Top 10 Passenger Car All-Season
Tires For Winter Driving
While driving in rough winter weather conditions on a set of
dedicated snow tires is always going to provide the best performance, what if you can only have one set of tires on
your vehicle all year round? A good set of all-season tires is the answer, but which models deliver the best
traction and grip in snow and ice?
Here's our look at the top all-season tires for winter driving. Our list is not
only based on our own experience, but reviews and comments made by other tire owners. Please note that our list is
not in any particular order. All ten tires make excellent choices.
The Defender scores well in winter driving due in part to
Michelin's IntelliSipe Technology. It provides hundreds of added sipes which feature biting edges
that deliver increased grip when traveling on wet or snow covered road surfaces. This is just one
reason why Consumer Reports says that the Defender is a tire with few shortcomings.
For an ultra-high performance all-season tire, the ExtremeContact
DWS has been a favorite for several years running. Expect to find excellent traction on cold wet
streets, as well as in light to moderate snow. The tire's unique crisscross grooves and high grip
silica tread compound deliver solid performance in a variety of rough weather
If you drive in milder amounts of snow and ice, the Pirelli P4
Four Seasons is a very good choice in new tires. A silica tread compound and computer optimized
sipe design combine to provide consistent driving performance on wet, snow or ice covered roads.
There's also up to an 80,000 mile tread warranty included on this model.
With its multi-directional sipes and Evaqua grooves around the
tread, the Signature II from Dunlop provides very good acceleration, braking and overall traction
in the snow and on ice. It's another all-season tire that rates well among drivers looking for a
solid performing tire for winter driving needs.
The Solus KR21 from Kumho makes the list due to its snow handling.
While not the best on ice, it does do quite well when driven in light or even heavier amounts of
snow. An advanced carbon compound and full depth sipes work together in delivering added traction
and handling in bad weather conditions.
As one of Hankook's most highly rated tires, the Optimo H727
delivers excellent performance in deep snow and on icy road surfaces. A custom-blended tread
compound and high-density sipes increase bite in packed snow and add more confidence when faced
with driving in winter weather.
Pirelli recently released their Cinturato P7 All Season Plus that
is not only more environmentally friendly, but its low oil and high-silica tread compound features
lateral and longitudinal sipes that deliver excellent traction in light or deep snow. This new
model is quickly becoming one of the best sellers among all tire models.
The PureContact from Continental has a lot of nice features, with
very good snow and ice traction being one of them. This tire sports Tg-F Polymers and +Silane
additives in the tread compound that combine with siped tread blocks and unique traction grooves
for enhanced grip on snow and ice covered roadways. Simply stated, an excellent all-around
It's no surprise that the ComforTred Touring from Goodyear
delivers a comfortable ride and longer lasting treadlife, but not a lot of drivers know that its
performance on snow and ice is among the best all-seasons tires on the market today. Notched tread
grooves and added siping around the tread give this model excellent bite on snow and
The Pilot Exalto A/S from Michelin has been around for a few years
now and delivers solid all-around high performance. It also features snow traction that is among
the highest in its class due to Michelin's Life Maximized All-Season Adherence Compounding. For
those looking for a more sporty option, this is a good choice.