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We took our Subaru 2016 Outback on vacation last winter. The roads were icy and snow covered. The Subaru slid all over the road. 2 wheel drive cars were passing us. The read of the car was sliding and unstable. Very unsafe. I was surprised at the terrible performance of the car being it is 4 wheel drive.
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Tires > drivetrain. The Bridgestones that came with the car are garbage. Slap good tires on there and she's a tank.
 

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Thanks. I would prefer not to have to change out tires for the seasons. What tires did you put on?
 

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We run Westlake SU318 in the summertime, and blizzaks in the winter. The Westlake tires definitely are not my first choice, but we literally would have been stranded in Yukon Territory Alaska otherwise.

Anyway, we live in Central Alaska where it is an absolute necessity to use some form of snow tire, and blizzaks are the best for up here (IMO)

If you're looking for something to run year-round I have had good experience with General altimax Tires. They have high ratings across the board. There are many options for you though.
 

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I would think the places you went on vacation the people have snow tires on,....or brand new all seasons.

as all seasons in their second winter SUCK. (as you have apparently found out).



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I have snow tires on rims for both my subarus,...and I keep them and the 3 season tires a long long long time.
 

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AWD/4WD doesn't mean a flipping thing for traction. That's all tires.
 

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Stock tires suck in slippery conditions but Blizzak DV2 changed that dramatically.

I have to say I was used to a 4matic which had a rear wheel bias. The OB has a front wheel bias. Took some time to adjust when hitting transitional pockets of clear spots to covered spots at higher speeds. The snow/ice tires changed that.
 

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Consider either the Toyo Celsius or the Nokian WR-G3. Both are all weather/year round tires that perform well in the snow.
 

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General RT43 tires for quiet all season grip including heavy snow and ice and good tread depth.
 

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AWD/4WD doesn't mean a flipping thing for traction. That's all tires.



Depends on how much resistance to differentiation the differential has - any resistance in the differential to the tires rotating freely will subtract from the grip they can get on ice when trying to corner or even when trying to maintain a speed going straight if there is a grip difference between the surfaces the 2 tires are on.
 

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Has anyone tried the Falken ziex ze950 tires? Just bought a 05 Outback it needs tires. I live in MN and I was hoping to get all season tires that are good in snow.
 

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I was travelling with 2017 OB 2.5, having factory tires. The car got slid and met with accident, car spin around and hit the guard rail. The car was at 55-60mph that time. We were traveling at night time, entered from rainy road to icy road. Didn't realize as soon car started loosing control.
I was under impression Subaru works better in snow/ice.

We took our Subaru 2016 Outback on vacation last winter. The roads were icy and snow covered. The Subaru slid all over the road. 2 wheel drive cars were passing us. The read of the car was sliding and unstable. Very unsafe. I was surprised at the terrible performance of the car being it is 4 wheel drive.
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I was travelling with 2017 OB 2.5, having factory tires. The car got slid and met with accident, car spin around and hit the guard rail. The car was at 55-60mph that time. We were traveling at night time, entered from rainy road to icy road. Didn't realize as soon car started loosing control.
I was under impression Subaru works better in snow/ice.
Subarus are more than capable in various snow and ice conditions. However, even a Subaru can't overcome a driver unaware of changing road conditions.
 

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There is no car out there that can compensate for poor winter driving coupled with improper winter tires. AWD is useful for getting the car going in the snow but stopping quickly comes down to the tires. If you are traveling at a high speed with the Bridgestone Duelers and you hit ice, you’re in trouble.
 

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Subarus are tanks in snow. That said, tires and driving skill are more important than the drivetrain when it comes to driving in slippery conditions.

All wheel drive increases traction for acceleration, and general traction. You are less likely to get stuck, but you won't be able to turn or stop any better than a 2wd vehicle on the same tires. Tires are what provides traction to turn and stop.

All season tires are usually pretty decent in snow the first year, alright the second year, and meh or worse the third. If you live, or frequent anywhere that gets snow and ice in the winter then a dedicated set of winter wheels is almost always worth the cost especially if you end up paying an insurance deductible.

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Tires > drivetrain. The Bridgestones that came with the car are garbage. Slap good tires on there and she's a tank.
Every all seasons tires are garbage in winter. To be honest, they should call it 3 seasons tires...! Rubber gets harder under a certain temp and does not operate correctly when breaking, cornering and so on.


The bridgestones are "okay" for the first year. I have seen worst tires than those.
 

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Snow TIres

Go with Nokian Hakkalapillita R2. Stopped on an incline of 15 degrees, cars in front of me started to slide backwards towards me ( it was a WRX with all season). I just started up and moved to the right out of his way. He passed my rear end within 6 inches and kept sliding down the hill. I just went up to the top and on home. No muss no fuss.
 
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