Which all-season tires are the best in snow?

Friday, August 27, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
At Tire Rack, we get this question a lot. Especially now because so many of you are thinking ahead to snow-covered roads. Our initial answer remains the same: dedicated Winter / Snow tires will outperform all-season tires almost every single time, and we highly recommend that you invest in a set for your vehicle. But if only one set of tires is in your vehicle's future, then all-season tires will give you an edge over anything else during those inclement months.

To help you understand which all-season tires are the best in snow, start by checking out a tire test we performed a few years ago: "Testing the Next Evolution in Ultra High Performance All-Season Tires -- Part 2: Confirming Wintertime Performance Lives Up to an All-Season Promise." In addition, you can browse our survey results as they pertain to the all-season tire category you're looking at. You'll find every tire in each category charted out according to the feedback we've gotten from our previous customers—and those charts cover the tire's performance in the snow, which means you can easily compare one tire to another.

Shop by vehicle to determine a list of suitable All Season Tires for your vehicle.

Comments on Which all-season tires are the best in snow?

Monday, April 18, 2011 by milton:
please advise regarding best all season tire in the snow for 2010 prius level 3...thanks
Wednesday, November 2, 2011 by Craig Withers:
Howdy! Looking for best all season radial that has snow/ice symbol for 2001 Ford Explorer, XLT 4WD, currently have GY Triple tread forteras, 255/70/16 on vehicle. Thank you!
Wednesday, November 2, 2011 by Ben@tirerack:
Most all-season tires have only the M+S branding, not the snowflake and mountain. In your size, the BF Goodrich All Terrain TA, Dunlop Radial Rover RVXT, and Goodyear Wrangler Silent Armor are currently available with the Snowflake and Mountain winter logo.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011 by Jefferson Davis :
I have a 1990 F250 HD with the 460... This thing is a monster... The last set of tires were REVO'S loved them in snow and even in clay on job site.. They do not make the original REVO'S any longer.. Need new tires in E rating. I will not buy the new REVO'S they have somewhat of a bad rating for grip in the winter. I am looking for the best DEEP snow tire that also handles in ICY conditions, but can also be used in the Summer for the next two years, as this truck is going to restoration in that time. I've read Firestone Winterforce LT's are the best in deep snow... I need to know if I can get at least 25k to 30k out of them if I drive in the summer and how are they on dry pavement?. Or I've herd that General Grabber AT2's are good for what I'm trying to acheive... Could you lend some insight please. I need a decent priced tire, perferably under $160 a tire.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011 by ben@tirerack.com:
Grabber AT2's are good if they are in stock. Not sure of your tire size, but many sizes are backordered for those. The Winterforce would probably get you to 25K or so, but they do not have any mileage warranty because they are officially winter tires.
Thursday, November 17, 2011 by Pam:
2010 Volvo xc60 T6, looking at the Pirelli Scorpians Zero A's again, wondering if the tire has the M&S rating visibly, if so I can't see it on my older tires. Live in Germany and it's important to run all season tires that have the stamp or buy winter tires. thank you ;)
Monday, November 28, 2011 by Beth :
Looking for a good all season tire for a 2009 Saturn Vue, FWD, size 235/65/16. Doing a lot of research and was wondering if the General Tire Grabber HTS, Goodyear Triple Tred or the Hankook Optima 747's are the best and which one would you pick?
Monday, November 28, 2011 by Marshall @ Tire Rack:
Beth,
The General Grabber HTS tires are an excellent bang for the buck tire and do very well in all seasons. That would be my choice of the 3. -marshall@tirerack.com
Sunday, December 18, 2011 by Nick :
I doubt anyone will see this, but what the heck...

I have a 2004 Sienna CE (215/65-r16) and am going to be traveling on a road that has been known to be a little scary in the winter (BC's Coquihalla) but seems completely tame this year.

I have to traverse it to have surgery, and money is without a doubt a serious object. Wasting money on snow tires I will use once is not something I'm willing to do.

So I need cheap, decent tires that will get the job done.

Please? :)
Tuesday, December 20, 2011 by Marshall @ Tire Rack:
Nick,
Take a look at the Pirelli P4 4 Seasons. In this size it is one of the stronger all season performers and is available at a moderate price point. -marshall@tirerack.com
Wednesday, December 21, 2011 by michael:
Hello TireRack. I am in the market for 4 fresh ones. What is your reccomendation for an all season tire that performs exceptionally well in the snow/ice? I drive an '05 WRX sportwagon and I cannot afford to purchase strictly snowtires, but I spend much of the winter in the mountains and I want a tire I can feel confident mashing through the elements on. Thank you.
Monday, December 26, 2011 by Fred Hager:
Need an all season tire for 1992 Chevy K Blazer. Micelins seem pricey inasmuch as I am retired. It snows in Denver but much of the time roads are dry even in winter. This is an occasional use 4WD.
Tuesday, December 27, 2011 by Ben:
The Firestone Destination A/T is reasonably priced and is good in snow and a wide variety of on- and off-road conditions. If you have further questions, feel free to contact ben@tirerack.com.
Sunday, January 8, 2012 by tony G:
Looking for a decent affordable all season tire that is good in snow for a 2002 Honda Accord. We only drive about 10K miles a year, but have to deal with Minnesota winter driving. Looking at the Firestone Affinity would this be a good choice for the $
Monday, January 9, 2012 by Marshall @ Tire Rack:
For roughly the same price as the Firestone I would take a look at the Yokohama Avid TRZ. It has been very highly reted across the board and fits your requirements. -marshall@tirerack.com
Tuesday, January 10, 2012 by Matt:
I have a 2003 Mustang looking for a good affordable all season thats good in the snow also thanks Matt
Tuesday, January 10, 2012 by ben@tirerack:
Email ben@tirerack.com with your tire size and any other relevant information, and I will be happy to assist.
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 by JJ:
What is a good, low profile, wide, All season snow tire for a 2007 Jetta (Current tire is a 205 55 16)?
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 by ben@tirerack:
For snow traction, narrower is actually better than wider. All 205/55R16 will have about the same width and height. The ContiExtreme Contact DWS is a good performance tire that works well in snow. -ben@tirerack.com
Thursday, January 12, 2012 by Jerry:
I have a 2007 Lexus L460 that has been terrible in the snow since the day I got it. Do you have any recommendation for an all season tire that's the best in the snow for traction? Thanks.
Thursday, January 12, 2012 by Becky:
Do any of your all-season radials have the mountain and snowflake logo? It would be great if your search engine allowed searching or limiting results by that rating!

