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Winter tires VS All Season Tires. Proof that you need WINTER TIRES!!

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Motormouth Canada had a chance to travel to Whitehorse in the Yukon to test two identical cars, one with winter tires and one without. Even with a vehicle equipped with AWD, the video proves that driving with winter tires makes a massive difference. Proof that you should invest in winter tires. Here are the results. Thanks to Subaru for the use of the Crosstrek utility vehicles.
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Stephen christopher (17 minutes ago)
Awd sucks 4x4 is where it's at anyways people dont want to spend the extra cash on a 2nd set so on the truck I run duratracs better then my old winter tires
Don King (1 day ago)
No matter what tires you use there are always idiot drivers around you.
Chris Donovan (1 day ago)
this is a no brainer,.... I think it's those marketing people that push the all season tire       All season tires kill each winter         for a little time and little effort save a life  get dedicated winter tires
A Alekhine (2 days ago)
Question for the group....I don't have a place to store (2) sets of tires. BUT, It gets surprisingly cold AND hot where I live. Decent snow fall probably needs to be dealt with 4-6 weeks out of the year. 90+ temps for 2-3 months. Rain, storms, and random midwest USA weather the rest of the year. Any suggestions on good tires? Mine are getting bad, but I don't want to make a bad purchase....Thanks in advance for any advice.
ITX Official (3 days ago)
THANK YOU for this video. I'm working at a roadside assistance customer service hotline, and the number of ridiculous missconceptions people have about all-season tires is just too damn high! The number one question I get every year, when it starts to become reeeally cold but snow didn't yet fall: "Well, there's no snow, so I don't need winter ties yet, right?" Well, wrong you smartass!! As stated in this video, low temperatures make the rubber compound of summer/all-season tires rock solid, hence it loses basically all of its grip (I loved the comparison with the hockey puck :P).
Ender (4 days ago)
We got 152cm of snow in 24 hours Christmas day 2017, and the next day we were passing a multitude of stuck 4WDs in a 25 year old FWD equipped with snow tires.
Anita Jerkin (4 days ago)
Do not ever buy any Bridgestone all-seasons if you value your life. They have literally no traction, even at 2 - 3 MPH on even plowed roads.
DEALWITHIT DREALIST (4 days ago)
Why don't you do a video with a rear wheel drive it defeats the purpose when you're trying to do a review with a vehicle that already has all-wheel drive. You buy a Subaru so you don't even need any other tires because it's all wheel drive
NATHANIEL GILLIES (1 day ago)
My Civic with snow tires is way better than my Subaru with all season tires.
Immortal (5 days ago)
Do the test but with Michelin CrossClimate+.
Z0MB13Redfield (5 days ago)
And all season tires and all terrain tires are different.
Z0MB13Redfield (5 days ago)
Did you smell that? This video is full of shit
BizaRre071 (7 days ago)
They obviously used budget allseasons tyres vs premium winter tyres... If they were using a Goodyear vector all seasons G2 or the nokian weatherproof you could bearly notice any difference between them trust me on this...
NATHANIEL GILLIES (1 day ago)
The vector and Nokian are 4 season tires not all season. There is a big difference. 4 season tires cost 50% more than what all seasons cost.
P T (7 days ago)
Sorry, this is not scientific (read accurate) due to countless flaws in the manner in which the "tests" or comparisons were executed. Everything is approximate. Where are the markers at the starting point? What were the times for each test? Where are the markers to show when the breaks were applied and when the steering wheel was turned? The driver turned the wheel of the black car later than the orange car. You should have marked all points I've mentioned and marked the points of the first car tested then move the car for safety reasons.
Ryan Alexander Bloom (7 days ago)
My cheap all-season tires have the Canadian mountain snowflake symbol, so.... I guess they’re actually snow tires according to Canada.
+NATHANIEL GILLIES Interesting. I still cannot recall ever seeing just a snowflake anywhere, but good to know that exists and is inferior. My tires have the Snowflake on the Mountain. Canadian snow-approved. They're Laufenn X-fits and they were the cheapest 31s at the store. They had ok reviews and for a truck thats 22 years old and never does any real off-road 4x4 stuff I figured I didn't need anything nicer.
