Goodyear Nordic Winter Tires Review
The Goodyear Nordic winter tires received a lot of great reviews from various auto forums. Does it really live up to the claims? Read on for a detailed first hand review.
The Goodyear Nordic is a uni-directional winter tire that fits most sedans. The rotation arrow is clearly marked on the sidewall. Like most winter tires, the rubber is softer than most all season tires, which gives better traction on snow and ice, but probably wears quicker on dry pavement. (That may be why winter tires do not have milage rating like the summer and all season tires) The v-shaped tread looks somewhat aggressive, and it extends almost all the way to the edge of the sidewall. This makes the side profile look thicker than the regular all seasons of the same size. Also on the sidewall it says “Made in USA”. According to the advertisement, the Nordics can stop 60′ shorter in distance compared to other all season tires. I have yet to verify such claim (and probably will not), but the claim certainly sounds pretty impressive. On the sidewall you will notice there are a few other symbols and letters: M+S, 89s, and the “snow” symbol. M+S stands for “mud and snow”. Theoretically, the tires should work well in mud as well, though I wonder how many people would actually do so. According to the Goodyear website, 89 denotes the load index. Each tire can withstand a maximum of 1279 lbs of weight. The “s” is the speed rating that indicates the tire is designed to work properly with a maximum speed of 180km/h (112 mph). Click HERE for details about the Load and speed rating. Last but not least, the “snow” symbol means that the tire is approved by Rubber Association of Canada and it has met the RAC severe snow conditions standard set by the association – another safety assurance.
Prices vary depending on the size. A 195/65 R15 costs $ 97.49 when it is on sale. A set of four cost around $400 before taxes. The price is competitive considering a set of Michelin X-ice Xi2 costs about $650 per set for the same size.
The ride is quiet provided the mechanics installed them properly. Shortly after the installation, I took the car out for a test drive on a local street. The ride was extremely noisy. There was a periodic “click” noise coming from the rear passenger wheel. I inspected the tires and found that the manufacturer’s sticker label was still on the tire! By then the sticker had already been melted onto the tire, and it took a good ten minutes to remove it bit-by-bit. The ride was nice and quiet afterwards. At 60km/h, the noise level is only slightly noticible with the windows rolled down. On highway, only the wind noise can be heard at 100km/h.
The Nordic delivers a comfortable ride on dry surface. Handling is about the same as the all seasons I had in the summer time. The only major difference is that the steering feels lighter with the winter tires on.
On snow and slush, the Nordic provides predictable handling and above average traction. With ten centimetres of snowfall, driving around an unshovelled parking lot is a piece of cake. The tires firmly “bite” into the snow and gain traction almost instantly.
The Goodyear Nordic provides great performance in winter conditions at a very reasonable price. The ride is quiet and it delivers good traction in snow. The tire is exclusively available at only one retail chain, which is unfortunate because the auto shop service is below average from my personal experience. I would suggest purchasing the tires and bring them to a more reputable tire shop for proper installation.
- Good traction in snow
- Quiet ride (if installed properly)
- Great price
- Good reputation and quality assurance
- Only available from one retailer
- Installation service from retailer not up-to-par