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Snow Tire Recommendations?

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I drive a FWD 2014 Kia Sorento EX. It's TERRIBLE in the snow and ice, and we've had a hard winter. I'm afraid to drive in the snow, like I never was with my FWD Sienna. I'd like to get 4 snow tires, mounted, at an affordable price. I live in MA, so would have to have them taken on and off every year. 

 

Recommendations. Often the winter isn't quite this bad, but the Sorento was even bad last year. 

 

Hoping to spend around $400 all told. I have a BJ's Wholesale membership, but their options looked pricey. I have Amazon Prime also, but not sure that's the best option either.

 

 

Thanks,

Amy

post #2 of 15

Not sure how much they'd cost for your Kia, but I like the Cooper AT3's on my F150 (they ran me just under $800 installed for 275/70/R17...33's).  I had the ATRs (previous model) and they worked really well in snow, low road noise, and I got around 50k out of them.  My brother-in-law put them on his Jeep Liberty and he loved them.

 

When you shop for prices, if you can find a local distribution center, they will often either have, or be able to beat/match, the lowest price.

post #3 of 15

http://www.epicski.com/t/122828/annual-snow-tire-test-thread

 

For cheap, I would consider BFG KSI, but really when it comes down to it, you might save in the long run by just getting the Michelin X-ice IIIs.  My X-ice IIs are on their 6th winter and still working well.

 

Edit:  Also recommend you get an extra set of rims.  Cheaper in the long run.


Edited by Ghost - 2/10/15 at 4:55pm
post #4 of 15

I like my Cooper Weather-Master S/T 2s.  They look older style than the more modern winter tires.  I stay with them because they have a very deep tread that I hope is better in deep snow.  I want a tire that will get me mobile no matter the conditions.  When I go hiking I often pull into unplowed parking spots which is why I think the aggressive tread is good for me.  Overall I am happy with them, traction is very good.  I used to run them only on the front and put them on the back this year and the car is now tough to get drifting around a corner with front wheel drive.

 

Edit: for $400 I'm not sure I am helping you much, not sure the Coopers can be bought & mounted for 400.  I'm in CT and prices in MA are probably cheaper though. 

Also, It's not in your budget at the moment, but in the future I recommend getting four more wheels and mounting your snow tires to those.  You won't be paying to mount & remount tires at the beginning and end of each season(although I'm not sure the price of that).  It is also convenient to be able to switch over to your snow tires on your own.  All you need are four steel wheels or whatever alloy wheels you want.  They are cheap at junkyards, just take a look at them that they aren't severely corroded at the lug nut holes or behind the lip of the rim.  car-part.com lets you search across all junkyards by whatever part you need for your car.  Steel wheels are $40 each or less. 


Edited by GerGa - 2/21/15 at 11:16am
post #5 of 15

One the wife's caravan ice-x3's and on the jetta tdi sportwagen conti pure-contacts.  Considering the cold weather and over salted roads a good test and comparison.

 

In dry cold conditions -15C (5F)  (little salt) with some snow on the road, ice x3's hands down.  Grip feels at least 20% better.

 

On wet cold conditions -12C (12F) (over salted) with a slush grease layer, that difference fads enough that it becomes debatable on the performance difference., but there is a difference in slight  favour of the icex3's

 

To be fair, both tires have about 10k km (6k miles) on them.

 

So would I consider the icex3's on the jetta, yes, not a resounding yes, but yes none the same.

post #6 of 15

The stock Sorento Kumho Solus KL21 tires are dreadful in snow.

 

Don't get Hankook Winter i*cept evo tires.  Good in snow, terrible on ice.

 

I continue to like Bridgestone Blizzak tires.  I've had three different versions of the Blizzak, and all are much better on ice than the i*cept evo tires, and equally good in snow. 

 

But, at this late date, you're kind'a stuck getting what you can find.

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I absolutely love my Blizzaks.  Made winter driving a treat.  And this has been quite a winter.

post #9 of 15

I myself am on the Michelin x-ice3 this year.  and, compared to the bridgestone blizzaks I had previously, know what I know now, I would've purchased bridgestone blizzaks again.  I'd say the Michelins ride nicer on dry pavement, but for actual winter traction go with the stones!

post #10 of 15

would you consider Nokian WR G3 SUV?

 

http://www.tiresbyweb.com/p-11102-nokian-wr-g3-suv-tires.aspx

 

Technically a winter-rated tire that you can use year-round.  Has a decent wear rating of 600.

post #11 of 15

I recently tested my General Altimax Arctics driving over Donner Pass in a snowstorm.  My FWD Odyssey did fine in a few inches of snow.  The only issue was some spinning when accelerating uphill from a near-stop.

 

They also performed superbly driving the other direction in torrential rain.  Excellent resistance to hydroplaning.

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I recently tested my General Altimax Arctics driving over Donner Pass in a snowstorm.  My FWD Odyssey did fine in a few inches of snow.  The only issue was some spinning when accelerating uphill from a near-stop.



 



They also performed superbly driving the other direction in torrential rain.  Excellent resistance to hydroplaning.


 



I may have said this before, my Audi buddy who has had Hak's forever and swore by them...has these on his S4. When my Blizzacks wear out, I will take a good hard look at these.
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I was thinking that too.  The tradeoff the OP should be thinking about is the cost of a set of good snows vs. the insurance deductible ($500? $1000?) for collision damage. 

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Originally Posted by Xela View Post
 

I recently tested my General Altimax Arctics driving over Donner Pass in a snowstorm.  My FWD Odyssey did fine in a few inches of snow.  The only issue was some spinning when accelerating uphill from a near-stop.

 

 

 

They also performed superbly driving the other direction in torrential rain.  Excellent resistance to hydroplaning.

 



I may have said this b

efore, my Audi buddy who has had Hak's forever and swore by them...has these on his S4. When my Blizzacks wear out, I will take a good hard look at these.

 

Has these on my previous car (WRX).  Good price, great snow and ice traction.  Only negative was that they made the handling "vague", but that's to be expected for winter tires compared to summer performance tires. 

post #15 of 15
http://www.vulcantire.com/tire_detail/winterclaw_ext_s.htm_6221

$91 plus shipping and mounting


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