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#2740656 - 09/11/12 11:36 AM Consumer Reports: 2012 Winter Tire test results
SubLGT Offline


Registered: 01/31/06
Posts: 2172
Loc: Idaho
Looks like CR has released their 2012 winter tire test results online, for subscribers only. I'm not a subscriber, so don't know the details. But I am curious how the new Michelin X-Ice Xi3 stacked up.

These tires were tested, I believe:

BF Goodrich Winter Slalom KSI
Bridgestone Blizzak WS70
Continental ExtremeWinterContact
Dunlop Graspic DS-3
Falken Espia EPZ
Firestone Winterforce
General Altimax Arctic
Goodyear Ultra Grip Ice WRT
Hankook Winter i*Pike
Hankook I*Cept Evo
Michelin X-Ice Xi2
Michelin X-Ice Xi3
Nokian Hakkapeliitta R
Nokian Hakkapeliitta 7
Pirelli Winter 210 Sottozero Serie II
Pirelli Winter Ice
Unifoyal Tiger Paw Ice & Snow II
Yokohama iceGuard ig20

http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/cars/...gs-overview.htm


Edited by SubLGT (09/11/12 11:37 AM)

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#2740669 - 09/11/12 11:46 AM Re: Consumer Reports: 2012 Winter Tire test results [Re: SubLGT]
kkreit01 Offline


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Loc: Olathe, KS
If one subscribes to the mailed magazine, is the online version free? I have not received that issue yet.
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#2740675 - 09/11/12 11:49 AM Re: Consumer Reports: 2012 Winter Tire test results [Re: kkreit01]
SubLGT Offline


Registered: 01/31/06
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Loc: Idaho
Originally Posted By: kkreit01
If one subscribes to the mailed magazine, is the online version free? I have not received that issue yet.


Not free, $20 per year

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#2740680 - 09/11/12 11:57 AM Re: Consumer Reports: 2012 Winter Tire test results [Re: SubLGT]
mikered30 Offline


Registered: 09/10/05
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Loc: PA
x ice 3 and 2 were top two although wet and dry braking are poor. Hankook i cept evo was 3rd. Blizzak Ws 70 was 6th and the fan favorite on here, the general altimax Arctic was 11 out of 16. All of the tires tested did well in the snow but handling,
and braking left much to be desired.

They also updated their all season
tires as well. Michelin defender is number 1.

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#2740711 - 09/11/12 12:19 PM Re: Consumer Reports: 2012 Winter Tire test results [Re: SubLGT]
dparm Offline


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Good to see the X-Ice maintaining its supremacy. I think Bridgestone needs to step up their game with the WS-series.

Curious how the Hakkas did. Those are a long-time favorite too.
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#2740720 - 09/11/12 12:26 PM Re: Consumer Reports: 2012 Winter Tire test results [Re: dparm]
SLCraig Offline


Registered: 12/21/08
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Loc: London, ON, Canada
Originally Posted By: dparm
Good to see the X-Ice maintaining its supremacy. I think Bridgestone needs to step up their game with the WS-series.

Curious how the Hakkas did. Those are a long-time favorite too.


Haks are awesome for sure. Had Hakka Q's on my Maxima and they were amazing.
Still think the Altimax Arctic is one of the best overall snow tires I have ever used. I have Hankook 409 iPikes right now and they're pretty good, but I miss my Altimax Arctics.
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#2740739 - 09/11/12 12:37 PM Re: Consumer Reports: 2012 Winter Tire test results [Re: mikered30]
SubLGT Offline


Registered: 01/31/06
Posts: 2172
Loc: Idaho
Originally Posted By: mikered30
x ice 3 and 2 were top two although wet and dry braking are poor. Hankook i cept evo was 3rd. Blizzak Ws 70 was 6th and the fan favorite on here, the general altimax Arctic was 11 out of 16. All of the tires tested did well in the snow but handling,
and braking left much to be desired......


Thanks for that information. I assume those were the overall rankings. Would you mind answering two more questions?

What were the top 3 winter tires in the ice braking test?
What were the top 3 winter tires in the snow acceleration test?

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#2740740 - 09/11/12 12:38 PM Re: Consumer Reports: 2012 Winter Tire test results [Re: SubLGT]
dparm Offline


Registered: 04/19/10
Posts: 13031
Loc: Chicago, IL
I'll go out on a limb here and guess that the differences among the top performers are very slim. I think at some point its splitting hairs and they all perform similarly.

In the end it still proves that no single tire is a jack-of-all-trades. It comes down to trade-offs.
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#2740783 - 09/11/12 01:07 PM Re: Consumer Reports: 2012 Winter Tire test results [Re: SubLGT]
stephen9666 Offline


Registered: 12/08/06
Posts: 3231
Loc: USA
Here are the top few.

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Edited by Bill in Utah (09/27/12 09:16 AM)
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#2740808 - 09/11/12 01:35 PM Re: Consumer Reports: 2012 Winter Tire test results [Re: stephen9666]
Russell Offline


Registered: 12/04/04
Posts: 2162
Loc: Lexington, KY
My Firestone Winterforce tires seem to be poorly rated. I can tell you they are noisy. However this will be at least the third winter for these tires. This may be their last year.

Been adequate here in KY as we usualy get the follow sequence: ice, then snow, then slush, then rain and then sunshine. Repeat all winter.
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#2740833 - 09/11/12 02:10 PM Re: Consumer Reports: 2012 Winter Tire test results [Re: Russell]
typ901 Offline


Registered: 07/13/08
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Loc: N. 'Burbs of Chicago, IL
There are 2 categories of winter tires. The X-Ice3 in the Winter Tire group scored a 62 total, while in the Performance Winter category the Nokian's WRG2 scored a 76. X-Ice have edge in ice braking...


Edited by typ901 (09/11/12 02:12 PM)

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#2740958 - 09/11/12 04:19 PM Re: Consumer Reports: 2012 Winter Tire test results [Re: SubLGT]
dailydriver Offline


Registered: 03/14/06
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Loc: Bucks County, Pa.
Did they compare the WRG2s to any of the pure winter (rated) tires?

Just wondering how they compare now to the newer, pure winter rubber (especially the H, and V rated 'performance/Euro' donuts).
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#2741052 - 09/11/12 06:22 PM Re: Consumer Reports: 2012 Winter Tire test results [Re: kkreit01]
SubLGT Offline


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Loc: Idaho
Originally Posted By: kkreit01
....... I have not received that issue yet.


It should be in the November print issue.

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#2741078 - 09/11/12 06:57 PM Re: Consumer Reports: 2012 Winter Tire test results [Re: SubLGT]
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Registered: 12/08/06
Posts: 3231
Loc: USA
If you have an online subscription, you can also read digital versions of the print magazine.

The November issue hasn't been posted yet.

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#2741085 - 09/11/12 07:04 PM Re: Consumer Reports: 2012 Winter Tire test results [Re: SubLGT]
Miller88 Offline


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The Firestone Winterforce are good winter tires, I have a studded set for my Focus and it's great in the snow!

I read a lot of reviews that said the tires were hard to balance and shook a lot ... I'll have to agree, I have one that shakes real bad and I've replaced the wheel and had it balanced multiple times.
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