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The Best Summer and All-Season Tires for Cars, Small SUVs in Canada for 2023

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Éric Descarries
Here’s our guide to the best summer and all-season tires available this season

Here is our annual guide to summer tires and all-season tires for cars for 2023 in Canada.

See also: The Best All-Season and Summer Tires for SUVs and Pickups in Canada for 2023

See also: The Best Summer and All-Season Tires for Electric Cars in 2023

Right along with the auto industry in general, the tire industry is in flux this summer, what with EVs growing in market share, ongoing supply issues, inflation, inventory shortages and on and on. What’s more, technical innovations in the field of tires means motorists have ever mor complex choices to make.

Depending on the vehicle you own, you will have to choose between all-season tires (which you will have to change to winter tires in the fall) or so-called “winter-approved”, or “homologued” tires. These truly all-season products have the silhouette of a mountain with a snowflake in the centre on them, meaning they can be used year-round.

And if you have an electric vehicle, you may want to consider the new tires designed specifically for this type of car. In fact, this year, for the first time, we're including a chapter in our guide dedicated entirely to tires for electric vehicles; this section will appear this Saturday, so stay tuned!

We haven't even mentioned performance tires. And these are not to be ignored, given that car manufacturers are increasingly likely to equip their models out of the factory with higher performance tires - even if the model is not!

The current situation in 2023 is unusual in another way. It is becoming increasingly difficult for consumers to purchase new vehicles; demand is high, supply is not. High prices are also keeping some away from showrooms, with many deciding to hold on to their current vehicle. Their tires may have to be replaced. Still, it's less costly than a new vehicle!

A Lincoln Corsair
A Lincoln Corsair | Photo: Lincoln

All-season (summer) tires

A first piece of advice: If you notice that your tires are starting to wear out (or if your mechanic points this out to you) and if you don't know that much about tires, it would be wise to replace them with original tires, i.e. those that came with the vehicle out of the factory. You won't go wrong!

A second tip: Resist budget tires that may not be of high quality. In fact, these tires could be dangerous if they are not designed to truly match the mechanical design of your vehicle. I say this every year, but it's for a good cause: remember that your life and the lives of your passengers rest on four points of road contact no bigger than the palm of your hand. Remember that when you're driving at 120 km/h!

Finally, if you have the opportunity to purchase used tires, make sure they are still good to go for many more kilometres, and that they fit your needs. Ideally, show them to a tire professional before mounting them on your wheels.

Here are some recommended new replacement tires from well-known brands. In general, these are new products with new technologies included, or proven products that have been tried and tested. Note that these are mostly major brand tires, not all of which are in the “affordable” range, but they are very reliable.

Éric Descarries
Éric Descarries
Automotive expert
  • More than 41 years of experience as an automotive journalist
  • Over 55 test drives in the past year
  • Attended more than 200 new vehicle launches in the presence of the brand's technical specialists