The Ice Guard IG51V is Yokohama's newest winter tire that was recently added to
their lineup. Developed for drivers of light trucks, crossovers and SUV's, the IG51V is engineered to provide
excellent traction and grip in even the worst of winter weather conditions.
A high density winter tread compound is designed to optimize contact with the road
by stabilizing the tread blocks, which increases traction in all types of harsh road conditions. The tire's
dual-action shoulder grooves are built with a zig-zag shape that plows through slush and pushes through deep snow,
while also aiding in expelling water away from the tire on wet road surfaces.
Grip on ice is another area that the Ice Guard IG51V excels in. Interlocking 3-D
sipes and Adaptive 3-D sipes combine to create biting edges that grip the ice and maintain stability with the
pavement. Circumferential grooves around the tire further increase water evacuation from under the tread and reduce
the risk of hydroplaning as well.
Dry surface traction and steering response is enhanced through the angled center
rib. Inside the tire you will find two steel belts that are reinforced with nylon for added strength and
durability. Yokohama has sizes available from 16-18 inches on this model.
Excellent snow, slush, rain and ice performance
Dry traction is very good
Steering is crisp for a winter tire
Overall tire stability is among best in class
None at the moment, but this tire is still too new to the market. We will
update in the future
Yokohama has developed a winter tire that performs with the likes of Bridgestone
Blizzaks and Michelin X-Ice's among others. Traction on snow and ice is excellent. The interlocking 3-D sipes
really do their job on the ice as the tire sticks to the road surface without giving out. Snow, slush and freezing
rain grip is equally as impressive.
Naturally, you can look at the tread design with the center rib and see that it is
likely to be fun to drive on dry road surfaces. The tire is stable throughout the speed range and provides solid
confidence behind the wheel in any weather conditions.
Ride comfort is very good. Because this tire is new to the market we can't say how
well the tread will wear. However, we suspect it will match the performance of the tire, but we will update as time
goes by. Overall, this appears to be a nice addition to Yokohama's winter tire lineup.
Yokohama provides a limited tread warranty on this model. Tire uniformity is
guaranteed for the first 2/32 inch of wear. Materials and workmanship are warranted for 5-years and include free
tire replacement during the first year. A prorated amount is given for the remaining time period or down to the
final 2/32 inch of tread depth.