Consumer Reports: Performance Winter/Snow Tires 2019

Performance winter tires have higher levels of snow and ice grip and keep some of the handling and cornering capabilities of the performance tires they replace, but they're not always as good as all-season tires on dry and wet pavement and tend to wear out faster.

Size tested: 215/60 R18.

  1. Vredestein Wintrac Pro - Winner Recommended
    Test Score:
    78
    Verdict:

    A top rated performance winter/snow tire combining strong winter performance, handling, and dry braking. Good wet braking.

    Snow Traction   Handling   Hydroplaning   Dry Braking   Ice Braking   Ride Comfort   Rolling Resistance  
    N/A 31
  2. Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4 Recommended
    Test Score:
    72
    Verdict:

    Very good dry and wet braking stopping performance is a rarity in the performance winter/snow category. Excellent grip on ice and very good snow traction.

    Ice Braking   Handling   Hydroplaning   Dry Braking   Wet Braking   Snow Traction   Rolling Resistance  
    85 24
  3. Nexen WinGuard Sport 2
    Test Score:
    71
    Verdict:

    A good balance of performance on cleared and snow covered roads. Excellent grip on icy surfaces and one of the quietest tires in the category.

    Snow Traction   Noise   Ice Braking   Hydroplaning   Rolling Resistance  
    N/A 29
  4. Yokohama W.Drive V905
    Test Score:
    70
    Verdict:

    Top rated performance winter tire is suited for most winter weather conditions. But it has some tread noise.

    Snow Traction   Ice Braking   Hydroplaning   Noise  
    77 24
  5. Hankook Winter i*cept evo2 W320
    Test Score:
    70
    Verdict:

    Good for moderately severe winter weather conditions. It has very good snow traction and excellent braking on ice.

    Snow Traction   Noise   Ice Braking   Hydroplaning   Wet Braking  
    78 19
  6. Bridgestone Blizzak LM001
    Test Score:
    67
    Verdict:

    This tire can tackle a wide range of weather conditions. Very good winter performance, though average braking and handling on cleared roads.

    Snow Traction   Noise   Ice Braking   Hydroplaning  
    76 39
  7. Toyo Observe GSi-6 HP
    Test Score:
    66
    Verdict:

    This tire ranks low among performance wnter/snow tires, but if you drive predominately on snow and ice covered roads, this tire is worth considering.

    Ride Comfort   Snow Traction   Ice Braking   Hydroplaning   Wet Braking   Handling  
    N/A 22
  8. Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3
    Test Score:
    66
    Verdict:

    Ranks low among the highly competitive performance winter/snow tire group, though offers solid performance for most road conditions.

    Dry Braking   Snow Traction   Ice Braking   Hydroplaning  
    81 39
Year
2019
Tire Test Original Link
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Max Score, points
100
Season
Winter
Auto Type
Passenger
List Type
Professional Tire Test
Region
Northern America
Date added
Sep 21, 2019
Date updated
Sep 22, 2019


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