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.
The tires are on my 2014 Nissan Rogue. We live outside of Toronto Ontario and I commute about 70 km each way to work. This year there has been a lot of snow and very cold weather. The tires give a sense of better grip on the road than normal all season tires. Our other vehicle has all season Michelin Defender tires that are still very good but do require more stopping distance and slower speeds around corners and a bit more caution when on the highway. I take exception to the negative comments on the tires coming from people in the mid to Southern US. It has been my experience that a bit of snow in that part of the world leads to major traffic trauma that simply does not happen in Canada or the northern states. We live with snow and would have our cities and towns shut down for several months of the year if we were to deal with snow the way it is done in the mid to southern US. The correspondent from Halifax knows snow--they get lots of it every year, way more than Toronto.
How long have you owned it:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
Had the tires on my 2012 Elantra for 2 months and then returned them. They were the worst snow tires I've had. Unable to grip in snow or ice conditions from a stop, car slid uncontrollably to one side or another, similarly to the all seasons I had on the car before. Once the car got going I will say that the handling was decent, but not worth the money. I picked up Blizzak LM-32's instead, night and day difference - Blizzak's are far superior on my ride!
How long have you owned it:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
from Halifax, NS, CA
Love these tires!
I do a lot of driving (both city and highway - approximately 35000kms/22000mi a year) and these tires have kept me on the road in any winter conditions I have run into. Provided the snow is not higher than the bottom of my car I can get through it with confidence. They are a little whiny on wet roads but not overly so and handle water very well. Handling and breaking on dry roads isn't great but this is not what I am looking for when I purchase a winter tire.