In "Affordable Tires for an Economic Choice," we discussed the Kumho Solus KR21 and Hankook Optimo H727. These all-season tires are offered in many sizes and are available for a variety of different applications. They also are a great value for all-season tires for areas with no or very light snow. If your area has moderate to heavy snowfall or if you are looking for increased confidence and safety when driving in winter, you should strongly consider using a separate set of winter tires during the colder months of the year.
And when it comes to the top performing winter tires in various categories, such as the top-rated Bridgestone Blizzak WS80 and Michelin X-Ice Xi3, they can come with a premium price point. However, value-oriented snow tires are less expensive and still provide better ice and snow traction than the best all-season tires.
Yokohama iceGUARD iG52c
General AltiMAX Arctic
The General AltiMAX Arctic is a tire that has received praise from our customers for many years for its great combination of winter traction and wear for a value-priced winter tire. While it is possible to stud these tires (in sets of four), most find that the tire's winter traction is more than adequate without the noise and reduction in wet traction that studded tires bring to the table.
The Yokohama iceGuard iG52c is a relative newcomer to our selection, but we are very happy to have it. It performed quite admirably in our ice rink testing, beating out a more expensive tire and finishing just behind the top-rated Bridgestone Blizzak WS80 and Michelin X-Ice Xi3 tires.