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

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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Luke Hoisington says:

how about ride quality?

erik freedom says:

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.

Johny Hansen says:

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 !

Rick James says:

how well do they wear? how’s the ride quality? Tire Noise? wet/dry road handling?

This video is pretty much useless…

SSJGohanMlm says:

Tire rack also tests on a skating rink too, so don’t get too excited. It’s not your idea

assclown says:

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

StalePhish says:

But look at the tread shoulder! It’s rounded like an all-season tire, not a sharp edge like a snow tire. That means it may perform well on ice or packed snow, but if you’re carving into fresh snow you’re not going to get the same turning bite, even if you are able to achieve the same stopping distance.

ChrisMag100 says:

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.

bbqboy70 says:

Well good job! How about dry and wet traction?

Pat Saison says:

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.

Clearanceman2 says:

Tires just get better and better. That’s a very good thing.


Try comparing these tires to the General Altimax with studs?

ShiftyKen 08 says:

That’s good, but you forgot to tell me how they perform in rain and dry pavement when compared to all season tires. Thank you for all your time and effort to bring us the information that matters!

95thRiflesOCI says:

Nothing new, All season and All weather outperform winter tires easily in all conditions.

pressrolls says:

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.

Matthew Brady says:

i use general altimax arctic m+s on my chevy trailblazer best tire ever tried many none compare

Victorious Pauper says:

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 !!!

ftw65911 says:

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

exit07 says:

How’s the ride quality though? Tire noise?

Paul Lindo says:

Without information on how they perform in the hot summer, then this video is useless

David Malinovsky says:

The Continental ExtremeContact DWS is another tire with these qualities

Stemak west says:

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.

Mr_ NutZ says:

Yeah I like these tires, but if you’re in a budget I recommend the continental A/S tires. The only downfall is the noise when in dry pavement.

JCubed123 says:

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!

Lakmal Antony says:

Great video

Clearanceman2 says:

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.

tormen76 says:

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.

LumberOne says:

Compared with all season, do these wear out faster in warm weather? Do they have higher rolling resistance similar to winter tires?

Olle W says:

not at all, complet bogus.

dufonrafal says:

Now, test them in the summer…

TheOne CalledJake says:

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 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.

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