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Winter Tire Review: Best of 2011

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Now a benchmark for many car drivers, the winter tire reviews and rankings by are back. A total of 129 different models have been evaluated.

Our rankings are based on several information sources, including personal and professional road tests, feedback from customers, articles by renowned auto journalists, and a number of consumer reviews from various North American websites and message boards.

Obviously, the rating system may differ from one tester to the next since everyone has their own personal expectations and driving habits. These evaluations were conducted mainly to help you select the tire that best suits your needs.

You'll also notice that the gap between models is often small. That's mostly because the technology used by tire companies in the design and manufacturing process is similar.

We also continue our reviews of luxury car tires to help you pick the best low-profile winter tires to go with your large set of wheels.

Without further ado, here are our 2011 winter tire rankings: