Fun in the Snow: Winter / Snow Tire Options for Your 2015+ Subaru WRX

Speed or practicality? With the Subaru WRX you don't have to choose just one, you get both. However, if you live in the snowbelt, you'll need a set of dedicated winter tires to get your WRX ready to handle winter's toughest conditions.

Winter / Snow Tire Category

As covered in "Which Winter Performance Category is Right for You?", tire engineers are challenged with the diametrically opposed tasks of creating a tire with great snow grip and dry road handling. There is no "super tire" that does it all, so you need to decide whether you value the optimal ice and packed snow grip of the Studless & Ice Snow category or the better dry road handling found in the Performance Winter / Snow group. 

Winter Wheels

Once you make your snow tire choice, our website brings up a list of winter wheels to allow you to create a Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package. These wheels have finishes that are more resilient to road salt compared to our full wheel list. Your Original Equipment WRX wheel is 8" wide with a 55 mm offset. Ideally you should find a wheel with a similar offset to maintain steering feel and driving dynamics. 

Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)

The WRX uses valve stem mounted TPMS sensors that need be initialized as you install your winter tires or swap out between sets. Either your dealer or installer can initialize the sensors. You can also do it yourself with the ATEQ Quickset initialization tool.

Studless Ice & Snow Package

If you're going with Studless Ice & Snow tires for better ice and packed snow grip, you might as well go all out and get the option with the best overall grip, the Bridgestone Blizzak WS80. In addtion to maintaining its edge on ice and packed snow, Bridgestone made great strides in dry handling so that dry road compromise is much less compared to the previous-generation Blizzak WS70.

235/45-17 Studless Ice & Snow Bridgestone Blizzak WS-80 $173.28*
Bridgestone Blizzak WS80
17x7.5 ET53 Silver Sport Edition CS3 $108*
Sport Edition CS3


Performance Winter / Snow Package

For a Performance Winter / Snow package, look at the Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3 as it tested well on ice for its category and the tire's dry road handling prowess will help the WRX maintain its sporting nature.

235/45-17 Performance Winter Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3 $178.00*
Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3
17x7.5 ET53 Silver Sport Edition CS3 $108*
Sport Edition CS3

Create a Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package and tackle everything winter throws your way. 

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