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Top 2013 Winter Tires

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I’ve got good news for tire shoppers in Canada: Tire prices have dropped considerably over the last few seasons. In order to discourage cross-boarder shopping, tire manufacturers have lowered their prices to match U.S. retail prices as much as possible.

As such, the fact that price is always the No. 1 consideration when it comes to buying these expensive consumables is very good news.

As the winter season rapidly approaches, the questions are starting to roll in: “What winter tire should I buy?” To help you along with your shopping, I’ve devised a “best bang for the buck” line-up of tire suggestions.

As compact cars are very popular in Canada, I’ve selected the following P205/55R16 size as the yardstick. Keep in mind that these picks also apply to most cars, minivans and crossover vehicles.

Here are the top 2013 winter tire choices:

Best cheap tire: $100-$150
Champiro IcePro or Dunlop Winter Maxx or Continental ExtremeWinterContact

These tires provide good to exceptional snow and slush traction. Some tires are studdable for added ice traction.


Best moderately priced tire: $150-$200
Toyo Observe Garit KX or Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 or Gislaved Nord*Frost 100

These tires offer heightened to exceptional performance on snow- and ice-covered surfaces. They feature state-of-the-art compound technology.


Best tire: $200 +
Nokian Hakkapeliitta R2 or Dunlop SP Winter Sport 4D

This pair of winter tires is at the top of their high performance winter tire game. Their tread patterns are optimized for maximum snow, slush, and water channeling at high speed, providing the best possible grip.