Whether you’re sporting a light duty truck or a heavy duty commercial setup, the wrong winter tire will ruin your plans for a day out in the snow. That being said, it makes sense to equip your vehicle with the appropriate winter tire for your type of driving. Below are 5 tires that made the list and deserve your attention when you’re ready to sit down and buy.
The 5 chosen winter tires with applications in both the SUV and truck market consisted of the Bridgestone Blizzak LM-25 4×4, the Latitude X-Ice by Michelin, the Continental 4×4 WinterContac, the BF Goodrich All-Terrain T/A KO, and the Grandtrek WT M2 from Dunlop.
At the top of the list is the Blizzak LM-25 4×4. Bridgestone’s Blizzak lineup is notorious for providing excellent driving characteristics in inclement weather and the LM-25 4×4 upholds the Blizzak name plate. The LM-25 which runs between $140-$200 dollars provided excellent snow manners even on unplowed roads and on uneven surfaces. An added bonus to these tires was their noise or lack thereof. Unlike most tires rated for snow duty, the LM-25 4×4 does not project an obtrusive road noise. These tires were slightly audible during dry weather operation however they still remained significantly quieter than its competitors. Bridgestone’s Blizzak line continues to be a household name when talking about snow tires, and they continue to push winter tread technology to new levels. The LM-25 4×4 should be seriously considered when you’re at your local dealer or shopping online.
The next tire setup in the lineup is the Latitude X-Ice by Michelin. The Latitude X-Ice which according to Michelin meets the industry’s severe snow service requirements provided impressive snow and ice traction especially in deep accumulations. What was most impressive with this product was the excellent fuel efficiency and overall wear life it offers its consumers. Combine this with a price tag between $65 and $150 dollars depending on you application and you have an extremely affordable well rounded winter tire which deserves 2 thumbs up in our book.
Continental’s answer to this Michelin product is called the 4×4 Winter Contact. The tire which is comparably priced between $90 and $190 dollars excels in light snow traction and overall quietness, but falls short in its deep snow traction when compared to its Michelin rival. Both tires meet or exceed winter driving capabilities when compared to most OEM vehicle tires, however if your application happens to be cheaper in Michelin form it might be a better option to gain enhanced deep snow traction and save a few dollars.
Next up is the BF Goodrich All-Terrain T/A KO. Before the facts are laid out, it is important to note that this tire is not a designated “Winter” tire. This tire according to BF Goodrich is categorized as an All-terrain tire. Despite this, this tire was chosen because of its outstanding abilities in the snow as well as on wet and dry pavement surfaces. What was most astonishing regarding this product was its tread clearing characteristics. The tire consistently kept the tread pattern clear in light as well as deep snow, and offered a confident driving experience. Pricing however for this particular tire carries with it a very large range. Pricing for the All-Terrain T/A KO comes in at $148 dollars for select sizes in 15″ wheel form, and all the way up to a ridiculous $628 dollars per tire in 22″ sizes. Depending on your budget the All-Terrain T/A KO could provide you with an excellent snow driving experience with a more aggressive stance than a typical winter tire.
Lastly, Dunlop comes onto the winter tire scene with its Grandtrek WT M2. If you opt for this setup, it will set you back approximately $150- $200 dollars per tire. The Grandtrek WT M2 offers a wide tread pattern that helps bite into the ice and snow resulting in better control in adverse situations, however noise was a concern regarding this product. While it is the nature of winter tire setup to have some road noise due to their aggressive tread patterns, the Grandtrek provided more noise than one would like. Sizes are limited in regards to this product which is disappointing, it but does not detract from the overall quality of the product. Whatever setup you determine to be the best fit for your driving style and vehicle, always remember that no matter what the rating of the tire, there is no substitute for safe driving.