I bought a 2013 Mazda2 Touring hatchback with 60K miles and Yokohoma Avid Ascend all-season tires on the front wheels. The rear driver side had Yokohama Avid S34, and rear passenger had a Goodyear Integrity. Despite three brands of tires, they all seemed in good condition.
I brought her in for an OLF & tire rotation on 12/30/15 and afterwards heard a “thudding” noise from the front driver’s side, which my mechanic attributed to a small portion of the tire now on the front driver’ side being almost “smooth” (almost no tread left).
I’m considering winter tires, but I’ve heard some all-season tires are better for snow/ice/cold than others. I live in Boston (coastal) and work in a northern inland suburb. Sometimes I leave for work in rain or mixed precipitation but encounter freezing precip. on my way up. Most of my driving is on the interstate and I’ve had no spinouts driving a 2002 Saturn SL2 w/ all-season tires the past eight years. I’ve heard some folks say Mazda 2 hatchbacks don’t do well in snow, but I have yet to test her out in these conditions.
I am looking for advice on:
- What brands of all-season tires might perform reasonably well on a Mazda 2 in winter conditions?
- Is it worth the investment to buy winter tires? If so, what brand do you recommend? I live in an apartment so would have to pay to have my winter tires stored from April-November.
Any advice would be much appreciated, as I should buy new tires this week if at all possible. Thank you all so much!