Consumer Reports: Performance Winter/Snow Tires 2018
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.
Yokohama W.Drive V905
Top rated performance winter tire is suited for most winter weather conditions. But it has some tread noise.
Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4
Impressive winter driving traction and good performance on cleared roads. Fair rolling resistance though competitive in class.
Bridgestone Blizzak LM-32
This tire has well balanced performance to tackle most winter weather conditions. But it has some tread noise, typical for many winter tires.
Hankook Winter i*cept evo2 W320
Good for moderately severe winter weather conditions. It has very good snow traction and excellent braking on ice.
Falken Espia EPZ II
Strong winter driving traction comes at the expense of wet grip. Dismal wet braking and wet handling. Long dry stops, too. Some tread noise and fair for ride comfort.