Winter Tire Tests

Below are results from the Norwegian Automobile Federation (NAF)/ winter tire tests.  Their annual winter tire testing program is by far the most comprehensive of its kind on the planet.

Every year they select a group of studded and studless tires from various manufacturers and put them through an in-depth series of tests in a variety of winter road conditions and driving situations. Each set of tires is evaluated in the following categories:

  1. Braking
  2. Acceleration
  3. Handling
  4. Road feel
  5. Stability
  6. Noise
  7. Rolling resistance.

Individual scores for each category are tabulated on a comparative scale.  Total scores are then calculated from these results and represent the best overall tire performance.

Both indoor and outdoor testing is used and a variety of ice conditions and temperatures are used to generate the results.  Tires are purchased independently at the expense of the test group.  There is no tire manufacturer involvement in these tests; it is independent and unbiased.

Read our own breakdowns of the most recent test results here:

A Good Year for Winter Tire Development: The 2021 NAF/Motor Winter Tire Test

End of the Flexstud Era: The 2020 NAF Winter Tire Test

The 2019 NAF Winter Tire Test Introduces Continental’s FlexStud

2018’s Best: The Latest and Greatest Winter Tires Tested by the NAF

Enter Hakka 9 – The 2017 NAF Winter Tire Test

The English Speaker’s Guide to the 2016 NAF Winter Tire Test

The 2015 NAF Winter Tire Test is Out!

Links to the Google-translated 2010 – 2021 tests on the NAF or site are provided below.

Note: The translation from Norwegian to English isn’t perfect, but it’s easy enough to figure things out. Some tires are not available in Canada.

2021 Test Results

2020 Test Results

2019 Test Results

2018 Test Results

2017 Test Results

2016 Test Results

2015 Test Results

2014 Test Results

2013 Test Results

2012 Test Results

2011 Test Results

2010 Test Results