The Best All-Season Tires in Snow: Be More Prepared
While these aren’t snow-specific tires, they’ll offer improved grip in a pinch.
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Maintaining traction is one of the most important aspects of driving. Having good traction means you're in control and able to safely navigate the road, protect yourself and your occupants, as well as protect every child, adult, or animal that could unexpectedly cross your path. Or a gaggle of all three—yikes!
One of the best ways to maintain traction in all seasons and scenarios is with a good set of All-Season tires. All-Seasons come in many sub-categories and ratings, but let's focus on ones that do particularly well in snow. They won't perform better than a dedicated second set of wheels with snow/winter tires, which we recommend if you live in a climate that sees a lot of it. But the top-brand models in this buyer's guide will do better than the vast majority of other All-Seasons out there. And certainly better than any Summer or DOT track tire—please don't rock those in the snow.
Without further adieu, here are the best All-Season tires for snow.
Michelin CrossClimate 2
- Good size availability
- Excellent overall grip
- Sharp steering
- A little loud
- Ride stiff
- Decrease in fuel economy
BFGoodrich Advantage Control
- Low Noise
- Great overall traction
- Good ride quality
- Lower size availability
- Lower reported life than what's advertised
Pirelli Scorpion Weather Active
- Great overall traction
- Confident acceleration and braking
- Low size availability
Summary List of All-Season Tires In Snow
We whipped up this list after taking the time to read through professional and consumer reviews of brand-name all-season tires. We wish that we could mount them all up to something fun—like a Jaguar F-Pace SVR or other raucous crossovers—and figure them out for ourselves, but that's sadly not in the cards. Yet. Based on users' reviews, plus pricing and sizing availability, we deemed these to be six of the top options on the market. For more on how we come up with our buyer's guide lists, check this out.
The Best All-Season Tires in Snow
Solid size availability
Higher than average treadwear rating
Excellent grip in almost all non-performance driving senarios
Sharp steering in the wet
A little on the loud side
Good grip comes at the expense of lower fuel economy
Ride a little stiffer than the competition
Michelin's entry in this packed-and-stacked arena is its CrossClimate 2, a 640 treadwear Grand Touring All-Season that comes in a wide variety of sizes. This means it's as at home on a small sports car as it is on a large crossover SUV. Reviews across the board are quite complimentary, especially when it comes to wet and cold weather performance. Users report that they're a little loud and ride a little stiff, but on the whole, it sounds like the positives far outweigh the negatives.
Good ride quality
The sizing chart as other models
Negative impact to fuel economy
Some users report lower life than its 700 treadwear rating would normally entail
American tire brand BFGoodrich confidently steps into the ring with its Advantage Control, a 700 treadwear Grand Touring All-Season. Like the Michelin above, folks say a lot of nice things about it. Though it looks like grip isn't quite as universal as the Michelins, and users report lower-than-expected tire life. But otherwise, the Advantage Control packs a lot of value for what it offers.
Excellent overall traction, dry or wet
Great acceleration and braking in winter conditions
Low variety of sizing
This 700 treadwear Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season by Pirelli sports a, well, sporty ride for being a type of tire that's normally not associated with such an adjective. On top of that, users say it gets great overall traction, to boot. How could one really go wrong when mounting this compound up to their crossover or SUV? Well, it's a bit on the pricy side and sadly doesn't come in many sizes. In fact, based on a quick glance at the sizing chart, it looks like it's primarily geared towards high-end luxury makes and models, only.
Great selection of sizes
High treadwear rating
Comfortable ride quality
Not as grippy as other similarly priced options
Not as communicative
Like other tires we've rounded up for this buyer's guide, the Weatherpeak by Bridgestone possesses a treadwear rating of 700. This rubber's moderately priced and possesses good ride quality. However, in professional testing, it scored noticeably lower than the above Michelin, and users found it to lack communication. Still, it's a well-rounded all-season that will surely beat something with less all-conditions focus.
Good size selection for coupes, sedans, and small crossovers
Great wet traction
SUV and larger crossover buyers might not find the size they need
A bit noisy
German tire brand Continental's got a going in the PureContact LS. It's a 700 treadwear meat that sports great wet traction and at a great price, and would mount up to most modern coupes, sedans, and crossovers. Though, users report that its winter/snow traction isn't as good as its competition, and it's a bit loud.
Great size availability for coupes, sedans, wagons, and small crossovers
Impressive snow traction
Comfortable ride quality
Lower treadwear rating than competition
Lacking in grip in other areas
Rounding out this buyer's guide is Firestone's Weathergrip. This 640 treadwear meat surprised users with above-average snow traction and a good overall ride quality, and in a very reasonably priced compound. However, it didn't quite stack up to its competition in normal wet and dry traction. Still, considering its massive size selection for many types of vehicles, it'd probably be a good overall tire for most folks.
Typically, anything priced around $200 per tire in a common 17-inch size seems to the average. Nobody said tires were cheap, but there are ample options both higher and lower than that figure, and thankfully, they carry higher-than-average treadwear ratings.
You've got questions. The Drive has answers.
Q: Should I select an all-season that performs well in snow as opposed to having multiple sets of wheels?
A: We're of the opinion that you should have the best tires for the climate you live in. If you see both a lot of snow and high summer temperatures, nothing beats having dedicated winter/snow tires on one set of wheels, and some form of all-season on another. It's worth the peace of mind. However, all of the tires in this buyer's guide will perform reasonably well on snow and ice.
Q: Should I even worry about this if my car has four-wheel or all-wheel drive?
A: You absolutely should—traction control across all four wheels can only do so much. No pun intended, but it all comes down to where the rubber meets the road.
Q: What should I do if I encounter black ice?
A: Follow our handy-dandy guide, that's what!