Firestone Winterhawk 3

The Firestone Winterhawk 3 is a Touring Winter tyre designed to be fitted to Passenger Cars.

This tyre replaced the Firestone Winterhawk 2 EVO and this tyre has been replaced by the Firestone Winterhawk 4.

Dry Grip 78%
Wet Grip 69%
Road Feedback 69%
Handling 68%
Wear 75%
Comfort 73%
Buy again 66%
Snow Grip 60%
Ice Grip 60%

Tyre review data from 8 tyre reviews averaging 68% over 71,427 miles driven.

The Winterhawk 3 is ranked 65th of 96 Winter Touring tyres.

Latest Tyre Test Results

2020 Winter Tyre Market Overview - 52 Tyre Braking Test - 33rd of 49 tyres

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2019 Winter Tyre Test Market Overview - 24th of 47 tyres

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2018 Auto Bild Winter Tyre Test - 19th of 22 tyres

  • Positive - Low price, ok in snow.
  • Negative - Low grip and slow steering in the wet, long wet and dry braking, low comfort.
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2020 Tyre Tests

  • 33rd: 2020 Winter Tyre Market Overview - 52 Tyre Braking Test (245/45 R18)
  • 2019 Tyre Tests

  • 24th: 2019 Winter Tyre Test Market Overview (225/45 R17)
  • 2018 Tyre Tests

  • 3rd: 2018 ADAC Winter Tyre Test - 175/65 R14 (175/65 R14)
  • 19th: 2018 51 Winter Tyre Shootout (195/65 R15)
  • 19th: 2018 Auto Bild Winter Tyre Test (195/65 R15)
  • 2017 Tyre Tests

  • 10th: 2017 ADAC Winter Tyre Test - 195/65 R15 (195/65 R15)
  • 18th: 2017 50 Winter Tyre Shoot Out (225/50 R17)
  • 19th: 2017 Auto Bild Winter Tyre Test (225/50 R17)
  • 2016 Tyre Tests

  • 3rd: 2016 ADAC Winter Tyre Test - 225/45 R17 (225/45 R17)
  • 14th: 2016 ADAC Winter Tyre Test - 185/65 R15 (185/65 R15)
  • 24th: 2016 Winter Tyre Market Overview (205/55 R16)
  • 2015 Tyre Tests

  • 8th: 2015 ADAC Winter Tyre Test - 205/55 R16 (205/55 R16)
  • 12th: 2015 ADAC Winter Tyre Test - 165/70 R14 (165/70 R14)
  • 14th: 2015 Auto Bild Top 18 Winter Tyre Test (185/60 R15)
  • 16th: 2015 Winter Tyre Market Overview (185/60 R14)
  • 2014 Tyre Tests

  • 4th: 2014 ADAC Winter Tyre Test - 175/65 R14 (175/65 R14)
  • 2013 Tyre Tests

  • 3rd: 2013 ADAC Winter Tyre Test - 185/60 R15 (185/60 R15)
  • 4th: 2013 ACE Winter Tyre Test (185/60 R15)
  • Size Fuel Wet Noise Weight
    155/80 R13 79T   E C 71 5.72kgs
    155/65 R14 75T   E C 71 5.56kgs
    165/65 R14 79T   E C 71 6.26kgs
    175/65 R14 86T XL   E C 71 6.35kgs
    175/65 R14 82T   E C 71 6.75kgs
    165/70 R14 81T   E C 71 6.18kgs
    185/70 R14 88T   E C 71 7.13kgs
    195/50 R15 82H   E C 72 7.50kgs
    195/50 R15 82T   E C 72 7.50kgs
    195/55 R15 85H   E C 72 7.64kgs
    195/60 R15 88T   E C 71 7.82kgs
    165/65 R15 81T   E C 71 6.58kgs
    185/65 R15 88T   E C 71 7.63kgs
    195/65 R15 91T   E B 72 8.27kgs
    195/65 R15 91T   E C 72 8.01kgs
    195/65 R15 91H   E C 72 8.42kgs
    195/55 R16 87H   E C 72 8.02kgs
    205/55 R16 91T   E C 72 8.84kgs
    205/55 R16 94H XL   E C 72 8.91kgs
    205/55 R16 91H   E C 72 8.84kgs
    215/55 R16 97H XL   E C 72 9.43kgs
    225/55 R16 95H   E C 72 9.63kgs
    205/60 R16 96H XL   C B 72 8.74kgs
    205/60 R16 92H   E B 72 8.73kgs
    205/45 R17 88V XL   E C 72 8.42kgs
    225/45 R17 91H   E C 71 9.69kgs
    225/45 R17 94V XL   E C 71 9.65kgs
    235/45 R17 97V XL   E C 72 10.03kgs
    205/50 R17 93V XL   E C 72 9.29kgs
    215/50 R17 95V XL   C C 72 9.46kgs
    225/50 R17 98H XL   C C 72 10.47kgs
    225/50 R17 98V XL   C C 72 10.47kgs
    205/55 R17 95V XL   E C 72 9.30kgs
    215/55 R17 98V XL   E C 72 9.95kgs
    225/55 R17 101V XL   E C 72 11.17kgs
    225/40 R18 92V XL   E C 72 9.86kgs
    245/40 R18 97V XL   E C 72 10.40kgs
    225/45 R18 95V XL   E C 72 9.77kgs
    235/45 R18 98V XL   C C 72 10.42kgs

