Review of Winter Tires for a Honda Civic

In "Best Winter Tires for Honda Civic" I discussed outfitting my 2014 Honda Civic Si with Bridgestone Blizzak WS80 winter tires and Sparco Terra wheels in preparation for the upcoming winter months. After our initial blast of winter in October and November, I really haven't had a chance to try this tire in a real-world winter environment, outside of our in-house testing. The initial winter blast didn't last long and I was still using my factory 225/40R18 Continental ContiProContact tires, which did not perform well at all.  

As expected, the Honda Civic with the Bridgestone Blizzak WS80 is handling the snow, ice and slush amazingly well. Downsizing to the narrower 205/55R16 size is paying off. When approaching slush or snow, you can feel the car and tire slice through the wintry mix with ease. Handling and braking do suffer a slight bit with the more narrow tire, but I opted for this size for winter use, not for ultimate handling and braking. The ability to brake, turn and accelerate in harsh winter weather provides a level of confidence and capability that really needs to be felt to appreciate.

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Monday, August 14, 2017 by Jeff

Hey AJ,
I need to get new tires for my 2015 Hondi Civic Si. I live in MN and need something that will work well in the winter. Can't afford to get new rims for a different width right now. What would you recommend for all season that will get better traction in snow? Some have recommended the "Continental Extreme Contact DWS", but I've read some mixed things about them.

What would you recommend ?
225/40 R18 92V
Tuesday, August 15, 2017 by Tire Rack Team


The new version of that tire is called the Continental Extreme Contact DWS06 and it is the highest rated for snow traction in the all season performance category. I would recommend it if you are not going to use a dedicated winter tire:
Sunday, November 19, 2017 by Mike

Will 17” winter steelies fit on my 2017 Honda Civic si sendan
Monday, November 27, 2017 by Tire Rack Team

MIKE, yes we have 17-inch steel wheels for your car. Click here to see the correct fitment and your choices:

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