Nexen Winguard Ice Plus Tire Review & Rating
The Winguard Ice Plus from Nexen is a genuine winter tire sporting the three-peak mountain snowflake (3PMSF) logo. These tires are designed to bite hard on snow and ice, and feature an aggressive-looking double-V tread pattern that offers up plenty of biting edges.
A large number of sipes and 3D block design promote that grip. The compound has been formulated for durability over traction though, and that, coupled with an ultra stiff sidewall make for less compliance in most scenarios than comparable winter tires. The tread pattern also features fewer wide grooves and cuts than some others, which makes them less effective at evacuating water in heavy wet conditions.
The tires are available in a T speed rating, which means they’re rated for speeds of up to 118 mph. Nexen’s Winguard Ice Plus is targeted at passenger sedans more than anything, with sizes from 13 to 19 inches. Weight ratings that range from 82 to 104, which equates to between 1,047 and 1,984 lbs per tire.
- Dedicated winter tire
- Affordable price
- High rolling resistance
- Not as compliant as competitors
Nexen’s Winguard Ice Plus is a budget winter tire that offers much better grip and traction than a non-winter tire during cold months. It is eclipsed by most of its competitors though, performing less well than options from Michelin, Nokian, Goodyear, and the like.
Because Nexen targeted value and longevity in this design, the tire is compromised in terms of outright wet weather and dry pavement performance. It is happiest on snow, however, and performs admirably there considering its price range – especially under braking.
Winter tires rarely do well on fuel economy as they’re not low rolling resistance tires. The Nexen Winguard Ice Plus is in the bottom range of winter tires on this metric too. On the plus side, it is a quiet tire. Choose this tire if you’re looking for a budget-conscious tire but still want dedicated ice and snow rubber for your small or mid-size passenger car.
Competitors & Alternatives
When it comes to dedicated winter tires, it’s hard to look past the Pirelli Ice Zero for outright ice and snow handling. The Michelin X Ice Snow will give you a more consistent result in a variety of winter conditions too, but both of these options have a heftier price tag.
At around $80 per tire for the smallest sizes, this is one of the most affordable true winter tires you can buy. You may also find occasional rebates, discounts, coupons, and special offers on this tire.
Nexen does not offer treadwear or road hazard warranties for its Winguard Ice Plus lineup. There is a 45-day satisfaction guarantee however, which takes the form of the company’s “Free Trial” program. This allows you to claim a refund within 45 days or 500 miles.
Nexen Tires are also covered by warranty against problems with materials or workmanship for six years from manufacture. The company will replace tires completely free of charge for up to 12 months and for the first 2/32” of wear.