Best All-Season Tires for Snow
By: Discount Tire
Whether you live in a part of the country that transforms into tundra or the odd winter storm, hitting the road during the winter season can come with a few driving challenges—especially if you aren’t planning on picking up a set of winter tires this year.
Many all-season tires provide a wide range of acceptable performance traits because they compromise in certain aspects like winter traction, dry performance, etc. But there are some all-season tires that are designed specifically to be better than your garden variety all-season in winter driving conditions.
Please note that if you live somewhere that has snow for more than a few weeks, your best bet is still going to be a dedicated set of snow tires or even a full winter tire and wheel package. Doing so will get you the best possible traction on ice and snow while prolonging the life of your non-winter tires.
So if the forecast isn’t looking too bad in your area, your state’s department of transportation is good about clearing the roads, or you don’t have very far to go and you can pick and choose when you need to drive, our top recommendations for the best all-season tires for snow might be all you need this winter.
Michelin CrossClimate 2
The Michelin CrossClimate 2, the newest update on their other Michelin CrossClimate tires, is a strong all-season tire built to give drivers of cars, crossovers, and SUVs responsive handling and braking performance combined with safe, reliable grip in any weather condition.
With a rich history of innovation, Michelin packed the CrossClimate 2 with all the bells and whistles when it comes to getting the most out of an all-season in cold climates. Case in point: its Thermal Adaptive Tread Compound creates grip across a wide range of temperatures for dependable performance specifically in winter weather.
The CrossClimate 2 also has 3-D SipeLock technology. Its sipes lock together when cornering for added stability, but its real benefit is in all of the extra biting edges each sipe creates. This is huge when it comes to creating confident grip in wet and snowy weather.
It should come as no surprise that the Michelin CrossClimate 2 features the Three Peak Mountain Snowflake symbol, certifying it for use in extreme winter weather.
And because it’s a Michelin product, you can also count on the CrossClimate2 for a smooth ride over its long service life. (Did we mention there’s a 65,000-mile treadwear warranty on these?)
For stellar year-round performance that can manage some of winter’s biggest challenges, it’s hard to beat the Michelin CrossClimate 2.
Goodyear Assurance WeatherReady
If you pride yourself on always being prepared, the Goodyear Assurance WeatherReady might be the perfect all-season tire to get you through the snow, slush, and ice of winter.
Leveraging Goodyear’s decades of research and development, the Assurance WeatherReady features the latest in all-season tech, including a Soybean Oil-infused rubber compound that helps the WeatherReady stay pliable in cold temperatures for grip on ice and snow.
It also features Weather Reactive technology, using Goodyear’s Evolving Traction Grooves and and TredLock technology to stabilize the tread during turning and braking by opening up more biting edges when temperatures drop to freezing and below.
The WeatherReady is so prepared for winter weather that it also features the Three Peak Mountain Snowflake symbol for use in severe winter weather.
In short, a set of Goodyear Assurance WeatherReady tires should help youtube where you need to go this winter.
Continental ControlContact Tour AS Plus
Don’t count out the Continental ControlContact Tour A/S Plus. It’s designed to balance all-season performance, ride comfort and long-lasting tread life in locations that get hit with winter weather.
Built with full-depth sipes and traction grooves, the A/S Plus provides competent grip in challenging winter weather, including light snow. It’s also built with Continental’s ECO Plus tread compound, which doesn’t just help improve fuel efficiency, it also helps resist uneven treadwear. That means you’ll get all season performance that lasts from one winter to the next.
Continental supports the Control Contact Tour A/S Plus with an impressive 80,000-mile treadwear warranty, but it also comes at the cost of some winter traction.
If you’re in an area where winters are long and harsh and you have to deal with more than light snow and occasional ice, you’ll want a dedicated set of winter tires if not one of these other options.
The best all-season tires for snow? It’s a tricky question to answer since even the best all-season tire isn’t going to perform as well on ice, snow, slush, or freezing-temp road conditions as the worst dedicated snow tire. However, you can definitely make the best of it with the above all-season picks while still being ready for spring!
Find a location near you and we’ll get your all-season tire needs handled, as well as any other tire-related questions answered before the next winter storm hits!