Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Ultra Grip Winter

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Vehicle: 2013 Ford Focus ST
Miles Driven on Tires: 20
Driving Condition: Combined Highway/City
Driving Style: Spirited
Goodyear Ultra Grip Winter
Follow-Up Review: 1,200 miles on tires
March 23, 2014
So after driving some more miles on these tires I ensure you I made a good choice here and saved myself some money over the competition's higher priced tires. The tires have good dry grip but don't expect me to give a high rating on cornering as remember these are studded and have less rubber on the pavement contact next to the studs. But with snow and ice on the roads I didn't have any issues other than having to make a few quick right turns at the last minute to avoid being hit from behind…fast response time and I pay attention to everyone around me. Buy with confidence for some good snow tires. Oh I forgot to mark ice traction but its am easy 9 when they are studded
Initial Review: 20 miles on tires
February 08, 2014

So I just bought this car and I needed winter tires badly, and I had them studded for extra peace of mind when I came here to tire rack and bought a winter tire package with steel wheels as these are just for winter and don't need fancy wheels covered in snow and crap all winter. I installed these very recently and first impression were good from the looks in person. I took them for a drive as soon as I installed them with our roads being completely covered in packed snow on plowed roads and 4-7 inches of powder on unplowed roads. We have recently received 18 inches of snow in the last 3 days and these tires take it all on without issue. The only time I had to slow down was when the front bumper was hitting the fresh powder on the roads (6 inches deep powder) and was blowing up and covering my windshield and I couldn't see. I stopped several times on snow covered hills and my car just walked op the hill without issue. Being located in Watertown, NY we get a lot of lake effect snow and it can hit at a moments notice and I spent the most part of my day testing theses tires out. Stopping was easily done as long as you don't just mash on the brakes as to be expected with any tire the ABS kicked in but still stopped controllably. Deep snow wasn't an issue, some icy roads are easily manageable, packed snow covered roads were a cinch and I really enjoyed driving in the fowl weather with these tires. No white knuckles for this guy just ease of travel as I was back to feeling safe and confident behind the wheel with these shoes on the car. Now my car has quite a bit of torque for a Front Wheel Drive vehicle that I was concerned about but the traction control worked well and the tires gripped well. These tires were cheapest offered for my car and I was skeptical as I usually go for blizzaks but these I think perform at the same level easily. I would buy these again without worry and knowing they are lower priced than the other competitors just made it easy to choose

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