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

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

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

Getting Ready for Winter 2016: Which Winter Performance Category is Right for You?

Remember last winter? Will this winter be just as bad? Predictions will be made but nobody really knows. The best course of action is to hope for the best but prepare for the worst. There is no simple rule of thumb on whether or not to run winter / snow tires. If you're in a region that normally averages over a foot of snow, you should strongly consider...  Read More

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 an awesome tire...I live in Northern Maine where it's inclement weather all the time and this has made such a difference in my vehicle. Performance is A+++ in all areas...I highly recommend these tires!! They are even better than the studded snow tires I had!!   Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Winterforce

This is the third winter for this set of tires and I am very pleased with the tires. My set is studded so the noise is noticeable at all speeds but I expected that. Traction on ice is superb and snow traction is outstanding. I can actually plow snow with the undercarriage of the car. I also drive about 10 miles per day on gravel and I haven't noticed any...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

I live in mile hi steep mountain terrain. We had a heavy 18 snowfall with only minimal snow plowing done before I had to drive 'down the hill'. Decided this would be a great test to see how my new Altimax Arctic snow tires would preform so launched out without putting tire cables on, which I was sure I would need. Trees & power lines down everywhere making...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus

I put these tires on in June and enjoyed driving interstate miles on them in the Rocky Mountains for weekend expeditions. Great traction in rain, resistant to hydroplaning in large puddles on the interstate. I drive up to ski every weekend and these tires have been great in the snow. Deep snow is no problem for these tires, they are no snow tire or studded...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak W965

Best winter tires apart from studded. I live in Michigan and drove home to New Brunswick Canada (20 hours) every holiday season so there is loads of snow to get through and these allow my little car to get there safely and comfortably.   Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin X-Ice Xi3

During this summer, I bought a set of winter rims and tires through Tire Rack for my 2013 Acura TL SH-AWD. I live in MN and All season tires don't cut it. Furthermore using winter rims really keep your stock rims sharp far longer (sand & salt issues).So in the past I have purchased multiple sets of Blizzaks which have been excellent in all winter conditions....  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1

Excellent tire. I pushed the limits, on private off roads, with hazardous conditions. Deep snow, packed snow and ice. Ice was decent for not being studded. Never disappointed me. There a little rough on the highway, but not bad at all. Tread wear is good for a snow tire. I have about 16,000 miles on them and they still have decent sipping. Probably good for...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

These Tires are awesome this is the first dedicated snow tire I have ever owned so I have nothing else to compare it to but all the reviews I saw on them convinced me to try them out and I couldn't be happier. I have not been able to get these tires to loose traction on cornering or anything else short of smooth ice but what does grip ice? short of using...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone DriveGuard

I put these on just before the snow started,and have driven dry,wet,standing water,slush,warm snow packed,cold snow packed and icy. We made 6 200 mile trips in 10 days and they worked great in all of the conditions, except for the warm snow packed, about the only thing that would work in those conditions would be studs. As far as highway noise they are...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Winterforce LT

I live in Syracuse NY (just like Buffalo) Snow town USA. I purchased a set of 4 studded snow tires, after driving around on all season and I have to tell you the change was outstanding, no more white knuckle driving. These tires recently went through a snow storm, we are talking 6 to 8 drifts with a standard 3 to 4 mealy snow, the complete way to work. The...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Ultra Grip Ice WRT

Put these on my wife's car because Blizzaks were sold out and cheaper than Michelins. Nokians weren't available at the time, so I figured I was settling with this tire. I've been pretty surprised. These are on my wife's Volvo, which is FWD until it needs all wheels, with very nanny-ish traction and stability control. The car is completely stable with these...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama iceGUARD iG51v

Living in lake Tahoe basin for 7 years gave me a chance to try most of the winter tires on the market-General,Firestone,Bridgestone,Goodyear,Continental and many many others.I'm a big fan of classic winter tires with studs,gives you the great feel of being safe in any kind of winter conditions.We bought MB ML350 this year and due to the big rim size (20 or...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin X-Ice Xi3

I drive quite a bit on the highway and on back roads. I live in te real northern New York near the Canadian border. We get ice and snow. I have waited to write this report to give enough time to properly test these tires according to the other reviews I have read. I drive about 30,000 miles in a year. I have owned over 80 vehicles and have tried all tires....  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

I'm a 71 year old female who drives 25 miles to work each day and back in very hazardous conditions. I called Tire rack to see what I could do about my tires as my car came with 18 inch tires and it was extremely dangerous in the ice and snow. My salesman suggested that I go to a 16 inch tire with studs for the winter here in Ohio, and sold me new rims and...  Read More