What are the best studded snow tires for a Subaru Forester?
I’ve always driven a sedan, but I recently bought a Subaru Forester so I can drive in the winter easier. My brother said I should get studded snow tires for winter. What are the best studded snow tires for the Forester?
Macy Fouse · Answered on Dec 20, 2022
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
Getting your Subaru ready for winter is an important part of vehicle ownership if you live in a colder climate. If the roads in your area stay slushy or tend to be packed with snow, you’ll want to get a decent set of winter tires for the season. However, if you’re planning to drive on pure ice, studded tires may be the way to go—and the best studded snow tires for a Subaru Forester are Nokian Hakkapeliitta tires.
Some non-studded winter tires come with the option to have studs added. Snow tires like the Arctic Claw Winter WXI are great (and affordable!) winter tires that come ready to be studded. The best snow tires for a Subaru Forester, in general, the Bridgestone Blizzak winter tires—and they’re so good, you may not even need studs.
Just like you shouldn’t leave your winter tires on in the summer, you shouldn’t keep your studded tires on unless you’re driving on icy roads. Driving with studded tires can damage the pavement and lead to deteriorated roads. Some states even forbid using studded tires in certain areas, so make sure you’re clear before heading to a new place with yours!
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