Do I Need Studless Ice & Snow or Performance Winter / Snow Tires?

When it comes to choosing your next set of winter / snow tires for a passenger vehicle, there are two main winter tire performance categories for you to consider, Studless Ice & Snow and Performance Winter / Snow. Studless Ice & Snow tires deliver the best ice and snow grip in the industry. Intended to be a friendlier alternative to studded solutions, we...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

This is my first set of winter tires on this car, and my first set of studless winter tires. On previous vehicles, I used studdable winter tires such as the Nokian Hakkapeliitta 1 and the Firestone Winterforce. While those performed fine in winter conditions, they were definitely noisy and rough riding. Not so with the Blizzaks. The ride is smooth and while...  Read More

Is the General AltiMAX Arctic the Best Studdable Winter / Snow Tire?

With recent snow falls still making news, many of us our reminded that we still have many weeks (and months in some areas) of winter driving left this season. To see if February is still a good time to purchase winter tires, take a look at "Is it Too Late to Buy Winter / Snow Tires?"   The Bridgestone Blizzak WS80, and Michelin X-Ice Xi3 and Bridgestone...  Read More

Get Ready for Snowmaggedon 2014: Which Winter Performance Category is Right for You?

Remember last winter? Will this winter be just as bad? We don't know yet. But, I do know the right snow tire makes all the difference. In order to purchase the correct winter / snow tire, you should decide which performance category works best for your driving style and the winter weather you experience. The three major categoriesare: Studless Ice & Snow,...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin X-Ice Xi3

After 10,000 miles, I'm impressed with these tires. While not as tenacious as studdable snows, these tires dont suffer from the noise issues with which studdable snow tires are burdened. The ride comfort is a fair trade, as these tires still provide very nice light and deep snow grip, and they seem additionally competent on the ice.This was a tough winter...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

I purchased these tires toward the end of October and mounted them on the vehicle in the beginning of November. This is my first winter season in a few years without a four wheel drive vehicle and I wanted to ensure that I could get to work and other places safely in our lovely Pennsylvania winter weather! Well, these tires did not disappoint! I have roughly...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

I purchased these tires for my RWD Volvo wagon which already handled great in the snow to increase my winter driving confidence. I also based my purchase off the Tire Rack winter tire video summary and some YouTube videos. After driving our family Minivan in the winter, the difference between all season and snow tires in night and day for me. I would like to...  Read More

Which Type of Winter / Snow Tire Is Right for Me?

Like anything else that relates to your car, tires are available in a variety of models that can be fine tuned to best match what you need. Selecting the best tire starts with narrowing your search to one of our Performance Categories, which Tire Rack has developed by using our own test results, customer survey results and manufacturer recommendations....  Read More

Pirelli Makes Some of the Best Winter Tires for 2013

Pirelli doesn't just make performance tires like the P Zero line, they also produce world class winter / snow tires for a range of vehicles from small cars and high performance sports cars to large SUVs, trucks and crossover vehicles. So, whether you need affordable studded snow tires for your Honda Civic, performance snow tires for your BMW 3 Series...  Read More

Introducing the New Goodyear Ultra Grip Winter

Just in time for the 2013-14 winter season, Goodyear has introduced their new Studdable Winter / Snow tire, the Ultra Grip Winter. Ultra Grip Winter radials feature a wintercompound molded into a directional tread design that enhances cold weather flexibility and helps evacuate water on wet and slush-covered roads. Wide tread grooves help evacuate loose...  Read More

Best Winter / Snow Tires for a BMW 335i

Just like any vehicle, a BMW 335i will really benefit from running winter tires during the colder months. Even if you own the all-wheel drive model, a winter tire will help you steer and stop with confidence in snow and on ice. The most popular winter tires we offer to BMW customers come from Bridgestone, Michelin and Dunlop. Offerings in this category...  Read More

Do Studdable Winter / Snow Tires Come Studded?

"When I purchase a set of Studdable Winter / Snow tires, will they arrive studded or unstudded?" All studdable winter tires we sell can be sent with or without studs installed. It's important to note that only new tires that have never been driven on can be studded. Tires already driven on cannot be studded nor re-studded. Studdable Winter / Snow tires without...  Read More

Best Winter / Snow Tires for 2013-2014

Now's the time to purchase your winter / snow tires! Winter tires are offered in three performance categories: Performance Winter / Snow, Studless Ice & Snow and Studdable Winter / Snow.Performance Winter / Snow tires are for drivers who want enhanced dry road handling and are willing to trade some snow and ice traction to get it. Studless Ice & Snow tires...  Read More

Best Studded Winter/Snow Tires

It's that time of year again. Time to get ready for the inevitable snow and ice that awaits drivers in Canada and parts of the United States. Tire Rack has several winter / snow tire options for just about any vehicle. Some drivers, however, prefer a studded tire. These tires do particularly well in rural and mountainous areas, as well as places that see...  Read More

Which Winter Performance Category Is Right for You?

Are you in the blue? Then it's time to find the winter / snow tire that works best for your vehicle. In order to purchase the correct snow tire, you should decide which performance category works best for your driving style and the winter weather you experience. There are three winter performance categories: Studless Ice & Snow, Studdable Winter / Snow and...  Read More

Get the Most Life Out of Your Studdable Winter / Snow Tires

Studdable Winter / Snow tires are used by many who experience harsher than average winters in far north climates or higher altitudes. Introduced in the 1960s, studs help enhance winter traction on ice-covered roads. They chip the icy surface through vehicle weight and centrifugal forces while driving. Studs consist of two primary parts. A tungsten carbide...  Read More

New Winter / Snow Tires for 2013

It's that time of year again. Winter is on the way and there are several new winter / snow tires for the 2013-14 season. Bridgestone's newest Performance Winter / Snow tire is the Blizzak LM-32. This tire will be replacing the popular Blizzak LM-60 and features a different tread design that should provide better grip in the winter elements. Another...  Read More

Studless Ice & Snow or Studdable Winter / Snow Tires: Which is Best for You?

In recent years, Studless Ice & Snow tires have improved greatly. Aggressive tires from this category, such as the Michelin X-Ice Xi3 and Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 lead the pack for drivers looking for maximum traction without metal studs. Studless Ice & Snow tires feature soft compounds, deep aggressive tread patterns and lots of tread void for the...  Read More

Best Light Truck and SUV Winter / Snow Tires for 2013

This season one of the best winter / snow tires for light trucks and SUVs is the Michelin Latitude X-Ice Xi2. It debuted last season and proved to be a solid performer. Michelin's FleX-Ice silica-based winter tread rubber compound offers firmness at higher temperatures for wet and dry road stability while it remains flexible at lower temperatures to enhance...  Read More

What are the Different Types of Winter / Snow Tires?

When it comes to choosing your next set of winter / snow tires for a passenger vehicle, you'll choose an option from one of three performance categories. Studdable Winter / Snow - Tires in this category are designed to accept an optional metal stud to enhance ice traction. Drivers can run these tires without the studs and they tend to be a very good snow...  Read More