Originally Posted by vassili
How many of you live in Canada or the snow belt? I've got my 2014 Overland with stock tires and 20" rims. I believe they're all season, but my wife drives this thing with our infant daughter and I want them to be as safe as possible.
I've read good things on the blizzaks. But, do I get them in OEM specs 265/50R20 (about $300/tire in canada) and reuse my 20" wheels, or go smaller (which size???) to save on the tires, but pay for new wheels?
Technically our first snow happened in mid-August, but there is more today and expected thin dusting tonight.
You don't mention what type of driving and road types and how much snow you expect to get and whether or not you would be expecting to drive when it truly sucks outside or would not need to do so.
But, just given you live in Canada, I would suggest buying another set of wheels and fitting dedicated snow tires. Since you have the option of using 18's, that would open your choices a lot and likely save a few bucks.
From there, the Blizzaks are good, but there are equally good or better, depending on what your local laws allow.
Cooper Studded: WeatherMaster or Glacier Grip
Hankook Winter iPike with or without Studs
Norseman [Nokian sub brand] studded
Nokian Hakka 7 Studs
All but the Cooper have the Nokian style winter tread patterns.
Top would be the Nokian Hakka 7 studded, but if you want to set a world speed record on ice, don't like to stay home during blizzards, or simply want the best winter tires available, they really aren't that much more expensive than the others.
Quietest would be the Coopers, even with studs. They also "track" like a good Michelin, with that driving on rails feature.
The Norseman is a cheaper Nokian.
The Hankook studded is quite good for bad winter, a bit noisy and feel somewhat squirmy.
Michelin X-Ice arguably have as much traction as anything but studs on low speed ice, and may actually be superior to studs at higher speeds--unless you count the Nokian Hakkas with their imbedded trapezoid studs that are pretty much immune to being thrown.