Since we live in a snowy area that sees quite a bit of lake effect snowfall, I have driven on many different winter snow tires over the years. I've also had the opportunity to test dozens of different winter snow tires as a test driver in TireRack.com's tire testing program. I've been impressed with a few models of tires over the years, but I keep coming back to Bridgestone's Blizzak family of winter snow tires when it comes time to buy winter tires for my own personal use.
It is now the middle of the 2017-2018 winter season here in South Bend, Indiana and I am well into my third year of driving on the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V2 winter snow tires on our family's, 2009 Mazda CX-7. The first set of winter snow I used on this vehicle was the previous generation of Bridgestones SUV winter tire, the Blizzak DMV-1. This tire was one of the first in a category that Tirerack.com calls "Light Truck/SUV Studless Ice and Snow tires.". The DMV-1 had outstanding winter traction helped get me and my family through five full winter seasons.
As I mentioned in a previous blog discussing my excitement about trying out the DM-V2, I had high expectations for the updated tire.
Like it's predecessor, the new Blizzak DM-V2 uses an aggressive, heavily siped tread pattern to help it bite into snow, along with a rubber compound designed to remain pliable at lower temperatures. However, the new DM-V2 features what Bridgestone calls their "adaptive NanoPro Tech Multicell" compound and microscopic bite particles that contribute to high levels of grip on hard packed snow and ice. This updated compound along with a resigned tread pattern which has more block edges to help with snow and slush traction raise the DM-V2 to give drivers a new level of safety and confidence when driving in wintry conditions.
The results of those improvements proved themselves to me in real-world driving. Season after season, it has yet to disappoint me. After nearly 20,000 miles of winter driving on these tires, they still have 9/32nds tread depth left so there is a good chance I will get four to five useful winter seasons out of them, which is quite impressive for a studless ice and snow tire.
Don't just take my word for it. I'm one of many drivers to report similarly great experience with the Blizzak DM-V2 tires. Read the full test report at Tirerack.com, and see our consumer reviews submitted from everyday drivers just like you.