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Winter Tire Ratings and Reviews for 2012 – 2013

08 Nov

Well, I am not in the market for winter tires this year again, but my summary of others’ ratings last year was a bit of a hit so I thought I would do it again. Once again I will be gathering reviews from Canadian online tire retailers and consolidating their results here. I hope you find it helpful.

PMC Tire

PMC Tire, a tire retailer based Quebec, is again offering Winter Tire Ratings and Reviews for 2012 – 2013 in several categories. The ratings are out of 10 points.

Passenger / Touring

  1. Nokian ‐  Hakkapeliitta 7 Studded – 9.3
  2. Nokian ‐  Hakkapeliitta 7 – 9.2
  3. Nokian – Hakkapeliitta R – 9.1
  4. Michelin ‐ X‐Ice Xi3 – 9.0
  5. Vredestein ‐ Snowtrac 3 – 9.0
  6. Vredestein ‐ Arctrac – 9.0
  7. Bridgestone ‐ WS‐70 – 9.0
  8. Continental ‐ ExtremeWinterContact – 8.9
  9. Yokohama ‐ Iceguard IG20 – 8.9
  10. Toyo ‐ Observe GSi‐5 – 8.9

SUV & Small Truck

  1. Nokian ‐  Hakkapeliitta 7 SUV Studded – 9.3
  2. Nokian ‐  Hakkapeliitta 7 SUV – 9.2
  3. Nokian ‐  Hakkapeliitta R SUV – 9.1
  4. Vredestein ‐ Arctrac SUV – 9.1
  5. Michelin ‐ Latitude X‐Ice Xi2 – 9.1
  6. Yokohama ‐ Geolandar G072 – 9.1
  7. Bridgestone ‐ DM‐V1 – 8.9
  8. Goodyear ‐ Ultra Grip Ice WRT – 8.9
  9. Toyo ‐ Observe GSi‐5 – 8.9
  10. Dunlop ‐   Grandtrek SJ6 – 8.9

Performance Passenger / Touring

  1. Vredestein ‐ Wintrac Xtreme – 8.9
  2. Michelin ‐ Pilot Alpin PA4 – 8.9
  3. Bridgestone ‐ LM‐60 – 8.9
  4. Michelin ‐ Primacy Alpin PA3 – 8.8
  5. Dunlop ‐   Winter Sport M3 – 8.6

Performance SUV & Small Truck

  1. Vredestein ‐ Wintrac 4 Xtreme – 8.9
  2. Bridgestone ‐ LM‐60 – 8.9
  3. Michelin ‐ Latitude Alpin HP – 8.9
  4. Michelin ‐ Latitude Alpin – 8.9
  5. Goodyear ‐ UltraGrip SUV – 8.7

Commercial Vehicles

  1. Nokian ‐  Hakkapeliitta LT – 8.9
  2. Nokian ‐  Hakkapeliitta C – 8.9
  3. Michelin ‐ LTX Winter – 8.9
  4. Continental ‐ ExtremeWinterContact – 8.9
  5. Goodyear ‐ Ultra Grip Ice WRT LT – 8.8

1010Tires.com

As I mentioned last year, 1010Tires is probably the largest Canadian online tire retailer if you exclude Canadian Tire and Costco. I think it is the Canadian equivalent of TireRack.com in the US.

One of the things I like most about the 1010Tires.com is the fact that they provide a place for consumers to review the tires they have used based on a number of criteria. That feature is used frequently enough by 1010Tires customers and others to make the reviews useful in decision making. Although consumer rankings and reviews can be easily faked by someone who wants to waste their time, I thought it would still be worthwhile to include the top reviewed winter tires from 1010Tires.com in this article.

I will list the top 10 tires in each winter tire category as they were in November, 2012. The ratings in these lists are out of 5. I have excluded any tires that did not have at least 10 ratings at the time.

It should be noted that the ratings are only for tires that 1010Tires.com sells – which is a lot of tires. For the most up to date list, go to the Tire Reviews section at 1010Tires.com.

Passenger Cars – Winter

  1. Nokian Hakkapeliitta 5 – 4.4
  2. Pirelli Winter 210 Sottozero – 4.4
  3. General Altimax Arctic – 4.3
  4. Hankook W409 Winter i-Pike – 4.3
  5. Pirelli Winter Carving – 4.3
  6. Pirelli Winter 210 Snowsport – 4.3
  7. BFGoodrich Winter Slalom KSI – 4.2
  8. Bridgestone Blizzak WS-60 – 4.2
  9. Michelin Primacy Alpin PA3 – 4.2
  10. Goodyear Eagle Ultra Grip GW-3 – 4.2

Light Trucks and SUVs – Winter

  1. Toyo Observe GSi-5 – 4.5
  2. Yokohama Geolandar I-T G072 – 4.4
  3. Hankook RW11 i-Pike – 4.4
  4. Bridgestone Blizzak DM-Z3 – 4.3
  5. Bridgestone Blizzak W965 – 4.2
  6. Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1 – 4.2
  7. Pirelli Scorpion Ice – Snow – 4.1
  8. Dunlop Grandtrek SJ6 – 4.1
  9. Toyo Open Country G-02 plus – 4.1
  10. Dunlop Grandtrek SJ5 – 3.9
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