Winter Tires — Who Needs Them?

© Mike Meredith, Automotive Content Experience© Mike Meredith, Automotive Content Experience
Acceleration On Ice
The first test was straight-line acceleration with front-wheel drive Kia Cadenza sedans, measuring the time to cover 60 feet on the ice. With the Michelin X-Ice Xi3 tires the time was consistently under 6 seconds for several drivers, but times varied with all-season tires between 9 and 11 seconds. This equated to 50–100 percent more time to cross an intersection or pull out into traffic if there is ice on the road with the original-equipment Michelin Primacy MXM4 all-season tires.

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