Do You Need Winter Tires?

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience
The Differences
While the straight-line performance between the Bridgestone and Nokian tires was similar, the Blizzak excelled in the turns. In tight 180 turns, the Blizzak could maintain the course with minimal understeer, while the Nokian tended to push towards the outside of the course. The Blizzak tire remained more predictable and consistent even when the surfaces changed from snow to ice. Driving with the Nokian tire was more challenging, requiring more steering correction as the 4Runner passed over different surfaces. In higher speed curves, the Nokian was controllable, but the vehicle’s rear slid out a bit – this didn’t happen with the Bridgestone Blizzak. Both tires perform very well in winter conditions, but the Bridgestone showed itself to deliver a bit more stability and consistency.

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