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From Winter Tires to Summer Tires or All-Season Tires?

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Jun 18, 2007
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From Winter Tires to Summer Tires or All-Season Tires?

In the past, I have never thought much about the switchover because my cars came with all-season tires and when winter was over, I would switch them back on. However, at the end of this season, I'm at the point now where I need to buy new tires for the spring, summer and fall seasons and it occurred to me that I may be doing this all wrong. I know that when the average temperature is above 7 ºC that should swap out my winters, but should I replace them with all-seasons or summer tires?

Common sense and a bit of research is telling me that all-seasons are a compromise to cover all-seasons (duh!), so I am leaning towards summer tires as theoretically they're specifically designed for the conditions I'll be using them in (i.e., spring/summer/fall, temperature > 7°C), but I've never had them before so I am unsure.

For whatever it's worth, I live in the GTA and the car is 2015 Acura ILX Dynamic, manual transmission.

What are your thoughts? What is the general consensus on this?

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Deal Fanatic
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Mar 13, 2004
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Toronto, Ontario
Unless you are racing some quality All seasons will work well. you can do dedicated summers also if you choose.

I suggest these - https://www.michelin.ca/en/pilot-sport-a-s-3-plus.html They are supposed to be the best performance all seasons you can buy. Really good dry/wet grip
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Jul 26, 2007
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As mentioned above, if you want performance at cost of longevity, summer tires are great choice.
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Jan 17, 2009
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Toronto, Ontario
I've always been a huge fan of 1 set for summer and 1 set for winter. Gets you the best of both worlds; never really liked all seasons as they're a compromise.

If cost is the #1 priority then get all seasons. If performance is the #1 priority then get summers.
Deal Addict
Mar 30, 2010
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Even "regular" performance summer tires will grip better than "max performance" all season tires, and last as long, so there's really no point in going to all seasons.
Deal Guru
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Oct 5, 2008
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all seasons since you're basically driving a Civic.
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Sep 8, 2017
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I think all-season tires are better for the average daily driver. Compared to summer tires, they have longer treadlife and perform better around that 7°C transition temperature.
Jr. Member
May 24, 2008
196 posts
get summer if you are spirited driver, get all season if you dont care about that.

All seasons tends to be more quiet and last longer compare to summer tires.