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    Top 3 Firestone Winterhawk 3 Reviews

    Given 100% while driving a BMW 530d Auto SE LCI (225/50 R17 H) on a combination of roads for 0 spirited miles
    Excellent dry and wet grip, super quiet, super comfortable. I had previously Continental, and I must say that these tires are nozaj excellent and I dare say that even better.
    Helpful 113 - tyre reviewed on December 7, 2015
    Given 48% while driving a Ford Focus MK3 (205/55 R16) on a combination of roads for 4,000 average miles
    Got them as a used set of four. All same age - 2 years. The previous driver seemed to be an honest person. So nothing to say about that. I was used to having Uniroyals on my previous car. No comparison to them. In dry and wet conditions the tyres are quite all right, but last winter luckily gave us a bit of slush and snow. The car behaved not good. Steering wasn't put through to the road. I'll buy a pair of new ones soon. It'll not be the Winterhawk 3 again.
    Helpful 26 - tyre reviewed on August 12, 2021
    Given 78% while driving a Volkswagen T Cross (225/45 R17) on a combination of roads for 12,427 average miles
    Good looking tyre with reliable grip. I'm a sporty driver, although my car isn't sporty. The tyres give me a good grip, maybe not the best, but i've never felt losing grip while driving. Also in the snow it's very good. I would buy these again!
    Helpful 20 - tyre reviewed on March 8, 2022
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    Given 74% while driving a Renault Megane 2 sedan (195/65 R15 T) on mostly town for 25,000 average miles
    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 tyre 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.
    Helpful 32 - tyre reviewed on August 19, 2019
    Given 23% while driving a Mercedes Benz E220Cdi (225/45 R17) on a combination of roads for 0 average miles
    Hello, I have Mercdes Benz. I have driven on lot of tyres, winter and summer. This is not my first snow or rain with this car. Firestone Winterhawk 3 is the worst tyre I had opportunity to drive on. On dry roads are relative ok, on wet roads it is better to stay home. On the snow also, like you don't have tyres. One season, around cca 10 000 km passed on these tyre and it will go to rubish... Very expensive tyres, and very bad tyres. I would never buy Firestone again.
    Helpful 25 - tyre reviewed on February 26, 2018
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    Given 69% while driving a Skoda Octavia (225/45 R17) on mostly motorways for 13,000 average miles
    Nothing to impress. It is balanced and affordable tire. Performance on snow is Ok if you drive normally. Dry and wet handling are satisfactory.
    Helpful 28 - tyre reviewed on October 18, 2017
    Given 71% while driving a Peugeot 107 (155/65 R14) on mostly town for 9,000 average miles
    In my opinion Firestone Winterhawk 3 is at most an average performance tyre. Maybe this should be correlated with my car tyre size (155/65 R14)...
    In dry conditions it is a fair tyre, though it has a pronounced understeering tendency. The wet grip is acceptable if you don't need to brake suddenly :), and the snow/ice grip is poor.

    - Comfortable tyres
    - Low rolling resistance
    - Low wear

    - Wet grip.
    - Poor snow and ice grip.
    - Understeering behaviour.

    Next time I will not buy these tyres again.
    Helpful 31 - tyre reviewed on January 12, 2017