Winter Tire Review: Best of 2013

While there are fewer winter tire models than summer/all-season tire models on the market, finding the right tire for your winter driving habits is very important.

Once again,’s winter tire rankings are based on 11 different criteria including durability, handling on ice and snow, pricing, and ride quality in the most extreme road conditions. We have evaluated and reviewed more than 150 winter tire models available in Canada, allowing you to make an educated purchase decision.

Note that we’ve added a sixth category this year: studded winter tires.

As in years past, our rankings are based on several information sources, including personal and professional road tests, feedback from customers, articles by renowned auto journalists, and a number of consumer reviews from various North American websites and message boards. Obviously, the rating system may differ from one tester to the next since everyone has their own personal expectations and driving habits.

Here are our 2013 winter tire rankings:

Top winter tires for cars
Top performance winter tires for cars
Top winter tires for trucks/SUVs
Top performance winter tires for trucks/SUVs
Top winter tires for commercial vehicles

*You’ll notice that the gap between models is often small. That’s mainly because the technology used by tire companies in the design and manufacturing process is similar.

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