What are the best snow tires for a Mazda 3?

I had a slippery scare while driving last winter, so snow tires are a must for me this year. It’s my first time buying them, so I’m unsure where to start. What are the best snow tires for a Mazda 3?

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Kathryn Mae Kurlychek · Answered on Jan 17, 2023
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
Finding the right snow tires for your Mazda 3 will depend on several factors. For one, you’ll want to make sure snow tires are the right option for your driving needs, as opposed to other performance tires like all-season tires. And then there’s the cost to consider.
When shopping for snow tires, here’s what to look for:
  • Tread depth. A key factor separating snow tires from other performance tires is their tread depth. Snow tires tend to have a deeper tread pattern that enables them to better grip the road in snowy and icy conditions.
  • Material. Make sure to choose snow tires made from winter rubber, which has a higher silica content than regular rubber tires which helps them retain elasticity even in subzero temperatures.
  • Cost. There’s a wide range in the cost of snow tires, although you can expect a cheap pair to cost anywhere between $100 and $200. Some pairs of snow tires can cost as much as $700 or more, so it’s important to consider your budget before shopping!
While we can’t guarantee one particular brand of snow tires is the best overall for Mazda 3 owners, we can recommend a few brands to help you get started with your search:
  • Bridgestone Blizzak’s tires are popular among many Mazda owners, thanks to a wide range of options and fit at a relatively low price point.
  • Michelin X-Ice Tires: A reliable tire maker, Michelin also produces specialized snow tires designed to help maintain your Mazda’s fuel economy—and they come with a 40,000-mile warranty.
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