Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin X-Ice Xi2

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Vehicle: 2003 Toyota Avalon XLS
Miles Driven on Tires: 3,000
Location: COLUMBIA, MO
Driving Condition: Combined Highway/City
Driving Style: Average
Michelin X-Ice Xi2
Initial Review: 3,000 miles on tires
February 26, 2013

From other reviews, it seemed this tire would change my life. It did not. You still slip, slide, and can easily get stuck in snow. Yes, these Michelins are better than all seasons, but the difference is nominal given the cost of a separate set of tires with new wheels. However, I can now equip the car with summer tires on the stock wheels, and the combined advantages may make the purchase worth it. Just do not expect a sea change in snow traction when equipping your car with winter tires.
Dry handling is absolutely fine, and road noise is reasonable. Still at new tread depth after 3k miles. If you see only 1-3 major winter storms per season, I would save the expense of winter tires. My Avalon does not have traction or stability control...perhaps that would help.

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