Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Tuesday, February 18, 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.

General Altimax Arctic Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.11
 
 

1993 Volvo 2 Series Wagon
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Buy/More Info
Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: Sandusky, OH
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
January 04, 2014

I purchased these tires for my RWD Volvo wagon which already handled great in the snow to increase my winter driving confidence. I also based my purchase off the Tire Rack winter tire video summary and some YouTube videos. After driving our family Minivan in the winter, the difference between all season and snow tires in night and day for me. I would like to just quickly list the things I like about the tires:

Never stuck in deep snow.
Good acceleration.
Stable at highway speeds in snow.
Sidewall is appealing.
Studdable.

Now I did not stud these tires because we rarely deal with ice in Northern Ohio. Most roads are plowed before the snow gets packed down and/or turns to ice.
I never feel like I will get stuck parking in deep snow which is what I see most struggle with in the winter.
I can accelerate off from intersections at normal speeds like I would if the roads were dry which is a plus. No endless tire spin unless I lead foot it.
I also love the fact I can drive at highway speeds with snow cover because of the stability. I have good control and never feel like the car will spin out from under me.

I do have little issues with this tire that are expected if you don't have constant snow cover in your area. This tire is very soft in warmer weather and dry roads. Therefore the steering is mushy and the car seems to sway more on dry roads with hard turning input. The snow handling benefits far outweigh this little issue, but expect less steering response on dry roads.

BOTTOM LINE: Get this tire if you are looking for more confidence driving in the winter. You can still drive just as slow as you did with your all season tires, but you won't have to do so in fear!

 

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