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What are some highly rated winter tires?

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As of November 2015, some of the best-reviewed winter tires include the Bridgestone Blizzak, Nokian Hakkapeliitta, Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4 and Latitude X-Ice Xi2, according to Consumer Search. These four received top grades in the categories of snow, ice, sports car and SUV tires, respectively.

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The Bridgestone Blizzak WS80 tire is highest rated for regular use on snow-packed roads. In addition to their stability on snow, the Blizzaks are also able to handle dry and wet pavement better than their competitors based on Consumer Search reviews.

For ice-covered roads, which require studded tires, the Nokian Hakkapeliitta 8 tire is top rated owing to its excellent grip on ice and good handling characteristics in snow. For drivers of sports cars, the winner is the Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4. These tires function well in snow but are at their best on dry pavement when the temperature is below freezing.

Michelin also receives top honors for the best SUV winter tire with the Michelin Latitude X-Ice Xi2. These tires perform well and offer a quiet ride with excellent durability.

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