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How are All-Season Tires in Snow?

I know the tires, both Michelin Primacy and Yokohama G91 are all-season tires, but to look at the tread pattern it's hard to believe they have any traction in the snow. My preference would have been the Michelin's, but the tread pattern on my Yoko's look to me to be a little better than the Michelin.
For the ones who went through the Winter, how did your Michelin and Yoko's grab in the snow?
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I'm curious where you live? Do you get a lot of snow during the winter?

I can't really see all-season tires as an option for living in Toronto. Better to invest in snow tires here.

Depending on the severity of your winter the all-seasons can do a good job though.



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Winter tires are made of a compound that will maintain grip in even extreme colds and seeing how there's been a growing number of winters with extreme cold, investing in winter tires (hard compound) will result in safer commutes especially with the faster you drive. Softer compound found in all-season tires won't do as well but they'll get you by.
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I'm curious where you live? Do you get a lot of snow during the winter?

I can't really see all-season tires as an option for living in Toronto. Better to invest in snow tires here.

Depending on the severity of your winter the all-seasons can do a good job though.
I'm in a collar suburb of Chicago. If we don't get regular forecast snow, then we get lake-effect snow. Probably not as much as you guys though. But seeing as about 30 p/c of the year is snow, I bought this NX to keep my '92 Toronado and '12 Caddy in the garage. I planned on getting another Grand Cherokee and was waiting for one to be delivered by truck and saw the NX in the nick of time (the Jeep salesman said "Well I can't compete with that!" which was pretty funny!). I'm going to hate having to see the salt and slush on it though!

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I'm in a collar suburb of Chicago. If we don't get regular forecast snow, then we get lake-effect snow. Probably not as much as you guys though. But seeing as about 30 p/c of the year is snow, I bought this NX to keep my '92 Toronado and '12 Caddy in the garage. I planned on getting another Grand Cherokee and was waiting for one to be delivered by truck and saw the NX in the nick of time (the Jeep salesman said "Well I can't compete with that!" which was pretty funny!). I'm going to hate having to see the salt and slush on it though!
Having looked up the lake snow effect on wikipedia, Chicago is less affected than Toronto.

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Lake-effect snow is uncommon in Detroit, Toledo, Milwaukee, and Chicago, because the region's dominant winds are from the northwest, making them upwind from their respective Great Lakes. However, they too can see lake-effect snow during easterly or north-easterly winds. More frequently, the north side of a low-pressure system picks up more moisture over the lake as it travels west, creating a phenomenon called lake-enhanced precipitation.
Anyway I think you are getting enough snow that snow tires would probably be a good investment. Climate change is real and its giving us extreme weather patterns that are better to be prepared for.



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typically not the greatest... although if you can find a set of winter rated allseasons, with the little mountain and snow flake logo, you should be ok. Strongly recommend Nokians, best set of tires I've ever owned!!!
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typically not the greatest... although if you can find a set of winter rated allseasons, with the little mountain and snow flake logo, you should be ok. Strongly recommend Nokians, best set of tires I've ever owned!!!
That along with properly maintaining your tires and they should last you long, and then of course there's how you drive that will impact how long they last as well.



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Does anyone use chains instead of winter tires?



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Does anyone use chains instead of winter tires?
I think in some places they are banned, but I bet out of the city more up north, like far up north in canada they would be needed and even allowed.



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Not a big fan of my 200t wheels (5 double-spoke). They look like they belong on a car instead of a CUV. Wish they had the F-sport wheels as an option. Thinking of ordering a set of F-series 18 wheels and putting winter tires on my current wheels for the winter. Also curious about difference in price between the Michelin Primacy and the Yoko G91. Seems to me that they should put the Yoko on Toyota and put Michelin on the Lexus.

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