Wheels and Tires

Michelin (X-Ice Snow, $185) vs. Pirelli (WINTER ICE ZERO FR, $148)

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Jul 28, 2017
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Michelin (X-Ice Snow, $185) vs. Pirelli (WINTER ICE ZERO FR, $148)

Costco is having a sale on both Michelin (X-Ice Snow, $185) and Pirelli (WINTER ICE ZERO FR, $148). They are giving $100 Costco gift card when you buy a set of 4 tires. The Michelin is 4 x $37 more than the Pirelli. I am wondering if the extra cost is worth the incremental performance? It is for a 2011 Toyota Matrix AWD (205/55R16) and will be driven mostly in Edmonton.
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Oct 25, 2020
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Both are top quality. I don't think the Michelin is $150 better.($170 if you factor HST)

They score pretty similarly, but the Pirelli should work better in deeper snow. I've ran the Pirelli in the same exact fitment on a low RWD car in Ottawa and had no issues.

That price is pretty good for Costco. Wholesalers like 4tires list the ice zero around $143 and you don't get the Costco warranty.

Edit: misread that it's the newer xice snow. They're said to be better in snow, but there isn't much real world Data available yet.
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Nov 7, 2016
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I've never had much luck with Pirelli's (either summers or winters, both seem to get very hard as they wear) but not tried any in a few years now. I'd still go with the Michelin X-Ice Snows over them though imho...
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PMC Tire ranked them as follows: https://pmctire.com/en/info/evaluations ... inter.tire

I think either one will be fine. Save the $$ and use it towards general car maintenance like new wiper blades, checking battery and coolant, getting the brakes serviced if needed.
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I have the Pirelli Winter Ice Zero since 2017, very quiet and never had issue on snow
Feb 13, 2020
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All threads talk about Michelin xice , seems no one is interested in pirelli even though they are cheaper
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Sep 6, 2017
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Ravibhatia wrote: All threads talk about Michelin xice , seems no one is interested in pirelli even though they are cheaper
Everyone wants the newest item. Look at the PS5 threads.
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I've had horrible luck/trouble with Pirelli winters so I'll never buy Pirelli again. They do not stand behind their product in any way with their warranties, they're a nightmare to deal with even if you have a legit claim unless your paperwork is absolutely perfect don't bother submitting a claim. Michelin are much easier to deal with. Ask your tire shop which they would rather submit a warranty claim on.

Also the x-ice snow's are getting incredible reviews, I would spend the extra money.
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I've used both and can't complain about either. I had X-Ices on my previous Matrix and then Winter Zeros after. Both offer good stopping distance and greater confidence in winter conditions. I currently have Winter Zeros on my Camry TRD. Have yet to drive in snow but no complaints again so far.