The Best All Season Tires for Snow
Winter is fast approaching, and while we always recommend buying a set of winter tires to swap on for the colder months, we understand not everyone will follow that advice. You may be in need of some new all-season rubber and don’t relish the idea of buying winter tires now, only to repeat that spend in 4 months on a set of all-seasons for the summer months.
So what do you do?
Well, one option is to get a set of all-seasons that can help get you through winter. We often refer to all-seasons as 3-season tires. And even the worst winter tires provide better grip than the best all-seasons do in true winter conditions.
Of note, please don’t be fooled by the “M+S” rating on the side of all-season tires. While this stands for mud and snow, it’s not an indication that these are truly snow-capable. For tires that are designed for snow, they will come with a three-peak mountain snowflake symbol on the sidewall. These have been certified by the Rubber Manufacturers Association as a true winter tire.
Another option are 4-season or all-weather tires. More on those later.
The Best All Season Tires for Snow
Michelin LTX A/T 2
It’s almost impossible to go wrong with a Michelin tire and the technology infused into the LTX A/T 2 makes that statement even more true.
These tires make use of a unique tread design that maintains siping even as the tread wears away. That is a big issue even with winter tires, which can have plenty of tread depth left, but if there’s no siping, they aren’t doing much.
Bridgestone Dueler A/T Revo 2
The Dueler A/T Revo 2 uses a similar philosophy, with a dual layer tread compound that reveals a more wet-weather capable compound once the initial layer wears off.
This gives it exceptional grip in the wet even after thousands and thousands of miles. As a result, it’s winter performance is well above average.
Pricing starts at $142 a tire.
Firestone Destination A/T
Firestone’s Destination A/T tire is more than capable off-road and those features make it impressive all year round. It’s more of a value tire, so don’t expect winter performance on-par with the Bridgestone or Michelin, but you can certainly do a lot worse. Pricing starts at $172 a tire.
Michelin LTX M/S2
Finding a second Michelin on this list (or any list for that matter) shouldn’t surprise you. While our top pick above is the LTX A/T 2, which is an all terrain tire, the LTX M/S2 is a more conventional all-season touring tire.
With fitments for trucks, if you’re shopping for tires for a crossover, the A/T 2 lineup may be more limited, wile the M/S2 will have a larger selection.
Perhaps the best reason to opt for the LTX M/S2 in this instance is that while it might give a bit in terms of grip, it offers far superior comfort, quietness and a longer life.
Pricing starts at $199 a tire.
General Grabber HTS
Another affordable option is the General Grabber HTS 60. A highway terrain tire, it melds the best features of a touring all-season tire and an all-terrain tire. As a result, it has plenty of built-in off-road features that will keep it functioning in winter weather. We also love that as a highway terrain tire it comes with a 65,000 mile limited treadwear warranty.
Pricing starts at $105 per tire.
Michelin Defender LTX M/S
Not to be confused with our top option (the LTX A/T2) the LTX M/S trades off-road capable for on-road performance. While you’d expect it wouldn’t hold up as well in snow (and to be fair, it won’t) it’s tread design and compound designed for wet weather, make it a decent offering.
The zig-zag sipes and MaxTouch design of the tread deliver more contact area with the ground – which is critical when it’s wet.
You’ll also love the fantastic 70,000 mile limited treadwear warranty (on T, H and S rated tires).
If the LTX A/T2 is ideal for trucks, the Defender LTX M/S might just be the best option for crossover owners. Pricing starts at $138 per tire.
General Altimax RT
If the Defender LTX M/S is the premium option for crossovers, think of the General Altimax RT43 as the value choice. It has plenty of smaller fitments for compact crossovers and is extremely affordable (tires start at just $69 each).
Pricing starts at $104 per tire.
Continental ExtremeContact DWS
While Continental’s ExtremeContact DW is an ultra high performance summer offering, the ExtremeContact DWS is an all-season option that is surprisingly good in the wet and snow. In fact, it’s wet performance is often rated above that of the summer-only version, while the unique tread design and compound make for surprising capability in the snow and on ice.
The tire’s name has a lot to do with how it performs, particularly over time. With the letters D, W and S stamped into the tread itself, once the S wears away it’s no longer ideal for winter weather. And once the W wears away, it’s now really just a dry-weather tire.
We’d recommend this option for higher-performance luxury SUVs and crossovers. Pricing starts at $138 per tire.
Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology
For trucks and SUVs –
Nokian WR G3
The final option on our list of the best all season tires for snow is a bit of a cheat. And it’s not alone either.
The Nokian WR G3 isn’t an all-season tire. It’s also not a winter or summer tire. It’s what is often called a four-season or all-weather tire, because it’s essentially an all-season tire that is certified as a true winter tire as well.
We highlight these Nokians because the Finland-based tire manufacturer makes some of the absolute best winter tires. These tire will grip in the snow, slush and even on ice, plus they’ll not only hold up, but excel in summer conditions.
The WR G3 is consistently rated above many ultra high performance winter tires.