NATHANIEL GILLIES (1 day ago)
All season, mud and snow tires have a snowflake but real snow tires have the symbol of the snowflake on the mountain for deep snow. What model tire do you have? Tirerack has some of the best videos explaining the differences.
NATHANIEL GILLIES and can you elaborate on what that difference is? A quick google search yielded no mention of this second symbol and I’ve never heard of it. Help a brother out. What’s it mean? Where would I find it?
NATHANIEL GILLIES (1 day ago)
There is the snowflake symbol and then there's the mountain snowflake symbol. They are different.
keithjg1 (8 days ago)
Depends largely on tire design. Just like any tire, traction is by tread design and compound. Hell, all seasons don’t even handle the same as each other on dry pavement. I’ve run all seasons, performance snows and all terrain all seasons. On my truck the OEM all terrain all seasons were awful. I ran BFG all terrains and General Grabber AT2s and they were terrific.
Katsastus Lindell Oy (8 days ago)
I dont know if we have "all season" tires in Finland
elwyns (8 days ago)
And you're 4seasons tires do have 3PMS ? in France all 4seasons tires have it , what is the brand of tires , and why different car .. try on same ABS system, traction system etc for comparaison
NATHANIEL GILLIES (1 day ago)
All season and 4 season are not the same.
vishal modha (8 days ago)
What about a 2 wheel drive with winter tyres?
NATHANIEL GILLIES (1 day ago)
I prefer my Civic with studded winter tires to my Subaru with all season tires.
Ironbuket (9 days ago)
3:18 I dont think that test was thought through very well, you could have hit the other car. Next time just put a flag where the first car stops and then do the second run. Although a crash would have got more views, maybe that was the plan :)
Mavu-in Kirugoa (9 days ago)
hmm... I have all season highway tires, but they also have the mountain and snow symbol on them I wonder how they would compare with true winter tires?
Dimitris Mandas (12 days ago)
I have summer tires when it shows I remove 10 psi of air and I'm ok. I haven't the money to buy two sets of wheels. I have a 17 inch weel with 205.40.17. the rims costs me 1000$ I don't want to remove them and install the stock 14 inch, I don't like them. If I was have money yes I was buy the same or other 17 inch weels with winter tires.
CabGaming2025 __ (12 days ago)
Kilo... meterse?🤔
razordimeback (13 days ago)
Just a note, the tires that came stock on my car in 2013 (Dunlop SP Sport A/S) had the snowflake and mountain logo on the side, but you'd have to be a maniac to drive those in anything resembling snow... 1cm on snow and braking is gone (even rolling at 10 km/h, just to turn the carn around and get it into the garage to change to winter tires) I don't know who gives those brandings, but he was probably drunk the morning he gave this one ahaha
Robin Ford (13 days ago)
All season tires are great when you are somewhere that has all the seasons in 48hrs from November to March, I actually had to wait until 1am and 2 inches of slushy snow to test my Michelin crossclimate+ ......scientific research of course .......and not to be the first to make tracks in the snow ..... and officer i did not make that snow angel i am 50 after all
Factorynjk2 (15 days ago)
U shouldnt be driving that fast in the snow anyway...pointless
catsspat (15 days ago)
My choice is to live in hot desert climate, where I go the whole year with summer tires. :P But I still watched the video.
Mattex (16 days ago)
You said Winter tyres are better, you should obviously buy a set of winter tyres... But, what if I don't live in Canada? I live in Italy, we usually see snow in the winter, but a car equipped with All-Season tyres has no problem, and costs half the price of the summer+winter tyres... It all depends on where you live
Kenneth Rizzo (17 days ago)
If you know that you live in the area that snows alot and cold weather. The solution for this problem is buy a snow mobile if you know that you live in weather like this and in case that there's a storm. And no matter what tires you used if accident happen it will happen you can't stop it from happening💯🙏
Tim (18 days ago)
I guess all season tires are still good compared to summer tires, and will get the job done if you don't live in syberia, and don't drive like a freaking monkey.
