Winter Tire Performance Categories—A Quick Review

Tuesday, October 5, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
To make sure you're equipped to choose a great set of winter / snow tires, we thought we'd take a minute to review the winter / snow tire performance categories. That way, you'll know exactly what you're looking at as you browse our collection of passenger tires. The tires ranked #1 in each of our performance categories are determined according to the survey results we get from our previous customers. (NOTE: Consumer preferences can change, so don't be surprised if different tires rank on top from week to week.) Take a look:

Performance Winter / Snow Tires
These tires provide enhanced dry road handling, but may compromise a bit when it comes to snow and ice handling.
Currently Ranked #1: Michelin Pilot Alpin PA3

Studless Ice and Snow Tires
These tires maximize winter snow and ice traction without having to add tire studs.
Currently Ranked #1: Michelin X-Ice Xi2

Studdable Winter / Snow Tires
These tires create traditional winter tire traction thanks to a series of studs that have been added to the tread.
Currently Ranked #1: General AltiMAX Arctic

Shop all winter / snow tires...and if you need it, our Winter Tire Decision Guide can help you determine what performance category is the best fit for you.

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