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CR’s Best All Season And Snow Tires For Your Subaru This Winter

What are the best all-season and winter tires for the Outback, Crosstrek, Forester, or other Subaru all-wheel-drive models? Here are the best tires recommended by Consumer Reports this winter.


Recently, I wrote a Subaru tire story on when having all-season tires on your all-wheel-drive Subaru is the worst idea. If you own a Subaru Outback, Crosstrek, Forester, or another all-wheel-drive model, you are probably asking, "Why do I need snow tires if I have all-wheel-drive? Or can I get by with the all-season tires on my new car?"

I answered the question in a previous article: Do you need winter or snow tires with your all-wheel-drive vehicle? It all depends on where you live and how much extreme or severe weather you will experience. 

For customers who live in cold climates, what are the best winter tires for an Outback, Crosstrek, Forester, or another Subaru all-wheel-drive model? 

According to a new ranking from Consumer Reports, here are the best-recommended picks for winter and all-season tires this winter. 

2024 Subaru Crosstrek in the snow

If you don't live where the snow is measured in feet, not inches, and live in a warm climate, you can drive on all-season tires. 

CR's best all-season tire recommendations.

CR says the Continental PureContact LS, $142, is your best choice. This would be a good choice for the Subaru Legacy sedan or Impreza compact hatchback.  

"The Continental PureContact LS is an all-season tire with H and V speed-rated sizes for cars and some SUVs. It has a 70,000-mile treadwear warranty, flat tire roadside assistance, and road hazard warranties, too."

2024 Subaru Outback in the snow

CR says the Vredestein HiTrac, $169, is your best choice for an all-season SUV tire. This would be a good pick for the Subaru Outback, Crosstrek, Forester, Ascent, or Solterra SUVs. 

"The most comfortable tire for family vehicles. An all-around high-performance tire for a family sedan and SUV owners. Great wet performance and good balance across all other parameters."

CR's best winter/snow tire recommendations for SUVs.

For Subaru owners who live in cold climates where you see snow and ice, CR recommends the Bridgestone Blizzak WS90, $131. The Blizzak WS90 is an excellent choice for Outback, Crosstrek, Forester, Ascent, and Solterra all-wheel-drive vehicles. 

2024 Subaru Ascent in the snow

"The Bridgestone Blizzak WS90 is a stud-less winter/snow tire that comes in a wide range of sizes for cars and SUVs. Equipped to ensure that winter driving doesn't become a dangerous pastime, the Blizzak WS90 gives you certainty in uncertain moments."

What are the best tires for the Subaru WRX and BRZ sports cars? 

CR says for the best winter/snow performance tire, they recommend the Vredestein Wintrac Pro, $180. 

2023 Subaru WRX in the snow

"A performance winter/snow tire suited for sports cars and performance sedans and SUVs. W speed rated for sustained speeds to 168 mph."

Regardless of what winter/snow tires you buy, look for an Alpine pictograph (a snowflake inside a mountain) on the tire's sidewall. When you see this icon, you can be assured it meets more stringent winter traction performance requirements. This includes snowy, slippery roads and low temperatures.

When you get new treads for winter, you should get four winter/snow tires of the same size and identical category to maintain optimal driving performance.

Buying the right winter tires can give you instant "bolt-on" traction, confidence, and control for your Outback, Crosstrek, Forester, or another Subaru vehicle.

Thanks for reading, everyone. I hope you enjoyed this Subaru tire story. See you tomorrow for my latest Subaru Report.

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I am Denis Flierl, a 12-year Torque News senior writer with 20+ years of Subaru and automotive journalism experience. I enjoy bringing you, the Subaru fans and customers, the most up-to-date Subaru news, reviews, and new model information. You'll find the latest Subaru stories on the Subaru page. Follow me on my The Dirty Subaru website, Dirty Subaru blogSubaruReportAll Subaru, WRXSTI, @DenisFlierlFacebook, and Instagram.

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Frank W (not verified)    November 5, 2023 - 9:57AM

I’d really like to know if there is any way to turn off the radio auto on feature on our 2020 Forester as it is really irritating to have it turn on every time I turn on the car. Please let me know by email. Thanks!

David Scheelk (not verified)    November 5, 2023 - 1:02PM

Once again I am flabbergasted by CR's narrow minded research. I understand the problem of testing everything. An impossible task. BUT, most of the tires listed are unheard of and this comes from a retired auto mechanic in service since 1972. Michelin, Cooper, Goodyear to name a few. They all have tires with the snowflake symbol. CR, I don't expect perfection but you need to get back to the real world.

Dennis Dura (not verified)    November 5, 2023 - 4:07PM

CR fails to indicate that Winter Tires also have a huge impact on traction and handling when temperatures fall below 45°. It's not just snow depth. All Season tires are three season tires. We need to stop with this propaganda. CR has the audience to correct this, but never does. If it's raining sleeting and it's 35°, which tire do you want? CR fails as they indicate snow must be measured in feet to use winter tires.