Passenger All-Season tires are for drivers who want a combination of a smooth ride, good wear and S- or T-speed rated durability along with all-season traction, including in light snow. Passenger All-Season tires branded with the M+S symbol are often used as Original Equipment (O.E.) on standard coupes, sedans and family vans, as well as some entry-level pickup, crossover and sport utility vehicles.
O.E. Passenger All-Season tires are typically purchased as direct replacements for worn-out pairs/sets of the vehicle’s original tires. They can also be used for other vehicle applications in complete sets of four or axle pairs if available in an appropriate size, load range and speed rating to match the existing O.E. tires’ performance category and specifications.
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Came new on my 2013 Impreza. This is a traction “B” tire. I am not a fan of this traction rating on any tire. I tried to save a buck in the past by opting for sub-par traction ratings such as “B” and even “C”. Driving these tires in the rain can be downright scary. I have not had the opportunity to drive the car in the snow but I anticipate the traction “B” tire will be below average. I have no idea why Yokohama or Subaru opted for this tire on an all season, all wheel drive vehicle in my area (Pittsburgh). Avoid this tire like the plague. Consider the Michelin Defender as an immediate replacement.
These came stock on my Subaru. I decided to get something with better winter characteristics. I took these off and replaced them with Continental Pure Contacts (purchased from Tire Rack). I put the Yokohamas on my Corolla. The Pure Contacts are frightening in the snow. I have no idea why they have so many good ratings for snow conditions. The Yokohamas were far superior and I wish I never took them off.