I'm looking at tires for a 2005 Toyota Camry LE (stock rims, which I believe are 205/65R15). We have Michelin MXV4 tires now, which were much better than stock but still perform poorly in even mildly slippery conditions.

We live in southwestern Wisconsin (zone 4b/5a) where the snow drifts on rolling hills and curving two lane highways, so extra traction for those driving conditions is really essential.

Thanks for the suggestions!
Friday, January 13, 2012 by Marshall @ Tire Rack:
Becky,
The Pirelli P4 Four Seasons tire has been well reviewed and has a good amount of biting edge. It is available in your size for $93 each. -marshall@tirerack.com
Friday, January 13, 2012 by Marshall @ Tire Rack:
Jerry,
Take a look at Continental's Extreme Contact DWS. Of the tires available in your size, it is arguably the best snow performer. -marshall@tirerack.com
Thursday, January 19, 2012 by Sonia:
I need 4 all-season tires for a 2008 Nissan Altima SL which will also survive minnesota winter. I cannot buy snow tires because I am a student and have no place to store an extra set of tires. Cannot afford something very expensive too. Your recommendations for a good reliable and not too expensive are deeply appreciated!
Thursday, January 19, 2012 by ben@tirerack:
For the 16" wheels on the Altima, the Michelin Pilot Exalto A/S is very good. The available options will vary depending on what size wheels you have. If you email ben@tirerack.com with your tire size, we will be happy to assist you.
Thursday, January 19, 2012 by Caiman:
I am looking for 4 Brand new tires for my 2002 Hyundai Sonata GLS i currently live in ALabama and I am moving to PA where snow is an every winter thing...So i am wondering what the Best Choice is for a Tire that will work Great in Snow/Ice Conditions but also I Can use them in the other season due to Financial issues i cannot buy 8 tires....Any Suggestion Thank You!
Friday, January 20, 2012 by ben@tirerack:
While no all-season tire will be truly great in snow and ice, the Goodyear Assurance TripleTred AS comes in the standard size for the Sonata and is better in winter than most all-season tires. -ben@tirerack.com
Friday, January 20, 2012 by Gregg:
I am looking for an all-season tire that handles well in the snow for an Acura TSX? Currently considering the Michelin MXM4, MXV4 and the ContiExtreme Contact DWS, which would you prefer? Also, how long does the tread for the DWS for the snow portion last (as when it fades away it really is less suitable for snow)?
Sunday, January 22, 2012 by Adam:
I am looking to get new all-season tires for my 2006 BMW 325i (w/ Sport Package) which will also survive Boston winter. I cannot buy dedicated snow tires because I have no place to store an extra set of tires. Your recommendations for a good and reliable tire will be much appreciated. Thanks!
Sunday, January 22, 2012 by Josh:
Hello, im hoping you might be able to help me choose a real good all season tire withought breaking the bank. im trying to stay under 150 per tire, i own a 06 crown vic interceptor. I want to stay away from firehawk cause i have the gtz's and they are horrible! It is a daily driver so i dont need to stick to the w rating, thanks.
Monday, January 23, 2012 by ben@tirerack:
For Gregg: For snow traction DWS>MXV4>MXM4. I would choose one of the first two. With regard to the wear indicator on the DWS: all tires lose effectiveness in the snow as their tread wears down. The DWS just offers a reminder of this fact and an easy way to see where the loss starts to be more significant.
Monday, January 23, 2012 by ben@tirerack:
For Adam: ContiExtreme Contact DWS are your best bet if they are in stock in your size, but all-seasons on a BMW in winter are usually no fun. I had snow tires when living in a small apartment, and just stacked them up in a corner of my bedroom. Not everyone may prefer to do that, but where there is a will there is a way. -ben@tirerack.com
Monday, January 23, 2012 by ben@tirerack:
For Josh: send an email to ben@tirerack.com with your tire size. I know those could have been 16" or 17" wheels on that car. Then we can check what is the best in your price range for the proper size.
Monday, February 6, 2012 by Loren:
Hi
Looking for a good life all season (winter & summer) tire 205/50/17 for a Subaru Legacy. Sugesstions?
Monday, February 6, 2012 by ben@tirerack:
ContiExtreme Contact DWS is a good choice as long as it is not backordered. In your size they are available as of 2/6/12. -ben@tirerack.com
Saturday, February 25, 2012 by jeff piontek:
Looking for a good rocky trail/highway/ snow- Eu Claire WI, tire for my 2004 ford rang reg cab,8.8 inch rear 3.73 gears 2wd. my current tires get me stuck in the snow and on my hunting trails. Stock tire size is 225/70/r15, (I would like bigger, but stock will do) but i DON'T WANT TO HAVE TO MODIFY. Also a second set of dedicated snow tires is not an option due to time money and space.

