With a four-wheel drive truck or SUV, you have a notable advantage accelerating in slippery conditions when compared to most passenger cars. However, even the most capable all-wheel drive vehicles shod with all-season tires will find difficulty compared to two-wheel drive passenger vehicles equipped with dedicated winter / snow tires.
If you want the absolute best winter traction, combine the benefits inherent to the AWD system with an aggressive winter tire. In "Winter is Coming: What Winter Tire is Best For You? Part One" it was determined the Bridgestone Blizzak WS80 was one of the best passenger vehicle tires for the worst conditions. For the past few winters, Bridgestone has dominated the light truck and SUV market with the Blizzak DM-V1. However, with competition ever stiffening, they decided that it was time for an evolution of its vaunted DM-V1 tire and introduced the Blizzak DM-V2.
Available in most popular half-ton pick up truck and SUV sizes, the DM-V2 stole the show in our most recent winter tire testing. While the closest competitor, the Michelin Latitude X-Ice Xi2 provided similar braking and acceleration numbers, it just couldn't hold pace with the extremely impressive cornering traction provided by the DM-V2. The DM-V2 has without question set a new standard for the Light Truck/SUV Studless Ice & Snow category. If you want to maximize the traction capabilities of your truck or SUV, the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V2 is definitely worth consideration.