Looking for the Best Winter / Snow Tires?

It's that time of year again. The kids are back in school, football season has started and winter weather will be here before we know it. With that in mind, it is really never too early to get your vehicle ready for the inevitable snow and ice that's on the way. Fortunately, there's never been a better time to consider winter / snow tires. The technology and performance in the winter elements is truly remarkable. If you've never driven on a set of winter / snow tires, it's hard to understand how good they can be. Talk to anyone who has and he or she will tell you they will never, ever, go back to driving in the winter without them.

Every season I get asked, "What's the best snow tire?" Well, that may depend on what kind of vehicle you have, what kind of conditions you'll encounter and what you want the tire to do. Below are my top choices in the popular winter performance categories.

Studless Ice & Snow

Tires in this category will satisfy most drivers as they are developed to maximize snow and ice traction without the inconvenience of using winter tire studs. These tires are designed for the worst conditions. My top choices are the Michelin X-Ice Xi2 and Bridgestone Blizzak WS70. The Michelin X-Ice Xi2 will be replaced in most sizes by the Michelin X-Ice Xi3 and I expect it to be just as good, if not better, than the Xi2.

Michelin X-Ice Xi2
Michelin X-Ice Xi2
Bridgestone Blizzak WS-70
Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

Performance Winter / Snow

Performance Winter / Snow tires are designed for drivers of high performance sports cars, luxury coupes and sedans. They offer good winter traction, but on dry pavement they'll act and behave more like your summer performance tires and aren't as soft as a Studless Ice and Snow tire. My top choices in this category are the Michelin Pilot Alpin PA3 and Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D.

Michelin Pilot Alpin PA3
Michelin Pilot Alpin PA3
Dunlop Winter Sport3D
Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D

Light Truck/SUV Studless Ice & Snow

These tires feature the newest in tread design and compound technology to provide winter traction for cars and light trucks without using metal tire studs. They trade a little handling and high speed capability for great ice and snow traction. My top two choices in the category are the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1 and the Michelin Latitude X-Ice Xi2.

Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1
Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1
Michelin Lattitude X-Ice Xi2
Michelin Latitude X-Ice Xi2

Winter / snow tires will give you the confidence and peace of mind that you need to handle the worst winter conditions. After all, the tire is the only thing keeping you in contact with the road and in control of your vehicle.  


Thursday, September 27, 2012 by Dale

Looking for a performance winter / snow tire (with snowflake to full fill German winter driving law requirement) for 315 x 35 x17. Thanks.
Wednesday, October 3, 2012 by Steve

Hi Dale,

I'm sorry but there is no dedicated winter tire available in size 315-35-17.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 by ralph townsend

Are either of these snow tires available in run flat for a Mini Cooper S Countryman All 4?
Thursday, February 28, 2013 by steve

Regretfully they are not. The only runflat snow tire for your Mini will be from Pirelli.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013 by Valli

Can you please recommend which winter tires to get for Chevy express 2500 ?
Thank you
Thursday, October 31, 2013 by steve

I would suggest the Bridgestone Blizzak W695 for the Chevy Express.

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