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Nokian WR G3
 
Approximate retail price:
$245
Summary: Nokian's all weather tire has a severe winter tire symbol, effectively competing with dedicated winter tires. It also has a 55,000 mile tread wear warranty in a V speed rating
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About - Nokian WR G3

The Nokian WR G3 is part of the tire test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, performance winter tire models like the WR G3 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 WR G3
info Speed rating V
info Tread Studless
info Size tested 225/40R18
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User Reviews - Nokian WR G3
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4.0
Excellent Tire with One Caveat
9/8/2014
Pros
Dry grip
Handling
Wet grip
Winter traction
Cons
Durability
Value
Best Uses
Comment:
I use these tires on a 2012 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen TDI. I travel extensively cross country as well as in New York City locally. I have found them to be very competent tires in dry conditions, excellent in wet conditions, and decent in snow & ice - certainly better than any all season tire I have ever used in similar conditions.<br /><br />My one caveat: these tires do not seem to take well to potholes - In about 15k miles and 9 months, I have already broken the sidewalls on two tires, causing a bubble on one tire and a flat on another. If you plan on using these tires on really rough city roads at high speeds (e.g. NYC), you may want to consider a buying a road hazard warranty. That being said - Nokian was really great about helping me out with replacements at a signifigant discount. <br /><br />I can't say that I have noticed any extra noise or vibration compared with all-season tires, although mine are still fairly new. As for fuel economy, they are very good for a winter tire - I had no noticible decrease in economy from my old all-season tires.<br /><br />Overall, I can strongly recommend this tire to anyone who will have to drive in some winter conditions and don't mind spending a few extra dollars to get premium tire.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
 
2.0
Real-life use doesn't match test results
9/6/2014
Pros
Dry grip
Tread life
Cons
Noise
Value
Wet grip
Winter traction
Best Uses
Comment:
I have had all-weather before (winter snowflake tread pattern with harder rubber compound) so decided to try these, to avoid the winter/summer changeover. I drive a lot of snowy & icy roads in central BC, both on highways and off-road to backcountry winter activities. The snow & ice traction is really poor, I'm very surprised to see the relatively good ratings in the CR tests. In my Subaru, I was usually the slowest person on winter roads, and was driving at my fairly average comfort level. Add to this is the noise... for the first 10,000 km or so they were great, but then they started howling, and it just got loader. Now at about 50,000 km they sound like a mud bogger, I routinely wear ear plugs. I finally switched last winter to dedicated winters (Nokian Hakkepelita) and could not believe the difference. Now, driving at exactly the same comfort level, I am one of the faster drivers on the road. My wife has run-flat WRs on her Mini Cooper, and has similar unimpressive winter performance. There may be reasons to buy these, but winter traction is not one of them.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
 
4.0
Good but expensive
3/28/2014
Pros
Dry grip
Handling
Noise
No Winter Change Over
Ride comfort
Wet grip
Winter traction
Cons
Not So Good Tread Life
Pricy
Best Uses
Comment:
I used this for three years all year round and forgot how the winter change over was like. No need to keep two sets of tires. It is expensive and does not perform as well as the conventional winter tires but is good enough. However, tread wear is not so great. After 40,000 Km, three summers and three winters later, half of the treads are gone. Do I regret buying this tire? Absolutely not.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
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