Writing about the Firestone Winterhawk 3
Driving on mostly town
for 25000 average
Been driving them around 40 000km (4 winters and 1 summer) on 2 wheel FWD car (1.6 atmo engine, no turbo so no torque). They are a pretty average tire. Handles everything well, master of none. Never got to the max of the tire (I drive 10-20kmh above limit and I'm a steady driver, no sharp turns, heavy braking or hard acceleration ), never had a scary situation, but never also had "wow this tire rocks" moment. It never stuck in the snow, never had problems with aquaplaning or on ice.
I even had it as a summer tire this year and it still didn't wear (it is a better summer tire than Micheling Energy Saver). I'm currently on 5.5mm of thread which is outstanding. Not sure if its the tire or my suspension on the car, but bot tires (Energy Saver and WinterHawk 3) easily activated the ABS during braking. WinterHawk was little better in braking than the Energy Saver. For instance, on my other car (Skoda Fabia), you could brake harder and stop faster on less known tires (like the Barum Polaris or Bravuris 3HM). Skoda just digged in the asphalt or snow, while on my Megane ABS starts and the braking feeling is not so great. But this are two different cars, Megane is more comfortable than the Å koda but is also way more wallowy as the Å koda is much more direct in steering and grip.
I will replace them with premium All Season tires so will see if its the car or the tires.