Best Run-Flat Winter / Snow Tires in 225/45R17

If you have a 2006-2011 BMW 3 Series, odds are you're considering run-flat winter / snow tires in 225/45R17. For the upcoming winter season, there are only two options left in stock: the Bridgestone Blizzak LM-25 RFT and Pirelli Winter 210 Sottozero Serie II RFT

Bridgestone Blizzak LM-25 RFT
Bridgestone Blizzak LM-25 RFT
Pirelli 210 Sottozero Serie II RFT
Pirelli Winter 210 Sottozero Serie II RFT

How Do They Compare? 

The Pirelli Winter 210 Sottozero Serie II RFT would be a noticeable step down in terms of snow and ice traction but would provide better dry grip and steering response compared to the Blizzak LM-25 RFT. In other words, a set of Blizzak LM-25 RFTs would offer your vehicle better winter traction than a set of these Pirelli car tires, but not quite as much dry grip and handling. 

While both options are quality tires, if you live in a light snow area and prefer a tire with better dry grip and faster steering response, but are willing to give up some snow and ice traction to get it, then you should purchase the Sottozero Serie II RFT. However, if you see more mixed conditions, or simply want a safer tire for better traction on ice and snow-covered roads, then I'd suggest the Blizzak LM-25 RFT.

Decision is Made, What's Next?

Buy tires online through Tire Rack, of course. Or, as always, contact one of our sales specialists for pricing and availability. Need an installer? Learn more about our Recommended Installer program by checking out my blog titled, "How Does Our Recommended Installer Program Work." 

Better yet, select a combination of winter / snow tires and rims (wheels) to create a Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package so you can do the installation yourself.


Thursday, October 27, 2011 by danny

iove your tires because they work really good!
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 by Jeremy

My truck has 235/55/18 tires, I found a great deal on 225/45/18 tires, I think they will fit but want a more knowledgeable opinion as I am not a tire specialist.
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 by Gary


The subject of this particular blog is about Run flat snow tires. To answer your question, we do not recommend using a smaller diameter tire size on a truck.
Friday, January 2, 2015 by Bryson

I currently have a 2008 Rav 4 with 225/65 R17 5 Spoke tires on my car, A friend of mine used to own a 2004 Rav 4 and he purchased winter tires which are 215 /70 R16 5 Spoke. Would these fit my Rav 4? Thanks in advance for your advice.
Saturday, January 3, 2015 by Gary


Yes, you can use 215/70R16 winter tires on the 2008 Rav 4.
Friday, April 10, 2015 by joe

can i downsize 20" to 18" wheels and tres on my 2012 grand cherookee limited without affecting the speedometer?
Monday, April 13, 2015 by Gary


Yes you can use size 265/60R18 on the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee without having problems with speedometer errors.

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