Consumer Reports: Winter Tires 2018
Winter tires have a tread with more biting edges for better grip on snow and ice than all season tires, and many have a softer rubber compound that remains flexible in extremely cold temperatures.
Size tested: 215/60R16.
Michelin X-Ice Xi3
Excellent for severe winter driving with perfect snow traction and stopping grip on ice. But relatively long dry and wet stops.
Nokian Hakkapeliitta R2
Excellent for severe winter driving because snow traction and grip on icy surfaces is excellent. Comfortable ride and low rolling resistance for fuel efficiency. But relatively long dry and wet stops.
Bridgestone Blizzak WS80
Excellent for severe winter driving. Perfect snow traction and grip on icy surfaces, but relatively long dry and wet stops.
Cooper Weather-Master WSC
A very good choice for moderate to severe winter weather conditions. Fair braking on cleared roads and handling.
Toyo Observe G3-ICE
A great choice for snowy road conditions. Fairly noisy and long stops on cleared roads. Fair handling.
Continental WinterContact SI
Excellent for severe winter driving. But long stops on wet roads.
General Altimax Arctic
Impressive winter performance without the studs and a tends to be attractively priced. Fair braking on dry and wet roads, and handling.
Dunlop Winter Maxx WM01
This tire has excellent snow traction and braking on ice. Also it has long stops on cleared roads.
Nokian WR G3
Sacrifices some winter grip for well rounded performance. A great choice for moderate winter conditions or infrequent snow storms. The WR G3 is for drivers who don't want the inconvenience of a winter tire change over.
A winter tire for all year use. It is a good balance of snow traction, braking on icy and dry roads and secure handling.