Tacoma FAN (19 days ago)
hot looking subus !!!!!!!!!!!!
Kalvin One (19 days ago)
you might not have all season real tires (did you buy on AliExpress ?) ? mines have lots of winter lines inside the tires and not yours...
HeySup (19 days ago)
How about motorcycle?😋
Latvanis (20 days ago)
Like whats the point of this video? You use tires suited for your environment... Where im from, we have like 4-6 weeks of winter... Have not heard anybody saying "Ohh boy cant wait to swap out my all round tires for winter ones!" ever... Winter tires are better in frozen wasteland, what a shocking surprise!
kaz9781 (21 days ago)
Do i need this in NY? We get some snow not much as canada though.
Bulldogge Builds (21 days ago)
The reason I found this video is because I found a meme regarding all season tires. Here in Sweden, most people in the south and especially in our capital Stockholm drive with those joke of a winter tire. I hate when they drive up north and you end up behind them. I don't live that far north (185km north of Stockholm) but at least I have the common sense to use studded tires for my 4WD :)
thatcrazydutchguy (22 days ago)
Maybe I'm wrong but a lot of 4 season tires do have the symbol where he's talking about.
W Bice (22 days ago)
Winter tires don't last long enough for the money.
Carlos Pelaez (23 days ago)
Just skip the winter ❄️ and get off 🛫Canada 🇨🇦 to a warmer place 🛬🏖
Carlos Pelaez (23 days ago)
😱
Jeff Purvis (23 days ago)
Winter tires on my 2016 Focus ST are useless in 38-50F and rainny Western Washington. Snow and ice they are amazing. I'll be exchanging them for Micheline Sport 3+A/S.
Sheesh (24 days ago)
Where I live there are approximately 3 days of snow a year, but on these the police controls peoples tires. All season is better here
nidzabgd (24 days ago)
Are "all season tyres" M+S ones?
C J (24 days ago)
What about Toyo’s Celsius all weather tires? I find they perform extremely well in snowy conditions compared to winter tires
Nice Guy (24 days ago)
All these test videos only show the *total* difference getting up to speed and then braking to a stop. I wish some tester would actually break down the difference in getting up to speed, and then the difference in braking to a stop from the top speed. The most important piece of info for safety concerns is the difference in stopping ability, imo, which is lost here.
CustomWoodShiftKnobs (24 days ago)
The people that gave thumbs-down are still driving "all seasons" and refuse to admit that they aren't as good as winter tires.
Klaas Klaassen (25 days ago)
Deceptive video, you're comparing a regular SUV tire to a winter tire. Would have been much more useful to test a real allseason tire like Goodyear Vector or Crossclimate..
Keisha Millz (25 days ago)
I don' think anyone can say winter tires are a waste of money. It is good to have, but with a car like Subaru all season works just fine, if you aren't in an area that has heavy snow and ice constantly - like the Toronto area.
KaminariRaiden (26 days ago)
Drifting along side the other car was crazy
Jakubescu (27 days ago)
If i lived in Canada i wouldn´t use all season tyres either, but it depends on condition during winter in a country in which you live, i live in Slovakia and we have snow so for 3 weeks in a year:-) so all season tyres are good enough for me.
Patric Eschborn (28 days ago)
All season tires are pretty much rubbish in all seasons...
Joeybabbs .BABBS (1 month ago)
dont need snow tires..
weather12guy (1 month ago)
one of the worst comparison videos on youtube i have seen yet. so many things wrong and invalid in the comparison itself
CCC (1 month ago)
I don't see anywhere what you used, please compare same coefficient breaking tyres, like B to B
Carsever (1 month ago)
3PMSF All Season Tire???
Brahim BOULHEND (1 month ago)
Is it safe to mix winter tires with all season tires in dry conditions?
jOE Marchand (1 month ago)
Drive for the conditions with an excellent set of all-seasons and you're fine. Most people cannot/will not follow the first part of my statement, however.
