What Are Some Highly Rated Winter Tires, According to Experts?


Some of the highest rated tires for winter include the Michelin X-Ice Xi3, Nokian Hakkapeliitta 7, General Altimax Arctic and Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4, according to ConsumerSearch.com. These tires range in price from $55 to $225 and more per tire, as of 2015.

The Michelin X-Ice Xi3 has the highest rating for winter tires on cars that regularly drive on icy or snow-packed pavement. This is a quiet and comfortable tire, and owners report that these tires are quite durable. In professional tests, this tire has high marks for handling, even on ice and snow. The Nokian Hakkapeliitta 7 is the best studded snow tire, ideal for driving on ice. This tire features metal teeth, comes in many sizes and is available for a number of vehicles.

The General Altimax Arctic is the top choice for inexpensive studded tires, and though it does not grip as well as the Nokian Hakkapeliitta 7 in tests, it still has stellar performance when compared to other tires in its class. When it comes to performance tires, the Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4 is a top choice for sport cars in the winter. These tires allow driver to get through ice and snow without letting go of any performance on bare pavement. This tire has a good treadlife and a comfortable and quiet ride.