What are the best budget winter tires for 2023?

Why use winter tires?

Even though we haven’t pulled our winter boots out yet, the days are getting shorter and the air is getting chillier. Winter will be here soon, bringing harsh driving conditions.

It’s time to start thinking about checking your winter tires and getting new ones if needed since wet, icy and snowy roads are not something you want to take a gamble on.

We’ve made a list of the top 5 winter tires for cars to help you with your research. Each tire on the list is designed for our harsh winters (snow, ice, water). And remember: the best way to stay safe is to drive safely and carefully!

*The following tires are compatible with subcompact cars, compact cars, sedans, minivans, and certain crossovers and compact SUVs.

Top 5 of the Best Budget Winter Tires 2023

Photo de profil du pneu d'hiver Nexen Winguard Winspike 3

Nexen Winguard Winspike 3

The Nexen WINGUARD WINSPIKE 3 tire is the ideal solution for sedan, multi-segment vehicle, and SUV drivers seeking optimal performance on wet, dry, or snowy roads. Designed with versatility in mind, it allows for stud installation, significantly enhancing traction on ice and snow.

With an improved tire edge and groove construction, the stretched sipes increase the contact area, providing superior braking on wet and icy surfaces. The deep tread retains snow for optimized acceleration and efficiently expels water and snow, reducing the risk of hydroplaning.

Due to increased tread depth and contact area, this tire also offers excellent snow braking performance. Acceleration is improved through comprehensive sipe construction, especially on ice, thanks to the newly designed stud pin that penetrates deeper.

The optimized stud layout ensures consistent grip in all conditions. Lastly, Nexen's unique 3D notch technology increases the contact area and enhances performance on snow, while the "Star Twister" pattern effectively disperses ice particles, ensuring superior handling on snow and ice. The Nexen WINGUARD WINSPIKE 3 represents unparalleled winter performance for confident driving.


  • Better braking on wet and icy surfaces
  • Improved acceleration and aquaplaning resistance
  • Enhanced ice grip

Price: Starting at $83,99 

 Photo de profil du pneu d'hiver Uniroyal Tiger Paw Ice Snow 3

Uniroyal Tiger Paw Ice & Snow 3

The Uniroyal Tiger Paw Ice & Snow 3 tire is an affordable solution that offers increased reliability to tackle all winter conditions, whether it's ice, snow, or wet roads. Its benefits include improved grip in snow and on ice thanks to numerous sipes on the tread, self-locking 3D sipes at the shoulder, and wide lateral grooves.

Moreover, it is molded for stud use (No. 12 studs, where the law permits), ensuring optimal traction on icy roads. In cold weather, this tire provides better grip with an advanced winter compound that maintains molecular adhesion and rubber flexibility at low temperatures.

Finally, its DuraShield construction provides unwavering durability and reliability, ensuring consistent performance in all winter conditions. The Tiger Paw Ice & Snow 3 is a wise choice for those seeking exceptional grip and optimal reliability during the winter.


  • Improved grip on snow and ice
  • Advanced winter-designed rubber compound
  • Durability and reliability in all winter conditions

Price: Starting at $101,99


Photo de profil du pneu d'hiver GT Radial Icepro 3

GT Radial Icepro 3

The GT Radial IcePro3 tire offers an optimal winter driving experience, thanks to cutting-edge technological advancements. It provides exceptional grip and control on snowy roads, allowing you to face the winter season with confidence.

This model, part of GT Radial's new generation of studdable winter tires, is designed to fit a variety of passenger and multi-segment vehicles. Improved design and distribution of studs on the tread surface maximize traction on ice, while the tread pattern provides better grip and reduces road noise. Whether you choose to use it with or without studs, the IcePro3 is ready to tackle icy and snowy roads.


  • Excellent grip and traction in deep snow
  • Effective snow evacuation with wide grooves
  • Up to 140 studs

Price: Starting at $107,99


Photo de profil du pneu d'hiver Dunlop Winter Maxx 2

Dunlop Winter Maxx 2

The Dunlop Winter Maxx 2 tire is designed to provide reliable winter traction in wet, icy, and snowy conditions while ensuring lasting performance.

With an improved design compared to its predecessor, Dunlop's Winter Maxx, this tire offers maximum grip on ice and snow, stable cornering, and excellent water evacuation for better wet and slushy road grip. You can have confidence in this tire to safely accompany you during the winter months.


  • Large number of sipes for improved traction
  • High ride comfort
  • Versatility in the range

Price: Starting at $116,99


Photo de profil du pneu d'hiver Falken WinterPeak F-ICE 1

Falken Winterpeak F-Ice 1

Prepare to confidently face the most formidable winter conditions with the Falken WinterPeak F-ICE 1 tire. Designed with cutting-edge technology and ultimate precision, this tire ensures superior grip and optimal control even in the harshest winter road conditions.

The WinterPeak F-ICE 1 is Falken's first studdable winter tire, prioritizing safety above all else. It provides secure traction that will make you wish everyone on the road had WinterPeak tires. Engineered to conquer snow, ice, and frigid temperatures, this tire is

Severe Snow Rated, meaning it maintains its grip when all-season tires fall short. With its winter-ready, pliable rubber compound, a range of sizes for various modern vehicles, and the option to add TSMI #12 or #13 studs, the F-ICE 1 offers flexibility at every level. Harsh winters demand trustworthy tires. Ensure you're well-equipped with Falken WinterPeak F-ICE 1.


  • Exceptional traction on snow and slush
  • Curved grooves for improved water and snow evacuation
  • Enhanced grip even in extreme cold

Price: Starting at $125,99


Psst... It’s still early, but start thinking about booking your tire change appointment. Garages get incredibly busy at this time of year and your SUV or light truck has to have its winter tires on by December 1. Mark your schedules!

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Traction - dry road

Dry-road traction is a tire's ability to brake effectively and respond well to the steering wheel on dry roads.

Traction - wet road

Wet traction is a tire's resistance to hydroplaning and its ability to provide safe driving in wet conditions.

Traction - snowy road

Snow-covered road traction is a tire's ability to operate on partially or completely snow-covered pavement.

Traction - icy road

Ice traction is a tire's ability to operate on partially or completely ice-covered pavement.


Durability refers to how many kilometres a tire can go before it stops performing.


Comfort refers to the ride quality of a tire and the noise it emits on the road.