By M. W. Byrne

10 Best Winter and Snow Tires for Most Vehicles

Wherever you get your tires, whomever you trust with your safety, make sure you do the research and have the best gear available. We suggest these 10 snow tires, but all good recommendations are welcome.

General Tire Altimax Arctic

The Altimax still accelerates and brakes handily, turns respectably, and works in a wide range of conditions. Think of them as a strong silver medal you can get for a less-than-bronze price.  Purchase: $58+


Goodyear Ultra Grip

They cut road whine and slap to a minimum, which is a nice departure from most snow tires that tend to hum like that roommate you “disappeared.” Purchase: $62


Michelin X-Ice Xi3

The rubber uses a FleX-Ice silicate base that’s pure magic. When the road and temperature are warm, the rubber gets stiffer for superb grip in the wet and dry.  Purchase: $72+


Continental WinterContact Si

They grab and release in a predictable, natural way that works with braking and throttle to give you smooth road movement without as many jolts, skids, or overcorrections as other options. Purchase: $72+


Yokohama iceGUARD iG51v

On dry conditions the tires don’t do nearly as well, so keep these in reserve for the tough seasons, then get a good all-weather for the drier times.  Purchase: $76+


Falken Eurowinter HS439

If you want a performance tire without the performance price, but still want some decent engineering for your roadster baby, give the Eurowinter a look. They’re a wannabe that actually clears the bar on a budget.  Purchase: $83+


Bridgestone Blizzak WS80

NanoPro-Tech Multicell material helps wick moisture off of the tires as they move so you’re always getting a drier tread. When things dry out, bite particles mixed in grab the road for acceleration that dazzles.  Purchase: $86+