New Cheapism Research Finds Affordable and Reliable Snow Tires for Winter Driving

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Top picks under $80 include Michelin X-Ice Xi2 and General Altimax Arctic. Both are praised for their traction and ability to stop and start easily on weather-compromised roads.

The best snow tires on the list, the Michelin X-Ice Xi2 and General Altimax Arctic, receive high marks from users for admirable performance on ice, slush, and snow.

Consumers can find dependable snow tires this winter for under $80, according to new research on cheap tires published by Cheapism.com, a review site dedicated to finding quality low-cost products. The best snow tires on the list, the Michelin X-Ice Xi2 and General Altimax Arctic, receive high marks from users for admirable performance on ice, slush, and snow. The guide also singles out two all-season tires, the General Altimax RT and Falken SN211, that earn plaudits for their quiet ride and grip on the road in wet and dry conditions.

The General Altimax RT, Falken SN211, and Michelin X-Ice Xi2 have speed capacities of 118 mph and the General Altimax Arctic is rated at 99 mph, meaning they handle well up to these speeds. Experts recommend purchasing all-season tires with a speed capacity no lower than your vehicle requires. The best all-season tires, the Falken SN211 and General Altimax RT, boast high ratings based on the Uniform Tire Quality Grading System, which gauges tread wear, traction, and temperature resistance. The Falken SN211 earns a 720-A-B rating and comes with an 80,000-mile tread-wear warranty, and the General Altimax RT carries a 600-A-B rating and a tread-wear warranty of 70,000 miles. Snow tires don’t use these ratings, but consumer and expert tire reviews indicate that the Michelin X-Ice Xi2 and General Altimax Arctic provide good traction, braking, and handling in winter driving conditions. You can add metal studs to the General Altimax Arctic for an even better grip. The Michelin X-Ice Xi2 comes with a 40,000-mile tread-wear warranty, unusual for a winter tire.

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