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.
As one of the highest rated all-season tires, the TrueContact is
also one of the better AS models when it comes to winter performance. With its siped tread blocks
and unique traction grooves in the tread design, you can expect to find good all-around grip on
snow, slush and lighter amounts of ice.
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 CS3 Touring offers surprisingly good snow traction due in part
to its 3-D micro gauge sipes and four circumferential grooves around the tread. The sipe design
helps the tire grip hard packed snow and ice, as well as safely navigate slush and wet snow. With
its lower price and good overall performance, the CS3 makes for a solid value in an all-season
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
One of the key features that help the RT43 deliver excellent
winter driving performance is the Anti-Slip Sipe Design Technology in the tread. We’ve driven this
tire on wet snow, slush, hard-pack and even a bit of ice and found it to provide reliable traction.
In addition, the ride is comfortable and treadlife is long lasting.