Studded tires are the most safety choice for icy and snowy roads in North regions with strong winter. But not every studded tire shows good snow and ice performance. Some of them could lost studs after few month of exploitation and have worse grip compared to simple non-stud tires.
We are going to talk about 12 best rated studded winter tires for Passenger cars in 2020/2021.
The first one of the top is the Bridgestone Noranza 001 from Japanese manufacturer. The model was released in 2016 and has relatively poor wet and dry performance. But in the same time it shows one of the best result on ice and very good on snow (that is more important for studded tires).
Good and safety choice for strong winter.
The model replaced the successful Continental IceContact 2 in 2019/2020 winter season. Unlike its predecessor the novelty has directional tread pattern and improved performance: 7% higher aquaplaning resistance, 9% better handling and 3% better ice traction.
In tests it shows the best results on ice and snow, while on a dry and wet it loses a bit to another premium competitors. Overall, it’s very balanced tire that provides safe driving at any winter situations.
The model was released in 2012 but still retains relevance and popularity among drivers. It’s a well-balanced winter tire with directional tread pattern despite small numbers of spikes (around 110 pieces) demonstrates good braking and handling on snow and ice, and also has safety dry and wet performance.
Good choice for everyday driving at any winter roads.
The model was launched in 2018/2019 winter season.
Compared to its predecessor XIN4 got double number of spikes (250-268 pieces depending on the tire’s width) significantly improved its ice performance: in many tests it has very short ice braking distance, good handling and perfect traction. On snow, dry and wet it has good results as well.
Great tire for safety winter driving.
The tire replaced the Nokian HKPL8 in 2017.
Unlike Michelin, Nokian engineers reduced the number of spikes in their new model but in the same time saved it great ice performance. The tire has directional tread pattern and got a lot of innovations like special rubber compound, “Eco Stud 9” concept, Deep Snow Grooves, 3d lamellas etc., designed to improve its grip and traction on winter roads.
The model replaced its predecessor in the 2018/2019 winter season and is the only Korean-made tire included in the top.
The tire has poor dry and wet performance but it’s very good on the ice and snow, where compared to some much expensive brands shows better braking distance, traction and handling speed. In addition it has good price that makes Hankook an excellent choice for strong winter conditions.
Nokian Nordman 7
Nordman is a budget series by the Finnish Nokian Tires.
The model has relatively poor dry and wet performance but despite the low price shows great results on ice and snow: it has short braking distance, good traction and handling that are not inferior to most premium brands.
Good choice for drivers who don’t want to overpay.
The tire was released in 2017/2018 winter season.
The best results it shows on dry and wet roads, has short braking distance and good handling on a snow, and compared to premium models has relatively poor ice performance.
Considering low price, it’s safe and nice choice for your car in winter season.
Like Vredestein the new Yokohama was released in 2017/2018 winter season.
The model doesn’t have any obvious advantages or disadvantages. Tire has a directional tread pattern and provides not the best but good and stable results at any winter roads.
Well balanced choice for winter using.
Sava is one more budget tire by Slovenian manufacturer that nowadays belongs to the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. The tire has good dry and wet performance and relatively poor on ice and snow. But considering the low price it’s a good studded tire for everyday using.
Another one inexpensive studded tire.
The model has directional pattern tread and shows great dry and wet performance, good on a snow, but conflictingly on ice. On the one hand it has a long braking distance and relatively weak traction; on the other hand, it provides excellent handling and lateral stability.
The brand belongs to the French Michelin and has good price so it’s a nice choice for quiet winter driving.
Model replaced the Gislaved Nord Frost 100 in 2015.
Unlike its predecessor the new model got asymmetrical pattern tread based on discontinued Continental IceContact. The tire has relatively poor dry and wet performance, average on ice and very good on snow.
Overall it’s safe choice for any winter situations for good price.
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