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Best 2017-2018 Winter Tires for Passenger Cars

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Every year, when fall comes and the temperatures plummet, Canadians trade their bathing suit for their hat and gloves. Just like yourself, your vehicle needs to be prepared to face the cold temperatures… and eventually snow! That is why it is crucial that you choose safe and reliable winter tires.

Again this year, we came up with a top 5 of the best winter tires for passenger cars to help you make an informed decision. Of course, when buying winter tires, it is crucial that you consider your driving style and the types of road you are going to use. Even though they are very similar, the tires we have selected (all available for purchase online) answer different needs. Still, every one of them remains an excellent choice to get through winter.

Which winter tires are you going to buy?

Consult our guide to the best winter tires for cars for 2018-2019

1. Michelin X-Ice Xi3

  • - Exceptional traction on ice
  • - Top-of-the-line durability
  • - Extremely low noise level
  • - Michelin Promise Plan
  • - $70 mail in rebate

Usage: Highway and urban driving

Price: $212.71 (per tire for a 2015 Mazda3 - 205/55R16)

With its remarkable traction on ice and impressive durability, the Michelin X-Ice Xi3 truly deserves the No. 1 rank in our top 5. When buying Michelin tires on the website, you can take advantage of the Michelin Promise Plan and become eligible for a $70 mail in rebate.

2. Bridgestone Blizzak WS-80

  • - Excellent traction on ice
  • - Very good traction in snow
  • - $70 mail in rebate
  • - Great comments from customers

Usage: Highway and rural driving

Price: $158.35 (per tire for a 2015 Volkswagen Golf - 205/55R16)

The Bridgestone Blizzak WS-80 is a reliable tire that performs well on both snow and ice. However, it does not offer the same durability as the X-Ice Xi3, which is why it ends up in second place.

3. Hercules Avalanche R-G2

  • - Great traction on ice
  • - Good traction in snow
  • - Hazard Protection Program
  • - Good value for money

Usage: Highway, urban and rural driving

Price: $131.48 (per tire for a 2015 Subaru Impreza - 205/55R16)

You can drive with confidence this winter with the Hercules Avalanche R-G2, our No. 3 this year. These highly versatile tires, which are sold with a Road Hazard Protection Program, offer good bang for your buck.

4. Dunlop Winter Maxx 2

  • - Great traction on ice
  • - Good traction in snow
  • - Low noise level
  • - $60 mail in rebate

Usage: Urban driving

Price: $154.31 (per tire for a 2015 Honda Civic - 205/55R16)

The all-new Winter Maxx 2 is an improved version of its predecessor, the Winter Maxx. If you live and work in an urban area and enjoy quiet tires, these are the ideal fit for you.

5. Continental Winter Contact Si

  • - Excellent traction on ice
  • - Total Confidence Plan
  • - Good performance in slush

Usage: Urban driving

Price: $152.66 (per tire for a 2015 Toyota Corolla - 205/55R16)

Even though it ends up at the bottom of our top 5, the Continental Winter Contact Si is a great tire that offers superior traction on ice. Perfect for urban driving, these tires are covered by Continental's Total Confidence Plan.