Originally Posted by armoredsaint
I have the 20" Goodyear Fortera's - I usually switch to Blizzaks on my BMW's for winter since they're summer specific tires, but not sure on the JGC since it's considered "All-season"?
Anyways worth switching over to a winter dedicated tire like Blizzak DM-V1 in the same OEM 20" size or go with a 18" tire/wheel combo for an extra $600 (need wheels and TPMS sensors)?...
In every vehicle I have owned I always found switching to a dedicated winter tire / wheel combination gave me better handling in the winter.
On my AWD Grand Caravan the Blizzaks were awesome, next vehicle - an AWD Pacifica I put Pirelli Scorpians on it (okay, but not as good as the Blizzaks)
I don't know how much snow you get where you live, but even if the temps drop to consistantly below 45° F, they say you should switch over.
For the first winter in my GC I decided to try the stock 20" tires.
The awesome "Snow" setting in it did a pretty good job of keeping the vehicle on the straight and narrow, but I still noticed a difference.
So last week, I went to my favorite tire dealer and asked his recommendation.
Out of the three choices I found that were available he said that the Michelin X-Ice were best for this vehicle. More money than the Blizzaks and around the same price as Pirelli,
but they are warranted for 60K.
We went with new 18" DIP D10 Silver rims w/Machined Lip, factory TPMS, and the X-ice2 tires.
This is what it looks like:
The tread pattern:
I'll tell you after the first good snow storm how they handle.