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 conditions.
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
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 tire.
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 ice.
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.