Driving a car in any condition isn’t a problem, as long as you have the right set of tires. The industry evolved over the past decades, which brought us multiple tire categories depending on your needs. People that go off-roading have tons of mud-terrain tires to choose from, or EV owners have whisper-quiet touring ones. For a long time, most tires were designed to be good at one thing and one thing only.
Thanks to modern technology and research and development, today we have tires that can be good at two things at once. You no longer need dedicated winter tires. Like all-terrain tires are capable of on and off-road performance, so are all-season ones when it comes to various climates.
An all-season tire is classified as a model that can be used throughout the whole year. For the most part, the tire will perform excellently in the summer, on par with a dedicated summer tire. The problem occurs in the winter, on snow.
If you’ve ever read a review of any all-season tire, you’ll remember that each one has a separate section for snow performance. Even though an all-season tire will never be as good as a proper winter one, it can be used in lighter conditions.
Some people, including me, follow the dual tire setup owning a summer and winter tire. It boils down to preference and conditions. The winters in my country aren’t too harsh, and technically I’d be fine with some all-season tires, so you could probably say that I’m being prepared.
On the other hand, there are people that want to avoid the tire replacement and go for an all-season option. If the conditions allow for it and you are part of that group, then today’s list will be of great use. I’ll outline my top picks for all-season tires that can perform well in snowy conditions.
These winter tires won’t be in a best to worst order, and to cover a wider audience, I’ll mention tires from different categories and for different types of cars.
Top 10 Best All-Season Tires
- Michelin CrossClimate 2
- Bridgestone Turanza QuietTrack
- Vredestein Quatrac 5
- Continental ExtremeContact DWS06
- Michelin Pilot Sport All-Season 4
- Bridgestone Potenza RE980AS
- Continental CrossContact LX25
- Michelin CrossClimate SUV
- Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure with Kevlar
#1. Michelin CrossClimate 2
Michelin is known for making excellent all weather tires, and the CrossClimate 2 is no exception. This grand touring all-season tire may not be the absolute best in its class, but it has some things that go in its favor.
The thing that makes it stand out is the tread pattern. Michelin utilized a Thermal Adaptive rubber compound and molded it into a V-shaped pattern. Both work in favor enabling it to have excellent performance in winter weather conditions.
In dry conditions, the Michelin CrossClimate 2 is an excellent tire. It can deliver high levels of grip and traction, making it more than capable for everyday driving. Even if you overdo it, the tire will keep your car in check, making it a safe option. Another thing that adds to safety is the braking distances which are among the shortest in its class.
This tire’s performance on wet roads is just as impressive. The CrossClimate 2 can deliver a very stable and planted feel. In the corners, it hugs the road and holds the line without too many problems. Michelin’s V-shaped pattern makes it excellent at aquaplaning resistance.
As a grand touring tire, the handling isn’t its strongest side. It’s decently responsive, which is fine for most people, but the feedback feels a bit muted. Generally, this is something enthusiasts may have a problem with.
When looking for supurb traction in snow, there aren’t too many winter tires that can outperform the CrossClimate 2, which shouldn’t be a surprise. The tire has the 3PMSF rating, so it performs better than an M+S tire. It can handle light snow without too many problems and deliver excellent traction. Even in deep snow, the tire won’t be completely useless, which is not something you can say about some of its competitors.
Comfort and noise levels are also very good. The CrossClimate 2 can deliver a smooth ride, eliminating bumps and road imperfections and keeping the cabin mostly vibration-free. Noise levels aren’t the lowest in the industry but are close enough.
Michelin bumped up the treadwear warranty from the previous version, and the tire now comes with a 60,000-mile warranty. In the premium grand touring segment, there are better options.
- Excellent snow performance for an all-season tire
- Very short braking distances in dry and wet
- Superb aquaplaning resistance
- Feedback is numb
- Not the longest treadwear warranty
#2. Bridgestone Turanza QuietTrack
If you are looking for the quietest grand touring all-season tire with decent snow performance, the Turanza QuietTrack is the right choice. Bridgestone didn’t just put a lot of effort into making it quiet, it also worked a lot on performance.
The Turanza QuietTrack features an all-season compound with a zig-zag tread pattern and ridges along the grooves. As a result, the traction in the snow is improved, and thanks to the ridges, the tire can be as quiet as it is.
With the Turanza QuietTrack, you will be getting excellent performance on dry roads. Grip and traction won’t be a problem for regular driving, and the tire will have no problem in acceleration or cornering. Despite not being a performance-oriented one, you can push it a bit without consequences.
