Yokohama iceGUARD iG52c review
What is it?
The Yokohama iceGUARD iG52c is a studless ice & snow tire designed for exclusive winter use on coupes, sedans, and vans.
Strengths and weaknesses?
Superb traction and performance in the intended snow/winter application. In light snow the iceGUARD iG52c is unflappable, and competence is maintained in deep snow and ice conditions as well.
Ride quality is excellent while road noise is not ideal. Data indicates that category alternatives like the Michelin X-Ice Xi3 are quite a bit quieter.
The iceGUARD iG52c also gives up some dry road condition performance and handling capabilities as compared to top tier category competition.
How does the iceGUARD iG52c compare?
Users rank the iceGUARD iG52c fifth out of nine studless ice & snow tires.
In Tire Rack comparison testing the ice GUARD iG52c logged commendable snow/winter performance, but fell short of contemporaries like the Bridgestone Blizzak WS80 in dry and wet road condition performance.
Car and Driver conducted a group test involving the iceGUARD iG52c where it finished sixth out of six snow tires. Be careful to conclude too much from the result though -- the iceGUARD iG52c result had only to do with marginal losses in objective performance testing. We'd argue that taking 1-2 additional feet to stop and being a tenth or two slower in acceleration does not a poor snow tire make... It's also worth noting that the iceGUARD iG52c was the least expensive tire in the group. In fact, the iceGUARD iG52c was some $74 per tire less expensive than the Nokian victor.
Anything else to know?
While it might not put down the absolute best numbers, the iceGUARD iG52c's snow/winter performance is just about beyond reproach. However, it's not the most well rounded category option, and falls short of contemporaries in dry road performance and handling.
Importantly, the iceGUARD iG52c does hold an advantage over most of the competition when it comes to value and pricing. For example, the iceGUARD iG52c is about $100 less per set (in a common 17" size) than the aforementioned Blizzak and Michelin options, and far less expensive than the Nokian in the Car and Driver group test.
Put up with a slight dry and wet road performance limitation, and deal with the extra road noise to save some shekels? We wouldn't hold it against you.
The Nitto NT-SN2 and Nitto NT90W are additional budget-friendly options worth considering.
The iceGUARD iG52c is a solid snow/winter option that won't leave you stranded when winter's worst arrives.
Install in sets of four only, or you'll be dealing with a potentially hazardous handling imbalance.
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