10 best winter tires for your car
Whether you own a car, truck or SUV, finding the correct winter tires for your vehicle can be a daunting task. What tread will work best for my vehicle? What’s the proper size? Which ones are top-rated? How does this affect my insurance?
Well, if you didn’t already know, you’re entitled to a winter tire auto insurance discount in the province of Ontario if you purchase and install winter tires for your vehicle. Winter tires also give you better traction, making your overall driving experience safer and ensuring less risk of accidents and high premiums as a result. isure has taken the guesswork out of choosing the best winter tire brands to get you through the season safely and confidently.
1. Bridgestone Blizzak DM–V2
Conquer the cold with one of the most popular winter tires on the market. Bridgestone Blizzak winter tires deliver optimal snow and ice performance by biting into snow and ice. The MultiCell Compound Technology delivers confident stopping power, reliable handling and impressive grip and control on snow and ice. The best part? These tires are one of the highest-rated winter tires by Canadian drivers.
Vehicle type: SUVs, CUVs and light trucks
Warranty: Bridgestone’s Winter Tire Limited Warranty provides coverage extension up to five years and will replace the tire(s) with an equivalent new tire for a pro-rated purchase price. The tire must be worn to 2/32 inch (1.6 mm) or less remaining original tread depth. Warranty details can be found on their website.
2. Continental WinterContact SI Plus
This studless winter tire gives your vehicle versatility in winter road conditions and is ideal for passenger cars, vans and crossovers. The V-shaped directional tread accelerates water evacuation and enhances ice, snow and wet traction. The PolarPlus Technology reduces stopping distance and provides added grip to snow. It’s important to note that these tires are available at Canadian Tire only and are Tested for Life in Canada.
Vehicle type: Passenger cars, crossovers and vans
Warranty: Passenger and light truck tires purchased, installed and balanced at a Canadian Tire Associate Store are covered by a pro-rated Road Hazard Damage and Manufacturing Defects warranty for the life of the useable tread OR five years from the date of purchase, whichever comes first. Warranty details can be found on their website.
3. Michelin X-Ice Xi3
One of the most notable features of these Michelin winter tires is the MaxTouch Construction – a uniquely-shaped contact patch that maximizes tread life by evenly distributing the forces of acceleration. These tires are built with a 3rd generation winter grip technology that stops 3% shorter on snow and 7% shorter on ice (when compared to previous generations.) Michelin GREEN X maintains long wear and safety while guaranteeing a high level of energy efficiency.
Vehicle type: Passenger cars, minivans and luxury performance touring
Warranty: These tires have some great warranties, including a 60,000 KM Warranty and 6-year Standard Limited Warranty. Warranty details can be found on their website.
4. Goodyear Ultra Grip Ice WRT
These innovative tires provide enhanced traction for light trucks in challenging winter conditions. Popular features include 3D tread lock technology that specialized for enhanced wet and ice traction, stopping power and rim protection. They are currently offering a $50 rebate on all four tires before December 31, 2020!
Vehicle type: Light truck
Warranty: This tire is eligible for the Goodyear Highway Auto and Light Truck Tire Replacement Limited Warranty, which covers most of the Goodyear tires with free or prorated-price tire replacement. If you experience noise, vibrations, or roughness with this tire, you may be covered. Warranty details can be found on their website.
5. Pirelli ICE ZERO FR
These winter tires by Pirelli are the ideal choice for Canadians driving in Nordic winter conditions. Featuring Run Flat Technology, these tires provide high–level stability and control with superior driving comfort, even during rapid loss of inflation pressure. The ICE ZERO technology is specifically developed for owners of city and/or medium cars, premium sedans and SUVs. This specific design is the studless solution of the Pirelli ICE ZERO collection (winter tires with studs also available.)
Vehicle type: SUV and car
Warranty: The Limited Warranty covers the new replacement of passenger and light truck tires, either directly purchased or through an authorized Pirelli dealer. This Limited Warranty is extended to the first retail purchaser of the tire in the United States and Canada or to the original owner of the vehicle on which Pirelli tires come mounted. Warranty details can be found on their website.
