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[Merged] Winter Tire Reviews, Rankings & Recommendations: Compilation from CR, APA.

Go to this post for 2012 Consumer Reports on Car Winter Tires: http://forums.redflagdeals.com/merged-w ... st15489569

2009 Consumer Reports on Passenger Car Winter Tires (Ranked top to bottom):

1. Michelin X-Ice Xi2 (84) * CR recommended Note: Overall score in parentheses
2. General Altimax Arctic (78) * CR recommended
3. Nokian Hakkapeliitta 5 (78) * CR recommended
4. Michelin Primacy Alpin PA3 (76)
5. Nokian Hakkapeliitta R (74)
6. Continental ExtremeWinterContact (74)
7. Bridgestone Blizzak WS-60 (72)
8. Pirelli Sottozero 210 Series II (70)
9. Dunlop Graspic DS2 (70)
10. Hankook Winter I*Pike W409 (70)
11. Gislaved NordFrost 5 (68)
12. Toyo Observe G02 Plus (64)
13. Yokohama Ice Guard IG20 (62)
14. Goodyear Ultra Grip Ice (62)
15. Firestone Winterforce (58)
16. Cooper Weather Master S/T2 (54)
17. Hankook Icebear W300 (50)

Michelin XIce Xi2 by CR (detailed scores):
Snow traction: Excellent
Ice braking: Excellent
Dry braking: Poor
Wet braking: Fair
Handling: Fair
Hydroplaning: Fair
Ride comfort: Excellent
Noise: Very Good
Rolling resistance (fuel consumption): Very Good
Overall ranking: 1st

General Altimax Arctic by CR:
Snow traction: Excellent
Ice braking: Very Good
Dry braking: Poor
Wet braking: Very Good
Handling: Fair
Hydroplaning: Very Good
Ride comfort: Good
Noise: Good
Rolling resistance (fuel consumption): Fair
Overall ranking: 2nd

Nokian Hakkapeliitta 5 by CR:
Snow traction: Excellent
Ice braking: Very Good
Dry braking: Poor
Wet braking: Good
Handling: Fair
Hydroplaning: Very Good
Ride comfort: Good
Noise: Fair
Rolling resistance (fuel consumption): Excellent
Overall ranking: 3rd

Michelin Primacy Alpin PA3 by CR:
Snow traction: Very Good
Ice braking: Good
Dry braking: Good
Wet braking: Very Good
Handling: Good
Hydroplaning: Excellent
Ride comfort: Excellent
Noise: Very Good
Rolling resistance (fuel consumption): Very Good
Overall ranking: 4th

Nokian Hakkapeliitta R by CR:
Snow traction: Very Good
Ice braking: Very Good
Dry braking: Fair
Wet braking: Good
Handling: Good
Hydroplaning: Good
Ride comfort: Very Good
Noise: Very Good
Rolling resistance (fuel consumption): Very Good
Overall ranking: 5th

Continental ExtremeWinterContact by CR:
Snow traction: Very Good
Ice braking: Very Good
Dry braking: Good
Wet braking: Fair
Handling: Good
Hydroplaning: Fair
Ride comfort: Very Good
Noise: Very Good
Rolling resistance (fuel consumption): Good
Overall ranking: 6th

Bridgestone Blizzak WS60 by CR:
Snow traction: Very Good
Ice braking: Very Good
Dry braking: Fair
Wet braking: Fair
Handling: Good
Hydroplaning: Good
Ride comfort: Very Good
Noise: Good
Rolling resistance (fuel consumption): Good
Overall ranking: 7th

Pirelli Sottozero 210 Series II by CR:
Snow traction: Very Good
Ice braking: Fair
Dry braking: Fair
Wet braking: Very Good
Handling: Good
Hydroplaning: Excellent
Ride comfort: Good
Noise: Good
Rolling resistance (fuel consumption): Fair
Overall ranking: 8th

Dunlop Graspic DS2 by CR:
Snow traction: Very Good
Ice braking: Excellent
Dry braking: Poor
Wet braking: Fair
Handling: Poor
Hydroplaning: Good
Ride comfort: Very Good
Noise: Good
Rolling resistance (fuel consumption): Very Good
Overall ranking: 9th

Hankook I*Pike W409 by CR:
Snow traction: Very Good
Ice braking: Good
Dry braking: Poor
Wet braking: Good
Handling: Good
Hydroplaning: Excellent
Ride comfort: Very Good
Noise: Fair
Rolling resistance (fuel consumption): Good
Overall ranking: 10th

Gislaved NordFrost 5 by CR:
Snow traction: Very Good
Ice braking: Good
Dry braking: Good
Wet braking: Good
Handling: Fair
Hydroplaning: Good
Ride comfort: Very Good
Noise: Good
Rolling resistance (fuel consumption): Good
Overall ranking: 11th

