Originally Posted by tacomaworld
... as well as Gislaveds
that was the first true snow tire I owned - had them on a '75 Rabbit and they were awesome. I arrived at work one morning after the roads had been plowed and faced 1 foot of plowed snow about 8 feet wide at the entrance to our lot. With Gislaveds, I just plowed through it, leaving a track the shape of the ground clearance of the car. That convinced me that snows really are worth the trouble and money. And in any case, the extra cost of the snows is offset by extending the tread life of your summer tires (by sharing the wear.)
I would avoid at all cost the need to mount/unmount snows on the same rims every year. An extra set of wheels are the way to go and will take up no additional storage space.
An additional wrinkle with '06 and up vehicles is the TPM sensors. You can either buy another set or block the dash light in winter. I found another set and my tire dealer (Discount Tire
) will reprogram the truck twice a year at no extra charge. (Unfortunately Toyota does not use a self programming system so you need to have a scan tool that can do that. Most - if not all - tire dealers should have that.)
For wheels I have factory 16" steelies and for tires I use Hankook W300 Ice Bears. From some of the reviews I've seen, they sacrifice some ice and snow traction to provide better dry pavement handling. That suits me just fine as 95-98% of our winter driving (Chicago area) is on dry pavement, but for that 3-5% of the time when the roads are bad, the Hankooks give me a tremendous edge. I had Yokahama Guardex snows on our GTI. They provided better ice and snow traction but felt pretty squishy on drive pavement. They made lane changes at 70 mph ... interesting.