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Winter snow tires

I have an 2019 AWD CX3 with Yokohama all-season tires. I live in New England and this will be my primary car for winter driving. Can you provide an opinion on these tires for snow and ice?
I am considering Blizzaks for the winter but just think it maybe overkill if the Yokohama's are good in the snow.

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We've used Blizzaks in the past and they had great traction, braking, etc. However, they appear to use a relatively soft compound and probably have decreased tread life.

We're now on Michelin X-Ice Xi3 and, while they may not have the ultimate cold/wet performance, they have a longer tread life, are quieter, etc. ... using the tirerack dot com as my reference

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I have an 2019 AWD CX3 with Yokohama all-season tires. I live in New England and this will be my primary car for winter driving. Can you provide an opinion on these tires for snow and ice?
I am considering Blizzaks for the winter but just think it maybe overkill if the Yokohama's are good in the snow.

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The OEM Yokohama's are fine in snow until the temperature drops then they are comparable to hockey pucks. All Seasons except the cold ones.

Also went with the Xi-3's , when I checked they were among the best for stopping distance.


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I have the Blizzaks and it's my understanding that the old WS-70s had that fast-wearing compound. The current generation (WS-80) do not have this issue.

The car is an absolute hoot to drive in winter with the Blizzaks due to the combination of amazing grip and AWD. More importantly, with the snow we had last year, it felt safe and surefooted.

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One of the biggest factors should be location, I am in CT which we get maybe like 6 heavy snow days a season and like rest is light snow/comparable to rain. Personally I never saw a reason to get snow tires because in reality the state is fairly decent at clearing roads and the yokohamas do well enough in our climate here with mazdas awd system. No slipping or anything thankfully. I can see how being further north in Canada and having an onslaught of colder temps and snow fall would be more ideal for snow tires.

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Thanks all for your responses.
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Same view as what @Dean said. The Yokos drop of considerably in icy conditions.
I went with Continental Winter Contact SI's and am pretty happy with them. Good price too.
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I ordered my 2016 CX3 with Michelin X ice Xi3s on steelies. I had the same combo on my previous Subaru Forester and find that they are just about the best you can get for winter driving up here in the GWN (Great White North). In fact I really prefer driving on these more than the stock 18" wheels.

When I got them there was an offer of 4 free snow tires when you bought a new CX3 in Canada for a few months during the introduction. But I didn't care for the downmarket type they were offering so I plunked down an extra $300 for the Michelins. Money well spent I feel.
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One of the biggest factors should be location, I am in CT which we get maybe like 6 heavy snow days a season and like rest is light snow/comparable to rain. Personally I never saw a reason to get snow tires because in reality the state is fairly decent at clearing roads and the yokohamas do well enough in our climate here with mazdas awd system. No slipping or anything thankfully. I can see how being further north in Canada and having an onslaught of colder temps and snow fall would be more ideal for snow tires.
The biggest factor is temperature. As soon as the temperature falls below 42F, the compound in all-seasons turns hard, and stopping/handling becomes a huge issue. Not sure what the average winter temps are in CT, but there you have it. I don't like the idea of my car riding on frozen hockey pucks. YMMV.

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The biggest factor is temperature. As soon as the temperature falls below 42F, the compound in all-seasons turns hard, and stopping/handling becomes a huge issue. Not sure what the average winter temps are in CT, but there you have it. I don't like the idea of my car riding on frozen hockey pucks. YMMV.
Location would correlate to what temperatures would be experienced in the region and how much snowfall. Southern New England region isnt bad at all save for a few days of snow fall. Sure tires harden a little more in colder weather but the fact that everyone is making it seem like having all seasons in the winter is a death sentence is just faulty information and makes it seem like practically any person without snow tires would be wrapped around a pole in not-even-freezing temps apparently.

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