Dunlop Winter Maxx review
What is it?
The Dunlop Winter Maxx is a studless ice and snow/winter tire designed for use on coupes, sedans, minivans and crossover vehicles.
Strengths and weaknesses?
The Winter Maxx provides solid traction, handling, and braking performance in snow and ice conditions, although not quite to the level of the toughest category competition (read on).
However, as is the case with the Dunlop Graspic DS-3 and Dunlop Winter Response, the Dunlop Winter Maxx falls a bit short when it comes to dry condition performance and wet braking. Wet road braking and handling in particular can be a challenge.
How does the Winter Maxx compare?
The Winter Maxx slots in just above the Graspic DS-3 in the subjective user rankings, and both Dunlop options are ranked below all other studless ice & snow tires. Not because of insufficient winter performance, but rather because they are not as ideal all-around snow/winter tires that handle dry, wet, snow, and ice conditions with equal capability and composure.
In Tire Rack comparison testing, the Winter Maxx trailed the competition from Bridgestone, Michelin, and Yokohama due to its compromised all-around performance. There is no question that the Michelin X-Ice Xi3, for example, provides better all-around winter performance in all conditions.
Car and Driver magazine tested the Winter Maxx in a snow tire group test involving six participants. The Winter Maxx finished fifth out of six tires tested, and placed last in all objective performance tests but one (snow braking).
Anything else to know?
Dunlop snow tire options like the Winter Maxx provide less outright winter performance than class leading options, but they're also notably more affordable.
The Winter Maxx is therefore worthy of your consideration if you're on a budget, snow and ice covered roads are the norm, and dry and wet road conditions are the exception.
Definitely have a look at the Michelin X-Ice Xi3 first though. And if you're on a budget, the Yokohama iceGUARD iG52c is also worthy of consideration.
Install the Winter Maxx and any other snow tires sets of four only, or you'll be dealing with a potentially hazardous handling imbalance.
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