I bought a new WRX this year and as winter approaches I have been agonizing over which tires to choose. I live in Michigan, so I definitely need tires that can handle snow. I am debating between ordering winter tires and all season tires, here is what I am looking at:
Winter: Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3d
Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D
All season: Continental ExtremeContact DWS
Continental ExtremeContact DWS
Both of these tires seem to have great reviews. I was hoping to receive some personal insights, pros and cons and/or recommendations in order to get this straightened out. I want tires that will handle potentially rough winter conditions well, especially light/packed snow and slush. I had some scary moments in my old car the last couple of winters and I am hoping for something rock solid.
That said, I am trying to figure out what I will be giving up either way. If I go with the winter tires, they are more expensive and it seems I will give up dry performance and responsiveness. If I go with the all seasons, I will save some money but I will lose performance in bad weather. I'm going to drive a lot of miles and I am hoping that I can depend on my car to perform well both when it is clear out and when every third car is spun out into a ditch.