Nokian Hakkapeliitta R3 Review

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Overview

The Nokian Hakkapeliitta R3 is a premium winter tire perfect for those who won’t let a blizzard hold them back. Whether you need to navigate snow filled residential roads, or safely fly down a wintery highway, the Nokian Hakkapeliitta R3 will bring you and your vehicle exceptional safety, balance, and comfort. These studless tires combine groundbreaking rubber technologies to provide excellent grip on snow and ice while maximizing the vehicle’s comfort and minimizing its noise levels. The specially tailored sipes transition seamlessly from wet to dry road surfaces, providing excellent handling on both uneven and clear roads.

Let’s take a closer look at the advantages the Nokian Hakkapeliitta R3 affords its users:

Nokian Hakkapeliitta R3 Features

Studless

The Nokian Hakkapeliitta R3 is one of the studless winter season tire models. Like summer tires, these especially designed wheel minimize noise pollution on any surface. The studless design can also minimize maintenance costs because you don’t have to worry about the metal wearing down before your tires do. It’s also worth pointing out that metal studs do not guarantee better traction, especially in wetter driving conditions.

Arctic Sense Grip

In order to surmount the extreme difficulties of Northern winters, this tire model features an intricate tread pattern. The entire tire features Cryo Crystal 3 particles. These are a compound boost that helps the already specially treated silica tires grip onto difficult winter terrain. The sipes are unidirectional, enhancing the wheel’s ability to pull your vehicle forwards through deeper snow and improving tire rotations over compacted surfaces. The shoulder of the tire is lined with a thick block pattern. While the grooves bite into any exterior, the blocks maintain the vehicle’s stability. A thick central stripe along the middle of the tire strengthens the product and allows it to bear additional weight while increasing stability. A lattice of groves lie between the centre and sides of the tire. This intricate design allows the tire to collect snow in a pattern similar to a zipper, using it to create additional adhesive friction on the surface beneath. There is a minute texture on every tread block as an additional feature to maximize this tire’s grip while improving water irrigation as the vehicle moves forwards. 

SUV option

The Nokian Hakkapeliitta R3 is designed to provide safe and comfortable winter driving to both sedans and SUVs. The slightly larger size ensures that your SUV gets perfectly proportioned support that enhances weight distribution, in turn providing an exceptionally comfortable and stable driving environment. 

Save on fuel

Nokian also recommends this tire for use on electric and hybrid cars. Regardless of whether you are driving a conventional petrol car or an eco vehicle, purchasing well engineered tires is vital. Not only will they make you safer on the reads, but by increasing your tire’s performance over rough terrain, you will save money on fuel and time between refuelling and recharging stops.

How do they handle winter terrain?

Despite being non-studded tires, these winter tires perform admirably on all winter surfaces. Over snow, the tire’s design works to maximize friction between your vehicle and the road beneath while the powerful block tread provides impressive ice breaking capabilities. If the weather gets milder, the tire maintains its impressive grip. The intricate sipes help to irrigate water under the wheel to reduce hydroplaning between seasons. The tire’s design is also compatible with dry roads, providing handling sensitivity and comfort comparable to an all seasons tire. The result is a tire that will handle tight turns and all speeds while providing stability and excellent braking capability.

What is their noise level?

Because of their meticulous studless design, the Nokian Hakkapeliitta R3 tires are extremely quiet. The Arctic Sense Grip technology allows the tire to adapt from one surface to another which translates to a smooth ride on both high speed roadways and quieter areas. On top of helping you save on fuel, the low rolling resistance reduces any risk of you getting stuck in a tough snowy patch or waking up your neighbours with clattering studded wheels.

Customer reviews

Those who purchase a set of the Nokian Hakkapeliitta R3 tire remark on its versatility. Because of its groundbreaking new technology and studless design, the tire moves effortlessly from mild weather to harsh snowstorms and blizzards. The precise handling and grip impresses all those who test this tire, leading to many comparing this premium winter product to a summer or all seasons tire for its performance in dry and mild weather. 

Size range and pricing

This tire is available in a range of sizes from 14 inches to 21 inches in diameter made to fit sedans, coupes, minivans, and even SUVs . The pricing ranges from one dealer to another but are generally between $115 and $150. Make sure to purchase your tires from an official retailer to ensure the quality and standard of your warrantee. Nokian provides a limited warranty on any of its products. If your tire experiences excessive wear up to five years from the date of purchase or six years from the manufacturing date, you are entitled to free replacements.

Tire sizes available

14″

  • 175/65R14 82R
  • 185/65R14 86R

15″

  • 165/60R15 81R XL
  • 175/65R15 84R
  • 175/65R15 88R XL
  • 185/55R15 86R XL
  • 185/60R15 88R XL
  • 185/65R15 88R
  • 195/55R15 89R XL
  • 195/60R15 88R
  • 195/65R15 95R XL
  • 205/65R15 94R

16″

  • 195/50R16 88R XL
  • 195/55R16 91R XL
  • 195/60R16 89R
  • 205/55R16 91R Flat Run
  • 205/55R16 94R XL
  • 205/60R16 96R XL
  • 205/60R16 96R XL Flat Run
  • 205/65R16 99R XL
  • 215/55R16 97R XL
  • 215/60R16 99R XL
  • 225/55R16 99R XL
  • 225/60R16 102R XL

17″

  • 205/50R17 93R XL
  • 205/55R17 95R XL
  • 205/55R17 95R XL Flat Run
  • 215/45R17 91T XL
  • 215/50R17 95R XL
  • 215/55R17 98R XL
  • 225/45R17 91T Flat Run
  • 225/45R17 94T XL
  • 225/50R17 94R Flat Run
  • 225/50R17 98R XL
  • 225/55R17 101R XL
  • 225/55R17 97R Flat Run
  • 235/45R17 97T XL
  • 235/50R17 100R XL
  • 235/55R17 103R XL
  • 245/45R17 99T XL

18″

  • 215/50R18 92R
  • 225/40R18 92T XL
  • 225/45R18 95T XL
  • 225/45R18 95T XL Flat Run
  • 225/50R18 99R XL
  • 235/40R18 95T XL
  • 235/45R18 98T XL
  • 245/40R18 97T XL
  • 245/45R18 100T XL
  • 245/45R18 100T XL Flat Run
  • 245/50R18 100R Flat Run
  • 245/50R18 104R XL
  • 255/35R18 94R XL
  • 255/40R18 99T XL
  • 255/45R18 103T XL
  • 265/35R18 97T XL
  • 275/40R18 103T XL

19″

  • 155/70R19 88Q XL
  • 225/40R19 93T XL
  • 225/45R19 96T XL
  • 235/40R19 96T XL
  • 235/45R19 99T XL
  • 245/40R19 98T XL
  • 245/45R19 102T XL
  • 255/35R19 96T XL
  • 255/40R19 100T XL
  • 255/45R19 104T XL
  • 275/35R19 100T XL
  • 275/40R19 101T

20″

  • 195/55R20 95R XL
  • 215/45R20 95R XL
  • 235/35R20 92T XL
  • 245/40R20 99T XL
  • 245/45R20 103R XL
  • 255/35R20 97T XL
  • 275/35R20 102T XL
  • 285/40R20 108R XL

21″

  • 245/35R21 96T XL
  • 265/35R21 101T XL