Thank You
Monday, February 27, 2012 by Bud:
To Ben@tirerack:
I'm looking for four p245 65 17 's for a Honda Ridgeline to give me good ice/snow traction for 4 months/yr & 6 months summer highway driving with about 2000 miles off-road/ rough gravel road. I've looked at Mich Lxt AT2 & General Grabber AT ... But can't find Grabber AT in my size? I'm also looking for White raised or outlined letters on sidewall. I saw grabber 245 70 17, & 255 65 17 but wasn't sure if these work on my truck?
Also saw Nexen Roadian AT was a good AT ASR on ice/snow? Thanks
Tuesday, February 28, 2012 by ben@tirerack:
Jeff: General Grabber AT2 or Firestone Destination AT would be good choices. The General has the more aggressive tread. The database shows you could go up to 235/70R15 with no problem. General does not come in that size, but the Firestone does. If you order online, mention Ben as your contact.
Tuesday, February 28, 2012 by ben@tirerack:
Bud: 255/65R17 is fine to run on your truck. You might be able to do 245/70R17, but that is taller than is officially recommended. I do not handle that nexen, so that one I cannot comment on. -ben@tirerack.com
Friday, March 2, 2012 by Ron:
Have a 2009 Landrover LR2 and it is time to replace the tires. Travel alot to Utah, but not enough to get strict winter tires. What is best all season for the LR2 which can handle snow really well and is either 235/55/R19 or 235/60/R18?
Monday, March 5, 2012 by Marshall @ Tire Rack:
Ron,
A standout performer in the 19" size is the Yokohama Parada Spec-x. It has been well rated by consumers, tends to do well as an all season, and is priced well. -marshall@tirerack.com
Saturday, March 10, 2012 by Ron:
Suggestions for a good value all season tire for 2008 Saab 9-5 (size 235/45-17). I don't have storage for a winter set of tire.
Monday, March 12, 2012 by Ben@tirerack:
Continental ExtremeContact DWS would be a good match for your Saab if you need decent snow traction but are not planning to use winter tires. -ben@tirerack.com
Saturday, March 17, 2012 by aaron:
why don't you ever recommend the hankook optimo h727? It seems highly rated for snow and ice? Have an '05 Outback and live in Colorado mountains. Tried the Nokian WRG2 and while it is great for traction it might as well be a snow tire as they are barely making it to 30,000 miles. Need something similar that will last longer.
Tuesday, March 20, 2012 by ben@tirerack:
When testing the H727 we found that it had a fairly hard compound that compromised its traction, especially on wet pavement. We have not had a test on it in the snow, but simply based on the lack of wet traction I would hesitate to promote it as an ideal tire for adverse weather. Some customers do like it a lot, but I cannot discount my own experience with it. -ben@tirerack.com
Wednesday, May 2, 2012 by katie s:
Hello! looking for a solid yet affordable set of all season tires. never bought new tires before so i'm new to all of this. i have a 2005 honda civic VP sedan.i really like how the Continental Contiextremecontact sound, but i don't think they make them in my size (i believe my size is 185/70/14). here's what i'll be driving in:

-400mi round trip commute between home in northeastern PA and upstate NY-- plan on doing this apprx twice a month-- driving on 81 almost all the way.
-hometown: poor road maintenance in the winter
Thursday, May 3, 2012 by ben@tirerack:
Katie, you are correct that no ContiExtreme contact DWS is available for your size. The Pirelli P4 Four Season would be a good combination of ride, handling, and all-season traction that is available to fit your size. -ben@tirerack.com
Monday, May 14, 2012 by DW:
Hi there,
what are your guys thoughts of the new michelin defender? need 4 new all-seasons for a toyota echo. what do you think about the michelin x-ice?
Tuesday, May 15, 2012 by ben@tirerack:
The Defender will combine the best attributes of the Hydroedge and Harmony into one very good all-season tire. The X-Ice line is exceptional for snow traction, but is designed for winter season use only. -ben@tirerack.com
Thursday, June 28, 2012 by Pauley:
Hello! I have a 2008 Chev Malibu and looking for good all season tires, great for snow and ice in the winter. Can you recommend ?
Monday, July 2, 2012 by Marshall @ Tire Rack:
Pauley,
The Pirelli P4 Four Seasons tire has always been well liked for its snow handling ability and is available in your size. -marshall@tirerack.com
Tuesday, July 3, 2012 by Kevin:
Hi....What would you put on a 2008 Accord Coupe . Toronto Canada . 225 50 R17 . Gotta be Snowflake rated . The Nokian WGRZs only lasted 30 K !!
Monday, July 9, 2012 by Marshall @ Tire Rack:
Kevin,
The only tires to obtain a snowflake rating in this size would be a softer based snow tire. We certainly have options, but your mileage obtained is average for such a product. -Marshall@tirerack.com
Wednesday, July 18, 2012 by Sharon Blutcher:
I'm in the market for 4 fresh new tires. I have an AWD Pontiac Vibe 205/55R-16. What all-season tire would you recommend for getting around pretty good in the snow and everyday driving? Looking for a 50K + tire.
Thursday, July 19, 2012 by ben@tirerack:
Sharon, the Continental Extreme Contact DWS is available in your size. That is rated 50K miles and is probably the best all-season tire for snow traction. -ben@tirerack.com
Tuesday, July 24, 2012 by deep:
Hi I am looking for a best all season tire size 255 65 R18 rated for canada winter. I am not looking for strictly winter tire.
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 by ben@tirerack:
Short of going to a true winter tire, the Goodyear Assurance CS TripleTred would probably be the best tire for snow in that size. -ben@tirerack.com
Friday, July 27, 2012 by denise:
I'll be needing new all season tires for my '06 Rav4 Sport V6 (tires are P235/55R18) I live in CT with varying weather conditions, typically I don't drive in the snow unless caught in it, but do drive in slush and rain. Although I don't want to break the bank I don't want to cheap out, either. I want something that is going to give me all around good service. Thanks!
Friday, July 27, 2012 by Chip:
I have a Honda Accord (2002) & I live in Central Massachusetts. Some years we have heavy snow and in some years (like last year) we had very little snow. I am looking for the best (if there is one) all season tire. I have read the reviews regarding the Michelin HydroEdge and the Goodyear Trile Tred. Which would you recommend or is there a better choice? Thanks for your opinion.
Saturday, July 28, 2012 by Marshall @ Tire Rack:
Denise,
A good tire at a moderate price point would be the new Firestone Destination LE2. It has a good amount of biting edges, does well as an all season, and is priced right. -Marshall@tirerack.com
Sunday, July 29, 2012 by Mike:
Looking for a set of tires for F150 4X4 '09, P275/65R18. I halul a 14' trailer for construction 30% of the time.Looking at Goodyear Silent armour.Livein south west Ontario-lots of rain and slush/snow in winter. What do you suggest.
Sunday, July 29, 2012 by Lois:
I'm looking for all season tires that will perform well in snow/ice (I live in New England) for a 2007 Saab 9-3. What would you recommend?
Monday, July 30, 2012 by Marshall @ Tire Rack:
Lois,
The Continental Extreme Contact DWS is available in your size and has been very well reviewed in terms of all season traction. Good price point too.
Thursday, August 9, 2012 by Dee:
I have a 2009 Subaru Legacy and am in need of replacing all 4 tires due to uneven wear on inner tread of tires. I need a good all season tire that will perform well in both wet/snow and ice (if possible). I currently have Yokohama advan A82A, and am getting at least 60,000 miles off of them. My tire size is 205/50 R17.

