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Toyo Observe G3 Ice Long-Term Test: Mid-Winter Report

Toyo Observe G3 Ice | Photo: M-A.Ayotte
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Khatir Soltani
A solid tire that inspires confidence in winter

Mid-Winter Report – Long-Term Test of the Toyo Observe G3 Ice 215 50R17 – 2017 Chevrolet Volt.

February is already upon us! Springtime is visible on the horizon, but in the meantime we still have some snow storms, cold snaps and rain ahead of us…

No worries, we feel confident behind the wheel of our 2017 Volt equipped with Toyo Observe G3 Ice tires. No matter if the roads were snow-covered or icy, we were surprised by the ground adhesion they provided, not to mention the ride quietness and especially the remarkable effectiveness they maintained even in extreme cold weather. This last ability is particularly important given all the time we spend driving on snow-cleared roads in frigid temperatures.

We also had the opportunity to drive, over a distance of nearly 1,000 km, a 2017 Audi A4 Quattro fitted with Toyo Observe G3 Ice tires, and were happy to see that their performance was just as exceptional on that car. This is doubly reassuring given that the Audi is a sedan with sportier tendencies than the Volt.

Esthetics 4.5
Adhesion on ice/snow/rain/dry and frigid surface 4.5
Braking effectiveness 4.5
Overall road performance 4.5
Sound level 4

We’ll be getting back to you at the end of the winter season with our final comments for this long-term road test. Take a moment to check out our initial review here



Toyo Observe G3 Ice
Toyo Observe G3 Ice | Photo: M-A.Ayotte
Khatir Soltani
Khatir Soltani
Automotive expert
  • Over 6 years experience as a car reviewer
  • Over 50 test drives in the last year
  • Involved in discussions with virtually every auto manufacturer in Canada