Nokian Tyres Hakkapeliitta R3

premium winter tire built for Northern Comfort

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The size that fits your car is specified as a series of numbers and letters, for example, 205/55 R 16 94 V XL. You can check the right size from the sidewalls of your current tires or your car's registration document.

  1. Width e.g. 205
  2. Height e.g. 55
  3. Rim e.g. 16

Northern Comfort

Nordic non-studded Nokian Tyres Hakkapeliitta R3 winter tire has the perfect balance of safety and comfort. It adapts to all weather variations offering relentless grip and making driving controlled, precise and enjoyable. Nokian Tyres Hakkapeliitta R3 is the perfect choice for drivers who value first-class safety, unique driving comfort and greener driving.

Officially approved for winter use
Officially approved for winter use
Certified braking on icy surfaces
Certified braking on icy surfaces
Suitable for EV cars
Suitable for EV cars
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Hakkapeliitta R3

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Rated 4.6 based on 497 customer reviews

Best Winter Tire I've used

Naren • 7 months ago

I installed these tires in 2018 for my SUV and they have performed very well in CO winters.

I recommend this product

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Best winter tire for Alaska

Nosleepson • 20 months ago

Best experience! I stop quickly even if a light comes on last minute. The roads are all ice here and the intersections are a sheet of ice because of exhaust; I will continue to buy these tires because they make me feel invincible. You can feel the grip come in doing turns, where other cars spin. I had all-seasons before, and I slid a lot - had to stop way before the light and hit a snow berm on all-seasons because a car slammed on its breaks, and I couldn’t stop. I will buy these studded tires again and again.

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Charlie7019 • 2 years ago

The best winter tires ever snow or ice. On AWD they are invisible .

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Awesome winter tire

Subieguy21 • 2 years ago

I have tried winter tires from other companies and these have been the best tire I have used yet. A lot of grip on snow and slushy roads - goes through the snow like its not even there. I've noticed very-little-to-no road noise from these tires and mpg has dropped very little. Very happy customer and will continue to purchase Nokian Tyres. Tires are on a 2010 Subaru Forester.

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Love my Nokian Tyres!!

ashquacks • 2 years ago

I don't think anyone can deny that Nokians are definitely not cheap, especially compared to the many no-name winters out there nowadays. However after switching from a set of them to the R3's, I can tell you that they are absolutely worth the premium if you want utmost safety and live in a harsh winter climate like here in Canada. The difference in grip on snow and ice is night and day and they are much quieter. Best of all, there is very little reduction in the range of my EV (electric vehicle) after changing over from summers, compared to the cheap winters that caused a noticable hit. Nokian clearly designed this tire very well, with low rolling resistance but also incredible winter performance, now that's impressive.

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Better than all-seasons!

KeyID0876 • 2 years ago

I drove these in a few severe winter driving conditions. The snow on the road was 5-6" with ice underneath. I could barely steer but I kept going driving around all the stuck cars. The reason I couldn't steer is because my Fusion is low to the ground and was getting high drag from the snow. If it was just a couple inches higher it would of been easier. Another time the roads were slick and going downhill the traffic light changed. The car in front of me slid through the light. The car behind me I saw was out of control so I bailed to the center lane as he hit the concrete barrier wall. I came to a controlled stop at the traffic light. Winter tires are a must otherwise I would of been stranded a few times already.

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Made my BMW i3 safe in the winter

donallen • 2 years ago

The BMW i3 is a fantastic EV, a brilliant design that BMW is now abandoning in order to cater to American "taste" for enormous vehicles (noticed any problems with the weather lately?). But, the standard Bridgestone tires on the i3 make the car positively dangerous to drive in the winter. Traction on snowy roads is non-existent, which not only affected forward motion but, crucially, steering control. After one particularly scary incident, I looked into buying winter tires for the car. Nokians were very well reviewed, so I bought a set. They absolutely transformed the car; it is now as safe to drive in the snow as any car I've ever owned.

