What are the Best Run-Flat Winter Tires?

Some newer models of luxury and high-performance vehicles like BMW and Mercedes-Benz come equipped from the factory with run-flat tires. Most of these vehicles have no spare tire, so many drivers who use dedicated winter / snow tires choose to stick with a run-flat design. Over three years ago in the article, "Which Run-Flat Winter / Snow Tires Should I...  Read More

To Stud or Not to Stud

Yes, I ran a 5K in Lincoln Park (Chicago) on January 1st and it was freezing! My stupidity wasn't running in the cold but in forgetting my running shoe "studs" at my cousin's apartment. I managed to beat the young buck but I would have been a lot faster with my studs. When it comes to winter shoes for our vehicles, we do have choices between running studded...  Read More

Continental's WinterContact SI Enters the Starting Lineup

In "Winter is Coming: What Winter Tire is Best For You? Part 1", we discussed some of the best options in the Studless Ice & Snow category. Two of the best tires in the category are offerings from Bridgestone and Michelin. No other manufacturers were really able to compete with these two juggernauts for snow and ice traction, leaving a distinct second tier....  Read More

Winter / Snow Tires for Your Second-Generation (2005-2015) Toyota Tacoma

Over the last several years I've switched vehicles a few times, but have always held on to my solid 2008 Toyota Tacoma 2WD Regular Cab. It's a simple truck with a five-speed on the floor, cloth seats and crank windows, yet nothing is more dependable. Being only 2WD instead of 4WD, it's got one major weakness - it's intrinsically bad in snow. Rear-wheel...  Read More

Ultimate Winter Performance From Your Nissan Altima

Are you enthused about your new Altima, but worried how it will do in the snow? No need to worry, a set of winter / snow tires can have your Altima ready to tackle any condition Mother Nature throws your way. Winter / Snow Tire Category If you haven't done so, please review our winter / snow tire overview. If you want the best packed snow and ice grip and...  Read More

Ice Traction Comparisons Between All-Season and Winter Tires

Did you know a set of dedicated winter tires provide better traction on snow-covered roads, hard packed snow and ice compared to all-season tires?     Icy roads are very slick indeed, but there is still some useful traction to be found with the proper tires. Top tires in the Studless Ice & Snow category such as the Bridgestone Blizzak WS80 and Michelin X-Ice...  Read More

Loving Your New Jeep Renegade? Don't Let a Little Snow Ruin Your Fun!

Love your Jeep Renegade but concerned about how it will do in the snow? No worries, we've got your back with Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Packages that will keep your Renegade rolling.  Winter / Snow Tire Category Given the Jeep Renegade's emphasis on go-anywhere traction as opposed to go-as-fast-as-you-can on asphalt emphasis, most Renegade drivers would be...  Read More

Best Tire Choices for Your Snow Plow Truck

The winter season is upon us and soon we'll be facing snowy driveways and parking lots. After heavy snow, plow truck drivers are tasked with clearing the driveways of residents and parking lots of local businesses. Getting all of the contracted locations plowed can prove a difficult task, so the proper tire can make a significant difference in the time it...  Read More

Best Heavy-Duty Winter Tires

Many drivers of heavy-duty three-quarter-ton and one-ton pickup trucks use On-/Off-Road All-Terrain tires like the BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 for winter driving. Other simply use standard Highway All-Season tires. While the all-terrain tires will typically outperform their all-season counterparts in snow traction, they are still not as good in winter...  Read More

The New Winter Contender From Continental

This year, Continental brought their "A game" with the new WinterContact SI to challenge the top tires in the Studless Ice & Snow category. The tire features a new directional tread pattern and updated tread compound utilizing their +Silane additives to keep the tread even more pliable when temperatures are below 45 degrees Fahrenheit.  We were surprised to...  Read More

Winter / Snow Tires for Your 2005-2013 Land Rover Range Rover Sport HSE

A few months ago I got to spend a few days behind the wheel of my neighbor's 2008 Land Rover Range Rover Sport HSE. I'm used to smaller cars like my BRZ, so I wasn't expecting much out of the big SUV. However, I was really impressed with how the Range Rover Sport handled. Are you a Snowbelt driver that's happy with his or her Range Rover Sport but concerned...  Read More

Firsthand Product Review: Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V2

Earlier this year, my wife an I set out to purchase a SUV. After driving several different models we decided on a 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited. Having driven on Bridgestone Blizzak tires for years on smaller passenger cars and having tested them multiple seasons during our yearly ice rink tests, I was curious to try out the new Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V2....  Read More

Affordable Snow Tires for Winter Driving

In "Affordable Tires for an Economic Choice," we discussed the Kumho Solus KR21 and Hankook Optimo H727. These all-season tires are offered in many sizes and are available for a variety of different applications. They also are a great value for all-season tires for areas with no or very light snow. If your area has moderate to heavy snowfall or if you are...  Read More

Winter / Snow Tires for Your 2016 Honda HR-V AWD

Do you love your new 2016 Honda HR-V but worried how it will do in the snow? Even a Honda can still use a little help dealing with Mother Nature.  Use our winter tire overview to decide whether you need a Studless Ice & Snow or Performance Winter / Snow tire. Given the HR-V's emphasis on ride compliance over razor-sharp handling, most HR-V drivers will be...  Read More

Fun in the Snow: Winter / Snow Tire Options for Your 2015+ Subaru WRX

Speed or practicality? With the Subaru WRX you don't have to choose just one, you get both. However, if you live in the snowbelt, you'll need a set of dedicated winter tires to get your WRX ready to handle winter's toughest conditions. Winter / Snow Tire Category As covered in "Which Winter Performance Category is Right for You?", tire engineers are challenged...  Read More

Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 vs Blizzak WS80

As stated in "Sneak Peek at the New Bridgestone Blizzak WS80", Bridgestone has all but dominated the Studless Ice & Snow performance category with their Blizzak line of winter / snow tires. Their multicell winter tread compound dramatically increases winter traction in slippery conditions so much, that it changed perception of what a snow tire can do. These...  Read More

Best Value Winter Tire

We often use the term "bang for your buck" here at Tire Rack when describing the best product for the money. Few options better illustrate the concept better than dedicated winter / snow tires. Though all winter tires provide a noticeable advantage over even the best all-season, there is still a marked disparity between the least capable winter tire and the...  Read More

Getting Ready for Winter 2016: Which Winter Performance Category is Right for You?

Remember last winter? Will this winter be just as bad? Predictions will be made but nobody really knows. The best course of action is to hope for the best but prepare for the worst. There is no simple rule of thumb on whether or not to run winter / snow tires. If you're in a region that normally averages over a foot of snow, you should strongly consider...  Read More

Do I Need Studless Ice & Snow or Performance Winter / Snow Tires?

When it comes to choosing your next set of winter / snow tires for a passenger vehicle, there are two main winter tire performance categories for you to consider, Studless Ice & Snow and Performance Winter / Snow. Studless Ice & Snow tires deliver the best ice and snow grip in the industry. Intended to be a friendlier alternative to studded solutions, we...  Read More

All Hail the King: Bridgestone's Blizzak DM-V2 Impresses on the Ice

With a four-wheel drive truck or SUV, you have a notable advantage accelerating in slippery conditions when compared to most passenger cars. However, even the most capable all-wheel drive vehicles shod with all-season tires will find difficulty compared to two-wheel drive passenger vehicles equipped with dedicated winter / snow tires. If you want the absolute...  Read More