Bridgestone Blizzak WS90

The Bridgestone Blizzak WS90 is a Premium Touring Winter tire designed to be fitted to Passenger Cars.

This tire replaced the Bridgestone Blizzak WS80.

Dry Grip 70%
Wet Grip 80%
Road Feedback 70%
Handling 75%
Wear 75%
Comfort 60%
Buy again 100%
Snow Grip 100%
Ice Grip 97%

Tire review data from 4 tire reviews averaging 81% over 37,500 miles driven.

The Blizzak WS90 is ranked 39th of 65 Winter Premium Touring tires.

Latest Tire Test Results

The Best Winter Tires for 2020 - 1st of 19 tires

  • Positive - The Bridgestone Blizzak WS90 improved on the WS80, which is an American market favourite extreme winter tire.
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2020 Consumer Reports North America Winter Tire Test - 1st of 17 tires

  • Overall - Excellent snow traction and braking on ice. Fair handling, but typical of many winter / snow tires.
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Size Price Range  
195/65 R15 $115.99 - $129.99 (2 Prices) Compare Prices >>
205/55 R16 $151.99 - $162.99 (2 Prices) Compare Prices >>
205/65 R16 $140.99 - $153.99 (2 Prices) Compare Prices >>
215/60 R17 $141.99 - $152.99 (2 Prices) Compare Prices >>
215/70 R15 $127.99 - $149.99 (2 Prices) Compare Prices >>
225/40 R18 $201.99 - $213.99 (2 Prices) Compare Prices >>
225/45 R17 $207.99 - $235.99 (2 Prices) Compare Prices >>
245/50 R18 $214.99 - $234.99 (2 Prices) Compare Prices >>
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Top 3 Bridgestone Blizzak WS90 Reviews

Given 84% while driving a Toyota Camry (205/65 R16) on a combination of roads for 2,500 average miles
WS90 work much better than Michelin CrossClimate2s in below -10°C weather and on hard ice. The CC2s are excellent on snow. WS90s allow decent acceleration on a front-two wheel drive camry. There is a small amount of slip on initial acceleration on ice. I found them better than my previous Michelin Xi2s for handling and braking dry and wet. They also cost less than Michelin X-ice tires. But, have not had them long enough (bought mid-Jan 2022) to know how well they will wear. Overall, a great tire for extreme cold -35°C and icy roads in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. P.S. check your report of Consumer Reports test. Their test says braking in wet conditions is fair not handling which is good in their test. You stated that Consumer Reports said that handling is below average. Not so.
Helpful 37 - tire reviewed on October 19, 2022
Given 80% while driving a Mercury Grand marquis (215/70 R15) on mostly country roads for 2,000 average miles
Incredible snow traction, almost impossible to get stuck with these on. Even in the worst wet and icy snow conditions, they simply dig in until they find grip and get you out again, and hold the road well in ice and freezing rain. A true winter specific choice that is worth the purchase if you live where there is snow on the ground up to five months out of the year.

On my car, a classic old fashioned RWD full size car with no traction controls and good ground clearance, it will easily climb through snow that comes to the very bottom of the undercarriage, even up a grade. With some skill and weight on the rear axle, you can escape about any snow condition as good as a 4x4. Even tonight I was driving in freezing rain, and it wanted to handle as if it were near dry pavement. Impressive.

My only complaint is ride quality, as it certainly rides much rougher than all season tires. I drive luxury cars that have extremely good ride quality, and the difference is easy to feel. Not sure if it is the tread pattern, as it almost seems to be riding on cogs rather than a smooth tire. No real road noise of vibration, but a very definite "firm" feel that translates back into the ride quality.

I use these tires exclusively in the long winters we have, so dry condition driving is limited in my case. They certainly don't feel as nice or seem to grip as well as all season tires I've had of similar size on this and similar cars of the same type on dry, warm conditions. I cannot comment on tire wear, as I drive several old automobiles, and have a limited mileage lifestyle.

All in all, they are exactly what a winter setup should be expected to be. Almost unbelievable high snow and cold performance, all at the sacrifice of warm weather comfort and control.
Helpful 16 - tire reviewed on November 8, 2023
Given 80% while driving a Volkswagen Golf Mk7 Sportwagen Alltrack 1.8TSI (215/60 R17) on mostly country roads for 30,000 spirited miles
These tires have been held up really well. I have just over 30,000 miles on them with maybe 15-20% life left. I have used these tires year round due to my seasonal lifestyle. Alaska for the summer and western ski areas during the winter. They have great grip in all directions in snow and ice and when they do break free it's very smooth and controlled. They held up well in warmer conditions holding a surprising amount of grip when the temps got above 50 degrees Fahrenheit. I can't speak to noise since I have a roof box and basket that create plenty of racket.
Helpful 24 - tire reviewed on January 8, 2022
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Mercedes Benz GLA45 (245/50 R18) on a combination of roads for 3,000 spirited miles
They do not feel as good as my previous set of WS80s. They are louder than the WS80s were and a but harder or rougher feel in dry condition. In cold rain and in ice and snow, they are exactly what is needed. Just disappointed in dry conditions compared to the WS80's I used previously.
Helpful 19 - tire reviewed on April 16, 2022