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New All-Weather Tires Outperform Some Snow Tires | Consumer Reports

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Tired of swapping tires with the seasons? The goal of all-weather or variable-condition tires is to provide winter weather performance with a tire you can leave on your car year-round. Consumer Reports tested how two models fare in winter weather.
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  1. You didn't explain the difference between All-Season and All Condition tires, it seemed like you were going to.

  2. I'm skeptical, at best. The benefit of winter tires over "all-season" tires is mostly due to the former's softness, which also leads to their shorter lifespan. Barring some miraculous, physics-defying scientific breakthrough, that hasn't changed.

  3. BULLSHIT…….they dont perform nearly as good as your top tier snow tires. And their dry weather performance and handling¬†is HORRIBLE. Any product that does it all does NOTHING well.

  4. try driving in a -40 celcius blizzard in Chibougamau with these tires and tell me again how good they are. these tires are good for Midwest and new england. not for northern quebec. just like the michelin xi3 is the most overated tire ever. the michelin xi3 is good for Midwest and new england. not -40 celcius blizzard in northern quebec. the toyo observe gsi-5 consumer reports so much despise, is actually a stellar tire for extreme blizzard conditions. i have driven with these tires in conditions so extreme in winter, you would have cried for your mommy. the toyo observe gsi-5 has good tread depth, is tough as nail, and endure extreme cold of -55 celcius with wind factor. the michelin xi-3 was a failure in extreme blizzard conditions. of course they are all quality tires. but good winter tires for extreme conditions like a -40 blizzard they are not.

  5. Another reason to have all weather tires is if you travel back and forth from a temperate climate to cold climates. For example…San Francisco Bay Area to the Sierras. On a trip to Lake Tahoe from San Francisco, 150 miles of the 200 mile trip during the Winter is in temperatures from 50'F to 70'F but the last stretch and around the lake and ski resorts, freezing temperatures and snow and ice are common. I used to swap summer tires with dedicated snow/winter tires, but the winter tires would wear out very quickly because of the miles driven in temperate climates (central valley and bay area). Now, I swap from summer tires to all-weather tires during the winter and they perform close to a winter tire, but won't wear out quickly! I could just keep them on year round, but I like the summer performance of my summer tires and the style of the rims, so I still swap with the changing of the seasons. It's nice to have this option!

  6. Just like synthetic motor oil has a longer temperature range I would think rubber could be made to do the same, so just because you don't know about it doesn't mean it doesn't exist.

    From what I've read they do better than cheap snow tires but not top tier and are similar to all seasons in the dry and wet, wearing slightly faster in hot summer months.

    I've had mine on for a week and they are much better in the cold and rain than the summer performance tires it came with, as for snow all I've encountered was a light covering in Yellowstone Park and I don't think the surface was frozen underneath.

    Because I have two cars and have changed them more frequently than originally intended I've had several different kinds of snow tires, altimax artic, blizzak, xice-2, hakkapelita r, extreme contact, wildcat xt, winter i-pike.

    I can honestly say that as far as snow and ice the off brands are the only two I was disappointed with.
    The continental and hakkapelita r wore very fast as the roads here are plowed very quickly.

  7. Just get 2 sets of wheels. Summer and Winter. I rather know that I have tires made for that season. Dedicated tires that is. Plus there is no such thing as All Weather and All Season. They both mean the same thing. All season includes every weather. So when the narrator said "Not to be confused with All Season and All Weather" I just laughed. Go to TireRack.com and type in your vehicle information and bam all tires that are made for your vehicle. You can have it shipped to a highly recommended installer or have it shipped to your home. Best thing is, most tires are tested by TireRack and also there are ratings on how the tire performs in certain situations such as resistance to hydroplaning and ice traction.

  8. I would say, these are always 3 season tires at best. If you have short warm winter, but very variable weather at spring and autumn, these might be your best choice. But you really need serious summer tyres as well. And here where I live (western coast of Finland), I couldn't imagine that I don't have very good studded winter tyres on my car, even that I have to drive a lot on dry and wet tarmac on spring and fall. Nothing beats studded on ice, no matter what friction tyres you use. They are just too dangerous right then, when you need them most.

  9. A good compromise for those on a budget and with no room for spares. However I run a skinnier snow tire on 16in wheels. Wider 18's for Spring/Summer/Fall. Tires last longer. Making the money spent go farther too.

  10. Have these on my Subaru, performs like a jeep! Drove it through a decent snowfall in the Rockies and even drove straight in and out of a ditch today.

  11. I have Nokian WGR3 on my VW Vanagon. They are a extra load tire.I drive to and from Vancouver BC to Fort McMurray Alberta to work.I leave Vancouver 21C ,go through Kamloops ,Clearwater.Then from Blue River to Valemount -15C heavy wet snow roads covered on thick ice,.Kamloops can be +37C .These tires handle hot and cold temperatures every road condition .So I no longer need to carry 2 snow tires in the van.And Nokians are rated for winter mountain driving.Stopped quickly for a moose crossing in front of me driving home in November to Vancouver .These tires give a driver confidence .

