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I'm death on all-season tires. Seems to me there must be a trade-off either poor traction in winter or wearing fast in the summer. Fuel economy may suffer as well.

I'm run Firestone LRR tires on my Compass and they give me easily 10% better fuel economy in the summer (though some of my economy may be due to summer conditions). They are acceptable for light off-roading (got me out of one spot) but frankly lousy in the snow. Being caught behind a jackknifed semi in an early season snowstorm, I had to back down a steep hill and even with AWD it was not an easy task. Lesson learned, I promptly switched to dedicated winter tires and the winter performance is far better.

I don't doubt that all-season tires will do OK under some driving conditions like starting up in snow on a hill because you've got AWD. The problems may come with braking, cornering and lateral stability. I had GY Wrangler RTSs on our old Wrangler and they were terrifying in the snow. No problem starting up on a hill, but the lateral stability was so poor they couldn't resist the crown of the road. Ironically, I would choose my Grand Prix over the Wrangler in snow. (The Grand Prix had Michelin Harmonies -- darn good tire they don't make anymore :confused: ). Since my Wife usually drove the Wrangler, I got those RTSs off the next chance I got. No way I was letting the PILMITW ride on those.

I'll be curious to know your experience after a full winter with those tires. PKUP.
 

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All Weather tires are rated to be a different class than All Season or 3 Season tires. If these new tires do not work out for me in a Canadian Winter I will probably get some Bridgestone Blizzaks and new alloy wheels because I threw out my badly rusted black steel wheels after 12 years of winter use.
As I asked, please keep us posted. A tire that performs well in all weather conditions is sort of the holy grail among tire designers. I'd be surprised if they can make a tire that sticks to pavement and also delivers good fuel economy. I'll be eager to see if Toyo has actually pulled this off.
 
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