Wet performance isn’t as impressive, mainly in the braking area. The Turanza QuietTrack offers short braking distances without a doubt, but the CrossClimate 2 is better at this. In terms of grip and traction, the tire won’t disappoint. The performance is there, and the stability is excellent, thanks to the excellent water evacuation properties.
The handling is good but not as good as the performance-oriented tire. You will get decent responsiveness with an acceptable amount of feedback through the steering wheel.
On snow-covered roads, the Turanza QuietTrack is a tire that is more than usable. You can rely on the traction in lighter conditions and get around just fine. It will handle acceptably well and won’t surprise you with a sudden loss of traction. Things will worsen progressively as the depth of the snow increases.
Refinement is what a grand touring tire is designed for, and the Turanza QuietTrack is no exception. The comfort levels are excellent, and the tire delivers a luxurious driving experience. Combine that with the lowest noise levels on the market, and you get a very well refined tire.
Even in the warranty section, the Turanza QuietTrack is leading the pack. With an 80,000-mile treadwear warranty, you are looking at the longest one in this category.
- Long treadwear warranty
- Decent snow performance in lighter conditions
- Very well refined
- Braking distances in wet conditions are not the shortest
- There are some more affordable options
#3. Vredestein Quatrac 5
You don’t have to pay top dollar to get an all-season grand touring tire with decent snow performance, and the Quatrac 5 is proof of that. Despite being in the mid-range segment, the tire can deliver some good winter performance, which is why it’s on this list.
In terms of the rubber compound, Vredestein went with an all-season compound enabling the tire to remain softer in colder temperatures. For traction, the Quatrac 5 features a zig-zag pattern which enables it to bite in the snow and deliver traction.
Considering that it’s not a premium option, the Vredestein Quatrac 5 delivers some surprisingly good results in dry conditions. There is more than enough grip and traction for a grand touring tire, so pushing it a bit will not be a problem. As for stopping, the braking distances of the tire are easily comparable with some of the premium options.
The Quatrac 5 continues to impress by delivering very good wet testing results. It won’t deliver as much traction or grip as a premium grand touring tire, but it comes very close. With the short braking distances and how the tire behaves, it’s definitely among the best in the mid-range segment.
Even the handling is surprisingly well. The Quatrac 5 is quite responsive, and you can play around with it a bit. The feedback won’t be to every enthusiast’s liking, but as a grand touring tire, I have no complaints.
For snow performance, there isn’t a better mid-range tire. The Quatrac 5 delivers very good traction on snow-covered roads, which shouldn’t be a surprise. As a 3PMSF rated tire, you can even use it over hardpacked snow. On top of that, it’s a tire that won’t cause you any problems in terms of handling and will be easy to manage.
The refinement has some good and bad news. On the positive side, the Quatrac 5 is a very comfortable tire, capable of smoothing out bumps and road imperfections without transferring too many vibrations. On the negative, the noise levels are acceptable at lower speeds but can increase when you get on the highway.
As for the warranty, the Quatrac 5 isn’t exactly a leading force. Since it’s a mid-range tire, you get a 50,000-mile treadwear warranty, which is on par with its rivals.
- More affordable than the premium options
- Plenty of traction in snow conditions
- Excellent performance in dry and wet
- It can get a bit noisy on the highway
- Treadwear warranty isn’t as long as the premium tires
#4. Continental ExtremeContact DWS06
What if you want a UHP tire that can be used on the snow? Well, this is where the ExtremeContact DWS06 comes into play. Continental‘s DWS lineup is known for delivering very usable performance in snowy conditions, and the 06 is no exception.
The increase of silica and addition of +Silane to the rubber compound means that the tire can remain softer in the winter, despite the stiffer sidewall. The X-Sipe technology is part of the tread design which features Traction Grooves implemented to help the tire with traction on snow.
Being a UHP, the ExtremeContact DWS06 is a tire with excellent performance in dry conditions. The improvements over the previous model are noticeable, and you get more traction, and the tire can hold on in a corner a bit better. There are also improvements in the braking department, and the distances are a tad shortened.
The ExtremeContact DWS06 is hands down the best UHP all-season tire when it comes to handling in wet conditions. You get excellent grip and traction, combined with a tire that is planted without any twitchiness in its nature. The braking distances are short, and the aquaplaning resistance is excellent but may get outperformed a bit by a few competitors.
