The Best Winter Tires For Your SUV

Nov 7, 2016 by Cedric (Driver Weekly)

With winter quickly approaching, you need to make sure your SUV is ready to handle the tough weather, including snow and ice. In addition to a general inspection by your service center, this means swapping out your current tires for winter ones. These tires are designed to enhance traction and hold up to cold weather. Using all-season tires in the coldest areas can lead to a severe safety risks, since they won’t maintain their elasticity and will wear more quickly. If you are looking for the best winter tires for your SUV, you can always ask your mechanic for suggestions. Otherwise, consider one of these options.

Bridgestone Blizzak WS 80

These tires are great for SUVs, along with cars and other types of vehicles. The Blizzak line was the very first to have a unique rubber compound to enhance performance while driving on ice. The tread on these winter tires is less aggressive and shallower than others to optimize their use on ice. This enhances braking performance on ice and even helps with performance on dry roads. The tires have a good overall performance and a soft ride, making them ideal for winter and severe weather.

Continental WinterContact SI

Continental is known for producing reliable and affordable tires, and its SUV winter tires are no exception. They are easy to find with multiple sizes and you shouldn’t have a problem finding a set for the vehicles in your family. The only downside of this particular option is that that original tread depth is only 10/32 of an inch, meaning that they may not last as long as some other options. It is also worth noting that the treads are directional now, so if uneven wear occurs, you may not be able to rotate them in as many ways as other models.

Michelin X-Ice Xi3

These winter tires are almost always listed as one of the best options available, and for good reason. They offer excellent ride comfort and perform well on both dry and wet roads. They have been specifically optimized to handle snow and ice, making them ideal for SUV drivers in the winter. They are also quiet, last a long time, and are the best in class for pavement performance.

Nokian Hakkapeliitta R2

These tires are actually the best European option when it comes to braking on icy roads. They are not studded but were designed for use on ice in particular. It is true that they are a bit more expensive than some of the other options, like the Bridgestone Blizzak ones, but they are well worth it for their capabilities. Those who drive rear-wheel-drive vehicles known for their sportiness will be particularly happy with these Nokians since they handle well on the pavement and do very well in severe weather.

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