Eric Lozaga (1 month ago)
This is partially flawed. The braking tests should have been done not when the car hits a specific spot, not when it hits a specific speed. The winter tire still would have won, but it would have given a better representation of how the tires stop - which is much more important than how fast you can accelerate
SuperSpeeder (1 month ago)
Those cars aren't identical, the black Subie has LED headlights
Clorox Bleach (1 month ago)
Did u know some people still don't own winter tires. Omg
Graham M. Lawrence (1 month ago)
Great test, wonderful location. Thank you.
lambros koutis (1 month ago)
And what about Michellin Crossclimate tire, about which Michellin says that it is a summer tire with great performance in winter contitions? (There is a snowflake sign on tire).
woodyfive0 (1 month ago)
Put a set of bilzzaks on the Silverado a month ago. I will ALWAYS use winter ❄️ tires from now on. I stop absolutely fantastic and have not needed 4x4 yet. These freaking tires are amazing
Marthinn Kehntoozs (1 month ago)
And what about cheap chineese winter tires compared to best all season tires? what is better?
Rfcdgaf (1 month ago)
Looks like the ABS didn't work as wheels locked up at the end of braking there. GG
aleon1018 (1 month ago)
So, orange snow is also better?
MrDgt66 (1 month ago)
3:03 It's summer tyre pattern, not all season.
TripleAstyle1 A (1 month ago)
should put slicks on for the summer, just keep a great rain tire for rainy days. Then your winter tires too. 10k in rims/tires and your set. .....
Michal Sokolov (1 month ago)
There are numerous all season tires with winter homologation (3peak mountain with a snowflake symbol). The fact that you chose some low quality 4season tires for this experiment undermines everything on this video.
Colton Petersen (1 month ago)
That was the most un scientific experiment ive ever seen
Alex Tourigny (1 month ago)
Dedicated snow tires are better without a doubt. To go one step farther I use studded snow tires, which help even on ice. All season tires are not good enough to drive safely in deeper snow either. Thanks for posting and sharing this video. Peace !
Max (1 month ago)
never all season low grip i'm pro in my work (mechanical men) , nice vidéo =)
Lucid (1 month ago)
This is interesting because its the same exact car im borrowing for a trip to Tahoe
Spreadie (1 month ago)
Your all season tyres look suspiciously like summer tyres. I agree that winter tyres are, without doubt, the best choice in those conditions, but a lot of people have to cope with cold and wet conditions during winter as well as snow covered roads. This is where the bias swings back towards all season tyres because winter tyres suck by comparison when there isn't any snow. If you go throughout winter and never see the colour of the asphalt get a set of Winters but, for the majority, all seasons are by far the best choice for all round safe motoring.
d k (1 month ago)
What about rainy winters. I live in Vancouver b.c we get snow max 2 feet at time but a lot rain in winter. Do winter tires help in rain?
misterfunnybones (1 month ago)
The sipes & deep tread will shed rain. We also get wet slush often over a sheet of glare ice... you should run snows for at least 4 months in Van & 5-6 months if your going to the interior, Malahat, or Whistler.
AleLons (1 month ago)
What about Crossclimate by Michelin? You should have tried this Vs winter tyres. Anyway I believe that in Canada is better winter tyres. But here in Italy I would buy 4 season tyres. We see rarely snow in Rome but with Crossclimate you are safe All the year
Bee Khang (1 month ago)
Though true, this test was greatly exaggerated by a more summer oriented all-season tire. There are better all-seasons tire out there that performs close to snow tire.
Axelander Str (1 month ago)
A native English speaker... using non-retarded units. Even on youtube the Canadians please you <3
mer mer (1 month ago)
Nice biased review. Try 2 or 3 year old winter tires vs new all seasons. Why? Because every fucker with dedicated summer and winter tires, drives them at least 4 years. With All Seasons, you switch every to new ones every second winter.
misterfunnybones (1 month ago)
This review is incredible biased because even big gubment Transport Canada recommends 4 snow tires & Quebec's Highway Safety Code requires winter tires between Dec. 15 and March 15. But you can run all seasons if you want; good luck with any at fault insurance claims...
