Michelin X-Ice Xi2 vs. Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

Looking for a Studless Ice and Snow tire to help you navigate the tough winter conditions? The following tires are currently listed as the top two-rated tires within their performance category.

Michelin X-Ice Xi2
Michelin X-Ice Xi2
Bridgestone Blizzak WS70
Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

Michelin X-Ice Xi2

For most drivers, the Michelin X-Ice Xi2 is a great choice since it combines good hard-packed snow and ice grip with normal dry road handling. All winter / snow tires will give up some dry road handling but the Xi2 minimizes these compromises and is the top tire in dry traction for Studless Ice and Snow tires. 

Take a look at our Tire Test Results and you'll see the Xi2 accelerated .04 seconds slower than the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 on the ice. You will also notice that during the ice braking test, both tires finished very close to another, as the Michelin tire finished .1 second behind the Bridgestone. But during testing, I noticed minuscule differences between each tire on the ice and believe the two tires are both great choices for this winter.

Most Michelin X-Ice Xi2 tires meet Michelin's Green X standard for low rolling resistance that demonstrate the tire's contribution to reducing vehicle fuel consumption and emissions of CO2 gases. Read "Michelin Green X" for a better understanding of their technology.

Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

Personally, I rank the Blizzak WS70 behind the Xi2 because its ice grip advantage is minor and the tire does not perform as well in dry road handling. Michelin has improved technology that compares to the Blizzak name. However, many customers have run Blizzaks for years and swear by their performance. The WS70 represents the fourth generation of Bridgestone WinterBiter tires that are developed to deliver wintertime traction and control that inspire confidence for drivers. For more information on the Bridgestone Blizzaks, read "Bridgestone Blizzak FAQs."

Shop by vehicle to find the winter / snow tire that works best for your vehicle.


Thursday, January 19, 2012 by Buzz

Blizzak's have worked fabulously on my Taurus, but I am putting Michelin's X-Ice Xi2 on my Mazda3. Both great tires.
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 by Bert Skinner

I have used both tires and I agree that both are excellent. I am currently trying to determine which tire may be best for longevity.
Thursday, September 20, 2012 by cy

Anecdotal feedback from my customers who have used both, and the ratings in our consumer surveys indicates that the Michelin X-Ice Xi2 wears at a slower rate than the Blizzak WS70. But as mentioned above nothing comes for free. The Bridgestone trades a little clear road handling and treadwear for improved snow and ice traction, while the Michelin X-Ice Xi2 gives longer treadwear with a little lower snow and ice traction.
Saturday, November 24, 2012 by Tony

Thanks for the information. I was trying to decide on a winter tire for Ontario winters with a month or two heading South. I have decided on the Michelin.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012 by cy

Thanks for your input. Cy
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 by Chandra

I have used the Bridgestone on my Equinox and the performance was excellent. I never lost traction at any time. Now, i have the Michelin Xi2 on my Rdx and sorry to say that, for Winnipeg weather, this tire is not good. I always loose traction at stoplights. i am not getting the confidence out of Xi2 compared to Blizzak, when i drive on icy roads. I even tried using Nitrogen air to maintain good tire pressure. But the handlind and stopping distance hasn't improved at all. My VSA works overtime to pull me back into the lane.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 by cy

Thanks for your feedback. Cy.
Thursday, October 15, 2015 by Mike

I live in Alaska and I currently run the Michelin X-Ice XI2. Blizzaks have a very soft compound so they have an advantage but degrade very quickly either by wearing out on dry ground or the rubber hardening. I loved my Blizzaks but the traction euphoria only lasted one season. Although I took very good care the traction faded quickly as the rubber aged. My Michelin's are on their 3rd season and still look like new and as far as I can tell haven't lost much performance.
Tuesday, October 20, 2015 by cy

Mike, thanks for your feedback. Cy.
Thursday, May 17, 2018 by 454SuperDuty

I've run blizzak for years, special dually tires. Great on ice and dry pavement, on snow must slow down because they turn into snow balls. Lasted me several years (5).
Michelin X ice, very good tire but after one season they no longer work. So you will have to buy new Michelin X ice tires every year.
Thursday, May 17, 2018 by 454SuperDuty

I will try this again...
Yes I ran Blizzak W965's on my two wheel dually for 5 years. Great on ice and snow, no wear on dry pavement. The only problem I had was hitting 8" with the front wheels at 120 km/hr. The tires can't disperse the snow at that speed. the Michelin's can on the cars.
I know 300 people that bought Michelin X ice tires (Honda Civic's, Chevy Malibu's etc.), . Season one they were invincible, on ice and and snow, to me they are the very best. However season two all my friends tell me they can't get up the hills, can't get in their driveway's and slide all over the road. The tires have lots of tread left, the tread will last 3 years but not the compound they are putting on the outside of the tire. Michelin puts a compound on the outside of the X ice tires that wear's off after one season. These tires are two expensive for one season. Any Blizzak tire will last 5 seasons and work the same until the tire is worn out. But in my experience they are not as good in the snow and ice as the Michelin's.

If you got lots of money and lots of time for changing winters every year and want the very best buy the Michelin's. If you can handle/settle for 93-95% of the performance in snow and ice of the Michelin's and want a winter tire that will last 80,000 km/5 years, buy the Blizzak's.

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