- Very limited size options
- It doesn’t last as long as some of the competitors
- Slightly nosier
Premium tire brands like Bridgestone have been pushing the boundaries of what their tires can do. Even though mid-range ones have managed to get close in performance, you still get a bit extra when you pay the extra dollar. The Blizzak family of tires has become quite popular as competent winter options for those that need them.
The one I’ll be looking at today is the Blizzak LM001 which the company advertises as its best winter tire. Bridgestone claims to have committed to making a performance-oriented winter tire, so let’s see what’s included in the box.
What are the features of the Bridgestone Blizzak LM001?
Pirelli didn’t spare any technology and put everything it got into the Sottozero 3. As you’d expect, the rubber compound is designed with low temperatures in mind, so you should expect it to grip well when the temperature is low.
Starting off with the rubber compound, it’s a similar story to most of the other winter tires out there. A special compound that is designed to offer improved performance in multiple road conditions.
Bridgestone designed the Blizzak LM001’s tread with a directional pattern for the all-around performance on multiple road conditions. It should offer improved stability and control in severe conditions.
Specifically for wet performance, the Blizzak LM001 gets rounded junctions at the shoulders, 3D sipes, and Vari-Width grooves. The result of this should be a tire with excellent grip and traction on wet, as well as superb aquaplaning resistance.
Snow performance is brought to you by the 3D sipes and the tread pattern. Both of them should enable the Blizzak LM001 to bite into the snow and find traction.
How does it behave on dry tarmac?
The Blizzak LM001 behaves very well on dry tarmac, something you should expect from a premium tire. A slight problem is that the overall performance isn’t class-leading.
Handling-wise, the tire performs very well and has plenty of grip and traction on the road. The problem is that in the premium winter segment, it is slightly above average. The driving dynamics are more or less as you’d expect from a winter tire. It is decently responsive, but there is a bit more flex to the sidewall than enthusiasts would like to see. In everyday driving, you won’t even notice this.
The braking distances are the biggest weakness as those results are below average in its class.
How does it behave over wet and slippery roads?
The Blizzak LM001 performs a bit better on wet and slippery roads but still doesn’t impress.
It has plenty of grip in the corners or traction when accelerating, meaning that it’s not a total disappointment. In this area, the difference between the Blizzak LM001 and the class-leading is smaller, meaning that the handling is better.
Another thing that’s better is the braking distances. On wet roads, the Blizzak LM001 stops significantly well and is way above average for its class.
One area where the tire performs the best is the aquaplaning resistance. Thanks to the variable groove width, you are looking at one of, if not the best aquaplaning resistance in this segment.
How is it over snow?
Moving on to snow performance, the Blizzak LM001 goes back to being an average performer.
Despite not being overly impressed by how the tire handles snow, it is still very safe to drive and has plenty to offer for regular drivers. Even slightly more aggressive acceleration will be fine because the traction is there.
Braking distances are marginally longer than the ones you’d see on the top of the scoreboard. Keep in mind that we are talking about small differences, so expect to have short and safe braking distances still.
Ice performance is similar, and as long as you are aware that you’re driving on ice, the tire will keep you and your car safe.
Is it comfortable and refined?
The Blizzak LM001 is very comfortable and averagely quiet.
Remember that sidewall flex I mentioned? Enthusiasts will consider it a downside, but people who are after a softer ride will love it. The comfort levels are excellent, with almost no vibration reaching the cabin even when you hit a bigger pothole.
The noises are not too bad, but the Blizzak LM001 is a winter tire, so expect a bit more roar out of it. If you really put your ear to it, you will hear the tire even around town. At the end of the day, it’s not the worst experience, and I won’t fault the tire for it.
Is it good for off-roading?
The Blizzak LM001 is not a tire that you should take off-roading. All of the performance you get on paved roads won’t be carried over when you go off-roading. On top of that, the softer rubber means that it won’t take much abuse over rougher surfaces and can get damaged.
Is the Bridgestone Blizzak LM001 ideal for sporty driving?
No, the Blizzak LM001 is far from the best winter tire for sporty driving. Even though there’s a decent amount of performance for the tire to be pushed harder, the dynamics are not the best. When you add the flex in the sidewall, you get a tire that may disappoint you if you want to give it the beans.
Bridgestone Blizzak LM001 Warranty
Unlike some of its competitors, the Blizzak LM001 doesn’t come with a treadwear warranty. Instead, you will have to settle for the limited tread warranty, which applies to uniformity for the first 1/32 inch of wear. The good news is that the workmanship and materials have a 5-year warranty, and you could get a replacement in the first 3 years.
Bridgestone Blizzak LM001 Pricing: Is it worth the money?
The Blizzak LM001 doesn’t have the best price per performance ratio but is worth the money. You will pay from $160 for a single tire, which is a lot. For that, you get excellent winter performance from a premium tire manufacturer.
Should I buy the Bridgestone Blizzak LM001?
I cannot say that you should, but I also won’t say to discard it altogether. The Blizzak LM001 is by no means a terrible performer, and the only reason why I wouldn’t say it to buy it right away is the price. So, what do you get for your money?
On dry roads, the Blizzak LM001 will perform excellently, and even though it’s not the best in the class, it will outperform most winter tires on the market. Everyday driving will not be a problem for the tire, and even if you push it a bit, you won’t feel the tire losing its properties. Once you do push it, you will start to notice that it’s a tire that doesn’t like that kind of driving.
Wet performance is improved when compared to the dry one, and the Blizzak LM001 starts to go up the ladder. Plenty of traction when accelerating, combined with tons of grip in the corners and short braking distances, and you have a recipe for a safe tire. Adding to the safeness is one of the best aquaplaning resistance in a premium winter tire.
Snow and ice performance are good, and you won’t find yourself in trouble as long as you keep things civilized. With slightly longer braking distances than the class-leading tires, I cannot say that it impressed me as much as it did on wet roads.
Comfort and noise levels are pretty much similar as with any other winter tire. The ride feels plush, and the tire smooths up bumps with ease and eliminates shaking and vibration when you accidentally hit a large hole. As a winter tire, you will need to be aware of the slightly higher noise levels, but it’s not something that will make your ears bleed.
The Blizzak LM001 doesn’t have a treadwear warranty, which is a drawback. In its place, you get a limited tread warranty and a workmanship and material warranty for up to 5 years.
I cannot say that I’m overly happy with how the Blizzak LM001 performed. It’s not a bad tire and has all the characteristics of a premium winter tire. My biggest problem with it is that I was expecting a bit more performance out of it for the price.
What Vehicles Will the Bridgestone Blizzak LM001 Fit?
- Audi A4, A6
- BMW 3, 5 series, X3, X5
- Ford Focus, Mondeo, C-Max, Kuga, Escape
- Honda Civic, Accord, Odyssey, CR-V
- Hyundai Elantra, Santa Fe, Tucson, Sonata, Genesis
- Infiniti G35, G37, Q45
- Lexus ES, IS, NX, RX
- Mazda 3, CX-3
- Mercedes A, B, C, E Class
- Nissan Altima, Qashqai, Juke
- Suzuki Vitara, SX4
- Toyota Corolla, Camry, CH-R, Rav4
- Volvo 40, 60, 90 series
The Blizzak LM001’s biggest limiting factor is the size options. With a handful of sizes, you may struggle to find one that can fit your vehicle. Even though the list includes cars that you may fir the tire on, you should double-check the size chart just in case.
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