What's this? Overall score emphasizes safety-related tests, including braking, handling, and resistance to hydroplaning. We scored performance on snow and ice more heavily for winter tires. Scores and ratings are held to a comparative standard within a tire category. For instance, the performance winter tire ratings in this report are not comparable to other charts or to previously tested tires.
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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
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 reflects the distance our test car needed to accelerate from 5 to 20 mph on moderately packed snow.
We tested ice braking on a skating rink from 10 to 0 mph.
Dry braking is from 60 to 0 mph.
Features & Specs - Nokian WR G3
Speed rating Speed rating. This letter denotes the maximum sustainable speed and is found directly after the load index. For S-speed-rated tires, it's 112 mph; for T, 118 mph. Speed ratings for other tires include Q, 99 mph; H, 130 mph; V, 149 mph; and Z, 150 mph plus. While such speeds may seem wildly impractical, tires with higher speed ratings tend to provide better handling at legal speed limits. Choose tires that have a speed rating at least as high as the one specified on your vehicle's placard.
Tread The tread is what makes contact with the road. Patterns vary to suit specific performance criteria including tread life, handling, traction, and noise. Tread patterns incorporate ribs and tread "blocks" that contact the road and "valleys" between ribs or tread blocks called grooves for evacuating water. Slits in the ribs or tread blocks are called sipes that provide biting edges useful in wintry weather.
I bought these tires for a 2006 prius for use in Wisconsin. In the little snow we have had so far this year they had good traction and stopping. However the problem is that on dry pavement they jump all over the road. They will not track straight so you are continually fighting them at highway speeds. Seem to be worse on grooved pavement. I put a set of these on my daughters 2013 prius as well and she indicates they do not track well. Wish I had bought just a new pair of all season and relied on the new tread for snow traction.
How long have you owned it:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
By wet life
from Olympia WA
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
I don't want to change winter/ summer tires <br />and think this is so far not a compromise. <br />With a phone ap noise meter they are quieter than Mich s all seasons that came stock on my Volvo. they <br />improved handling by being a little firmer too. <br />I measured a few treads and found this has 12/32 <br />tread depth versus competing tires 9-11. Hopefully<br />this adds life and offsets higher price. I bought<br />these for hydro plane resistance 1st and am impressed with over all qualities.
How long have you owned it:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
from Union City, NJ
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Excellent Tire with One Caveat
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.