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It may not "officially" be winter, but that doesn't mean you should put off switching to winter tires!



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there are other threads elsewhere about this, but you can potentially save money and a damage to your factory wheels by going to an 18-inch wheel and winter tire set. Especially when you factor in the ~hundred bucks it costs to mount and remount tires on the factory wheels twice a year, over the course of six, seven, eight, or nine years.

Plus there are many more winter tire options in the 18"size than in the 20" size
 

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there are other threads elsewhere about this, but you can potentially save money and a damage to your factory wheels by going to an 18-inch wheel and winter tire set. Especially when you factor in the ~hundred bucks it costs to mount and remount tires on the factory wheels twice a year, over the course of six, seven, eight, or nine years.

Plus there are many more winter tire options in the 18"size than in the 20" size
I was actually thinking of doing this, but with the new Michelin CrossClimate SUV tires you don't need winter tires anymore. The CrossClimate is the first tire that I'm aware of which successfully tests as both an excellent three-season tire as well as an excellent winter tire. It's a game-changer, check all the reviews. This is not an all-season tire, like the name says it's a "cross climate" tire which has both three-season and winter tire ratings.

With this tire, it should be possible to run one set year-round. That being the case, I don't need to by another expensive set of wheels just for winter tires, I don't need to change them twice a year, don't need to deal with TPMS issues, and don't need to find a place to store four sets of tires when not in use.

Unfortunately, Michelin doesn't make the CrossClimate SUV in size P245/50R20, at least not yet. They do make the 18" size, but then I'd need to buy four wheels and ditch my 20" wheels. So, no solution yet.
 

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Yes, you make a very valid point. I apologize, I didn't process that these were year round tires designed for moderate winter use as well.
No need to apologize, few people know about these yet, they're relatively new and word is just getting around about them. Up until I read the reviews recently I was thinking about getting a set of 18" wheels and snow tires just as you suggested.
 

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Tire technology has definitely come along way, specifically with rubber compounding and tread design. With this there is an emerging new category for tires call "all-weather".

All-weather tires usually bear the “three-peak mountain snowflake” symbol or "severe weather" symbol on the sidewall which indicates the tire meets certain performance criteria in snow testing. Tires branded with this designation are expected to deliver higher levels of traction beyond all-season tires labeled M+S (mud + snow).

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There are tire manufacturers that offer product for this segment such as Michelin with the Cross Climate+ and Cross Climate SUV. Goodyear and Nokian are two other manufacturers that come to mind. Falken has their WildPeak A/T Trail which sorta falls into this category, though this tire is more into the "Rugged" category and designed specifically for Crossover applications that see a mix of on and off-road use.

At the end of the day though, tires are still a product of compromise, or in other words, no tire model can score 5 out 5 in all performance areas (noise, winter grip, dry performance, etc). Legitimate winter tires are arguably still the best-performing, most reliable and safest options in whiteout conditions. Ultimately the right tire model will depend on the conditions the vehicle is driven in and the performance attributes the tires need to deliver most.

I'll add that tires that carry the three-peak mountain snowflake designation are based on tests that measure a tire's acceleration grip on medium packed snow only and do not account for snow performance under turning, braking or under ice conditions.
 
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