Dynamically, the ExtremeContact DWS06 is an excellent all weather tire. With the improvements, the responsiveness is better, and you will get more feedback, but not as much as some of the other winter tires in the category.
The S in DWS stands for snow, and the ExtremeContact DWS06 is excellent in those conditions. There is more than usable traction, which is more than enough for lighter conditions and maybe some harsher ones. The tire handles very well, and the breakaway is progressive, meaning that it won’t catch you unprepared.
Like with other areas, the refinement is improved over its predecessor. The ExtremeContact DWS06 is a more comfortable and quieter tire which is a positive thing, but don’t expect it to be as good as a touring one.
UHP tires don’t get the longest warranty, evident from the ExtremeContact DWS06. The tire comes with a 50,000-mile treadwear warranty, which is not too bad.
- The best wet handling in the category
- Excellent performance in lighter snow conditions
- Improved responsiveness over the previous model
- Feedback can be a bit muted
- Braking distances in wet and aquaplaning resistance are not class-leading
#5. Michelin Pilot Sport All-Season 4
I cannot mention the ExtremeContact DWS06 without talking about the Michelin Pilot Sport All-Season 4. Considering how closely matched both all season tires are, you can expect to have similar winter weather performance.
As an all-season tire, Michelin utilized its Helio Technology with features sunflower oil in the compound, enabling the tire to perform at lower temperatures. The variable sipes and biting edges are a crucial part of the pattern which aid the tire in snow traction.
Looking at the performance in dry conditions, it’s clear that the Pilot Sport All-Season 4 is a UHP tire. With the excellent traction and lateral grip, this is definitely the best tire in its class. You can drive it much harder than you think is possible and would still have no problems.
In my opinion, the Pilot Sport All-Season 4 is one of the best all weather tires. Even though I praised the Continental for its handling characteristics, the Michelin tire is not too far behind. The tire sticks to the road without any problems, and with the positive handling, you won’t have any problems even on the limit.
When it comes to snow driving, you’ll have a hard time finding an all-season tire that’s as good as this one. The Pilot Sport All-Season 4 delivers excellent snow traction in lighter conditions. You will have some wheelspin, something that is unavailable. Apart from that, the grip will be more than enough and along with the controllable handling of the tire.
Refinement isn’t something you should expect from the Pilot Sport All-Season 4. The tire doesn’t absorb bumps as good as some of its rivals and won’t eliminate vibrations as much. Noise levels aren’t too bad, but again, it’s far from the best in class.
In the warranty department, the Pilot Sport All-Season 4 also isn’t the best. With a 45,000-mile treadwear warranty, you are getting 5,000 miles less than its Continental counterpart.
- The best dry performance in class
- Responsive handling
- Excellent light snow performance
- Not the most refined UHP tire
- Slightly shorter warranty than some of its competitors
#6. Bridgestone Potenza RE980AS
The last UHP all-season tire worth mentioning in this list is the Potenza RE980AS. Bridgestone made no compromises when designing this tire, meaning that you can be sure that you’ll be getting excellent performance throughout the year, including snow.
Bridgestone’s all-season rubber compound is molded into an asymmetric tread pattern that features denser sipes. The result of this is a tire that remains pliable in colder temperatures, and the sipes help it deliver traction on roads covered with snow.
In dry conditions, the Potenza RE980AS is among the best UHP tires on the market. There is loads of lateral grip, meaning that you can throw it into a corner without the tire breaking a sweat. Thanks to the excellent traction, hard acceleration will also not be a problem. Add the short braking performance, and you have the perfect recipe for an excellent tire.
The trend continues on wet roads, where the Potenza RE980AS delivers superb performance. Grip and traction remain excellent even in slippery conditions, enabling the tire to remain firmly “glued” to the road. Also, thanks to the siping – excellent aquaplaning resistance.
Handling isn’t something the Potenza RE980AS lacks. Bridgestone stiffened up the tire resulting in a very responsive manner and plenty of feedback through the steering wheel. Even when you corner hard, the sidewall has very little flex.
The Potenza RE980AS comes as an upgrade over the RE970AS, bringing improvements in the snow department. Thanks to the tread design, the tire has very usable performance in lighter snow conditions, which is a high praise for any all-season tire. The handling is good, and the tire takes inputs without a problem. With that, the braking distances are also very short, closely matched with the previous two tires.
Due to how the Potenza RE980AS handles, there are some compromises in the comfort department. The stiffer sidewall means that the tire quality is a bit harsher when compared to its rivals. On a positive note, the noise levels are acceptably low for a UHP tire.
