Firestone Winterforce 2 Review

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Overview

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The Firestone Winterforce 2 features deep full-depth sipes on its tread that allow it to grip snow and ice effectively for safer and more efficient winter driving. It is also compatible with number 11 studs, which enhance traction when the road conditions are especially bad this time of year.

These tires are well-suited to light trucks, SUVs, sedans, and even some commercial trucks. They are definitely one of the most versatile offerings on the market right now. When designing this tire, engineers focused on winter performance above all else. This explains the directional tread pattern that was molded into this tire’s special compound material.

The wide groove pattern on this tire is ideal for driving in harsh winter conditions, including snow, frozen rain, and slush. Many improvements have been made from this tire’s predecessor, including the tread life. The Winterforce 2’s tread lasts longer, which can help you save a significant amount of money.

This tire can be purchased at retailers all across North America. Firestone is an incredibly popular brand that is well known for making some of the best, most reliable tires on the market.

Firestone Winterforce 2 Features

Special cold weather compound

The unique compound that was used in making this tire allows the tread to remain flexible, even at extremely low temperatures. This ultimately translates to enhanced traction on ice and snow.

Full depth directional tread pattern

This tire’s deep directional tread pattern grips the snow on the road, allowing for excellent traction and safe winter driving.

Zig zag design

The zig-zag design of this tire’s tread means more edges, which is also great for gripping on slippery surfaces.

Twin steel belts

The steel belts that rest on the tire’s casing adds stability for a smooth and comfortable ride.

Terrain

These tires were specifically made to handle well on slick roads with snow, ice, and slush. While their off-road capabilities are somewhat limited, they are still excellent for winter driving on paved roads. They also handle equally well on dry surfaces.

Tire specifications & sizes

Specifications

  • Weight—16-27 pounds
  • Tread depth—12
  • Overall diameter—22.8”-28.6”
  • Load index—104-106
  • Speed rating—S, T
  • Sidewall description—black side wall

Tire sizes available

14"

  • 185/60R14 82S BW
  • 185/65R14 86S BW

15"

  • 175/65R15 84S BW
  • 185/60R15 84S BW
  • 185/65R15 88S BW
  • 195/60R15 88S BW
  • 195/65R15 91S BW
  • 205/65R15 94S BW
  • 205/70R15 96S BW
  • 215/70R15 98S BW

16"

  • 205/50R16 87S BW
  • 205/55R16 91S BW
  • 205/60R16 92S BW
  • 205/65R16 95S BW
  • 215/55R16 93S BW
  • 215/60R16 95S BW
  • 225/60R16 98S BW
  • 225/65R16 100S BW
  • 235/60R16 100S BW

17"

  • 215/50R17 95S XL BW
  • 215/55R17 94S BW
  • 215/65R17 99S BW
  • 225/50R17 94S BW
  • 225/55R17 97S BW
  • 235/55R17 99S BW

18"

  • 225/60R18 100S BW

Warranty

While it’s true that Firestone doesn’t offer any warranty for this tire’s treadwear, it is unlikely that you will ever need it. The long tread life of this tire is something that you can really depend on.

The basic limited warranty that Firestone offers includes coverage up to four years from the initial date of purchase. If you have no proof of purchase, the period is five years from  when the tire was manufactured.

In order to qualify for free replacement, the tread on the tire must be worn down to 2/32” or less.

Customer reviews

The customer reviews for these tires are mostly positive, with especially high ratings for wet, dry, and snow performance. Many people have also given this tire high praise for its long tread life. The lowest ratings for this tire are typically with comfort and noise level, though they are still relatively good.

This tire has definitely earned itself a great overall reputation with customers all across North America. Many people have commented on its incredible handling, braking, and grip when driving on slick surfaces.

One of the more common complaints from customers about this tire is that it can feel a bit bouncy at times. A vast majority of the reviews are positive, which really says something about its overall performance.

Conclusion

The Firestone Winterforce 2 is a highly durable, rugged option for those who need reliable winter tires for their sedan, light truck, or SUV. It is definitely a huge improvement from the original Winterforce tire, especially in terms of tread life and handling. The interior and exterior design of this tire makes it long-lasting with remarkably high performance capabilities. Whether you are driving on snow, ice, or slush, you can rely on these tires to deliver you to your destination safely. This is by far one of the best values on the market right now, so it is certainly worth considering.