The Best Winter / Snow Tires for Dry and Wet Roads

As we head into the winter season, it's important to remember that not every winter / snow is appropriate for every climate. While northern climates in the United States and most drivers from Canada can find logic with an aggressive Studless Ice & Snow tire, this performance category isn't necessarily for everyone.


Dunlop SP Winter Sport 4D

Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4


If the majority of your winter is spent on dry plowed roads or wet slush, you may want to consider a Performance Winter / Snow tire. Tires in this category have higher speed ratings than those in a Studless Ice & Snow category and are known for more responsive handling on plowed or wet surfaces. With these higher speed ratings, the tires feel more composed at speed and perform better in transitions with sharp steering inputs. Make no mistake, while Performance Winter / Snow tires may not be quite as favorable in deep snow or on ice as a Studless Ice & Snow tire, they are beyond capable in winter conditions. Two options worth considering in the category are the Dunlop SP Winter Sport 4D and the Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4.

To learn more about the differences between winter performance categories, read "Understanding the Tire Performance Categories for Winter / Snow Tires."

Comments

Sunday, October 1, 2017 by Steven

Looking for set of ice/snow tires (Michellin X?) with steel rims also, installed, for my 2013 Hyundai Accent GLS.
2-3 choices you can offer?
Wednesday, October 4, 2017 by Tire Rack Team

Steven,

We have steel wheels in 13 inch and then the tire size would be 175/70R14 and the Michelin X-Ice Xi3 is available in that size which is their newest and only ice/snow tire made: https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Michelin&tireModel=X-Ice%20Xi3&partnum=77TR4XI3XL&tab=Survey&affiliate=GU9

As far as other options in that tire size there is one other tire like this by Yokohama called the IceGuard IG52C.
Sunday, November 5, 2017 by Brodie

Hi, currently have an 2014 acura mdx (245/55R19) Looking for a good snow/winter tire. Should I buy winters in the original wheel size or buy some steelies with a smaller size? Thanks!
Tuesday, November 7, 2017 by Tire Rack Team

Brodie,

We do not have an steel wheels for your MDX but downsizing to 17 inch is recommended as it is less expensive and works better in winter conditions. -- seth@tirerack.com

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