General AltiMAX Arctic vs. Firestone Winterforce

Are you still researching winter / snow tires? Well, Thanksgiving has just passed us by and it's time to pare down your list and decide what tires are right for your vehicle. And to help you with your decision, take a look at two options available in the Studdable Winter/Snow category: the Firestone Winterforce and General AltiMAX Arctic.

Firestone Winterforce
Firestone Winterforce
General AltiMAX Arctic
General AltiMAX Arctic

While a set of these Firestone auto tires and General winter tires can be studded ($15 per tire), most drivers are better off running them unstudded. Our testing found that driving without studs gives most drivers a better balance of snow traction, dry and wet road performance and ice grip.

Both tires are good choices but the General AltiMAX Arctic outperforms the Winterforce in many areas. The Firestone and General tires are comparable in moderate and deep snow, however the AltiMAX Arctic performs better in dry road handling, packed snow, ice and wet grip. Although all winter tires have tread noise, the AltiMAX Arctic has the added bonus of being significantly quieter. Customers agree with our test results as well, as this winter / snow tire is currently the top-rated tire in our Tire Survey Results.

General is owned by German tire manufacturer Continental, who supplies Original Equipment tires to many automobile manufacturers including Audi, BMW, Porsche and Volkswagen. So it's really no surprise that the AltiMAX Arctic is engineered so well to be a set of General truck tires for light duty applications, as well as a set of winter / snow tires for your SUV, coupe, sedan, minivan or crossover.

And whether you decide to purchase a new set of General AltiMAX Arctic tires or are looking for a set of Firestone tires for sale, use our Upgrade Garage to help you make an informed decision.


Wednesday, November 13, 2013 by Howard

Thanks for your report. Helps me make a decision. Altimax Artic would be my choice.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 by cy

Howard, thanks for your input, Cy.
Thursday, December 15, 2016 by Chris

It's been 5 years since your post. Would you still make the same recommendation- buy the Altimxax Arctic instead of Winterforce? Thank you!
Tuesday, October 31, 2017 by Tracey

I live in Pennsylvania and used the artic Altimax last winter. I was driving a ford Great in deep snow light snow and slush. Ok .... on ice covered roads. I drove through resort ski areas late at night no problems. hydroplane slightly in cold wet rain. I am trying firestone winterforce this year on my toyota camry
Wednesday, November 1, 2017 by Cy

Tracey, thanks for your input and have a safe winter. Cy.

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