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.
Got a set of these for my Prius in February 2015. They really do combine winter traction with year-round driveability. But I'm about to order my THIRD replacement tire--all sidewall failures after hitting potholes. That's more than I've lost to potholes in forty previous years of car ownership. After the second went, I started buying the road hazard warranty--so at least this one shouldn't cost me much.
How long have you owned it:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
from Waukesha, WI
Best every day tire made
4th set,also R2 on 2nd car, also neighbors. Word of mouth, noadvertising. Incredable safety on snow, slush, and ice. When you brake, you look back to see if somewone can't stop as fast as you do. Excelent summer performance tire, have run on the track, outstanding for a street tire.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
By Married with children
from Central NJ
WG3 = Magic
Replaced all-weather tires on my 2007 Mazda3 with the Nokian WRG3 all-season tires in the middle of a Northeast winter where we had a series of winter storms. I'm planning to pass the car to my son this summer, and wanted a great winter tire...but without the hassle of swapping out every season.<br /><br />All I can say is that these tires are fantastic. <br /><br />On the old set, there were days that I couldn't get to work when it snowed even a little bit. Pulling out of the driveway onto slightly inclined road was an exercise in patience.<br /><br />With the Nokian WRG3s, I've been able to drive in the snow without a problem. Even my driveway (about a 20 degree incline) with 4 inches on the ground was no problem. <br /><br />Now that the snow is gone, I'm equally impressed with the dry handling and low road noise. The WRG3 isn't quite as good on those fronts as the old all-season tires...but its a trade-off I'd make any day...especially for when I give the car to my 18 year old. I didn't think you could buy piece-of-mind...but Nokian makes me wonder if maybe you can.