  12. i have had TWO sets of the NOKIAN all weather tires for my 94 Celica GT and BOTH lasted just over 4 Years with great use
    and handled great too !! I used them ALL YEAR LONG in ANY weather and they did very good. SOLID PERFORMER !!!

  13. After moving to the Nokian Weatherproof all seasons tyres I have to agree that, for example, in the UK climate – you don't need a dedicated winter tyre. The Nokian's all season's are every bit as good in snow, as the two different brands of dedicated winter tyres I had, and even better in deep water.

    When compared with running just summer tyres – It puts the helping hand where I need it most, in snow and deep water. I don't feel any difference in summer with them – but then I don't race about. After talking to the Nokian dealer he made the point that Snow tyres (or any tyres) should be replaced at 3mm if you want any winter performance from them. He considered the 1.6mm UK replacement depth as particularly dangerous in Winter.

    I think all season tyres should come as standard on new UK vehicles. We might avoid a lot of winter carnage if this was the case.

  14. Hey Consumer Reports isn't trying to charge for You Tube viewing. So surprised since they try to charge for everything else. I subscribe to the magazine and yet they want more money for online access and vice versa.

  15. I used to run Michelin for summer and Gislaved for winter on a second set of wheels. It worked well for 7 seasons, then the Gislaved blew. I searched around and got Nokian WRG2 as my winter tire–I initially wanted Hakka's, but the dealer talked me into the G2's. I ran them as my winter tires, and used my summer tires which became Bridgestone's rather than Michelin.

    Eventually I started using my G2's for the summer as well. They were the best tires I've ever had; balanced them once, and never a shimmy for years. When the WRG2's wore, after 7 seasons, I sought another set, but found them to be discontinuing–I was not sure about the WRG3's preferring the G2's. Initially, I ordered the G2's since they were still available, and then changed the order towards G3's–why buy a discontinued tire.

    I can't say which one is better now, I really loved the G2's, but now I am used to the G3's. Have not had the chance to really test the G3's in winter driving as I did with the G2's–they were great in wet and snow–I used them for 7 winters.

    I am thinking about Hakka's because I moved North and into a hilly area; not sure if I need dedicated snow tires, or WRG3 would be adequate–I was thinking of getting some chains–but then, they are problematic, so might as well get some Hakka's. Or take a chance on WRG3 if snow is not extreme.

    I will only consider Nokian tires henceforth. They make a great tire–I've had Good Year, BF Goodrich, Michelin, Dunlop, Bridgestone; Nokian is the best.

  16. I had a chance to test the Nokians tonight on snow and ice. Overall, I was very impressed. Braking and turning was good, and drive grip was great. Hills were no problem going uphill. Downhill did result in some abs intervention when slowing from a decent speed but sliding was minimal.

  17. I had no idea all-weather tires were a thing. Good info. I'd love to see a video comparison for the all-weather tires vs winter for snow/ice handling & all-weather tires vs all-season or summer tires for dry & wet handling.

    I am so shocked by how many "professionals" encourage winter driving on all-season tires where I live. I recently got a Tacoma that comes stock with Toyo Open Country A30's (all-season) and I asked about getting those swapped for winter tires instead. "Oh you don't need to do that. They have excellent tread. They're brand new tires". 20 miles out of the dealership, one of the brand new Toyo tires blows out & I'm down to the rim….

    Both times I purchased new cars, I've had negative experiences with their stock tires. Kumho for my 2013 Veloster (swapped those out with Continental Extreme Contact DWS06 for wet/dry & General Altimax Artic for snow/ice) & now the 2017 Tacoma with Toyo tires. I'm swapping those out with General Altimax Artic for the winter & I'm still shopping around for dry. Still comparing all-season vs all-terrain tires

  18. no thanks I'll keep my general altimax Arctic studded and my Nokian hakkapeliitta 8 studded I don't mind changing them once a year if it's going to save my family from getting into an accident.. I've also had studless snow tires and they say those are as good as studded and I call BS on that too

  19. one thing nobody mentions , probably thats the only reason most of you believe bad time stories like this. A good quality winter tire has a certain percentage of silica composition usually first 30% of outer layer , what that does is softens when temp drops below 7' and hardens back when above…so till that day comes when all seasons are made like this , no all season can outperform this types of tires. Period !

  20. did they get to the part where they outperformed snow tires. Did I miss it, thought I was paying attention. and in my experience, an ice hockey rinks ice isnt as slippery as black ice or the ice ud slip on your ass on the sidewalk

  21. Some years ago I bought a set of Dunlop snow tires with silicon rubber. Well, I drove them in the summer, drove them across country to Florida and couldn't wear them out. So, after thirty-some thousand miles I discarded them because I wanted summer rubber.

    Now, some of the winter tires handle quite well. So, I'll probably never buy another summer tire but only winter tires and run them year around. Well, it sounds like the tires companies have finally figured this out too.

  22. I tried a set of WRG3 and I am totally disappointing. It is not as good as real winter tires during winter, and the poor summer performance make it more dangerous to drive on it during summer time.

    The snow grip is OK, but the ice grip is terrible, probably equal to normal all season tire. The summer performance is also poor. The stop distance is long, especially on wet pavement. I will not recommend WRG3 to anyone who purchase tire for safety reason.

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