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.

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/index.jsp?affiliate=FH8
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.
Saturday, January 24, 2015 by Dave:
Looking for fresh set of tires for 06 Scion tC, 215/45R17. Mostly highway commute throughout the year and occasional Mid-Atlantic snow/ice weather during the winter. Recommendations?
Sunday, January 25, 2015 by Tracy:
What all season tires are good for a 2013 Highlander with 19 inch rims? My current Toyo's are terrible in the snow!!
Monday, January 26, 2015 by Gary:
Tracy,

I would suggest considering the Continental Cross Contact LX 20 as a top choice for the 2013 Highlander with emphasis on snow and wet traction.

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Continental&tireModel=CrossContact%20LX20%20with%20EcoPlus%20Technology&partnum=455SR9CCLX20&tab=Survey?affiliate=FH8
Monday, January 26, 2015 by Gary:
Dave,

I'd recommend the Hankook Ventus S1 Noble2 and Continental Extreme Contact DWS as top choices for you.
Monday, January 26, 2015 by Jim :
Looking for best all season with good snow traction for 2004 Chrysler town and country.
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 by Gary:
Jim,

I can check on this for you. What tire size are you using?
Friday, January 30, 2015 by Jim:
Hi Gary,

215 65 16
Friday, January 30, 2015 by Gary:
Jim,

I would suggest that you consider the General Altimax RT43 as a top choice.
Tuesday, February 3, 2015 by Brandon:
Hi! I'm looking for a nice set of all season tires. I'm more concerned about their ability in the snow. I have a 2008 Mazda 3i sport and the tire size is 205/55/r16.

I live in western PA and the snow gets a little crazy here sometimes, so if I'm able to get by with all season tires that do well in the snow, I would love it! Lower price the better, but I would be interested to see what options you recommend!
Thursday, February 5, 2015 by Gary:
Brandon,

For your situation I would recommend the Continental Extreme Contact DWS.
Saturday, February 14, 2015 by Mustafa Scott:
This is the previous tire that I purchased from you and it was wonderful(235/45R-17 Goodyear Eagle GT (V-Speed Rated) XL ), its no longer in stock but I am looking for something similar. I like the low profile and wide with of the tire since it seems to handle better but I am also looking to incorporate a good winter traction since I go snowboarding often. Any suggestions I just cant seem to find a good fit.
Saturday, February 14, 2015 by Michael:
2011 volkswagen jetta 205/55R16. looking for a good all season tire that can handle light to moderate snow
Monday, February 16, 2015 by Maggie:
I am looking for an all weather tire good in the snow for a 2012 Honda Civic. Suggestions?
Tuesday, February 17, 2015 by Antoon:
Hello, im looking for all season tires good for snow and rain
2009 altima 3.5 se
Thx
Tuesday, February 17, 2015 by Anton:
Hello, im looking for all seson set of tires good for snow and rain
I have 2009 nissan altima 3.5 se
Thx
Tuesday, February 17, 2015 by Gary:
Anton,

I can check on this for you. What tire size do you have?
Tuesday, February 17, 2015 by Gary:
Maggie,

What tire size do you have?
Tuesday, February 17, 2015 by Gary:
Michael,

I would suggest that you consider the Continental Pure Contact and Michelin Premier A/S.
Tuesday, February 17, 2015 by Gary:
Mustafa,

I would suggest that you consider the Goodyear Eagle Sport A/S and Continental Extreme Contact DWS.
Thursday, February 19, 2015 by Anton:
Hello, it is 215 55 17
Thursday, February 19, 2015 by Gary:
Anton,

Top winter snow tires in that size include the Bridgestone Blizzak WS80 and Michelin Xice Xi3.
Friday, February 20, 2015 by Anton:
Gary ,
So bilzak and michelin it is winter tires or all season with snow flake?
Im looking for all season with snow flake
Thx
Friday, February 20, 2015 by Gary:
Anton,

Yes, with the exception of a couple of off road truck tires, only dedicated winter tires have the snow flake symbol.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015 by adam:
Curious of best tire for 2010 TL AWD. 245/45 R18. Looking for comfort, quiet, and long tread ware, and of course friendly on the checkbook
Tuesday, February 24, 2015 by shawn:
live in California and moving to Kansas during winter. Currently have goodyear fuel max on the car(205/55r16) are these sufficient enough or would you recommend a better tire and which if so? Thank you for the help!!
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 by Matt:
Looking for a good a/s with decent winter capabilities. 245/55/19. Looking at continental and pirelli verde all season plus or any other suggestion.
Thursday, February 26, 2015 by Gary:
Shawn,

Top winter tire choices in 205/55R16 would include the Michelin Xice XI3 and Bridgestone Blizzak WS80.
Thursday, February 26, 2015 by Gary:
Matt,

Top choices for all season tires with good snow traction in 245/55R19 are the Continental Cross Contact LX20 and Bridgestone Dueler HL422 Ecopia
Thursday, February 26, 2015 by Gary:
Adam,

For a value oriented tire in 245/45R18 with emphasis on a ride and wear, I would suggest that you consider the Kumho ECSTA LX Platinum.

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/index.jsp?affiliate=FH8

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