The hardcore off-road crowd may scoff at the soft-roader SUVs like my MAZDA CX-7. While their lifted Jeeps with oversized mud tires have a distinct advantage in specialized terrain, I would argue that my CX7 and other street-driven SUVs with proper tires will handle 99% of the conditions that most of us encounter with confidence.
If you're like me and most other SUV and CUV drivers in that the most off-road use your vehicle will see is a dirt road, then you're looking for street tires. The alternatives to the street tires are tires found in the On-/Off-Road All-Terrain and Off-Road Maximum Traction (commonly called "mud-terrain" tires) performance categories.
Most SUV all-season street tires fall into two categories: Highway All-Season and Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season. The following are my two top recommendations within their dedicated performance category:
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