What are the best snow tires for a Mazda 6?

I recently moved up North and am nervous about facing my first winter driving. My partner offered to buy me snow tires as an early Christmas gift, but wants me to select the pair I want so it’s the right fit for my vehicle. I’m not sure how to choose snow tires, since I’ve never done it before. What are the best ones for a Mazda 6?

Kathryn Mae Kurlychek · Answered on Jan 18, 2023
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
If you live in a cold climate, snow tires may be the perfect solution to winter driving—but how do you find the best snow tires for your Mazda 6? It will depend on a couple of factors—including your driving needs, and weighing snow tires against alternative performance tires, such as all-season tires. And then there’s the cost to consider.
When shopping for snow tires, here’s what to watch out for:
  • Tread depth: What separates snow tires from other performance tires is primarily the depth of their treads. Snow tires tend to have a deeper tread pattern that improves traction and handling in snow and ice.
  • 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: A set of snow tires can cost anywhere from $150 to $700 or more, depending on what you’re looking for—so it’s a good idea to consider your budget alongside your driving needs when shopping.
While we can’t recommend one particular brand of snow tires to be the best overall for Mazda 6 owners, we can suggest a few brands to help you get started with your search:
  • Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V2: Blizzaks are a popular winter tire brand among Mazda owners, partly for their superb traction and capacity to plow through snow. They’re also incredibly affordable.
  • Michelin Defender T+H: Although these are technically all-season tires (not snow tires), they’re designed to drive like performance ones, and feature interlocking sipes to improve traction on slick and snowy roads.
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