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    My 2013 goes like a tank running Firestone Winterforce tires.

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    I have a 15 Cruze with 18" oe tires turn off trac control and use manual mode on trans. start out in 2nd gear lightly throttle and you should be fine.

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    Funny after I was just saying how good my Cruze was in the snow. I bought a set of Michelin XI3 this winter because everyone ranted and raved about them. Well, these tires are horrible. It snowed this morning, and was what I would consider a typical Pittsburgh snow. I kept having anti lock brakes engage and almost got stuck on 2 hills. I'm not impressed with these tires in the snow at all. They are almost as bad as the Firestone FR710s in the snow. I can't believe they are sold as winter tires.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jmlo96 View Post
    Funny after I was just saying how good my Cruze was in the snow. I bought a set of Michelin XI3 this winter because everyone ranted and raved about them. Well, these tires are horrible. It snowed this morning, and was what I would consider a typical Pittsburgh snow. I kept having anti lock brakes engage and almost got stuck on 2 hills. I'm not impressed with these tires in the snow at all. They are almost as bad as the Firestone FR710s in the snow. I can't believe they are sold as winter tires.
    I have Xi3s on the CTD and on my Volt and they are excellent. The CTD's set are five seasons old and are showing their age and will be replaced - with another set of excellent Xi3s - after they go on, but before winter hits at the end of the year.

    There's a reason people recommend the Xi3 and "rant and rave about them", they're that good.

    Are there better snow tires? Sure - Nokian Hakkapeliitta and General Altimax Arctics (which are just older Nokian designs/molds) are a much more aggressive pattern, so they will handle deep snow much better, but the Xi3 does plenty fine - and much better than an all-season - while retaining extremely good wet/dry handling characteristics, where more aggressive tires usually trade off a bit for the extreme-level of snow control.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MP81 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by jmlo96 View Post
    Funny after I was just saying how good my Cruze was in the snow. I bought a set of Michelin XI3 this winter because everyone ranted and raved about them. Well, these tires are horrible. It snowed this morning, and was what I would consider a typical Pittsburgh snow. I kept having anti lock brakes engage and almost got stuck on 2 hills. I'm not impressed with these tires in the snow at all. They are almost as bad as the Firestone FR710s in the snow. I can't believe they are sold as winter tires.
    I have Xi3s on the CTD and on my Volt and they are excellent. The CTD's set are five seasons old and are showing their age and will be replaced - with another set of excellent Xi3s - after they go on, but before winter hits at the end of the year.

    There's a reason people recommend the Xi3 and "rant and rave about them", they're that good.

    Are there better snow tires? Sure - Nokian Hakkapeliitta and General Altimax Arctics (which are just older Nokian designs/molds) are a much more aggressive pattern, so they will handle deep snow much better, but the Xi3 does plenty fine - and much better than an all-season - while retaining extremely good wet/dry handling characteristics, where more aggressive tires usually trade off a bit for the extreme-level of snow control.
    All I can say is that I had other winter tires before, and they were 10 times better. ****, I think the Continental PureContact all seasons I had were better. We got a snow storm after I took off the winter tires and those Conti had 0 issue. I'm glad you like your Michelins. Perhaps the conditions where you live are different, as they like to salt all the snow and turn it into thick slush here.
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    I got the cheapest winter tires available at my local Discount Tire. I was easily able to get through all the snow we got in this winter. While other cars were constantly getting stuck, I was just plowing over all the snow. My stopping distance was very minimal as well. I also had a hard time doing doughnuts with and without traction control enabled. I was even able to get through 6 inches of snow quite easily without getting stuck.

    It's all in the tires.
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