Yokohama Ice Guard IG51V Tire Review & Rating

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.

Ice Guard IG51V Winter Tires from Yokohama

Grip on ice is another area that the Ice Guard IG51V excels in. Interlocking 3-Dsipes 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
  • Comfortable ride


  • None at the moment, but this tire is still too new to the market. We will update in the future

Overall Thoughts

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.

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What Vehicles Will The Ice Guard IG51V Fit?

Fits these vehicles and many others:

  • Acura MDX, RDX
  • Chevrolet Blazer, Colorado, Equinox, Silverado
  • Dodge Caliber, Dakota, Durango, Journey, Nitro, Ram
  • Ford Edge, Escape, Explorer, F150, Flex, Ranger, Taurus X
  • Honda Accord CrossTour, CRV, Element, Odyssey, Pilot
  • Hyundai Santa Fe, Tuscon
  • Jeep Compass, Patriot, Grand Cherokee
  • Kia Sorrento, Sportage
  • Land Rover LR2, Range Rover
  • Lexus RX350, LX470, LX570
  • Mazda CX-7, CX-9
  • Mercedes-Benz ML
  • Mitsubishi Outlander
  • Nissan Frontier, Murano, Pathfinder, Rogue, Xterra
  • Suzuki Grand Vitara
  • Toyota 4Runner, Highlander, Land Cruiser, RAV4, Tacoma, Tundra
  • Volkswagen Tiguan, Touareg

Tire Sizes


215/70R16 100T BW
225/70R16 103T BW
235/70R16 106T BW
245/70R16 107T BW
275/70R16 114T BW


225/60R17 99T BW
225/65R17 102T BW
235/65R17 108T XL BW
245/70R17 110T BW
265/65R17 112T BW
265/70R17 115T BW


225/60R18 100T BW
235/55R18 100T BW
255/55R18 109T XL BW
285/60R18 116T BW

Price Range

Prices on the IG51V range from approximately $148 and up. You may also find occasional rebates, discounts, coupons and special offers on this tire.

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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.

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1 Comment on "Yokohama Ice Guard IG51V Tire Review & Rating"

David A. Woodbury

we’ve run them for three months. No hint of slipping or gliding, and we’ve had plenty of varied surfaces to test them. I did intensive research on the official ratings for traction on dry – wet – ice and so on and they are measuring up.