Thread: ('11-'14) First snow with AWD
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Old 01-11-2013, 03:27 PM   #88
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Originally Posted by subbie206 View Post
You guys with the 2011+ imprezzas, what size snow tires are you running? Tire rack suggests either a 195-60-16 or 205-55-16 for snow tires. I'm currently considering getting Bridgestone Blizzaks, Continental ExtremeContact, General Altimax Arctic or Nokian Hakkapelitta. Any other suggestions? I see alot of memebers using WRX wheels, what years are compatible with our cars?
Where are you located? It should help inform you on your choice.

For example, i drive on dunlop wintersport 3d on both the sti and the Impreza. Here in Pittsburgh there is not constantly snow all over the roads, but there are times of bad weather that you need to be prepared for. I was looking for a reasonable price, with good performance when it was slippery, but also weren't total marshmallows when the road is dry (since the roads are pretty clear most of the time). The wintersports fit this bill nicely.

On the other hand, if you live where it is constantly snowing, or the area you live in does not do a particularly good job of clearing the roads, you may want a more hardcore snow tire such as Blizzaks or the Nokians. However, these tires are expensive, really mushy if it is dry or if the temps warm up, and can wear out very fast.
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