Blizzak DM-2 Studless Ice & Snow Tire

Testing Studless Ice & Snow Winter Tires for Crossovers and SUVs

Blizzak DM-V2

Every year Tire Rack does winter tire comparison testing on ice and snow. This year they tested three different brands all installed on a 2016 Porsche Cayenne. Personally, I wish they had used a more typical daily driver instead. I mean, how many people do you know that drive a $90K SUV?

Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V2 (Light Truck/SUV Studless Ice & Snow): The Blizzak DM-V2 is Bridgestone’s Light Truck/SUV Studless Ice & Snow winter tire developed for the drivers of pickup, crossover and sport utility vehicles looking for enhanced grip in slush, snow and on ice. Designed with a focus on ice traction and braking, as well as wet road handling and hydroplaning resistance, the Blizzak DM-V2 offers wintertime driving competence.

Since the DM-V2 is a new tire for 2015, there’s not a lot of real world reviews out on the web yet. But here is one that I did find and there were similar comments echoed on the same page.

Wow just wow. The grip is unreal. High winds and ice were no match. I easily get out of my driveway in real wheel drive with no slipping. If you live anywhere in the snow belt you will not regret this purchase.

Ice Acceleration 60 feet. Ice Braking  from 12 mph (feet)
Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V2 3.027 29.2

Michelin Latitude X-Ice Xi2 3.018 28.2  – First Place.
Yokohama iceGUARD iG51v 3.534 40.7 – Last Place.

Since the stopping difference is over 10 feet between the Yokohama and the others, I’d  go with either the Michelin or Blizzak.