Looking for the Best Tire for Winter and Snow?

Tuesday, September 4, 2012 by Hunter Leffel

It will be here before we know it -- winter and snow. Tread depth is critical to winter traction, so if your tires are more than 2/3rd worn out it can be worthwhile to replace them before the snow flies. While dedicated winter tires are the best solution, this does require swapping twice a year. While it is in my opinion the best approach, it is not for everyone. I will explore those solutions in a future post. Today, though, let's look at the best solutions in the all-season categories.

For cars, you should look at the Goodyear Assurance ComforTred Touring  and Michelin Primacy MXV4. Based on survey data, the Goodyear has a slight edge over the Michelin. However, the Michelin has been on the market longer. This means the survey results/reviews feedback we have will show lower tread depths on the Michelin. These are two very comparable options and will both do a great job. Size and speed rating offerings span a wide array.

For trucks and SUVs, I want to explore a couple different options. First from the more traditional Highway All-Season performance category, I would look at the  BFGoodrich Rugged Terrain T/A and the Michelin LTX M/S2 . The Rugged Terrain T/A has a nice, open-block tread pattern to get the critical snow-on-snow traction. The LTX M/S2 and its predecessor have been a favorite amongst consumers for years. As with the car options, neither will disappoint for an all-season solution. The second option I want to explore are the more aggressive all-terrains. Their snow and deep water traction will be superior to the standard highway tires, with some trade-offs in longevity and tread noise. I am going to recommend the Goodyear Wrangler SilentArmor and the BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO because in some sizes of these two tires, you will get the coveted mountain/snowflake rating. This is an indicator that the tire passed an extra test for snow traction. 

You can shop by vehicle to see which options are available for your vehicle.

Comments on Looking for the Best Tire for Winter and Snow?

Saturday, November 3, 2012 by Sam:
Hi I'm looking for winter tires for my car size215/45R18 for a Pontiac Vibe GT
Monday, November 5, 2012 by Hunter:
Hi Sam,
We do have winter tires in that size. I ouwld recommend the Michelin Xice Xi3 for the best winter capability in that size.

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