What's the Best All-Season Tire for Snow? Our Snow Traction Test Results Will Help You Decide.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 by Gary Stanley

The days are getting shorter, as well as colder. Yes, winter is just around the corner. Are your tires in good enough condition to make it through another winter season of driving in snow and on ice? If your tires' tread depth is less than 6/32", you may want to consider a new set for better snow traction. Winter tires need adequate tread depth in order to bite into the snow to find traction. Tires with shallow tread depths will have a much more difficult time getting through snowy conditions. 

When it comes to driving during the colder months, winter / snow tires perform the best. Winter tires, like the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1, provide much better winter traction than even the best all-season. To see how well this Bridgestone winter tire performed for me, read "My Story on Winter Tires."

If you've considered snow tires and still decided to go with an all-season set for year-round use, you're still concerned about which one offers the best snow traction. We recently tested a few of the top tires in the Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season category that will help you in your shopping process.


Bridgestone Dueler H/L
422 Ecopia

Bridgestone Blizzak
DM-V1

Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology


The Bridgestone Dueler H/L 422 Ecopia offered quiet and comfortable road manners to go along with good snow traction. We determined that Goodyear's Assurance CS TripleTred All-Season is a good option for all seasons and Pirelli's Scorpion Verde All Season is a well-tuned tire that's a pleasure to drive but could use a little bump in snow traction. Another choice to consider that wasn't a part of this test is the Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology

For a complete recap of our test, take a look at "Testing the Newest/Popular Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season Tires."

Comments on What's the Best All-Season Tire for Snow? Our Snow Traction Test Results Will Help You Decide.

Monday, December 22, 2014 by jeff:
215 60 16 nissan altima 2.5s looking for all season tire with good winter/snow rating
Monday, December 22, 2014 by Gary:
Jeff,

You may want to consider the Continental Pure Contact as a top all season choice for tires in 215/60R16 with emphasis on winter traction.
Thursday, December 25, 2014 by Erika:
Looking for a great all season tire for the snow for a 2012 Infiniti G37x S (18" tires). Obviously, the cheaper the better but still a great tire! Thanks!
Monday, December 29, 2014 by Gary:
Eric,

I would suggest that you consider the Continental Extreme Contact DWS or the Hankook Ventus S1 Noble2.
Tuesday, December 30, 2014 by Julian:
What would be recommended for a 2010 Mercury Milan. The OEM tire is awful in snow.
Wednesday, December 31, 2014 by Gary:
Julian,

What tire size are you using?
Sunday, January 4, 2015 by Brandon:
Looking for all seasons for my 2003 Lexus ES 300. I would definitely like a tire that still provides a smooth comfortable ride on dry pavement, but also one that will have excellent traction in the snow. Thank you!
Monday, January 5, 2015 by Gary:
Brandon,

I can check on this for you. What tire size do you have?
Monday, January 12, 2015 by Lindsay:
Best all season tire that handles well in a lot of snow/ ice for a Toyota Corolla S 2010?
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 by Gary:
Lindsay,

I would suggest that you consider the Continental Pure Contact as a top choice.

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Friday, January 16, 2015 by Alex:
I am looking for the best all-season tires for winter conditions for my 2011 Nissan - current tire size is 185/65-14. Advice? Also looking to keep costs down if possible
Friday, January 16, 2015 by Gary:
Alex,

The best choice in 185/65R14 would be the General Altimax Arctic.
Tuesday, January 20, 2015 by Mike:
What would you recommend as I am looking for the best all season tires especially good in the snow for an 04 Acura TL- Automatic. Tire size is 235/ 45-17 but read that a lot of people prefer 245.
Tuesday, January 20, 2015 by Gary:
Mike,

I would recommend that you consider the Continental Extreme Contact DWS as a top choice.
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 by Gasper:
I have a 2011 Buick Regal 2.4L automatic and I purchased the vehicle towards the tail end of the the tire life of Continental ProContact all season 235/50R/R18 tires and they don't handle the Wisconsin winter roads well at all. I am wondering if I should give Continental another chance and get the highly rated Continental PureContact with ecoplus tech a chance, if I should try another highly rate tire in the Pirelli Cinturato P7 or if there is another tire you would recommend without breaking the bank?
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 by Gary:
Gasper,

Two of the very best I can recommend for your situation would indeed be the Continental Pure Contact and the Pirelli Cinterato P7 A/S Plus.

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