Toyo Observe G02 Plus by CR:
Snow traction: Excellent
Ice braking: Very Good
Dry braking: Poor
Wet braking: Fair
Handling: Poor
Hydroplaning: Good
Ride comfort: Very Good
Noise: Poor
Rolling resistance (fuel consumption): Very Good
Overall ranking: 12th

Yokohama Ice Guard IG20 by CR:
Snow traction: Very Good
Ice braking: Very Good
Dry braking: Poor
Wet braking: Fair
Handling: Fair
Hydroplaning: Fair
Ride comfort: Very Good
Noise: Poor
Rolling resistance (fuel consumption): Very Good
Overall ranking: 13th

Goodyear Ultra Grip Ice by CR:
Snow traction: Very Good
Ice braking: Good
Dry braking: Poor
Wet braking: Fair
Handling: Poor
Hydroplaning: Excellent
Ride comfort: Good
Noise: Good
Rolling resistance (fuel consumption): Fair
Overall ranking: 14th

Firestone Winterforce by CR:
Snow traction: Very Good
Ice braking: Good
Dry braking: Poor
Wet braking: Good
Handling: Poor
Hydroplaning: Excellent
Ride comfort: Very Good
Noise: Poor
Rolling resistance (fuel consumption): Fair
Overall ranking: 15th

Cooper Weather Master S/T2 by CR:
Snow traction: Very Good
Ice braking: Fair
Dry braking: Fair
Wet braking: Good
Handling: Fair
Hydroplaning: Excellent
Ride comfort: Good
Noise: Fair
Rolling resistance (fuel consumption): Poor
Overall ranking: 16th

Hankook IceBear W300 by CR:
Snow traction: Poor
Ice braking: Good
Dry braking: Fair
Wet braking: Very Good
Handling: Very Good
Hydroplaning: Very Good
Ride comfort: Good
Noise: Good
Rolling resistance (fuel consumption): Fair
Overall ranking: 17th

2011 Consumer Reports on Truck/SUV Winter Tires (Ranked top to bottom):

For Scoring Details including Article Scan: http://forums.redflagdeals.com/consumer ... s-1088780/

1. Continental ExtremeWinterContact (68) * CR recommended, best balance of winter traction and stopping grip on cleared roads Note: Overall score in parentheses
2. Nokian Hakkapeliitta R (68) * CR recommended, best balance of winter traction and stopping grip on cleared roads
3. General Altimax Arctic (66) * CR recommended, best balance of winter traction and stopping grip on cleared roads
4. Michelin X-Ice Xi2 (66) * CR recommended, best for severe winter-traction.
5. Yokohama Geolander I/T G072 (66) * CR recommended, best balance of winter traction and stopping grip on cleared roads
6. Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1 (64) * CR recommended, best for severe winter-traction.
7. Goodyear Ultra Grip Ice WRT (64)
8. Toyo Open Country G02 Plus (62)
9. BFGoodrich Winter Slalom KSI (60)
10. Firestone Winterforce UV (56)

APA Canada Ratings on Passenger Car, SUV and Performance Winter Tires:

For passenger car winter tire review summaries: http://www.apa.ca/WinterTires2011-PassengerCars.asp

Top Rated Car by APA:
Bridgestone Blizzak WS70
Michelin XIce Xi2
Toyo Observe G02 Plus

Very Good:
BFGoodrich Winter Slalom KSI
Continental ExtremeWinterContact
Continental ContiIceContact
Dunlop Graspic DS3
General Altimax Arctic
Gislaved NordFrost 5
Yokohama Ice Guard IG20

Acceptable:
Firestone Winterforce
Goodyear Ultra Grip Ice
Hankook Winter I*Pike W409
Nokian WRG2
Uniroyal Tiger Paw Ice & Snow II

Below Average:
Goodyear Nordic
Kelly Snowtrakker ST-2
Cooper WeatherMaster ST-2
Dean Wintercat XT
Saxon Snowblazer Passenger
Winter Claw Extreme Grip

For SUV winter tire review summaries: http://www.apa.ca/WinterTires2011-SUVs.asp

Top Rated - SUV by APA:
Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1
Dunlop Grandtrek SJ6
Michelin Latitude XIce Xi2
Toyo Open Country G02
Yokohama Geolander I/T GO72

Very Good:
BFGoodrich Winter Slalom KSI
Continental ExtremeWinterContact
Dunlop Grandtrek SJ4 and SJ5
General Altimax Arctic

Good:
Continental Conti4x4 Ice Contact
Continental Conti4X4 Winter Contact
Continental ContiCross Contact Winter
Pirelli Scorpion Ice & Snow

Average:
Firestone Winterforce UV
Hankook Icebear W300
Hankook Dynapro I*Pike RW11
Kumho KC15
Marshal KC15

Below Average:
Cooper WeatherMaster S/T2
Dean Wintercat SST
Goodyear Wrangler Silent Armor
Kelly Snow Trakker ST/2
Triangle TR777

For winter performance tire review summaries: http://www.apa.ca/WinterTires2011-Performance.asp

Top Rated Winter Performance by APA:
Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60
Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D
Pirelli Winter 210 Sottozero Series II
Toyo Observe Garit KX

Very Good:
Goodyear Ultra Grip GW3
Michelin Pilot Alpin PA3
Michelin Primacy Alpin

Good:
Continental ContiWinter Contact TS810
Continental ContiWinter Contact TS810 Sport
Dunlop SP Winter Sport M3
Goodyear Ultra Grip Performance 2

Average:
Hankook Icebear W300

Below Average:
Triangle TR777

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Just to confirm, the Hankook ipike for passenger cars is the w409.

