The iceGUARD iG52c is Yokohama’s Studless Ice & Snow winter tire developed for the drivers of compacts, coupes, sedans and vans looking for traction in challenging winter driving conditions. Featuring Yokohama’s advanced winter tire technology, iceGUARD iG52c tires are designed to be proficient in cold temperatures on dry, wet, slushy, snow-covered and icy roads.

Yokohama BluEarth branding is used to identify an ecologically-focused series of tires designed to deliver environmentally-, human- and socially-friendly solutions for drivers and their vehicles. iceGuard iG52c tires featuring BluEarth branding are identified as such on their “Sizes” and “Specs” pages.

All iceGUARD iG52c tires feature a triple-action, high-density tread compound that combines Absorptive Silica, Resin-Coated Shelled Microbubbles and Multi-Layer Carbon that help them adapt to different weather driving conditions by reducing slippage in slush, snow and on ice while promoting stability and longer wear on winter surfaces. An Extra-Wide Center Rib and Large Control Blocks maximize road contact to promote dry-road handling and stability. Circumferential Power Grooves and lateral Slush Grooves efficiently drain slush, snow and water from under the tire’s footprint to improve traction on slick winter roads. Triple 3-D Sipes lock together to enhance block rigidity for stability on dry and wet roads while permitting an increase in the number of biting edges needed to enhance traction on snowy and icy roads.

The tire’s internal structure features twin steel belts on top of a polyester cord reinforced casing to blend durability with ride comfort.

The iceGUARD iG52c Studless Ice & Snow tire meets the industry’s severe snow service requirements and is branded with the three-peak mountain snowflake (3PMSF) symbol.

Install Yokohama iceGUARD iG52c tires in sets of four only.

Due to the traction capabilities of iceGUARD iG52c tires, Yokohama recommends using them only in sets of four to provide the best handling characteristics and tire performance.


  1. As a WRX owner, I am a “spirited” driver. Other snow tires I have had, did not respond well. They were “spongy” and “rolled” around corners and lost traction on wet roads, let alone in the snow. These tires are excellent!!! They respond almost as well as summer tires. They are not “spongy” nor do they “roll” when cornering. They have excellent traction. I recently made a trip to Columbus, OH (3 1/2 hours from me). I drove in the snow covered left lane, (unplowed 1″-1 1/2″ snow), the whole way. I was able to pass everyone. These tires have excellent traction and responsiveness! The only times I had to slow down was when someone was in front of me, fishtailing. In addition to the responsiveness of my awesome WRX, these tires are the best winter tires I have had! My son has an STI and he is going to purchase these tires. When I need new snow tires, I will purchase these again. I can’t say enough about these snow tires. They are awesome!!!

  2. This was not my first choice but I was very pleased with the traction on ice, and how QUIET these snow tires are. My summer Mish A/S 3+ are much louder but handle so well. The snows are on my AWD Q50RS and I am amazed at how good it is in the snow. These are also good in slush. I live in NH so snows are important. I saved $200 getting these. Let’s hope I get 3 seasons out of them. Not enough miles to tell the wear yet.

  3. I live in Minnesota and I have used these tires this winter to commute to my 9-5 job and to moonlight delivering packages/food in the evenings and on the weekends. Since the latter work pays more during bad weather, I’ve had a lot of experience driving with these in ice, snow, and slush. These tires just keep going in the snow. I’ve driven on side streets that have not been plowed for weeks and it just doesn’t matter. My car keeps going and even when I do slide a quick counter steer puts me pointed back in the right direction. One night I was out delivering during an ice/snow storm. While everyone else was having trouble maintaining control and stopping, I just went around them even going up and down hills. You do sacrifice some traction and comfort with these tires on dry/wet pavement when compared to performance all-seasons. This is especially true when it’s warm so it’s advisable to take it easy on corners and curves in those conditions. But if you live in a place with long, cold winters and need to drive in the snow or ice, these are worth it, especially at their price point.

