What's this? Overall score emphasizes snow or ice performance followed by safety-related tests, including braking, handling, and resistance to hydroplaning. Scores and ratings are held to a comparative standard within a tire category. For instance, winter tires in this report are not comparable to other charts or to previously tested tires.
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Summary:A studless winter tire designed for seasonal use. A 40,000 mile tread is a rarity in the winter tire category.
The Michelin X-Ice Xi3 is part of the tire
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, winter tire
models like the X-Ice Xi3 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.
About This Brand
A French company, Michelin has its North America headquarters in Greenville, S.C. As a global tire maker, it offers tires for nearly all applications. In North America, it owns the BFGoodrich and Uniroyal brands. Founded in 1891, Michelin first introduced the radial tire, and the company continues to be a pioneer in tire technologies. Michelin tires generally perform impressively in our all-weather tests and offer many models with low rolling resistance and long tread life.
Features & Specs - Michelin X-Ice Xi3
Size tested The size of the tested model.
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. Except for winter tires, choose tires that have a speed rating at least as high as the one specified on your vehicle's placard and consult the owner's manual. Speed rating may vary by size.
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. Metal studs can be installed in studdable models for added grip on lice.
These are the best tires I have ever owned. On a 2008 Toyota 4Runner 4WD. The tires almost gripped as well as with chains on all 4 wheels, and this was a bad winter in Maryland.
How long have you owned it:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
By Tiger Tom
from Kunkletown, PA
Didn't like them
Drove these on back roads to the main road and then the highway on my commute everyday. Handled great in dry or wet weather. Wear was good. Noise was low. Comfort was good. Hydroplaning resistance was better than average. Very similar to an all season in all respecs. In other words in snow greater than 2 inches I slid all over the place. Unless it was packed snow. My car was a 2009 Hoda Accord LX with a 4 cyl. I had stock wheels.
How long have you owned it:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
from Northern New Jersey
Excellent snow tires
Excellent winter tires. Handling on clear dry roads is degraded slightly compared to all-seasons but it is not an issue. Road noise is very faint for winter tires (and this is in a Subaru Impreza, a somewhat noisy car - Subaru is not big on sound insulation). Amazing snow and ice traction with less compromised qualities on clear roads compared to most other winter tires. Highly recommended. Can't judge tread life yet.