In a consumer-orientated market like Canada, you have plenty of options when it comes to choosing a good set of winter tires. While more choice is always good, picking between the multitudes of different tires can be a little overwhelming. That’s why here at the Driving Change Automotive Group we’ve compiled our list of what we feel are the best winter tires. In no particular order, they are:
Bridgestone Blizzak WS 80
Bridgestone’s ‘Blizzak’ line of winter tires have been in production since the 1990’s, and it shows. Benefitting from years of research and development, the Blizzak WS 80’s provide excellent traction on snow and ice, while improving dry road grip and reducing road noise over previous generations. Bridgestone have even lowered the price recently in Canada, making them an excellent all-round choice.
Continental WinterContact SI
While sporting a new name, Continental’s WinterContact tires are an updated version of their old ExtremeWinterContact series of tires. As a result, they offer excellent traction in the snow and ice. They are designed to maintain a vehicle’s performance in winter, and as such show excellent grip during cornering and braking. A great choice for drivers who insist on maintaining their vehicle’s handling, even in winter.
Michelin X-Ice Xi3
A true rival for the Bridgestone’s, the Michelin X-Ice series of tires have also been around the block a few times. The result is a tire that offers the nearly the same amount of outright grip that the Blizzak’s offer, but with better road matters. Road noise is more subdued and overall tire life is reported be better as well, at the expense of some overall grip.
General Altimax Arctic
As Continental’s “bargain” brand, General offers tires that almost match the performance of the more expensive tires at a lower cost. The new General Altimax Arctic does exactly that: it offers traction close behind what the top tires offer, but at a price that isn’t as hard on your wallet. If you’re looking a solid winter tire, but don’t have a ton of dough to throw around, the General Altimax Arctic is a tempting choice.
Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4
Whereas Michelin’s X-Ice series of tires trades a little bit of outright grip for better road manners, their Pilot Alpin PA4 series is the opposite. If you drive a sporty car and want to maintain its handling, then this tire is your best choice. While the ride is a little rougher and a little louder, its handling and responsiveness on snow and ice are amongst the very best.
So that concludes our list of the top 5 winter tires for your consideration. Hopefully there was something that meets your needs. If you have other recommendations, or experiences with any of these tires, let us know in the comments below!