Can anyone give me advice on which winter tires will work best for the Canadian winter (snow and ice)? I am getting the 3.6R with the 18" wheels. I've never owned a Subaru before and a major reason why I am buying one is for winter driving. I want to get tires that will maximize the vehicles snow potential!
I live in Quebec, we get some of the worst winters in North America, and I have tried many of the main brands so far.
One comment mentions the Nokian, if you got the money, I'd agree they're very good and possibly worth the extra money (tough sell for me though... there are other great tires).
I have used bridgestone Blizzaks, Yokohama IG10 and IG20, Continental ExtremeWinterContact (very surprised!) as well as Toyo Observe GSI5 (currently on the wife's impreza, excellent all around!).
I have my 2015 outback 3.6R coming in the next 2 months and I'm still figuring out what I'll get. I won't get the Nokian for sure because, well, just can't justify the money honestly, I have driven other great winter tires that would give me great performance in all kinds of terrible conditions.
Bridgestone burns rubber like no other, so I won't get those for sure. Yoko hasn't been innovating much in recent years, yet the IG20 remains a solid winter tire. The Continental is extremely cheap and has provided me with a surprisingly comfortable, "sporty" and confident ride experience. You should know that continental equips most luxury german cars.
As for my next set of tires, right now I'd think the Toyo Observe GSI5 may be my choice. They're not the cheapest, but then safety is important. Seeing how they performed through a rough winter last year, I feel they'd be a very good pick for the new 3.6R...
In the end, just don't go with Michelin... Any other brand (major), like those I mentioned, should get you home safe as long as you drive safe