I drive approximately 45 minutes to work each way, 2/3 is highway driving at speeds approx. 60-80mph in Connecticut. I consider my driving to be spirited.

After researching your site, I had wanted the Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position, but was informed this morning by my Subaru dealer that they do not make my size tire . Since I need to make a decision fairly quickly, I would like to know what you would suggest.

Thank you for your help!!!
Saturday, August 11, 2012 by Marshall @ Tire Rack:
Dee,
Although the RE970 is not available, Bridgestone does have a very suitable tire called the Turanza Serenity Plus. It carries a 75k mile warranty in your size and has been very well reviewed.
-Marshall@tirerack.com
Wednesday, August 29, 2012 by Chris:
I'm looking for great all season tires for my 03 MDX. Living in California, I experience all types of driving conditions and I want to be prepared. I travel to Reno/Tahoe in the winter between 15-25 times and the snowfall could be light or it can be a full blown white out. But since I do live in Cali, the seasons play a huge roll. the Summers and Fall are sunny and Winter and Spring are cold and wet. what would you suggest for my vehicle?
Wednesday, August 29, 2012 by Marshall @ Tire Rack:
Chris,
Continental has a very well rated tire named the Cross Contact LX that is very well priced in your size and would be very suitable.
-Marshall@tirerack.com
Wednesday, August 29, 2012 by James:
I own a 07 ford fusion AWD. I was wondering what you guys suggest as the continentals are not made in my size. Thanks!
Wednesday, September 5, 2012 by Marshall @ Tire Rack:
James,
If you have the 16" size on your Fusion, I would check out the Bridgestone Turanza Serentiy Plus. It also has a good amount of biting edge and works well as an all season.
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 by Alan:
Hey,
I'm looking for a good 4 weather/season tire to handle snow. I am driving a 2012 Impreza 205/50/17. What is the best tire for all-season capabilities. And, what is the best all season tire for the price.
Thank you,
Alan
Thursday, September 13, 2012 by Marshall @ Tire Rack:
Alan,
The Continental Extreme Contact DWS has been very well rated for its snow traction and is also very competitively priced.
Friday, September 14, 2012 by Alan:
I know all about the DWS, i have them on my girlfriend's c240 4matic and they handel confidently in the snow. I would like the best snow all season. Im not sure if the DWS is also consider a performance all season tire. I do know about the DW as well. I just dont need a performance tire on this car as i have honda s2000 that is all the performance i need. I dont feel like blowing money on this car but i would like to have the impreza handel all weather types for 205/50/17. the s2000 has me burning my money up on it with racing it. I saw the Goodyear Assurance TripleTred, and the Michelin Primacy MXV4 (215/50/17 will fit). i was wondering how those tires will compare? although they are different classes, i didnt know how the classes compare to each other even after reading the class' descriptions.
Thank you,
Alan
Monday, September 17, 2012 by Marshall @ Tire Rack:
Alan,
My recommendation for the DWS was made based off of the amount of biting edges this tire has. Amongst all season tires, regardless of speed rating, I do believe it to be one of your best bets. With that said, a tire like the MXV4 will offer similar results but will focus on mileage over performance.
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 by Michael:
I just purchased a 2013 Mitsubishi Evo X MR that came with the 245/40r18 summer advans.
I was wondering what you would suggest as an all season tire that will allow me to occasionally drive safely in snow on weekends when I decide to go snowboarding, all the while lasting me multiple winter seasons till I can put my summer tires back on?
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 by ben@tirerack:
For that type of winter use I would probably use an ultra-high performance all season tire. Bridgestone RE980 or Continental DWS would be good. -ben@tirerack.com
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 by Bob:
I need all season tires for my 2006 Toyota Highlander base model (4 Cyl, front wheel drive) that can handle New England Winters (Massachusetts). The Bridgestone OEM tires were not good.
Thank you!
Thursday, September 20, 2012 by ben@tirerack:
Bob, I would look at the Michelin LTX MS2 or Goodyear Assurance CS TripleTred. -ben@tirerack.com
Sunday, September 23, 2012 by shane:
I have a 97 saturn sl2. I drive about 60,000 miles/year. I need an all season tire with good tread life and good for gas mileage. Being in Ohio it has to bee good in snow and rain too.
Monday, September 24, 2012 by Marshall @ Tire Rack:
Shane,
I suggest you take a look at the Goodyear Assurance Comfortread tire. It is a long lasting tire with a very good snow rating.
Tuesday, September 25, 2012 by ashley:
I have a 98 jeep cherokee sport 4x4. I live in Mammoth, CA where we get snow/ice between october to june. I cant afford snow tires. So I need a suggestion for an all season tire that can perform well during these winter months.
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 by ben@tirerack:
Sounds like an all-terrain tire might suit you. Those tend to have an aggressive tread that still works ok on the road, and use an all season compound that you can run all year. If you need help choosing a specific tire to order, contact ben@tirerack.com
Monday, October 1, 2012 by Nancy:
I am looking for a set of four tires for my 2001 Nissan Altima GXE sedan being driven by my teenage son in MA. I don't want the cost of the tires to exceed the value of the car :) but I want the safest option for all season tires. Any recommendations?
Tuesday, October 2, 2012 by Christine:
Any recommendations for an all season tire that does really well in snow/ice for a 2009 Hyundai Sonata 215/55R17. Factory tires are Optimo and don't do well in snow at all.
Tuesday, October 2, 2012 by Marshall @ Tire Rack:
Nancy,
Two tires that have been well rated in your size would be the Goodyear Assurance Comfortread and the Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus. Both these have a good mileage warranty and biting edges for all season use.
Wednesday, October 3, 2012 by ben@tirerack:
Christine, you might look at the Goodyear Assurance TripleTred AS. Those have good tread life and a fairly aggressive tread for winter traction. -ben@tirerack.com
Tuesday, October 9, 2012 by Tom:
I am looking for all seasons that are good in snow. The car is a 2008 Chrysler Sebring Convertible, touring edition. The tire size is P215/60/R17. It has Yokohama all seasons now but they are terrible in snow. Suggestions?
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 by Nick:
I am looking for a performance all season tire for my Pontiac G8 GT that will perform well in the snow, but also decent in the summer months. Suggestions?
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 by ben@tirerack:
We found that the Hankook Optimo H727 is very good in snow. Those are available in 215/60R17. -ben@tirerack.com
Friday, October 12, 2012 by Marshall @ Tire Rack:
Nick,
For a tire with good balance, check out either the Continental Extreme Contact DWS or the Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS. -Marshall
Monday, October 15, 2012 by Steve:
I live in Michigan and drive a 2007 GMC Yukon with P265/70R17 tires. I would like a good all seasons tire to replace the Goodyear Fortera tires I have now, which by the way have the snowflake/mountain symbol.
Monday, October 15, 2012 by Lee:
Hi there. I need a good all season tire for a 2008 Passat 2.0T (budget is an issue so can't afford separate snows). Live in Denver so we only really have 5-10 true snow days. Any suggestions? Thanks so much for your advice.
Tuesday, October 16, 2012 by Marshall @ Tire Rack:
Lee,
The Continental DWS has been on of our strongest winter performers and is quite cost effective. -Marshall
Tuesday, October 16, 2012 by ben@tirerack:
