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    I have a 2019 CX-5 GT and i have been shopping around look at many reviews on winter tires and ratings and i just want peoples experience on which winter tires is best suited for the cx-5. Also for just winter use i wanted to know wether the 17 or 18 inch tires are better in the winter.

    What do people think about these tires for the winter?
    Michelin X Ice X3
    Blizzak DM V2
    Continental ContiWinter Contact TS 830P
    Blizzak WS-90
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    17" Tires cost less than 18".

    Performance wise, the 18" should be better as the profile is lower making for less of a squishy ride.

    17" has a high profile and provides that extra cushion with the pot holes.

    All of the tires you list are great performers. Further posts in this thread will have members touting they swear by one of these brands over the other.

    Check Tirerack.com for user reviews or Consumer Reports. I believe they rank the Michelin the top performer and you also pay the premium price.

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    I have a 2018 CX-5 GT which has 225/55-19" summer tires. When I bought the car new last winter, Mazda had a sales promotion which included a winter tire package. The winter tires Mazda supplied were 225/65-17". Since they have a higher sidewall, they have the same diameter as the 19" tires. Personally I find that the higher sidewalls are great up here in Northern Ontario as tires can get pretty stiff when temperatures fall under -20C.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew101 View Post
    I have a 2019 CX-5 GT and i have been shopping around look at many reviews on winter tires and ratings and i just want peoples experience on which winter tires is best suited for the cx-5. Also for just winter use i wanted to know wether the 17 or 18 inch tires are better in the winter.

    What do people think about these tires for the winter?
    Michelin X Ice X3
    Blizzak DM V2
    Continental ContiWinter Contact TS 830P
    Blizzak WS-90
    What SonicBoy said above.

    Personally, I've had the X Ice Xi3 and the WS-80 on my two previous cars. On the CX-9 I have DM-V2s. I wasn't let down by any of them.

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    My wife's experience has been with the Cooper Discoverer M+S in Mammoth Lakes CA, which had a record snowfall last winter, and her car, although not a CX-5 then, (but is going to be this winter) was one of very few on the road.

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    Any of those are a good choice.
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    I previously had Bridgestone Blizzak WS-70's on my first CX-5. I bought 225/65/17's as I got a really good deal on a new set of discontinued 17" CX-7 alloys. I absolutely loved these tires. Now, my wife runs Michelin X Ice on her Corolla but I have always thought my WS-70's performed better(despite being on very different vehicles). So, when my WS-70's needed replacing this fall I was only considering the new WS-90 or the DM-V2. On other threads here the choice was split between these two. When I went to the Bridgestone website the seven Tire Performance Graph Specs appeared to favor the DM-V2 so that is the tire I bought. That is the same one that my COSTCO tire rep recommended to me as well. On another note the new WS-90's have fewer sipes than the DM-V2 which I assume would be a disadvantage on ice. A Bridgestone rep told me the new silica compound in the WS-90 made up for there being fewer sipes, BUT, my belief is that they reduced the number of sipes in order to give the tread blocks more rigidity, as they made the tread slightly thicker on the new WS-90's to give them longer wear.
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    Thank you everyone for your imput it really helped with my decision on which tire to get

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    Just like Voodooman above, I opted to minus size from 19's to 17's for a better ride in winter/pothole season. Went with my favourite winter tire, Nokian Hakkapiliitta R3's and they are great, put them on some alloy wheels and I think I like the look better than my summers.

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    I went down from the 19s to 17s for snow tires. I have had good success with Michelins on our other vehicles and put a set of Michelin X Ice X3 on my CX5.

    Wade

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    Falken Wildpeak AT Trails for the win! I love mine!

    https://www.falkentire.com/tires/lig...tire#undefined
    - Rich aka SIGNAL_CX5

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    Thank you everybody for taking the time to repsond!

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