Does an All-Weather Tire Exist?

GHow to Confirm a Winter Performerrowing up, my Dad would always have all-season tires on our family cars for their long life and to have a little snow traction. When we moved into colder climates, studded snow tires became a fixture when the ice and snow began to pile up. As technology has improved, most winter / snow tires have a specialized rubber compound that has all but eliminated the need for studs while requiring the tire only be used in cold temperatures. 

Some Canadian provinces have laws requiring the use of tires that feature the "snowflake/mountain" symbol for severe winter conditions. To qualify for this rating, the tire's tread design and depth must provide 10% more snow traction than the standard or all-season tire. This symbol (pictured above) pertains only to the tread design and depth and does not guarantee any additional traction on ice or slick conditions compared to an all-season tire. To guarantee a proven performer, it's important to check not only for the right symbol but also the right rubber compound.Stopping Distance

Tire Rack has performed many tests in both the snow and on the ice to help customers see the difference in traction levels between winter / snow and all-season tires. In every case, the dedicated snow tire was able to stop in a shorter distance and turn in a tighter radius than the all-season option. If freezing rain or ice are a concern, only the specialized rubber compounds of a dedicated winter / snow tire will do.


Friday, December 5, 2014 by martin

Do you sell Nokian all-weather run flat tires?
Thursday, August 3, 2017 by brian skilton

need best all weather tire for kia rondo 205 60 16 thanks
Friday, August 11, 2017 by Doc


Based on our testing, our favorite tire to recommend (in your size) for All Season capability is the Continental True Contact ;

I hope this helps !
Thursday, August 31, 2017 by Bryan

I have a 2009 Toyota Tundra Regular Cab shortbox. I pull a 27 foot trailer to go from Langley BC to Arizona for the winter. The only real winter driving would possibly be the mountain passes and typically avoid bad weather. Oregon require a winter designated tire. 99.9% of the driving is on dry or wet pavement. I would like something that can handle a fair bit of weight to avoid trailer sway. The tire size is 275 55/20
What "All Weather" tire would you recommend?
Saturday, September 9, 2017 by Doc


Our best recommendation would be the Yokohama AT G015, as it has the Severe Snow Service designation, but has a fairly "highway friendly" tread pattern;
Sunday, October 15, 2017 by Kevin

What would your recommendation be for a 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0 Turbo?

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 by Charles Twitchell

I have a 2011 Honda Pilot EX-L and live in upstate New York. We get a ton of snow in the winter but for financial reasons need an all weather tire preferably with snowflake symbol. We do summer trips for vacation a couple times a year as well. What tire do you recommend
Friday, October 20, 2017 by Solomon Salazar

Thanks for the recommendations. I live in Colorado, commute 140 miles a day mostly interstate and highway. 2014 Ford Escape AWD. I just found the Toyo Celsius CUV and might think it's the perfect tire for me unless you say something different.
Friday, October 20, 2017 by Kent

Looking for a ALL WEATHER tire 245-76-16 2013 toyota tacoma 4x4

not just all season
Wednesday, November 1, 2017 by Shawn

I cannot seem to find any All Weather tires for my 2016 Ford Explorer. Tire size is 255/50 20 105. I have been scouring the internet and Tire shops and no one seems to have them. Any suggestions?
Friday, November 10, 2017 by Doc


We do not have access to any Severe Service tires (other than a dedicated snow tire) in your size either. Sorry for the inconvenience.
Monday, December 11, 2017 by Frank

From about late 2016, it seems that a new tire category "All weather tire" or "variable condition tire" were introduced. First with Michelin CrossClimate, then this year Nokian WRG3 and Toyo Celcius. Consumer Reports and others did some tests and found out they had comparable performance in winter conditions with conventional winter tires and in warmer conditions with conventional all-season tires. It looks like after all we do get some wonder tires. I guess they are just a result of technology advancement. Tirerack seems lacking information about this. (Dec. 2017)

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