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Nokian Hakkapeliitta R2 tire

 
Approximate retail price:
$250
Summary: A studless winter tire designed for seasonal use. Comes in an R speed rating.
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About - Nokian Hakkapeliitta R2

The Nokian Hakkapeliitta R2 is part of the tire test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, performance winter tire models like the Hakkapeliitta R2 are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.


Snow traction:
Snow traction reflects the distance our test car needed to accelerate from 5 to 20 mph on moderately packed snow.

Ice braking:
We tested ice braking on a skating rink from 10 to 0 mph.

Dry braking:
Dry braking is from 60 to 0 mph.
Features & Specs - Nokian Hakkapeliitta R2
info Speed rating R
info Tread Studless
info Size tested 225/40R18
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4.0
Best Ice Tire
3/20/2015
Pros
Ice braking
Ice Grip
Low rolling resistance
Ride comfort
Wet grip
Wet Ice Traction
Winter traction
Cons
Don't Like To Be Pushed
Dry grip
Handling
Noise
Best Uses
Comment:
The new R2 version with the added granules has transformed this tire. On ice, it's like a studded tire. <br />You read all the tests of winter tires in extreme artic conditions, and reviewers rave about deep subzero performance. Funny thing - most tires do pretty well on -40F ice because it's too cold to melt and form a slippery surface film.<br />The most difficult conditions for ice traction are near freezing, and that's where my old Hakka CS's failed. And several highly-touted winter tires.<br />The new R2 SUV's are exceptional on ice, slush, and freezing rain - the most difficult conditions. I and my wife feel very safe in all wet-to-icy conditions and snow of any depth. <br />All is not rosy, though. They sing at 0-50 mph. Dry turn-in response is a little soft, but soon firm up with more steering input. However, at higher speeds and forces, the dry grip kind of goes away as you approach to limits. A little unsettling at highway speeds on congested big city twisty freeways.<br />All in all, the winter grip is better than Michelin W-Ice 3's and Pirelli Ice and Snow, but both of those have more predictable dry performance. <br />I highly recommend these tires because they conquer the most difficult winter conditions like slush and melting ice, as long as you remember not to push them like a high performance tire.
How long have you owned it:
Three-to-six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
 
5.0
Best winter tires I have ever used
2/11/2015
Pros
No Dropoff In Mpg
Noise
Quiet And Smooth Ride
Ride comfort
Snow Traction
Winter traction
Cons
Dry Braking
Unknown Tred Life
Best Uses
Comment:
As with most fun to drive cars, the selection of tires that work in the snow is few and far between. I bought the Hakkapeliitta R2s after reading in several publications they are the best, and that is 100% true. The snow traction and handling are far better than the Michelin Pilot Sport AS3 tires that I bought as OE replacements. I was most impressed with the ride quality and quiteness, as well as the overall performance of the tire on wet, dry and snow. The only down side is braking, which is common for winter tires. If you looking for first rate snow traction and safety, than look no further than the Hakkapeliitta R2. They are more expensive than other snow tires, however they are cheaper than dealing with the insurance company and a possible collision deductible.
How long have you owned it:
One-to-three months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
 
5.0
Hakkapeliitta R2 vs. Hakkapeliitta R
1/26/2015
Pros
Noise
Ride comfort
Winter traction
Cons
Best Uses
Comment:
I wrote the other recent review on the R2 thinking that it was for the R. My other review refers to the Hakkas made in 2005 that I drove from 2008 through this Christmas 2014. I now have the R2 and would say that they are just as good or better than the R. I was concerned about noise, since C.R had rated them half black on noise, whereas the older R tire was rated as half red, so I was wondering if it would be loud...<br />No- no difference in noise from the old tires. I would call them quiet snow tires. The C.R test was with a larger size, mine are 16 inch tires on a Mini Cooper. <br />I handed my old Hakkas on to a gal with a Jetta and she raves about them, even with their 25,000 miles and 7 years of service.<br />I considered getting the Nokian W.R.'s but wanted the dedicated snow tire for those many days when it's really snow covered roads, as it has been since Christmas.<br />Very happy and feeling safe.
How long have you owned it:
One-to-three months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
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