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Well its been a while since I posted. My 2005 Prius has 7,600 miles and its doing great!

I am wondering has anyone put studded snow tires on thier Prius? I had them on my 97 Camary and it was like four wheel drive. With snow comming its time to start looking at tires.

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Best snows are the Goodyear triple tread or comfortreads.But due to the stckier nature of these tires MPG's will drop by as much as 10%
There are posts on this site about these too!

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Best snows are the Goodyear triple tread or comfortreads.
Neither of those are snow tires. They are all-season tires.

I have Bridgestone Blizzaks that I'll put on my Prius soon enough. They work great, but aren't studded. If you want studded tires, hopefully someone else will come by with a recommendation.

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I have Nokian Hakkapelliita RSi winter tires. These are non-studded and LRR. They are a very good ice tire considering no studs, rather quiet and not that heavy a feeling. They are fairly good in snow. For a very good overall winter tire, the more aggressive Hakk #2, 4 or 5 come with or without studs. They will be noiser and be more of an MPG sacrifice, however.
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Best snows are the Goodyear triple tread or comfortreads.
They may be M&S (mud and snow) rated on the sidewall, but they aren't snow/severe winter tires (snowflake on mountain symbol on sidewall, often required for going up some mountain passes if you don't have chains).

The only all-weather tires I know of are the Nokian WR All Weather Plus, good for all four seasons and has the severe winter snowflake-on-mountain symbol. However, in my use they could use a little more help in icy conditions. I usually hear that the studless Nokian RSi or any of the other tires in the Nokian Hakkapelita line (studded or not) are pretty good. (note that some of these come in the XL variety for load issues, but the speed rating on them in comparison to OEM in the UK is too low for UK regulations)

If you have a Classic Prius, thanks to a TSB your dealer will only suggest the Bridgestone Blizzaks in the XL variety.

I've also heard of good reports with the Michelin X-Ice tires, too.

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Well its been a while since I posted. My 2005 Prius has 7,600 miles and its doing great!

I am wondering has anyone put studded snow tires on thier Prius? I had them on my 97 Camary and it was like four wheel drive. With snow comming its time to start looking at tires.

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Wow Bob, I thought I was part of the low mileage Prius club. I have 13k on a 2005 purchased in Dec. of 04. You beat me.

Anyway, I'm not a huge fan of studs. Studs have absolutly shreaded the roads, especially the major Interstates and highways of Washington State. We are in stud legal season right now and I'm already hearing plenty of vehicles driving around on dry or wet, but not snowy or icy pavement, clicking and clacking around. The damage they are doing... Oh the pain. Why our leg. will not ban studs is beyond me.

I highly recommend a studless snow tire. Michelin, and Goodyear both have studless snow/ice tires. I had a friend with an older Nissan Z (rear drive and squirly in snow and ice as any sports car would be) and he swore by studless tires. Most people that have switched from studded to studless tires feel the same way. On dry pavement you retain good traction and handling and the car remains quiet. When snow or ice hits you are off and running.

Another alternative is Nokian tires. They make an all season that is traction tire rated, which means that in mountain pass situations if chains are not required but traction tires are, you are legal. And you don't have to take the tires off in the summer because they are too "sticy" or will wear poorly in warmer weather on hot pavement, like snow/ice studless tires.

I urge you to look past studs to newer and better tire technologies as I am convinced they will serve you much better.

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Thank you all for your re-ply. I may go stud less with the Blizzak REVO 1. I am pretty close to purchasing them, just doing my final research. The thing I hate about winter the most is the reduced fuel economy!

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Cheap BOB, I'm curious as to where you live. I wasn't aware that studded tires were still in use in this country. Back in the 60's, when I was working for General Tire in Akron Ohio I had studded snow tires. The studs didn't help much in deep snow, but were wonderful on ice. But the studs were shredding my driveway and garage floor, so they had to go. Not long after that, studs were outlawed in Ohio, and I thought, most other states.
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I like my Michelin X-Ice and they are not studded. But we get a lot of snow here so studs wouldn't be the best. Studs may be better for ice in some conditions but for general winter conditions, The Michelins made a world of difference, particularly when it comes to stopping or steering in slush. Almost time to put them on, usually by Thanksgiving. This will be my third winter with my 2005 and second with the Michelins.

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The block heater gave me my mileage back (as well as faster cabin heat) so I'm not sure if the tires made much of a difference.

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