Testing Studless Ice & Snow Winter Tires for Crossovers and SUVs
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.