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Nokian WR G2 SUV tires being discontinued, and replaced by Nokian Rotiva AT XL

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We have had excellent experience using the Nokian WR and WR G2 on our Honda SUVs for a number of years now. They are year-round tires based on a snow tire tread pattern/sipes but with a rubber compound that will not wear too quickly in the summer and can be left on year-round. The have the "snowflake in the mountain" symbol on the sidewall which in some areas/roads makes them permissible in winter. We have found that they work reliably well on the snowy, hilly mountain roads, and our steep driveway in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. In that they are left on our SUVs year-round we don't have to work any TPMS magic either.

 

All was well until the set on our Pilot was getting thin at around 55K miles, and we wanted to replace them before we went too far into this winter. The Nokian dealer told us they were being discontinued for SUVs and replaced by the Rotiva AT XL. It seems that there is a new WR G3 out, but not in SUV sizes and the intent is for SUVs to use the Rotiva AT XL. We just pulled the trigger and now have the Rotiva AT XL on our Pilot, and still have the WR G2 SUV on our CR-V. The Rotiva seems sturdier in construction but without quite as many sipes as the WR G2, but also with a good angular tread pattern for snow. Sure hope the new ones work as well as the old ones in the slippery stuff...

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Would you post this info in this thread

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/122828/annual-snow-tire-test-thread

 

big discussion on snow tires going on there!

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I had the opportunity to try out our new Nokian Rotiva AT XL tires in 10+ inches of new snow yesterday, and various levels of plowed snow too. They seemed to work just fine, and were very similar to our former Nokian WR SUV tires which we were very happy with on several SUVs. It's still early in our relationship but so far they had plenty of grip (4WD Pilot) in the slippery stuff. Where the road was maybe 3-4 inches of snow formed into a lot of other tire tracks the SUV would sometimes wiggle from one set of previous tire tracks to another set but the vehicle stability indicator never lit up and there was no issue staying on course. I recall this behavior with most tires in this condition - sort of like the SUV is searching for the grooves to run in. Also, on the wet salted roads I have noticed there is a slight tire whine road noise. 

 


Edited by CHRISfromRI - 12/17/13 at 1:12am
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Thanks to this snowy winter I've had the opportunity to repeatedly test these Rotiva AT tires and am satisfied with their performance on snowy roads! I would say that the Rotiva AT is quite heavier duty (sidewalls and tire edges) in the way it blasts through potholes and unseen gaps than the WR G2 which it replaced, and as far as snow driving goes it has about 80 percent of the grip in slippery conditions as the WR G2 - which is pretty darn good and getting me everywhere I need to go before the plow guy comes around! My only complaints about the WR G2 and the WR before that was the occasional flat tire (maybe 1 flat from a road hazard every 40K miles). The Rotiva AT seems to address that concern, at the slight expense of some snowy grip. It's a reasonable compromise though and the ruggedness doesn't hurt the ride.

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