I need to get new all-season tires (185/55R15) for my 2013 Mazda 2 Touring this week, but do not have time to go to a tire specialist. I live in Boston and work north of the city thus need all-season tires that will perform decently in winter conditions. I’m planning to buy another car within two years. My car currently is at 120K miles and will probably reach 140K by next summer, and the shocks and struts are getting worn and would cost $1K to replace.
My mechanic can order an “off brand” tire called Antares, which he says should perform quite adequately in winter conditions. For an additional $30/tire, however, he can get the Yokohama Avid Ascend tires, which I believe were the original tires. Any advice on whether it’s worth the extra $120 for the Yokohamas if I’m only going to have the car for at most another 35K miles? Any advice would be much appreciated!