. Did some towing and city driving in snow and on ice last winter and don't recommend them for that. Otherwise, they're pretty good, but a bit overpriced. Wearing well after nearly 14K. Ride comfort is dependent upon load in this truck, and most of my driving has been unloaded; the ride is a bit harsh considering that, but is expected. No off-road use to date, no comment or rating for that.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO

Thursday, January 9, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO Reviewer's Overall Rating: 5.27
 
 

2010 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Moore, OK
Driving Condition: Average

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

PROS: Looks good, low noise for an A/T tire, very good treadwear, tough sidewall construction, great for heavy loads
CONS: Terrible wet weather traction (even with 4-wheel drive on), lousy traction in snow/ice, hard as a brick when cold, jittery on the highway (wanders terribly and tracks horribly), way overpriced
CONCLUSION: Had these for 6-months...loved the style and quietness for an A/T tire. Once the cold weather kicked in...couldn't wait to snow test them. The results were unimpressive and quiet disappointing. After 1,000 miles of cross country driving to Michigan, I had to get them off. I replaced them with the Michelin LTX M/S2. These tires are far better then the BFGs. I will keep the BFGs for summer only because I can't replace them. Don't buy these BFG tires unless you really need to do some off-roading or Baja racing...they don't connect with the pavement in poor/cold conditions.

 

Goodyear's Wrangler All-Terrian Adventure with Kevlar Does it All

Thursday, January 9, 2014 by Zig Ziegler

The Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure with Kevlar is Goodyear's newest On-/Off-Road All-Terrain tire slated to replace the highly popular Wrangler SilentArmor. Last year, Goodyear provided us an opportunity to experience this tire in Colorado Springs, Colorado, one of America's top areas for outdoor recreational activities. They offered several on-road and dirt-road experiences behind the wheel of a variety of SUVs and pick-up trucks in the shadows of the Rocky Mountains.

Most notably, our team felt the tire provided a quiet and comfortable ride. Also, the tire's open shoulders and multi-faceted tread blocks delivered predictable steering response and traction on dirt.

 Goodyear Wrangler Adventure All-Terrain with Kevlar
Goodyear Wrangler Adventure All-Terrain with Kevlar
 Goodyear Wrangler Adventure All-Terrain with Kevlar
Goodyear Wrangler Adventure All-Terrain with Kevlar


Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure with Kevlar tires are developed for light truck drivers looking to combine on-road competence with off-road versatility. Offered in Standard Load sizes for half-ton vehicles, the tire is also available in Pro-Grade Load Range E sizes for three-quarter and one-ton pick-up trucks, vans and SUVs that regularly haul or tow heavy loads.

This new addition to the Goodyear line-up features a longwearing, specialized rubber tread compound (Pro-Grade tires use an even more chip- and chunk-resistant tread compound that enhances wear in high-torque applications). These compounds are molded into a multi-faceted symmetric tread design that combines rugged looks along with on-road comfort and off-road traction. Open shoulder blocks and traction ridges at the base of the outboard circumferential grooves help clear mud and snow (Pro-Grade tires meet the industry's severe snow service requirements and are branded with the mountain/snowflake symbol).

If you're in the market for an On-/Off-Road All-Terrain tire that can deliver superior ride comfort and road noise, while combining off-road versatility then consider the Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure with Kevlar.

Best Winter Tires for Snow for Crossovers and SUVs

Wednesday, December 11, 2013 by Gary Stanley

Crossovers and SUVs are a very popular vehicle segment and are available from smaller vehicles like the Ford Escape and Nissan Murano, to larger SUVs such as the Chevy Suburban and Cadillac Escalade. There are even high performance models like the Porsche Cayenne and Infiniti FX that have acceleration rivaling that of sports cars.  

Most owners of these vehicles aren't buying them primarily for their off-road capability or 0-60 times, but instead for their desire of a balance of utility, comfort and performance. They also want good all-season traction, including during the winter months. To get the most winter traction, the best option is to install a set of winter / snow tires because they provide much better snow and ice traction compared to their all-season counterparts.

Which winter tires are the best for snow and ice traction for your crossover, light truck or SUV? 

 Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1
Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1
 Pirelli Scorpion Winter
Pirelli Scorpion Winter


I would take a look at the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1 and Pirelli Scorpion Winter. Between the two, the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1 has better snow and ice traction. Pirelli's Scorpion Winter is a slight step down in snow and ice traction compared to the Blizzak, however it does have better dry road traction and quicker steering response for the days when the roads are dry. These tires aren't just available for SUVs and crossovers, but also make great winter truck tires. 

For more information on the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1, read "Winter Truck Tires."