Do Snow Tires Make a Difference?

Snow tires make a difference! Not only do they make a difference, they make an enormous difference. In fact, in scenarios where inches can mean the difference between just a close call and a life threatening collision, the difference they make cannot be overstated.   When is comes to snow and ice traction, even the most capable all-season tire will pale in...  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

Since its initial release, the Bridgestone Blizzak WS80 has stood above all others in our testing and customer surveys for ice and snow grip. 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...  Read More

How Tire Treadwear Warranties Work

If you've ever shopped for tires, you have probably seen or at least heard about a tires treadwear warranty. Most major tire manufacturers advertise that their tires are supposed to provide a given number of miles of treadwear before they are legally worn out. Higher performance tires such as the Michelin Pilot Super Sport may have lower wear warranties...  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

Winter Tire Option Now Available for C7 Corvette Z51 Package

If you drive a new 2015 Chevy Corvette with the optional Z51 performance package, you know how difficult it can be to find tire options. The 245/35R19 front and 285/30R20 rear tire sizes are unique to the Corvette and are not commonly found in the market place or on other higher volume vehicles. Currently, there are a few manufacturers that offer all-season...  Read More

Great Choice for Year-Round Driving: Continental TrueContact

Ideally, everyone who lives in a climate with snow and ice for at least part of the year should use dedicated winter tires. The reality, however, is that not everyone has the room to store an extra set of tires or tires and wheels. Additionally,  a second set of tires just isn't always in the budget. If you're going to use an all-season tire year-round, Cont...  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

Comparing the Continental ExtremeContact DWS vs the ExtremeContact DWS 06

What are the differences between the Continental ExtremeContact DWS 06 and the previous-generation DWS.   The original DWS was widely popular from the day it hit the market about six years ago. Still flirting with the number one spot in our customer ratings, Continental certainly recognizes they have a good thing going. Realistically they have no reason to...  Read More

When is the Right Time to Make the Winter Tire Swap?

When is the best time to change out summer/all-season tires for  winter tires? The easy rule of thumb to remember is Thanksgiving to Tax Day, which is late November to mid-April. Of course, with the great diversity of climate we have in this country, the more specific answer is going to be a bit different depending on where you reside. If you have summer-only...  Read More

Winter Wheel Decision Guide

So you have already made the fantastic decision to run a set of dedicated winter wheels and tires. The question remains however, how do I select a wheel that will perform well during the winter months?    When it comes to winter wheels, you want to avoid chrome, polished and some machined accent wheels as they tend to be susceptible to damage from the weather...  Read More

Starke Design Wheels: A Great Choice for Porsche Winter Packages

If you own a late-model Porsche and are looking to drive your car or SUV throughout the winter season, this means shedding the dedicated summer tires that these vehicles come with. Should you decide to use a Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package as opposed to swapping tires onto your factory wheels, take a look at the Starke Design wheel brand. Designed to...  Read More

Best Tires for the Honda Accord

The Honda Accord has been one of the best-selling cars in the United States for decades and appeals to a wide range of drivers. Given the diverse range of Honda Accord owners, there is not a single "best" tirefor every driver of this vehicle. Instead, it's important to consider your individual driving style and driving conditions. Most drivers in the United...  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

I Have an Audi with Quattro, Do I Still Need Winter Tires?

Often our sales team is asked if a driver should still purchase a set of winter tires even if they have the all-wheel drive Audi with the Quatrro system. The answer is a resounding yes. There is no question the Quattro system will distribute the power to the tires in such a way as to maximize traction during acceleration. What about stopping and turning? The...  Read More

All-Terrain Tire Options with a Mountain/Snowflake Symbol

If you're heading into the winter season with your truck or SUV and dedicated snow tires are not an option, you would be well suited to take a look at tires in the On-/Off-Road All-Terrain performance category. These tires offer a significant amount more biting edges compared to a traditional Highway All-Season. The best among these types of all-terrains...  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