Serbischer Stolz (1 month ago)
I don't know how can some even talk about what is better winter tires or all season...it insults my intelligence really... you cant compare anything with the winter tires, because winter tires are WINTER tires...and its doesn't matter is car 4x4 or not, because car will stuck with the winter tires too, but with all season tires I even don't wanna think about that... so for winter only WINTER tires...
George Knowles (1 month ago)
I don't even need to watch this video. I've proved it time and time again in Canada. Snow tires are essential in snow, even on a 4WD vehicle. I now live in the UK where we don't get enough snow to warrant the expense, so I just stay at home if we get a rare snow storm. In any case, the roads will be closed by stranded vehicles so you aren't going anywhere.
Fukingblazed asShit (1 month ago)
Got all seasons on my car just let some air out and have more grip..
HELLCAT.28 (1 month ago)
All Season Tires are good if you mostly driving in city in light or medium winter like are in Europe.
dchawk81 (1 month ago)
DOT does such a good job here that we don't need snow tires. They would help, sure. But need is a different concept. Once you get out of your driveway, you're pretty much set.
Natanael Alexandru (1 month ago)
I'm curious to see how my E36 with like 3 mixed bald tires will cope when snow shows up in the UK 👌
Caroline Zayas (1 month ago)
I love using Snow tires. upstate NY Winters are brutal.
zerocool (1 month ago)
Is that cleverly camera trickery or are you actually testing two cars the close to each other lol
Motormouth (1 month ago)
Composite shot
Ramy Swar (1 month ago)
Although there is a human at the wheel, it was still a good experiment. Good job
KrusssH (1 month ago)
it depends if all season tires are m+s and have the the 3-Peak mountain snowflake or not.
Sarge Ypsylon (1 month ago)
How reliable can this be if we don't know what tires were tested? How do we know they didn't use an expensive winter tire and a cheap all season tire ?
Birki gts (2 months ago)
All weather tires are for lazy people who cant swap them out twice per year. Not as good in the summer, or winter as dedicated tires.
Bill Jan (2 months ago)
Great Video. Have you considered doing a comparison video between premium brands vs. budget brands but instead of using the same size of tyres, use a budget brand tyres that is 10-15mm wider but still maintains roughly the same circumference. For example, Bridgestone/Michelin/Goodyear 195/65 R15 vs. any budget brand 205/60 R15 or even 215/55R R15, etc. if these tyre sizes exist. My theory is that would the wider width of the budget brand tyres compensate for traction/grip and match the performance of the premium tyres and at the same time cost far less? I will be watching. Cheers
Jude F. (2 months ago)
It's strange to see so many vitriolic comments here in a "discussion" about something as simple as tires.
Baja Caravan (2 months ago)
If you can’t afford two sets of tires, drive slower. If you CAN afford two sets...drive slower.
michel bolduc (2 months ago)
ha haha ha , fuck me , there's an advertisement for all season just below the video , lol that's just to funny
BinLee (2 months ago)
all season slipped.
N. Holbrook (2 months ago)
This test is entirely nonsensical. In the snow, who is going to punch it to get to 60? You're not. So the car took longer to GET to 60 which meant, once at 60, it looked like it took longer to stop only because it was so far beyond the other car. If both cars simply brake at 60, regardless of how quickly they actually get to 60, you'd find less disparity in their performance. Winter tires are better for traction and turning in snow...right...but a capable driver with All Season tires isn't going to purposely put themselves into a position where they're driving so dangerously that they'll need to have a set of winter-only tires.
meadowsmydog (2 months ago)
let's not forget the human factor: many people feel much more confident driving on slippery roads when they have snow tires. What do they do? They drive faster than they would with all-seasons! So for many, winter tires aren't much safer...
Håkon T. (2 months ago)
In that case the driver is the problem, not the tires.
Mark D'Alelio (2 months ago)
I need winter tracks for my tank.
w23857980 (2 months ago)
All season tires will work if you drive long enough for the tires to get warm.
kiwan82 (2 months ago)
Not for a city that doesn't go below 0°C often.

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