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Top 3 Winter Tires Brands

Buying winter tires for your vehicle can be an overwhelming process:

  • What brand should I go with,

  • What size of tires do I need,

  • What tires would be good on water, snow and ice,

  • Which ones have the best handling…

These are just a few of the many questions we get asked from our customers. In order to make this process easier for you and help you make an informed decision, we have put together a list of the top 3 tire brands we recommend when it comes to buying winter (and summer) tires.


Hands down, Michelin is the most trusted tire brand in North America today. Their commitment to constantly improving shows in the quality of their tires, be it summers, all seasons or winters. Another reason why Michelin is so popular among Americans is because of their Standard Manufacturer’s Limited Warranty. It covers defects in workmanship and materials for the life of the original usable tread, or for 6 years from the date of purchase, whichever comes first.

Top choice

X-Ice® Xi3™ is one of the most popular models. It’s build to take on ice and snow and is perfect for minivans and passenger cars. It has the Michelin MaxTouch ConstructionTM  which maximizes the even and longer tread life because of its unique contact patch shape. Another perk of this model is that it has the Michelin Total PerformanceTM which helps you save on gas and decrease your carbon footprint.

Premium Pick

Pilot Alpin 5 SUV is designed for SUVs and crossovers and has a new directional tread pattern which increases resistance to hydroplaning. This improves the breaking performance of the vehicle regardless of the road/weather conditions. This model is approved by premium car manufacturers not only for its quality but also for the aesthetic look it gives to the vehicle.

This information was taken from  Michelin’s official website.


Toyo has been around for over 70 years and they have always been committed to innovation and quality performance. Toyo offers a Millenium Warranty package which includes the “Workmanship and Materials Warranty” and the “Wear-out Warranty”. In general, Toyo’s products tend to be on the higher end when it comes to price but you do get what you pay for – the performance and quality of their products is exceptional.

Top Choice

Observe GSi-5 is a safe and reliable model designed for passenger cars, light trucks, vans and SUVs. They have a very interesting traction technology – crushed walnut shells are embedded in the tire tread compound which improves traction during our rough Canadian winters. They also have the Spider Sipe Technology which maximizes grip when you are cornering, accelerating or braking. Last but not least, the Arrow Lift Technology will be your best friend during those slushy days as it helps propel your vehicle forward!

Premium Pick

GSi-6 HP is designed for the toughest winter conditions. This model is ideal for sport coupes, passenger cars and some sport SUVs. It has “snow claws” – edges within the tread grooves which enhance traction in deep snow and slush. The serrated stability rib adds stability during highway driving or when changing lanes. All this, along with the Micobit technology in the compound make for a reliable and stable winter performance.

This information was taken from Toyo’s official website.


Pirelli is definitely on the forefront of the tire industry. Founded in 1872, they’ve had plenty of time to innovate and develop quality products.

Top Choice

CinturatoTM Winter was designed to maximize the level of control and safety while driving. The innovative groove design reduces the risk of aquaplaning and increases wet safety. This model also has improved dry handling and dry breaking safety. It also increases fuel efficiency and performs well in all weather conditions.

Premium Pick

P ZeroTM Winter – the P Zero was originally only offered as a summer model but the high performance and reliability is now available for the winter season as well! This model has both an excellent dry and wet performance. The internal shoulder has high sipe density and multidirectional grooves to maximize performances on snow as well.

This information was taken from Pirelli’s official website.

We hope this information will help simplify the tire shopping process for you. If you have any more questions or would like to take advantage of one of our tire deals, give us a call at (613) 260-0373 or email our service manager directly at jan@janexauto.com.

Oct 29th, 2019