  4. These Yokohamas turned my GTI into a winter mountain goat!They ride well, partly because I went down 2 inches to 16 inch wheels and up to a 50 series. They’re surprisingly quiet, and handle reasonably well on dry pavement. And when the snow came, I had no trouble getting where I needed to go, easily outperforming AWD cars with semi-worn all-season tires, from what I can see.

  5. I have used Blizzak WS snow tires for many years on a multitude of different vehicles with great results and safety. But I bought the Yoko Ice Guards back in 2017 due to a much lower price from Tire Rack at the time, and got what I paid for, these tires were near useless. They did not perform at all in ice and snow and were actually dangerous. In wet conditions they would easily break loose, and traction was not even that great on dry surfaces during average driving with a hybrid car. I ran them through to about 10K miles and then was glad to finally get rid of them. I am now back to Blizzaks for winter tires.

  6. A very poor alternative to my experience with Bridgestone Blizzaks (which were unavailable in my size). In a low powered car with an LSD, the rear tires have little grip in the dry and over the past 3 months, have NEVER gripped when pulling out from a stop in the rain. Traction in light snow is OK but any all season tire would be an improvement over these tires in the wet. Summary Review: Do Not Buy!

  7. This is the only winter tire that will fit my vehicle’s wheels. I am disappointed in the wet traction, and dry traction when the outside temperatures are cold. The tire’s adhesion can easily be overcome during acceleration and braking. During cornering the tread blocks are easily distorted and result in very sloppy handling. While my complaints certainly reflect that this is a winter tire, I have previously purchased Blizzaks and did not experience the severe comprises that these tires represent. The only positive is that the tire does work well in light snow.

  8. I was told by a friend to purchase the Bridgestone Blizzak WS80, but they were not offered in the staggered sizes, so I bought the Yokohamas, which were the only ones offered. I was a little worried with the initial driving impressions, but once I put a few hundred miles on them, I fell in love with them. I recently made a 4500 plus mile trip from Colorado to Delaware, up and down the East Coast, and back to Colorado via the Northern Tier States. I encountered snow, rain, and 70 degree temperatures, but these tires just kept on surprising me. I cruised between 65-85 along the flat interstates and thru the mountains of Tennessee and North Carolina without any issues. I am convinced that the Yokohama IceGuard IG52C are the perfect winter tires for me. If you enjoy driving your M car year around and do not want to but more wheels, do not hesitate to invest in these tires to handle what Old man Winter throws at you.

  9. Purchased for Cruze HB with a manual. Made two Michigan “up north” trips for skiing and tire was terrific on snow covered roads, slush, etc. Tire is also very quiet and handles well for a snow tire. With front-wheel-drive and the manual transmission, I’m not afraid to tackle any weather or road conditions with these tires (barring snow depth too high for the vehicle). Would definitely recommend and purchase again (this tire was recommended by my Tire Rack sales consultant).

  10. I have always run Dunlop or Bridgestone winter tires (for 15+ years now), so I thought I give the very reputable Yokohama snow tires a shot. Unfortunately, I have been very disappointed; the Yokohama tires aren’t playing in the same league, and I will not buy their snow tires again. In light-snow (<1"), these felt comparable to an all-season tire; they did slightly better in deep snow, but still did not live up to the expectations I've developed from driving the competitors snow tires for many years/miles. Wet traction was sub-par as well. Noise was not bad, and handling was acceptable.

  11. This set of tires replaced a set of Blizzak’s. The Blizzak’s replaced a set of Toyo’s. In my 20 years of driving the same car and covering 500,000 miles in total (summer and winter) I would say that these tires are the best value for the money of any tire I’ve owned. I have about 25,000 miles on this set over 3 winters and they are great for the driving I do. I went to an ice driving event with them this winter and they were perfectly adequate for that day of driving as well. I don’t expect this tire to be a 10 on every scale because no tire can be if it has to compromise between surfaces and temperatures. These are a better tire than the Firestone Winterforce’s that are on the girlfriends car in the winter.


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