Auto Scan
In collaboration with Auto Scan

The only Canadian province to have a law that makes winter tires mandatory is Quebec. Since 2008, between December 15 and March 15, Quebeckers must equip their vehicle with tires specifically designed to tackle winter. Although winter tires are the more popular option in Quebec, all-weather tires are also legal. Bearing the mountain and snowflake icon, all-weather tires are meant to be driven year-long, even during winter. To bear this icon, they have to meet a number of security standards set by the Tire and Rubber Association of Canada. All-weather tires are not ideal for Quebeckers, however, they can be a great choice for people living in an areas with milder winters. But are all-weather reliable and safe?

All-Weather Tires

What Exactly is an All-Weather Tires?

Though they've gained popularity over the past few years, all-weather tires are not ideal for everyone. Even if they're identified with the mountain and snowflake icon that testifies that they passed the security tests, the fact remains that they are not specifically made for winter. All-weather tires are stiffer than winter tires, which reduces their grip on ice. As for their tread pattern, it is less aggressive, which provides less traction in snow. Tires experts say that most all-weather tires offer 10 % more traction than conventional summer tires. And because their tread compound is not designed especially for hot weather, it wears a lots faster during summer. Simply put, all-weather tires offer decent performance year-round, but can fall short in certain winter conditions.

Why Choose All-Weather Tires?

Generally speaking, people choose all-weather tires to avoid installing and uninstalling their tires every season. Some consider winter tires to be useless because they live in an urban center. Others simply don't want to invest in winter tires. But in fact, wherever you live, there are a three important things to consider when choosing tires for winter: your mileage, use and the winter conditions in your region.

Who Are All-Weather Tires Meant For?

All-weather tires are definitely not for everyone! However, if you only use your vehicle occasionally or if you can stay home whenever the winter conditions are too dangerous, all-weather tires could be a good option for you. Moreover, if you live in an urban center that does not receive much snow and don't have a lot of driving to do, you might want to go for all-weather tires. In doing so, you won't have to invest in winter tires and you'll save on tire change twice a year! On the other hand, your only set of tires will wear faster!

Toyo Celcius - Passenger Car

Toyo Celcius
8.7
Toyo
  • Good traction on ice
  • Good traction in light snow
  • Good resistance to hydroplaning
  • Usage:
    Urban driving
  • Price:
    $ 124.64 (per tire for a Toyota Corolla 2015 - 195/65R15)

The Toyo Celsius bears the mountain and snowflake icon and meets the security standards set by the Tire and Rubber Association of Canada. This all-weather tire can manage light snow, offers great handling and decent performance year-round. However, if you live in an area that receives a lot of snow, you should not go for the Toyo Celsius.

Goodyear DuraTrac - Pickup Truck and SUV

Goodyear DuraTrac
8.5
Toyo
  • Very good traction in snow
  • Great road handling
  • Good value for money
  • Usage:
    Highway, urban and rural driving
  • Price:
    $ 219.56 (per tire for a Jeep Wrangler 2015 - 255/75R17)

If you drive an SUV, a crossover or a pickup truck and like going off-road from time to time, you'll probably enjoy the performance of the Goodyear DuraTrac. This all-weather tire is specifically designed to provide traction, whether it's in mud, snow or on dry pavement.

Nitto Exo Grappler- Pickup Truck and SUV

Nitto Exo Grappler
8.5
Nitto
  • Good traction on ice
  • Very good traction in snow
  • Good water and slush evacuation
  • Usage:
    Highway, urban and rural driving
  • Price:
    $ 341.50 (per tire for a Ford F250 2015 - 245/75R17)

The Nitto Exo Grappler is especially designed for pickup truck, SUV and crossover owners. These all-weather tires offer great performance year-round and provide good traction on both ice and snow. You'll drive with confidence with the Nitto Exo Grappler.

* To see which all-weather tires fit your vehicle, use the Search by vehicle tool and choose Summer / 4 Seasons, then select your preferred size and click on Tires. Keep only the 4 seasons winter approved checked in the left menu, under Usage.

Unlock savings