This guide is authored by a regular contributor to the specialized Tire News Pneu Mag magazine, which he co-founded over 10 years ago. Consult our guide to the best winter tires for cars in Canada for The winter tire trade has evolved pretty quickly in recent years. Manufacturers increasingly focus on producing friction tires as opposed to studded tires. Recent winter models have treads designed to provide the best grip possible on road surfaces, by evacuating the thin layer of water that often covers icy roads.
That means snow tires. If you live in a snowy area, snow tires can be the difference between making it home safely and being towed out of a snowbank. In addition to having shallower tread, the rubber formulations of all-season tires mean that they harden in cold temperatures, which reduces grip. Snow tires, on the other hand, use softer rubber and grip better as temperatures decline.
Best Winter Tires for SUVs and Small Pickup Trucks 2018-2019
These tires also come with a one-of-a-kind compound that essentially seeks out water. The hydraulic coating operates exceptionally well in wet conditions, giving you additional vehicle dexterity when you need it most. Your handling is determined by your control over the vehicle, and is subject to change — with these tires, the playing field is leveled in your favor.
Choosing the best winter tires for your needs is not easy. With its exceptional traction on ice and top-of-the-line durability, the Latitude X-Ice Xi2 as earned the 1st place of our top 5. All Michelin tires on our website are covered with the Michelin Promise Plan.