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.
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.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
No better than a good all season tire
I have 40 years of driving experience and chose this tire because of mostly highly rated reviews. What a mistake! These are the worst winter tires I've ever driven on. The back end of my car front wheel drive car slips when cornering, the front wheels spin and lose grip during acceleration and I skid when trying to stop even with my antilock brakes engaging. They inspire no confidence in snow, ice and slush and I don't feel safe driving in winter conditions.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
from New Windsor, NY
Treacherous on snow and ice
This highly rated tire does not live up to it's name. January and February in NY have really put it to the test. Even being extremely careful the tires will slide on ice and moderate snow covered roads. Probably die to the NON-aggressive tread design.