Originally Posted by GunsOfNavarone
How do the Michelin X-Ice compare to the Blizzteks? Didn't know Michelin mad a ice/snow tire; I prefer Michelin over all other tires and this is good news.
I read every review on the internet before making my decision. The general concensus is the Bridgestone Blizzaks have superior traction, but it is based on a coating on the rubber that wears off quickly. They also seem to wear faster than the Michelins. For these two reasons they are almost always rated lower.
Most reviews agree (for studless tires) the Nokian Hakkapelitta is the best snow tire in the world, but I was unable to find anyone that carried them.
In short, the Blizzaks are better than the Michelin X-Ice Xi2 out of the box, but the Michelin is better as you start to get any level of wear, and they have a longer tread life.
Michelin has a brand new snow tire, X-Ice Xi3, that performs better than brand new Blizzaks, and are comparable to the Nokian, but at this point they don't make it in the size I need so I bought the Xi2'*. I paid $233 per tire at Belle Tire for P265/60R18'*, plus installation and TPMS sensors. I don't see the tires as an extra expense, since any miles I put on the winter tires will extend the life of the summer tires. The only expense was the cost of the wheels, and I picked up 4 nice used ones for $400.
2001 Bonneville SSEi (retired at 365,000 Kms.)
2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland (yes, I know its not a GM)