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Consumer Reports rates Truck/SUV winter tires

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Consumer Reports rates Truck/SUV winter tires

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Obviously the chart shouldn't be the only deciding factor, but it could help in your decision-making process. I personally have the Altimax Arctic (good cost/performance ratio) and couldn't be happier.
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Thanks. Can you provide a copy of the review comments by CR as well?

I too have a set of the General Altimax Arctics studded on my truck....very happy after one season.

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Can you also provide a legend to show me what the red and black shapes mean in terms of good or bad?
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There are no review comments in the article, just the same general yadda-yadda they repeat every year.

They did however offer the following suggestions:

Best balance of winter traction and stopping grip on cleared roads:
C1 Continental ExtremeWinterContact
C2 Nokian Hakkapeliitta R Sport Utility
C3 Altimax Arctic
C5 Geolander i/T G072

Best for severe-winter traction:
C4 Michelin Latitude X-Ice XI 2
C6 Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1

The full red circle is the highest rating, the full black circle is the lowest. Everything else is in-between, with the empty circle being average.
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abstract808 wrote:
Oct 3rd, 2011 2:13 pm
There are no review comments in the article, just the same general yadda-yadda they repeat every year.

They did however offer the following suggestions:

Best balance of winter traction and stopping grip on cleared roads:
C1 Continental ExtremeWinterContact
C2 Nokian Hakkapeliitta R Sport Utility
C3 Altimax Arctic
C5 Geolander i/T G072

Best for severe-winter traction:
C4 Michelin Latitude X-Ice XI 2
C6 Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1

The full red circle is the highest rating, the full black circle is the lowest. Everything else is in-between, with the empty circle being average.
Thanks for the post,
are you able to post one for passenger cars...?

performance winter tires & regular winter tires from CR?!?!?
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lumlum1013 wrote:
Oct 3rd, 2011 4:14 pm
Thanks for the post,
are you able to post one for passenger cars...?

performance winter tires & regular winter tires from CR?!?!?

There was a report by CR on winter passenger tires a couple of years ago....it's floating around RFD. Michelin XIce Xi2 was rated 1st. General Altimax Arctic was 2nd.

I am a bit surprised that the Blizzak (DM-V1) and Toyo Open Country G02 Plus didn't do better in the rankings. The budget priced Firestone Winterforce UV is bringing up the rear isn't a surprise either...they are/were a price leader for a reason.

Yokohama Geolander's less than expected performance on ice braking is another surprise...truck version of the Ice Guard is not ideally named.

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abstract808 wrote:
Oct 3rd, 2011 2:13 pm
There are no review comments in the article, just the same general yadda-yadda they repeat every year.

They did however offer the following suggestions:

Best balance of winter traction and stopping grip on cleared roads:
C1 Continental ExtremeWinterContact
C2 Nokian Hakkapeliitta R Sport Utility
C3 Altimax Arctic
C5 Geolander i/T G072

Best for severe-winter traction:
C4 Michelin Latitude X-Ice XI 2
C6 Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1

The full red circle is the highest rating, the full black circle is the lowest. Everything else is in-between, with the empty circle being average.

I can't decide between the Altimax Arctic or Blizzak DM-V1 for my CX-9 AWD... I have the Generals on a Versa and they're pretty good, and their wear is impressive after one season (still have nearly full tread). But we get some nasty winter conditions here in Montreal and based on the above the Blizzaks are probably better suited for that.
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Darn, CR only reviewed the Nokian Hakkapeliitta R SUV tires (non-studded) and not the Nokian Hakkapeliitta 5 SUV tires (studded).

Got a set of used 245/65R17 studded Hakka 5s on Kijiji with 10/32" tread left on them and was wondering how they stack up against the other winter tires.
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loonieryan wrote:
Jan 12th, 2012 3:56 pm
Darn, CR only reviewed the Nokian Hakkapeliitta R SUV tires (non-studded) and not the Nokian Hakkapeliitta 5 SUV tires (studded).

Got a set of used 245/65R17 studded Hakka 5s on Kijiji with 10/32" tread left on them and was wondering how they stack up against the other winter tires.

Nokians tend to be highly rated winter tires. The only con on them are the higher cost (vs. other highly rated tires) and the limited number of dealers (Kal Tire in Western Canada).

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DavidY wrote:
Jan 12th, 2012 4:24 pm
Nokians tend to be highly rated winter tires. The only con on them are the higher cost (vs. other highly rated tires) and the limited number of dealers (Kal Tire in Western Canada).

Dave

I've had the General Altimax Arctics, Michelin X-Ice, Hankook I*Pikes, etc. but never tried Nokians to be honest. I got the set of 245/65R17 studded Hakkapeliitta 5s with 10/32" tread left for $400 and they seem to be in pretty good condition. Haven't mounted them on wheels yet because I'm still looking for a 17" x 7" wheel that'll fit on the CX-9. Looking forward to testing them out, especially since this will be my first AWD truck that I've ever owned.
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