Performance Winter Tires vs. Studless or Studdable Winter Tires

Winter tires can be divided up into two basic levels, Performance Winter / Snow and Studless Ice and Snow or Studdable Winter / Snow. 

Performance Winter / Snow
  • Best if you live in an area that does not receive much snow and ice or where the roads are usually plowed
  • Will allow you to preserve a lot of the handling you had with your performance tires
  • Will not perform as well as Studless Ice and Snow or Studdable Winter / Snow tires in harsh conditions
Some good examples: Dunlop Winter Sport 3D, Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60 and Michelin Pilot Alpin PA3.

Studless Ice and Snow or Studdable Winter / Snow
  • Provide the best snow and ice traction
  • Handling won't be as responsive as a performance or all-season tire
  • Can sometimes be louder than other tires 
Some good examples are the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70, Michelin X-Ice Xi2 and Continental ExtremeWinterContact

The option you choose will depend on what qualities you think are best suited to your area and driving style. Any of them will be much better than an all-season tire.

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