Winter/Snow tires

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Fredericton Canada
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2018 CX-5 GT
I will be getting 225/65/17's for my GT and have narrowed my choice down to either the Bridgestone DM-V2 or WS-90. Some say the WS-90 is designed for passenger vehicles, while the DM-V2 is more suited to SUV's and light trucks. What are the thoughts of everyone out there?
 
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2019 CX-5 Signature
I finally went with Nokians, which I previously had on my RDX. I think it*s a great tire.
 
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2019 CX-5 Signature
I will be getting 225/65/17's for my GT and have narrowed my choice down to either the Bridgestone DM-V2 or WS-90. Some say the WS-90 is designed for passenger vehicles, while the DM-V2 is more suited to SUV's and light trucks. What are the thoughts of everyone out there?
kdaug, if you were fully satisfied with your WS-80, go with your heart and get th WS-90. Otherwise you might later regret and say "I should have..."

You could also seek advice towards your trusted tire guy. They usually have good feedback.
 

sm1ke

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Canada
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'18 CX-9 Signature
I will be getting 225/65/17's for my GT and have narrowed my choice down to either the Bridgestone DM-V2 or WS-90. Some say the WS-90 is designed for passenger vehicles, while the DM-V2 is more suited to SUV's and light trucks. What are the thoughts of everyone out there?
Besides what has already been said, the WS-90 is a "new model", while the DM-V2 is in the same generation as the WS-80 and Michelin's Xice Xi3. With the CX-5, I'd be comfortable using either, but I think I'd try the WS-90 based on this C&D review:

https://www.caranddriver.com/features/a26038430/bridgestone-blizzak-ws90-tire-drive/
 
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2016 Mazda CX-5 GT AWD w/Tech & i-Activesense
I have WS80 224/55R17's mounted on some 17" cheap wheels from craigslist. I have not found conditions yet that give me pause when I have them installed. I live in Wisconsin and have seen some brutal snow storms that I had to drive in.
 
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Fredericton Canada
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2018 CX-5 GT
Besides what has already been said, the WS-90 is a "new model", while the DM-V2 is in the same generation as the WS-80 and Michelin's Xice Xi3. With the CX-5, I'd be comfortable using either, but I think I'd try the WS-90 based on this C&D review:

https://www.caranddriver.com/features/a26038430/bridgestone-blizzak-ws90-tire-drive/
I notice that the new WS90 appears to have fewer sipes than the DM-V2, so, all other things being more or less equal, I wonder if the WS90 can have as much grip on ice as the DM-V2
 
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2019 CX-5 Signature AWD DCBM
I'm picking up 17" steelies (I like the look and they're cheap and durable...sue me) mounted with TPMS and 225/65-17 Continental VikingContact 7s at Tire Rack's distribution center in Delaware this coming Saturday for my 19 Signature.
 
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2019 CX-5 Signature
Just read an article saying that the DM-V2's are mainly for pickups and full size suv's. The cx-5 being more like a car on heels than a suv, kdaug, you should also be good with the WS-90's.
 

Kedis82ZE8

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'15 CX-5 GT AWD
No complaints with my DM-V2s... ...just extremely impressed... will purchase whatever equivalent there is at replacement time.

IIRC the DM-V2s are what Mazda chose in the snow test videos years back as well
 
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Fredericton Canada
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2018 CX-5 GT
Just read an article saying that the DM-V2's are mainly for pickups and full size suv's. The cx-5 being more like a car on heels than a suv, kdaug, you should also be good with the WS-90's.
Interesting....as Bridgestone says that the DM-V2 "is engineered for many of the most popular SUVs, CUVs and light trucks on the road today" The CX-5 definitely falls in this category.
 

ColoradoDriver

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Denver, CO
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2014 CX-5 Touring
Well I just picked up 4 WS90 tires in 225/65 17".

Didn't find anyone who could install today though, so when they do finally get installed, I'll let you know how they perform. I was very happy with the performance of the WS80.
 
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Fredericton Canada
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2018 CX-5 GT
No complaints with my DM-V2s... ...just extremely impressed... will purchase whatever equivalent there is at replacement time.

IIRC the DM-V2s are what Mazda chose in the snow test videos years back as well
I see that Bridgestone announced in early August the release of their new DM-V3 as per the article below:

https://tiresvote.com/articles/brid...ing-launch-its-new-winter-tire-blizzak-dm-v3/

I don't see them at my local COSTCO yet so suspect it won't arrive before I will need to replace my old WS70's in the coming weeks.
 
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2019 CX-5 Signature

ColoradoDriver

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Denver, CO
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2014 CX-5 Touring
Just had my Blizzak WS90 tires installed. Seem to be running well like my WS80s did. Pretty happy with them on the snowy drive into the office today.
 
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ColoradoDriver

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Denver, CO
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2014 CX-5 Touring
Good thing you had them installed today because tomorrow will be a good test in Denver.
And it was, they did great. I only had one problem intersection that when the light turned green I wasn't gaining much traction going up the hill from a stop. But I recall having that issue last year at the same intersection too. This one spot just ices up weird. That said, had I still been on the all-season, that would have been a very tough hill to get over. With the snows, the traction control kicked in for a brief moment and then off I went.

Everywhere else though during the drive was great. Good tire so far.
 
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Fredericton Canada
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2018 CX-5 GT
Just read an article saying that the DM-V2's are mainly for pickups and full size suv's. The cx-5 being more like a car on heels than a suv, kdaug, you should also be good with the WS-90's.
Don't get me wrong, I don't dislike the WS90 over the DM-V2, as I have the WS70's at the moment which I have really liked. I just want to get the model that will perform best. Now, the new WS90's appear to have way fewer sipes that the WS80 so I am wondering how they can grip as well on ice.
 

shadonoz

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State of Jefferson
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2017 CX-5 GT AWD+
Don't get me wrong, I don't dislike the WS90 over the DM-V2, as I have the WS70's at the moment which I have really liked. I just want to get the model that will perform best. Now, the new WS90's appear to have way fewer sipes that the WS80 so I am wondering how they can grip as well on ice.
Sipes are critical on ice, but rubber compound is as well.
 
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Fredericton Canada
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2018 CX-5 GT
Sipes are critical on ice, but rubber compound is as well.
I thought that the rubber compound in the WS90 is the same as that in the old WS80's, (as well as in the current DM-V2), so, why would they reduce the number of sipes?
 
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