Not quite a month ago I posted about the supposedly-awful Yokohama Avid S34D tires that came as original equipment on my wife’s Impreza. We took a wait-and-see approach with them to see if they were going to be decent enough. Well, we’re going to get new tires for the thing.
Since then, I’ve driven her car in the snow once. I was pretty disappointed in the tires: I got the back end to step out a couple times going around turns just by applying the throttle gently, and got into the ABS with not much pedal pressure at all. But I didn’t want to push the issue with her so I didn’t bug her about it.
Last night we were talking about which car we’d take to dinner tonight when it’s supposed to be snowing. I said mine since I’ve got snow tires. I got her talking about her tires and turns out she’s not a fan of them either. At the moment, there’s a bunch of frozen-solid leftover snow on our secondary roads, and she’s been slipping around on those roads. She actually said the Impreza’s tires feel less grippy than the OE tires on her previous car, a 2013 Honda Civic. That car had Firestone Affinity Touring tires on it which have similarly shit ratings on Tire Rack to the shitty Yokohama S34D tires on her Impreza. But she always liked how that car handled in winter. I never drove it in snow so I don’t have a point of reference.
I sold her on the idea of getting new all-season tires with good winter test ratings (she already kinda hates my always having a stack of wheels & tires in the corner of the garage for my car so another stack for her car is a non-starter) and we’d sell the stock shitty tires to recoup maybe half the cost.
I’m going with the General Altimax RT43. Nothing fancy, but an all-season tire that’s pretty cheap with good results in Tire Rack’s testing and user reviews to back it up. I thought about the Pirelli Cinturato P7 A/S+ but apparently its wet traction is worse than the General RT43 and my wife is anxious about driving in the rain.
So...my local Discount Tire is going to get even more of my damn money. I should ask them to give these to me for free with how many tires I’ve gotten from them over the years.
UPDATE 1: My local Discount Tire says they can’t get the RT43s. They’re showing as on back order from the manufacturer in their system. They’re in stock other places online so I have to decide if I’m going to get them from another source or pick another tire that Discount Tire can get.
UPDATE 2: Changed course and went with the BFGoodrich g-Force Comp-2 A/S. It’s an “ultra-high performance” all-season with good ride comfort and noise ratings along with good snow test results. They’ll be a lot sportier handling in dry/wet conditions. They give up some tread life but she puts such low miles on her car that’s a non-issue. Especially since they were only $89 each after price matching a coupon code that TireBuyer.com is running at the moment.
P.S. Good lord people, snow tires for her car really are not going to happen, that’s just how it is.