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Bridgestone Blizzak WS70
 
Approximate retail price:
$114
Summary: A studless winter tire designed for seasonal use.
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About - Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

The Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 is part of the tire test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, winter tire models like the Blizzak WS70 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.
About This Brand

Based in Tokyo, Bridgestone is one of the three largest tire manufacturers in the world. Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations has its headquarters in Nashville, Tenn. The corporation manufactures and markets Bridgestone, Firestone, Dayton, and Fuzion tires, among other associate brands. It supplies tires for most applications in the United States. Bridgestone and Firestone replacement tires often score well in our tests.

Features & Specs - Bridgestone Blizzak WS70
info Size tested 215/60R16
info Speed rating T
info Tread studless
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User Reviews - Bridgestone Blizzak WS70
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5.0
Update on Blizzak ws70
12/5/2014
Pros
Ice
Slush
Tread life
Winter Handling
Winter traction
Cons
Dry grip
Non-winter Handling
Wet Grip At High Speeds
Best Uses
Comment:
I have now owned these snow tires for three winters and this will be my fourth. In my opinion these tires are great in icy, slushy, and snowy conditions. As a skier, the mountains I ascend in my 2007 Subaru forester from time to time seem treacherous and very scary. With these tires I have been able to easily drive through blizzards in five inches of snow plus. I know that Subaru's are known to be good in snow but trust me without these tires I would still get stuck easily. I remember last winter coming off the ski hill in icy conditions. The other cars (roughly 20) were literally sliding sideways even on relatively flat terrain. My car was one of the few that didn't get stuck and I thank the tires for getting me home that icy day. With that being said you should know that once temperatures rise above forty degrees Fahrenheit you need to take them off. Driving on pavement feels like your driving on a sponge to me. The tires soft rubber compound just squishes making driving feel very sticky. I would not recommend going above sixty five in these tires as handling is just so so and because of all the siping water seems to get stuck in the tires at high speed causing hydroplaning. Bottom of the line I consider these a very solid winter tire. The blizzak ws80 should be arriving to the market soon, I hope they are even better.
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)
 
5.0
Confident winter driving
3/3/2014
Pros
Winter traction
Cons
Handling
Best Uses
Comment:
We've had them on our 2004 Ford Escape for 3 midwest winter seasons. They've made a huge difference in winter driving, and especially noticeable during a recent trip through a night-time ice storm. While we obviously exercised extreme caution, the Escape stuck to the road well. We invested in an extra set of wheels so we didn't have to pay the changeover fee.<br /><br />I also ran a set on a Chevy Cavalier for roughly 6-7 winters, with similar experience. Even with quite a lot of wear, they still handle winter driving far better than the Goodrich all-seasons I run during spring through fall. We usually change over tires mid-to late December, waiting until about the first snowfall of the season.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
 
4.0
Predictable
1/11/2014
Pros
Winter traction
Cons
Handling
Best Uses
Comment:
2012 Ford Focus Hatchback. -30C or -22F; 30cm or 1ft of snow, to freezing rain; whatever winter throws at it, the Blizzak gives you a predictable, controllable ride. Add traction control and you can go up very steep slippery hills (not fast, but controlled). All season tires are hazardous in this kind of winter weather. Strongly recommend this product.
How long have you owned it:
Three-to-six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
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