Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 vs Blizzak DM-V1

Owners of crossover vehicles, small SUVs and even full size cars with large outside diameter tire fitments often call to ask which one of Bridgestone's popular winter / snow tires would work best for their vehicle. For many applications, there may be only one of Bridgestone's Studless Ice & Snow tires offered in a given size, however there are certainly exceptions.

For example, if you own a newer model Honda CRV which employs the use of 225/65R17 tires, you'll find two models of Blizzak tires that are suitable for your SUV. While you could purchase either and be very well suited, there are differences between them.

Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1

The Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 is designed for lighter vehicles such as small and mid-sized cars and features an extremely soft compound designed to give these vehicles every traction advantage available. The tire is also T-speed rated to provide a more responsive steering feel at speed and retain a more acceptable degree of stability when being pushed into corners. Make no mistake, T-speed rated tires will not set dry track records, however most drivers appreciate the responsiveness they offer when compared to Q-,R- and S-speed rated options.

In contrast, the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1 is designed for SUVs and light trucks and may wear slightly better than the WS70 when used on a heavier vehicle. The larger tread blocks and slightly less directional design will also more closely resemble that of a "truck" tire. The most negative trait of the DM-V1 is its relatively low R-speed rating. Aside from having a lower top speed of 106 mph, the DM-V1 will not handle as sharply as the T-speed rated WS70. Both make an excellent winter tire option that can handle the snow and ice winter throws at you.

To further research these two tires, take a look at our Tire Survey Results.


Tuesday, October 21, 2014 by Debbie

If my tire size is 215/70R16 and my CRV is a 2014 crossover or I was told the 4X4 is automatic, what is my best tire size? I am told they don't make this tire for my vehicle, is that true? I would like this tire as it looks like the best winter tire
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 by

If you have 16" wheels on the CRV, 215/70/16 is the correct size and the DMV1 is available.
Monday, January 23, 2017 by Victoria Robles

I have 225/65R17 on my Chevy Equinox but I need All Terrain tires. What would you suggest.
Friday, January 27, 2017 by Tire Rack Team

Victoria, Easily the most popular all-terrain in your size is the BF Goodrich AT T/A KO2:
Thursday, December 7, 2017 by Janet Cousineau

What is best for a 2009 caliber prefer blizzak is ws or dmv better
Tuesday, December 12, 2017 by Tire Rack Team

Janet: Depending on the size you have on your Caliber you could use either if available. If you want a little better handling at highway speeds, the WS-80 would be recommended.

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