When you’re driving in the snow, all-season tires just don’t grip the road as well as winter tires do. So putting on winter tires is a safer bet. But you have to take them off in the spring because, on roads without snow, they don’t grip as well or last as long as all-season tires.
There are two new tires that promise the benefits of an all-season tire and great winter performance. They are the Nokian WR G3 and the Toyo Celsius. Consumer Reports put both tires through its standard tests, including handling, braking on dry, wet and icy roads and hydroplaning resistance, as well as snow-traction.
Consumer Reports found that both tires did pretty well, with good stopping distances on dry pavement and ice. And they also had very good snow traction. Overall, the two tires even outperformed many of the dedicated winter tires in Consumer Reports tests.
Consumer Reports tire experts say the Nokian WR G3 and the Toyo Celsius combine traits of all-season and winter tires into one, which make them a good choice for people who live in a snowbelt.
The Nokian WR GR3 and Toyo Celsius tires come in popular sizes to fit most cars. They cost slightly more than a typical all-season tire.
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