Winter Tires — Who Needs Them?

© Mike Meredith, Automotive Content Experience© Mike Meredith, Automotive Content Experience
On the Ice
Thanks to Michelin and Tire Rack, we had the opportunity to test winter tires on ice at the University of Notre Dame Compton Family Ice Arena and compare them to original equipment all-season tires. We drove front-wheel-drive Kia Cadenza sedans equipped with Michelin X-Ice Xi3 winter tires, and all-wheel-drive Kia Sportage crossovers fitted with Michelin Latitude X-Ice Xi2 tires. Although the results were not surprising, they were dramatic — the winter tires excelled on ice, and the all-season tires quickly revealed their shortcomings.

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