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Not as good as studded tires

Studded Snow Tire Fan • 2 years ago

Interestingly, we have had a terrible winter so far on the Coast of the Pacific Northwest. Where I live, we generally get a week's worth of snow in late March/early April...but not this year! The roads have just been awful! What makes them so bad is that we will have days like today...42 degrees, which will partially thaw everything out, followed by a deep freeze later tonight, followed by more snow. So, this year has been bad. But, about the tires. I have been driving on Nokian winter tires for 11 years now. I purchased my first set of Hakkapeliitta 8's with studs and drove 6 seasons on them. FANTASTIC TIRES! Was sad to see them go! Then I changed to the R2's and got 3 seasons out of them, and I'm now on my second season driving on the R3's. Although the R2's and R3's are okay, they just can't, in my opinion, top the traction one gets with the Nokian studded snow tires. I got stuck in my own driveway last night and had to put traction mats down in front of my car just to get out! The R3's just spun. Wouldn't grip anything. Next winter, for added safety, I will probably be trading up to either the studded Hakkapeliitta 10's or the Nordman 7's.. As for performance, the R3's are not bad for snow! The R3's are actually good for driving in snow, but not so much in ice. I found them to be kind of unstable. They wobble. Yesterday morning, at around 2 1/2 miles per hour, I slid sideways through the stop sign at the bottom of my hill and was spinning my tires trying to get back up the same hill last night. Like I said..its been slick and icy here! There is absolutely NOTHING wrong with the R3's, but for me personally, I feel safer with the studs on my tires. So, next year, I will be trading up! And for the record, I think Nokian produces the best and most superior snow tire products on the market today. Oh, and to show my support, last year for a Christmas present, I purchased a set of studded Nordman 7’s for my parents. Its their second season driving on them and my parents LOVE the tires! They are FANTATSIC tires! And they get more snow down there where they live and I than I do where I live! :)

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Best winter tire!

Likawlf • 2 years ago

Had a set for my Subaru Tribeca And got a set for my 2021 BMW X3 M40i x drive People need to learn the difference between a winter tire vs a all weather tire My winter tires keep me safe on the road and the best feeling is when you see big 4x4 trucks stuck in the snow and my lil suv just keeps on mobbing thru the snow like a beast

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Outstanding on Ice and snow.

Mojave • 2 years ago

Spokane WA, Ice and snow, no match for this tire. I slipped in chains where I didn't slip at all with these tires. The compound is that good. Amazing grip and handling. Smooth tire, no noise I could detect. Safety is worth the extra and the Hakkapeliitta R3 is worth every penny.

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Tire sizes

175/65 R 14 82R

max load 1047 lb, up to 106 mph

185/65 R 14 86R

max load 1170 lb, up to 106 mph

165/60 R 15 81R XL

max load 1019 lb, up to 106 mph

175/65 R 15 84R

max load 1100 lb, up to 106 mph


Drivers of electric and hybrid vehicles crave an enjoyable, environmentally responsible driving experience. They want a tire that delivers many years of safe and comfortable journeys. Nokian Tyres shares their core values of safety and sustainability, and we’ve built our premium tires to deliver peace of mind in all conditions. Best of all, we sustainably craft innovative year-round driving solutions tailored to meet the unique needs of electric vehicles.


Non-studded Nokian Tyres Hakkapeliitta R3 winter tyre offers much-needed peace of mind in case of a sudden snowstorm or rapidly freezing road surfaces. 


First-class winter grip, more comfortable handling

The different sipes flexibly adapt to all weather variations, offering relentless grip and enjoyably controlled and quiet driving. Biobased Cryo Crystal 3 grip particles have been added to the rubber compound in order to improve grip on ice by grabbing onto the driving surface.


Excellent grip on ice and snow

The multi-faceted Snow Claws found between the tread blocks and shoulder areas create balanced ice and snow grip especially during braking and acceleration.

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