The main reason why all-weather tires outperform all-season tires is the fact that they are actually officially rated for use in winter conditions. They actually hold the “three peak mountain snowflake” symbol indicating that they meet the performance criteria in snow testing to be considered severe snow service rated. This is the same emblem used on winter tires. The main reason why all-weather tires outperform all-season tires in winter conditions is due to this rating. The all-weather tires are in fact a cross between an all-season tire and a winter tire.
There are several good all-weather tires on the market. Tires like the market. The Nokian WR G3 all-weather tires are a tire with excellent winter grip and handling with all-season durability. It offers low rolling resistance, extreme wet performance with additional slush and aquaplaning protection, excellent handling on snowy as well as dry surfaces and of course holds the mountain snowflake symbol designating it for use in severe winter conditions. It remains stable and easy to control even at high speeds with reliable functionality for the varying weather conditions of North America.
The Nokian WR G3 SUV all-season tires are available for SUVs with the same advantages as the Nokian WR G3 for passenger cars. The SUVs being a heavier vehicle is even more dependent on good grip to allow for maximal traction with all kinds of road conditions. It is equipped with the “Snow Claws” giving it exceptional winter grip on snow and ice yet versatile enough to handle any other road conditions.
The choice for all-weather tires or SUV all-weather tires is a good one when living in an area requiring tires to handle winter weather. Keeping in mind that nothing outperforms an actual dedicated winter tire, studded or non-studded alike. Dedicated winter tires, especially studded-winter tires have the ultimate grip and traction, especially lateral traction. The main drawback with dedicated winter tires is of course the need to change tires in the winter and the fact that studded tires can’t be driven on bare roads, so they need to be taken off as soon as the snow melts. The winter tires have a superior tread pattern as well as a softer rubber compound, making them much better in handling both freezing temperatures and allowing superior handling on ice and snow.