On the warranty side of things, the Potenza RE980AS is tied with the ExtremeContact DWS06. With a 50,000-mile treadwear warranty, you are getting a bit more than what Michelin offers.
- Traction on snow is excellent
- Marvelous aquaplaning resistance
- Handling is very dynamic
- Refinement isn’t the tire’s forte
- Braking distances in wet aren’t the best in class
#7. Continental CrossContact LX25
What about crossover or SUV owners that want an all-season tire usable in the snow? Well, one of the options is the CrossContact LX25. We know that Continental makes excellent all-season tires with decent snow performance, which is one of them.
Continental’s ace in its sleeve was implementing several technologies to develop a rubber compound that can be used in cold temperatures. The tread design incorporates grooves that enable the CrossContact LX25 to bite into snow and offer very usable traction.
Traction and grip will not be an issue when you drive on dry roads. There’s plenty of both, meaning that the tire can stick to the road even when you’re more enthusiastically inclined. The CrossContact LX25 will offer a lot more than you’d need for what it’s intended.
In wet conditions, the CrossContact LX25 performs like most Continental tires – excellent. You’ll have loads of grip and traction, meaning that it would take a lot more to upset the tire and lose its grip. It’s not impossible, but most normal drivers will never experience that. This is a very safe tire for wet roads with short braking performance and excellent aquaplaning resistance in wet weather.
Like most touring tires, handling isn’t really sporty-like. While the tire is responsive enough, it’s far from what you’d want if you’re after some fun. Then there’s the feedback which in most cases is more muted than I’d like.
Snow performance is what we’re after, and the CrossContact LX25 doesn’t disappoint. It’s not comparable to a dedicated winter tire, but there is plenty of usable performance in lighter conditions. There is a good amount of traction to get you going, and the tire will be easy to control if it starts to break away.
As a touring tire, the CrossContact LX25 is a well-refined one. It can deal with bumps very well and absorb them without any problems. Road noise is very low, and the only thing you may notice is the sound when you hit a pothole.
The warranty is good, but not the best. With a 70,000-mile treadwear warranty, it’s more than what you’d get with some of the Michelin options but less than a Bridgestone one.
- Easy to control on the limit
- A good amount of grip and traction in light snow
- Superb aquaplaning resistance
- Handling isn’t the most dynamic
- Hitting a hole will result in some noise transferred in the cabin
#8. Michelin CrossClimate SUV
From the same category as the previous one, we have the Michelin CrossClimate SUV tire. It comes as a direct competitor of the CrossContact LX25 – an all-season touring tire designed for SUV and crossover owners.
The rubber compound features an increased amount of silica, enabling the tire to be usable in colder temperatures. On the grip and traction side of things, Michelin’s tread pattern is designed to help the CrossClimate SUV deliver on its promise.
If the roads are dry, the CrossClimate SUV is a tire that will almost feel like a summer one. There is no tire in this category that can deliver this amount of grip and traction, combined with the short braking distances. A few models come close, but this is class-leading at the moment.
The tire continues to impress in wet conditions, delivering almost class-leading performance. You will get very high levels of grip and traction, enabling you to push the tire confidently. The CrossClimate SUV will feel planted and surefooted without any unexpected movement at the limit. This is also backed by excellent aquaplaning resistance and very short braking distances.
Considering that the CrossClimate SUV is a touring version, it’s not the best tire in terms of handling. Even though it’s not the most responsive one on the market, it’s far from the worst. Also, the feedback isn’t particularly pronounced.
As far as snow performance goes, the CrossClimate SUV won’t leave you disappointed. You can rely on it as it will provide quite a lot of traction on snowy roads. The levels of grip will also be excellent, and the tire will remain easy to handle in case you decide to have some fun. A slight disadvantage is the slightly longer braking distances in these conditions.
The CrossClimate SUV has a split personality in the comfort and noise department. The comfort levels are excellent, like most Michelin touring tires. The ride quality over minor bumps has basically almost no vibrations. Noise is where the tire failed to deliver because there is a noticeable roar, especially at higher speeds.
As with most Michelin tires, don’t expect to get the longest warranty. The CrossClimate SUV comes with a 50,000-mile treadwear warranty, which isn’t as much as some of its rivals from the premium category.