6. Firestone Winterforce 2 UV
This option by Firestone is certified with the 3-Peak Mountain Snowflake and is great if you want the option to add size #11 studs to your winter tires. Notable features include open shoulder slots, specific tread design for wintry conditions and special cold weather compound to give you long-lasting performance, winter after winter.
Vehicle type: Pickup trucks, CUVs and SUVs
Warranty: The Winter Tire & “Temporary Use” Spare Tire Limited Warranty is for tires sold as replacements only, and all limited warranties are limited to original purchaser on the originally installed vehicle. If, before the earliest of (i) wearing down to 2/32nds of an inch of tread depth remaining (i.e., worn down to the top of the tread depth indicators, (ii) 5 years from date of purchase (original proof of purchase showing purchase date required), or (iii) 6 years from date of manufacture, examination by Firestone shows that the tire covered by this limited warranty has become unfit for the use for which it was designed due to a manufacturing defect in workmanship or material, such tire will be replaced with a comparable Firestone tire upon payment of the prorated replacement price. Warranty details can be found on their website.
7. Uniroyal Tiger Paw Ice & Snow 3
The Tiger Paw Ice & Snow 3 by Uniroyal are not only affordable, but they provide the enhanced dependability that you rely on when it comes to winter tires. The DuraShield Construction technology provides lasting treadlife and reliable performance through icy, snowy and wet winter conditions. They’re also available in 47 sizes and molded for size #12 studs, where permitted by law.
Vehicle type: Passenger cars and SUVs
Warranty: All Uniroyal tires have a Standard Manufacturer’s Limited Warranty, which covers defects in workmanship and materials for the life of the original usable tread, or for 6 years from date of purchase (whichever occurs first.) Warranty details can be found on their website.
8. General Tire AltiMAX ARCTIC 12
A studdable winter tire with innovative compound and tread pattern technologies for superior traction in low temperatures on wet, snow and/or ice conditions. The winter sipes on these tires reduces squirm and block deformation, offering exceptional grip.
Vehicle type: Passenger vehicles, crossovers and compact SUVs
Warranty: The Limited Treadwear Warranty & Adjustment Policy extends to a maximum of 72 months from the purchase date. Coverage includes free replacement during the first 12 months (from date of purchase) or the first 2/32nds of wear. Additionally, General Tire offers a Customer Satisfaction warranty, which covers all general passenger and light truck tires for up to 45 days, or the first 2/32nds treadwear, whichever comes first. Coverage on select replacement products are covered under the Mileage Warranty for up to 75,000 miles. Warranty details can be found on their website.
9. Yokohama iceGUARD G075
Designed for the fierce winter and tailored to perform, these winter tires by Yokohama are the latest addition to the iceGUARD family. The micro-diagonal grooves provide the ultimate grip and winter traction on all rough, Canadian winter roads. The G075 features low rolling resistance and low-heat generating under tread, making for a quieter ride and supplying added fuel efficiency.
Vehicle type: Crossovers, SUVs and trucks
Warranty: 30 Day Guarantee and Yokohama Tire (Canada) Inc. Limited Warranty covers the first retail purchaser of new Yokohama High Performance, Passenger, Light Truck, and Winter tires. All product claims under this warranty must be accompanied by the original purchase invoice from an authorized Yokohama dealer in Canada and bear the Yokohama brand name and complete D.O.T. serial numbers. Warranty details can be found on their website.
10. GT Radial ICEPRO SUV3
The ICEPRO SUV3 is GT Radial’s next generation studdable winter tire. It features a high-volume 150 pin hole distribution throughout the tread to maximize ice traction and braking. ICEPRO SUV3 can be used with or without studs and is designed to provide excellent grip and handling in extreme winter conditions while reducing on–road noise. They are currently offering a Winter Rebate Special: $30 on four tires.
Vehicle type: Pickup trucks and SUVs
Warranty: The Limited 5-Year Warranty applies to all new consumer (PCR/LTR) tires purchased on or after January 1, 2012, sold or distributed under the GT Radial brand bearing the corresponding D.O.T. tire identification number. Warranty details can be found on their website.
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