What are the best snow tires for a 2019 Subaru Forester?

I just moved to an area that gets way more snow than I’m used to, and I found out I’m supposed to get special tires for winter. What kind of snow tires do I need for a 2019 Subaru Forester?

Macy Fouse · Answered on Dec 20, 2022
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
The best snow tires for a 2019 Subaru Forester are the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V2 winter tires. You’ll probably need a tire size of 225/60R17 to fit your Forester, and you can expect to pay about $184 each for these babies.
Be sure to look at your owner’s manual to double-check what your specific vehicle requires.
Even if your vehicle is equipped with all-wheel drive, a good set of snow tires is essential if you live in a climate that’s well-acquainted with Jack Frost. Snow tires increase traction to make sure your Subaru stays safe on roads covered in snow and ice. Without enough traction, you could be slipping and sliding all over the road.
If you live in an area that only gets the occasional winter weather event, you might be able to get by with all-weather tires as long as you have all-wheel drive. These won’t be as heavy-duty as snow tires, but they’re more capable than regular all-season tires—and Consumer Reports recommends Michelin CrossClimate 2 tires for the job.
When the snow melts and winter starts to fade, you’ll want to be sure and change your Subaru’s tires back to regular all-season tires. Snow tires are designed specifically for winter conditions, so it’s not recommended to leave them on year-round. They’ll affect your vehicle performance and wear down faster, leading to more frequent tire changes or expensive repairs.
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