- The best SUV touring tire for dry performance
- Exceptionally well for snow-covered roads
- Braking distances on snow are a bit longer than some of its competitors
- Noise levels are higher at highway speeds
#9. Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure with Kevlar
SUV owners that do a bit of on and off-road driving will be happy to hear that there’s a tire that can perform on snow for them as well. The Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure is an all-season all-terrain tire that’s surprisingly good at it.
The rubber compound is designed to not only remain softer in colder temperatures but also to resist cuts and chips during off-roading. Then there’s the symmetric tread pattern with traction ridges and open shoulders, enabling the Goodyear Wrangler A/T (short for All Terrain) Adventure to dig into the snow.
On the road, the Wrangler A/T Adventure delivers a very good performance. Both on dry and wet road, the tire provides high levels of grip and traction, making it a true all-terrain tire. As for safety, the braking distances are short, while the aquaplaning resistance is superb, keeping the tire stable even at higher speeds.
As for handling, don’t expect wonders, as the Wrangler A/T Adventure won’t be able to deliver them. Responsiveness is average which isn’t a high praise, while the feedback is non-existent in some cases, which isn’t what you’d get with some other all-terrain tires.
The performance on snow will depend on the type of tire you’ll get, it sounds weird but hear me out. The LT-Metric models come with a 3PMSF rating, while the P-ones don’t, and as a result, there’s a slight performance difference. LT-Metric tires are better in deeper snow, while both can deliver excellent traction in packed and unpacked snow. The Wrangler A/T Adventure handles great and delivers acceptably short braking distances.
As an all-terrain tire, the Wrangler A/T Adventure can offer outstanding off-road performance. It will be able to tackle lighter and medium conditions with ease, ranging from dirt roads to shallower mud. For the more extreme conditions, you’ll need a mud-terrain tire.
Refinement is decent for a tire with Kevlar reinforcements. Despite the sturdy sidewall, the Wrangler A/T Adventure is flexible enough to absorb bumps, making it a comfortable one. On the other hand, like most off-road capable tires, it does suffer from some higher noise levels.
The warranty is another area that the Wrangler A/T Adventure is good at. Goodyear sells the tire with a 60,000-mile treadwear warranty, which is on the top end of this category.
- 60,000-mile treadwear warranty
- Excellent on and off-road performance
- Very usable in multiple snow conditions
- Only LT-Metric models get a 3PMSF rating
#10. Firestone Destination A/T2
Even in the all-terrain segment, more affordable tires can deliver good snow performance. One of those is the Firestone Destination A/T2, an all-season all-terrain tire and the last one on this list. Despite being last, it’s not a tire whose performance should be neglected.
Coming as an upgrade over the previous A/T, the second version gets a 3PMSF rating, meaning excellent snow performance. It achieves that with the tread pattern and 3D sipes, whose goal is to bite in the snow and get the tire rolling without slipping.
In real-world scenarios, the Firestone Destination A/T2 surprises with the performance it delivers on paved roads. In dry conditions, the tire feels excellent, delivering grip and traction more than what its competitors have to offer. It’s especially surprising how well it can hold the grip in the corners. Wet performance is also excellent, and you have a lot of breathing room in terms of grip and traction. In both cases, the tire delivers very short braking distances, and in heavy rain, the aquaplaning resistance is excellent.
Like with the previous tire, the Destination A/T2 cannot be crowned as the best handling tire on the market. It does deliver more responsiveness than the Goodyear model, but the feedback is just as limited.
Snow is another area where Firestone made some significant improvements over the previous model. Thanks to the tread pattern and higher void areas, the Destination A/T2 has excellent traction even in deeper snow. It can bite into packed snow, resulting in a tire that not only handles well but manages to deliver grip and traction.
As for off-roading, the Destination A/T2 performs as an all-terrain tire. In almost all scenarios, the tire will deliver excellent performance. It may start to struggle in very deep mud, which isn’t a surprise. At the end of the day, it’s not designed for the most extreme situations, so you shouldn’t expect that.
Refinement seems to go in favor of the Destination A/T2. The comfort levels are acceptable and will deal with bumps pretty well while eliminating some of the vibrations from hitting bigger holes. Noise levels are somewhere in the middle, making it acceptably quiet for an all-terrain tire.
The Destination A/T2 falls in the mid-range category, so with a 55,000-mile treadwear warranty, this is another area where it deserves a praise.
- Excellent performance even in deeper snow
- Comfortable and quiet
- Superb traction and grip on dry roads
- No option for LT-Metric models
- Not the best option for the most extreme off-roading