- Excellent value with great tread life
- Stellar handling on dry and wet pavement
- Amazing all round winter performance
- Cornering on icy surfaces could be improved
Accidents are a common occurrence when driving in the winter. If you live in an area where snow and ice happens regularly, you need a set of dedicated winter tires, otherwise you risk harming yourself or others. The Michelin X-Ice Xi3, one of the best studless winter tires on the market, is specially designed to keep the drivers of coupes, sedans and minivans free from harm in the winter.
They deliver high-levels of grip and handling on wet, snow, slush and ice covered surfaces without sacrificing performance on dry pavement.
The X-Ice Xi3 molds Michelin’s special Flex-Ice silica formula rubber compound into a directional tread design. What’s so special about the silica formula you ask? Well the silica keeps the rubber flexible at lower temperatures to enhance traction on snow and ice, while also providing the firmness needed for responsive handling and stability when the weather gets warmer.
The only weakness the Michelin X-Ice Xi3 has is its performance in deep snow. The tread pattern just doesn’t dig in as well as a more aggressive tread would. Although the shallow tread depth helps with that dry road feel, it hinders deep snow traction.
The Michelin X-Ice Xi3 offers great overall handling, impressive longevity and low road noise.
So how does the X-Ice Xi3 respond in the rain?
Because of the tire’s directional tread design, water is channeled away from under the tread. This ensures you grip the road and stop with ease should an emergency braking scenario occur. The Michelin X-Ice Xi3 sticks to the road on slippery surfaces without sliding or spinning. Thelp with this, the tire features unique cross Z sipes that increase the number of biting edges for thunderous grip in the snow.
Braking is superb and definitely lives up to Michelin’s claim that the X-Ice Xi3 stops up to 10% shorter than other leading winter tires. They produce a resounding feeling of confidence when braking and turning on sheets of ice without any slipping or sliding.
They grip the road with the utmost authority. With a set of Michelin X-Ice Xi3s on your vehicle, you can know with certainty that you can get to wherever you need to go regardless of the weather.
For a winter tire, you’ll be shocked at how quiet and comfortable X-Ice Xi3 is.
The Michelin X-Ice Xi3 remains stable and balanced at all speeds. The tire’s internal structure features two steel belts that are reinforced with spirally wound nylon. This increases trength and durability, while a polyester cord body promotes greater ride comfort.
The Michelin X-Ice Xi3 is available in sizes ranging from 15 to 18 inches. Backing the tire is a 6 year or 40,000 mile tread guarantee. As with most tires, Michelin recommend that you use the X-Ice Xi3 in sets of four for optimal performance. And of course to show the tire meets the industry’s severe snow requirements.
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