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.


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