Goodyear TripleTred All-Season might be a good choice, those come in the standard size for the Passat 2.0T.
Monday, November 5, 2012 by Camren:
Hello. I live in Edmonton Alberta and need an all season tire that handles well in snow, ice, wet conditions. since we only really get 2 summer months out of the year. Budget is an issue so I can't get separate winter tires. I drive a 2006 mitsu lancer oz rally. The Contiextreme contact dws sounded good but I believe don't come in my size 195/60R15. So I was wondering how the Pirelli P4 Four seasons, Goodyear Assurance Comfortred touring, and Goodyear Assurance Triple Tred compare, and which would be best. I'm looking for something cost-effective and strong performer in all seasons, especially winter, snow and ice. Or any other suggestions? Thanks
Wednesday, November 7, 2012 by Marshall @ Tire Rack:
Camren,
Of the tires you mentioned, all are well reviewed, however the Pirelli P4 4 Seasons seems to be your best best cost wise. -Marshall
Wednesday, November 7, 2012 by George:
Have an '09 Subaru Forester that I need tires for - 225/55R17. Live in CO and snow usually birns off highways quickly but need snow traction for ski areas. Looking for best All-Season for snow traction.
Thursday, November 8, 2012 by Alex:
What is the BEST all season tire in size 235/70/16 for
My Explorer? Price does not matter however it needs to be be excellent in rain, snow and dry weather? I currently have the Firestone Destination.
Thursday, November 8, 2012 by ben@tirerack:
Alex, we've generally found the Michelin LTX MS2 to be the best all around tire for that size. -Ben
Friday, November 9, 2012 by Camren:
Hello. I live in Edmonton Alberta and need an all season tire that handles well in snow, ice, wet conditions. since we only really get 2 summer months out of the year. Budget is an issue so I can't get separate winter tires. I drive a 2006 mitsu lancer oz rally. The Contiextreme contact dws sounded good but I believe don't come in my size 195/60R15. So I was wondering how the Pirelli P4 Four seasons, Goodyear Assurance Comfortred touring, and Goodyear Assurance Triple Tred compare, and which would be best. I'm looking for something cost-effective and strong performer in all seasons, especially winter, snow and ice. Or any other suggestions? Thanks
Saturday, November 10, 2012 by Marshall @ Tire Rack:
Alex,
If cost is not an issue, take a look at the Michelin LTX MS2. It has consistantly been one of the best rated tires in this size for years. -Marshall@tirerack.com
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 by George:
Have an '09 Subaru Forester that I need tires for - 225/55R17. Live in CO and snow usually burns off highways quickly but need snow traction for ski areas. Looking for best All-Season for snow traction. Also need sidewall support as occasionally drive on gravel forest service roads.
Thursday, November 15, 2012 by ben@tirerack:
George, I would consider the Goodyear Assurance TripleTred for a good mix of traction and durability. Ben x4660
Thursday, November 15, 2012 by george:
Wife has 2011 outback, need all seasons for Pittsburgh winters. Michelin defenders, pirelli p4, or Goodyear triple tread?. Have a preference and why. Thank you.
Thursday, November 15, 2012 by Lisa:
Hi - I have a 2002 Honda Civic LX, and am looking for good all season tires for Colorado living. I was recommended the Michelin Defender - your thoughts? Or is there something else I should ask for? Thx!
Saturday, November 17, 2012 by Marshall @ Tire Rack:
George,
All of these tires have been well reviewed. I might swing towards the Pirelli as they often times are available at a lower price point.
Monday, November 19, 2012 by Bri:
What are the best all-season tires for snow for the 2004 Hyundai Sonata? I live in Rochester, NY area. Thanks.
Monday, November 19, 2012 by ben@tirerack:
Lisa, based on the usual sizing for the Civic the Defender does look like the best all-season choice.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012 by Mike:
Need an all-season tire for my 2002 BMW 530i (sports pkg) that does well in snow. 235/45R 17. Conti ExtremeContact DWS? (sounds like this tire is sluggish to steering inputs). How does this tire compare with Turanza Serenity Plus in snow? Michelin Pilot Sport A/S failed miserably in snow. Sounds like RE970AS don't do well in the snow either. Let me thank you in advance for your thoughts.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 by Marshall @ Tire Rack:
Mike,
All of the tires you mentioned are very well reviewed, however I would agree that the Coninental has the highest number of biting edges and would be a good pick.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012 by Cher:
I drive a 2005 Saturn Ion and in need of some real good all-season tires. I have low profiles on right now and I hate all the road noise and clunking noises. My tires are P205/55 R16 and was told Michelin Defenders were the best? any suggestions?
Thursday, November 29, 2012 by Marshall @ Tire Rack:
Cher,
Take a look at the Continental DWS or many of the other tires listed in the post above. The DWS would be a front runner for winter traction.
Friday, November 30, 2012 by Anthony:
Looking for a good All-Season performance tire for the snow on a 08 Acura TL-S. 235/45 17R.
Saturday, December 1, 2012 by Marshall @ Tire Rack:
Anthony,
Take a look at the Continental DWS or many of the other tires listed in the post above. The DWS would be a front runner for winter traction.
Monday, December 3, 2012 by Ryan:
I have a 2009 AWD Dodge Charger, stock tires are 225 60 18 and i need new tires bad, I live in Minnesota so i need a all season tire that can handle snow pretty well. Ive read that continental extreme contact are the best buy they dont come in my size. I see they come in 225 45 18 and 225 50 18 but i dont know if i want that because its not stock. Is there a better choice of a tire?
Monday, December 3, 2012 by ben@tirerack:
Ryan, we would not advise you to go with 225/45R18 or 225/50R18. In your correct size, the Yokohama Parada Spec X has done a very good job as an all-season tire. -ben@tirerack.com
Thursday, December 27, 2012 by Gerald:
I have a 2008 Saturn aura xe and I'm looking for an excellent set off all season tires I can use even in the snow and icy conditions. I know having a separate set of dedicated snow tires is the best way to go but I just can afford it at the time. Do you advise a narrower tire. Oe is 225/50/17 so could/ should I got 215/55/17 or even 205/60/17 for better winter and rain performance???
Thanks
Thursday, December 27, 2012 by Amy:
Hi there! I have a 2009 Lexus RX350. My traction in light snow is fine for getting going, but terrible for braking (and I don't venture out in deep snow). I'm looking for an all-season tire that would help me with the couple of times a year we get snow - with a baby on the way and my limited driving (4m per day each way to work), I'd prefer not to have the hassle or expense of having to change back and forth to winter tires. Would there be any all-season tires you'd recommend most for braking in light snow? Thank you!
Saturday, December 29, 2012 by nick:
Hello, I have a 2005 subaru legacy. A few months ago I purchased (4) bridestone potenza re970as and recently found out they are HORRIBLE in any type of.snow. I was sliding around everywhere even with awd. I need a good set of all-seasons that are going to perform in snow. Thanks
Sunday, December 30, 2012 by Richard:
Looking for the best all season tire for 2011Camry. Live in Northern Michigan so need decent snow traction
Monday, December 31, 2012 by Rob K:
I have a 2008 Honda CRV-EXL 4wd with a tire size 225/65/17. I have been using Bridgestone Dueler Alenza. Need an all season that not only does well in nice weather, but especially in the winter snow, rain, and ice. What do you recommend...stay with the Alenza or is ther something better tha you recommend instead? Price is not an issue. Thanks.
Thursday, January 3, 2013 by Marshall @ Tire Rack:
Rob,
The Dueler HL Alenza continues to be a strong performer at a good price point. Also, you might take a look at the Continental LX20.