Good to see it scoring mid pack, though the tires above it are more expensive so for it to deliver the performance for price is definitely a plus. I'm making the decision to get a set of those 4 just because yes I love the dry performance of the sporty performance winter tires, but for those commutes through snow storms and unplowed roads or when everyone is spinning out, I want the enhanced control.
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I know cdn tire's nordics aren't the best, but I was hoping they were rated average.
Oh well, I bought them last season at cdn tire already.
Got them at a pretty good price.
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Surprised ipike ranked so low...probably didn't pay enough bribe to the judges...
I bought them last year and am quite happy with them...
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Warped wrote:
Oct 7th, 2011 4:10 pm
I know cdn tire's nordics aren't the best, but I was hoping they were rated average.
Oh well, I bought them last season at cdn tire already.
Got them at a pretty good price.

The cheapest winter tire is better than the best all/three season tire in winter conditions. I believe that my Arctic Claw TXI would likely be rated below average by APA (they don't typically like Cooper tires due to past recalls)....but they did the job for me. It was an entry level winter tire at a very low price which was what I was looking for at the time of purchase.

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malecoke wrote:
Oct 7th, 2011 4:34 pm
Surprised ipike ranked so low...probably didn't pay enough bribe to the judges...
I bought them last year and am quite happy with them...

I have read that the new I*Pikes have a new gripping rubber compound....will be interesting to hear how they perform this winter.

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Added images of reviews in French.

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Excellent thread! helps a lot..
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Added winter tire reviews from Autos.ca

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Warped wrote:
Oct 7th, 2011 4:10 pm
I know cdn tire's nordics aren't the best, but I was hoping they were rated average.
Oh well, I bought them last season at cdn tire already.
Got them at a pretty good price.
I've warned people many times about how bad these tyres are, though unbelievably many people still think they are good (look at the reviews on CTs site for example). To be sure they are not that great..at all. But it's easy to see how one might think they are--basically it's reviews from people that drive on all-seasons most of the time and wouldn't know a good tyre from a hole in the ground :(

IMO you should get rid of them as soon as you can afford to, and be cautious of their unpredictability and poor dry/wet road performance while you still have them.

Anyway that aside great thread, OP--should be stickied for the season! Though I'm not really a fan of CR reviews, the APA ratings seem to be even worse I must say. There's not much info given at all, no testing data offered that I can see, and the whole thing consists of little blurbs (sometimes as short as one sentence) about the given tyre model. Though they're right in saying the CT "Goodyear" Nordic blows goats, I'm a little iffy on believing the rest of how they rate.
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i just got new Hankook Winter I*Pike W409

they suck arse in the rain

that is all
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ES_Revenge wrote:
Nov 9th, 2011 4:20 pm
I've warned people many times about how bad these tyres are, though unbelievably many people still think they are good (look at the reviews on CTs site for example). To be sure they are not that great..at all. But it's easy to see how one might think they are--basically it's reviews from people that drive on all-seasons most of the time and wouldn't know a good tyre from a hole in the ground :(

IMO you should get rid of them as soon as you can afford to, and be cautious of their unpredictability and poor dry/wet road performance while you still have them.

Anyway that aside great thread, OP--should be stickied for the season! Though I'm not really a fan of CR reviews, the APA ratings seem to be even worse I must say. There's not much info given at all, no testing data offered that I can see, and the whole thing consists of little blurbs (sometimes as short as one sentence) about the given tyre model. Though they're right in saying the CT "Goodyear" Nordic blows goats, I'm a little iffy on believing the rest of how they rate.
Thanks. It's up to the mods to decide if they want this thread as a sticky. :)

The other day, I started a thread here about the depth of sipes on winter tires while browsing at CT....GY Nordics were the shallowest (not good for winter traction, etc) of the three or four winter tires including General Altimax Arctic, Michelin XIce Xi2 and Motomaster Total Terrain W/T. Sipes on the Generals and Xi2's were well past the 50% of the tread depth...probably close to the legal wear markers. Sipe depths on the Hankook Optimo 4S and Total Terrains were between the Generals/Xi2s and Nordics.

Furthermore, I wasn't too impressed with how hard the rubber compound on the Optimo 4S....more of an all season than a winter tire rubber....good for treadwear durability at the expense of winter traction/braking performance.

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Ceat Formula Winter Tires any good? @$99 each at 1010tires.com?

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