The new Michelin X-ice Xi3 has so far exceeded my expectations. I have not had the opportunity to test this tire in the snow yet. We have only had a few days below freezing. On those days, I was very impressed with the ice traction. Cannot wait for some snow to test these in!
I really wanted to write this review to comment on the dry road handling. Winter tires primary goal should be to provide the best ice and snow traction. Although for a lot of people dry road handling is important as well.
Many of us do have to commute on winter tires and will drive many days on dry pavement. My commute is about 70 miles round trip everyday. I have became very use to sloppy, unpredictable handling from many of the snow tires I have used in the past. To my amazement, the new Xi3 is the best handling studless winter tire I have ever used. Dry road stability is very similar to many all-season tires I have tested. With over 2300 miles on the tires, they still have almost full tread depth. Highway driving is very responsive and predictable. Ride quality and road noise is the best I have experienced with winter tires.
For someone who does a lot of commuting, but still needs a good winter tire, the Xi3 is hard to beat. Michelin does put a 40k mile warranty on this tire as well. For people that drive as much as myself, this is very important.
I would highly recommend this tire for someone who is looking for a winter tire, but still value longevity, ride quality and handling. I look forward to some winter so I can really put the tires to the test!