-Marshall
Thursday, January 3, 2013 by Marshall @ Tire Rack:
Richard,
I suggest you take a look at the Continental DWS. It is priced well and does great in winter conditions.
-Marshall@tirerack.com
Friday, January 4, 2013 by Bryce:
I have a 2008 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4WD. Mix of hwy and local driving. Moving to Syracuse and need new tires that can handle the snow/ice but not going to buy specific winter tires. Recommendation? Thank you.
Monday, January 7, 2013 by Ken N.:
Best all season tire for winter. 225/50/17 or 215/55/17. Thanks
Monday, January 7, 2013 by Ben@tirerack:
Bryce, the Eddie Bauer generally had 20" wheels, which limits your options somewhat, but for an all-season with good bad weather traction you might try these: http://bit.ly/109PqcC
Monday, January 7, 2013 by Ben@tirerack:
Ken, for winter the narrower the better, so I'd go with these in the 215/55R17: http://bit.ly/109PZmS
Thursday, January 10, 2013 by Tom:
Have Bridgestone Dueler 400's RFT that need to be replaced. Not replacing with runflats. Live in Upstate NY, so have to be good in snow, but also VERy quiet and and good handling. Don't want to feel any thuds when going over bumps. Considering Conti Extreme Contact DWS, Firestone Destination LE2 or Goodyear Assurance Comfortred. yoyur thoughts?
Thursday, January 10, 2013 by Tom:
Oops. Forgot to mention that auto is 2009 Toyota Rav4 Sport.
Thursday, January 10, 2013 by Marshall @ Tire Rack:
Tom,
The Continental DWS would be one of my top picks. It features a great amount of biting edge on the inside shoulder that is very effective for winter use. It can be seen here:
http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Continental&tireModel=ExtremeContact+DWS&affiliate=BF7
Thursday, January 24, 2013 by Rob K:
Drive a 2008 Honda CRV EX-L. Would you recommend Mich Defenders over the Dueler Alenza for winter driving in my vehicle? Also, I read that the Cont LX20 has balancing issues. Is that a true concern?
Friday, January 25, 2013 by Marshall @ Tire Rack:
Rob,
The Continental LX20 has not had any major issues since its release and would be an excellent choice for the CRV. Michelin Defender's are also an excellent choice given there high mileage rating. -Marshall
Saturday, January 26, 2013 by Greg:
I'm looking for the best All Season compromise between ride comfort, performance and snow traction for my 2006 BMW Xi Wagon 225/50/17. I live in California, so most driving is in pretty good conditions, but I ski, so I need a tire that will perform in snowy conditions. It's a wagon, so I'm not driving it too hard, but I really don't want to feel like my tires are squishy or about to lose hold when cornering in dry conditions. Any thoughts?
Thursday, February 21, 2013 by Jodi:
Have a 2012 Mazda 6 I Grand touring tire size 215/55/17. Have Michelin Energy MXV4 S8 on them but not getting good driving in the Ohio weather. Would like to find a better all season for it to help me in the snow. Any advice?
Friday, February 22, 2013 by ben@tirerack:
Hi Jodi, these Continentals should do a good job for you in the winter (and all year round): http://bit.ly/12YsBJh
Monday, February 25, 2013 by Bari:
Will a Dunlap signature 215/50/17 fit my 2004 Altima 3.5 ?
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 by ben@tirerack:
Bari, that size is not recommended for the Altima. It should be 215/55R17.
Saturday, April 20, 2013 by Cyrus:
I have a 2007 Scion TC with 215/45/17. I am planning to get the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus or Primacy MXV4, are they horrible in snow and icy conditions. I live in Minnesota, so we get quite a bit of snow here. Or is there are any better tires you could recommend? The bottom line is they are quiet, I have a set of Yokahoma tires on my car right now and I can't stand for the noise anymore. Thanks!
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 by Marshall @ Tire Rack:
Cyrus,
The Michelin Primacy MXM4 along with a Continental DWS would be among your strongest all season performers. -Marshall@tirerack.com
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 by Nik:
Looking for a "great" all-season tire for a 2010 Rav4 Limited V6. Coming from Subaru's all wheel drive system. I went with the V6 needing more towing powere for a 2800lb camper 275 tongue weight. ...but want a great tire for winter.

