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Top 10 Winter Tires for Cars and Small SUVs 2019-2020

Our Experts - Your Choice

Year after year, manufacturers bring new products to the market. Since you’re not a tire specialist, PMCtire experts analyzed hundreds of products and selected the best ten winter tires.

To simplify your search and help you make the best possible decision for you and your family, we focused mainly on durability/treadwear as well as snow and ice traction. Your driving style, your location in Canada (Red Deer, Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, St. John’s), your budget, etc. will all influence which of these tires you will consider best for you.

Our Lists

To help you choose, we grouped our ten best winter tires by new products, best sellers and safe bets all in alphabetical order. Each product is listed with its key features and starting price for a 195/55R15.

New Products

The Bridgestone Blizzak WS90 is a newcomer to the top 10. This worthy successor to the Blizzak WS80 presents undeniable qualities: reliable handling on snow and ice and even better durability than its predecessor.

The Continental Viking Contact 7 is also new in 2019. It replaces the WinterContact SI and offers excellent grip performance, traction and braking even in the worst winter conditions.

The new Hercules Avalanche RT is the best value for money of our top ten thanks to its rubber compound created to provide excellent control at low temperatures and its attractive price. It replaces the Avalanche X-Treme.

The Yokohama iceGuard iG53 replaces the popular iceGuard iG52c. It offers a quiet ride and even better snow and ice grip thanks to its new design.

  1. Bridgestone
    Blizzak WS90
    Bridgestone Blizzak WS90
    • Excellent grip and braking on ice and snow
    • Outstanding control and grip on icy pavement

    Diameter: 14" to 20"

    Starting at CA$128.86

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  2. Continental
    Conti Viking Contact 7
    Continental Conti Viking Contact 7
    • Very high stability in severe winter conditions
    • Ranked among the best winter tires in Europe

    Diameter: 15" to 22"

    Starting at CA$111.82

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  3. Hercules Tires
    Hercules Tires AVALANCHE RT
    • Superior grip in turns and on icy roads
    • Confident driving and handling in every condition

    Diameter: 14" to 18"

    Starting at CA$94.20

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  4. Yokohama
    Ice Guard IG53
    Yokohama Ice Guard IG53
    • Designed to cope with the worst winter conditions
    • Excellent performance on snow and ice

    Diameter: 14" to 18"

    Starting at CA$100.97

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Best Sellers

PMCtire’s top-selling winter tires for passenger cars for 2019-2020 are the BFGoodrich Winter T/A KSI, the Dunlop Winter Maxx 2, the Michelin X-Ice Xi3 and the Pirelli Winter Ice Zero FR.

  1. BFGoodrich
    Winter T/A KSI
    BFGoodrich Winter T/A KSI
    • Outstanding manoeuvrability and stability
    • Improved grip and braking in snow, ice and slush

    Diameter: 14" to 20"

    Starting at CA$101.26

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  2. Dunlop
    Winter Maxx 2
    Dunlop Winter Maxx 2
    • Improved stability in wet and slushy conditions
    • Long-lasting performance and control

    Diameter: 13" to 19"

    Starting at CA$92.21

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  3. Michelin
    X-Ice Xi3
    Michelin X-Ice Xi3
    • The only tire that maintains braking performance all its life!
    • Very low sound level
    • $70 mail in rebate - See details

    Diameter: 14" to 20"

    Starting at CA$137.91

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  4. Pirelli
    Winter Ice Zero FR
    Pirelli Winter Ice Zero FR
    • Sporty behaviour thanks to its rigid carcass
    • Superior driving comfort and performance

    Diameter: 14" to 20"

    Starting at CA$111.21

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Safe Bets

Available for the last few years, the Goodyear Ultra Grip Ice WRT and the Toyo Tires Observe GSi-5 are still safe bets and top winter products on the market.

  1. Goodyear
    Ultra Grip Ice WRT
    Goodyear Ultra Grip Ice WRT
    • Optimal evacuation of water and slush
    • Excellent durability
    • $70 mail in rebate - See details

    Diameter: 15" to 20"

    Starting at CA$123.06

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  2. Toyo Tires
    Observe GSi-5
    Toyo Tires Observe GSi-5
    • Excellent durability
    • Excellent value for money

    Diameter: 13" to 20"

    Starting at CA$176.40

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We hope this enlightened you. Please note that all tires featured in this top 10 are available for purchase at Browse our site to find the perfect tire for your budget or desired performance.

Happy 2019-2020 winter!