I am thinking of the Firestone Destination LE2; Tirerack what is your take on these for my car?
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 by ben@tirerack:
The Destination LE2 definitely seems like a good fit for the RAV4. While no all-season tire can equal the truly great winter traction of dedicated winter tires, the LE2 is one of the best within the highway all-season class.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 by Sarah :
Am looking for a good all season tire for my 2011 Sonata 2.0 SE Turbo...tire size is 225/45/18. Was looking at the Michelin MXM4
Thursday, May 23, 2013 by Marshall @ Tire Rack:
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 by Crystal:
Looking for a great all-season tire with longevity as I drive 130 miles a day to/from work everyday. I have a 2007 Ford Fusion. Not sure if it's 16 or 17 inches but I want to say 17. Thanks!
Thursday, June 6, 2013 by ben@tirerack:
Crystal, assuming you do have the 17" as you indicated, I would go with these: http://bit.ly/11uzvUO.
Monday, July 1, 2013 by CR:
We have a 2006 Subaru Forester(L.L Bean Edition) and we are looking for an all-season tire with a focus on snow traction. Car is going to our daughter who is a new driver. Cost isn't a concern. Thank you for any suggestions you may have!
Wednesday, July 3, 2013 by Marshall @ Tire Rack:
CR, Currently the Bridgestone Turanaza Serenity Plus and Continental Pure Contact are some of our strongest all season performers.
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 by Brian:
I have a 2004 Mazda 3s 4-door with all season tires that are TERRIBLE in the snow. So I'm also looking for an all season tire with a focus on show traction, but without emptying out my bank account. Can you help?
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 by Brian:
Oh, btw the tire size is 205/50R17. Thanks!
Friday, July 19, 2013 by ben@tirerack:
Brian, I would probably look at the Continental ContiPure Contact in that size, they have above average winter traction for an all season tire.
Tuesday, July 30, 2013 by Marsha:
Am looking to purchase 4 new all season tires for 2003 Acura TL that will handle well in snow in CT tire size is 205/60R16 92V
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 by ben@tirerack:
Hi Marsha,

For an all season in those specifications I would try these: http://bit.ly/14jdMn5.
Tuesday, August 6, 2013 by Javier:
Looking for a great all-season tire that will perform good in snow for my toyota highlander 2012
Wednesday, August 7, 2013 by ben@tirerack:
Javier what size tires do you have?
Thursday, August 15, 2013 by Pat:
Hello Ben,

I'm looking for a new set of all-season tire that will work best in snow for my Honda Civic 2007 2 doors EX 205/55/R16 can you please advise?
Friday, August 16, 2013 by ben@tirerack:
Pat, look at either the Hankook Optimo H727 or Continental Extreme Contact DWS. Hankook will have longer tread life, Continental will have more responsive handling and better wet traction.
Tuesday, August 20, 2013 by Jill:
Hello, I need to purchase a set of all season tires for winter driving in the Colorado mountains. I have a manual 2000 Passat Wagon, 4 cyl, turbo. I want to get best tire I can given cost limitations. I have Firestone Firehawks now and liked them. Tire size needed is 195 65R15. Thank you, Jill
Monday, August 26, 2013 by Sergio:
Looking for the best all season tires for Northeast weather (mainly snow). 2003 Honda CRV, 205-70-15. Currently looking at Yoko Geo ATS. Any suggestions? Thank you
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 by ben@tirerack:
Hi Sergio,

The Geolandar AT-s is one of the best in that size for snow. If you need more snow traction than that, consider a dedicated winter tire.
Thursday, September 5, 2013 by Luke:
Hi, I'm looking for a set of all season tires that will work great with a snowy winter. My tire size is 205/40r17.

Thanks!
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 by Beth:
I have a 2008 Saab 9-3 (215/55/R16)and I'm looking for a set of all season tires that handle really well in snow and wet conditions. I live in New England and and drive about a hour each way to work, about 70% highway (speed usually in the area of 80mph.) All tires are great in sunny dry weather. Looking at either Michelin Primacy MXM4 or Continental Extreme Contact DWS. If they could be good on mileage and price that would be a bonus.
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 by ben@tirerack:
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 by ben@tirerack:
Tuesday, September 24, 2013 by SJ:
I live in the Northeast(ice and snow) and would like to know what the best all season tire would be for a 2012 Kia Sorento Ex with front wheel drive?
Tuesday, October 1, 2013 by Ron:
I drive a 2003 Mazda MPV minivan. I'm looking for a good all season tire that can handle the snowy roads here in Wyoming. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Tuesday, October 8, 2013 by Jim:
Best All-season tires for handling and stopping on wet, icy, snowy roads for 93 Buick Park Ave? (205/70R15)Thanks
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 by ben@tirerack:
Tuesday, October 22, 2013 by Bill:
Hello, I am looking for the best All Season tire with good snow performance for Maxima SE 2002, 225/50/17....within the price point of 125.00-150.00 range ...live in Massachusetts. Thanks
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 by ben@tirerack:
Tuesday, October 29, 2013 by Tom:
I'm looking for a suggestion on all season tires, good in snow, for a 2012 Altima 3.5. The tires are 215/55/17. The OE Bridgestone Turanzas scare me in winter. Price is no barrier.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013 by Mark:
Have an 07 Toyota Rav4 Sport AWD needing another new set of paws. Majority of driving is done on hard surface, but do drive to mid-Atlantic and Northeast ski resorts throughout the winter and a few trips out west are again possible if I feel comfortable with the vehicle otherwise. Looking for an all-season with good grip, low noise, good gas milage, and moderate to good tread life. Am willing to pay a little more for ideal tire that fits my needs. Tire size is 235/55R18. Any recommendations?
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 by Mark:
Hi Ben - I'm looking for the confirmed best All Season snow-performers I can get for my girlfriend's 2012 Hyundai Elantra. We are in Western NY and get our fair share of snow! I don't want her sliding off the road and getting stuck. Thanks, Mark
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 by ben@tirerack:
Hi Mark,

For the RAV4, I would look at these:
http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Continental&tireModel=PureContact+with+EcoPlus+Technology&partnum=355VR8PUREC&vehicleSearch=false&fromCompare1=yes&affiliate=HJ7

On the Elantra, they actually make that same tire in both the 15" and 16" sizes that could be on it. Make sure to check what is on the car to get the right size.
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 by Michelle:
Hi Ben,
Just a follow-up to your reply to Mark who is looking for tires for his girlfriend's Elantra. I also have a 2012 Elantra and live in Western NY as Mark does. The tire you recommended says it's good for wet roads and light snow. We get alot of snow at times in this area. I'm also looking for some all-season tires, but am concerned that this tire description says light snow. Is there something better? Thanks, Michelle
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 by ben@tirerack:
Hi Michelle. Any all-season tire is a compromise between summer and winter traction, so their descriptions will all say recommended for light snow, or some similar phrasing.

Going to a true winter tire will give substantially better traction. For any driver who is seriously concerned with snow traction, the confidence provided by proper winter tires cannot be equaled by anything in the all-season category.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 by Robin:
I have a 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland. Need 4 tires for a lot of highway travel in winter. 20". What do you suggest. Micheline doesn't make the 20" for my car.
Friday, November 15, 2013 by ben@tirerack:
Saturday, November 30, 2013 by Josh:
Hi - I'm looking for the best all-season tire for a 2011 Kia Sorento LX front-wheel drive. I live outside of Boston and the local roads are not always well-plowed after a big snowfall.
Friday, December 20, 2013 by John:
Looking for a set of tires for my son's 2002 Volvo S60 2.4T, size 235/45R/17. Car was bought in Florida few months ago with set of Nankang NS 20's on it and driven to Michigan, and did not do well in first snowfall. Suggestion for best set of all seasons-he is a med student and needs sound transportation to get to rotations at nearby hospitals.

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