All-season tires are not all the same. The Gen 2 Volt comes equipped with Michelin EnergySaver A/S tires. The EnergySaver is a good tire for most driving conditions but it is not the best all season tire for winter driving. The tire compound is too hard to have good grip on snow and ice covered roads. Can you drive in light snow using the EnergySaver tires, sure. You can also switch to winter tires that have much better control and stopping ability. In a typical winter here in Maryland we get overall an average of 14 inches of snow. My solution is to stay off the roads whenever there is snow, sleet or ice. I could have the best winter tires and AWD but it would not account for the other drivers on the road. I prefer to skip driving in snow.With our previous "normal" cars we've been using all season tires for years. Is anyone out there using all season tires all the time on their Gen 2? Just curious what the impact has been to your overall electric and gas range. Thanks!
Safety. With the snowy season starting to come upon us I have been looking to swap my current tires (stock) with Nokian snow tires. I expect I'll lose some range but for my daily driving that won't be a problem (I typically put on no more than 10 miles each day).Why would you want to go to a non LRR tire? The issue has been discussed here several times. You WILL lose several miles of electric range.
My mom's CR-V came with LRR tires, and my dad replaced them with non LRR tires last year. They immediately noticed the gas mileage dropped by 10% or more.
I'd suggest the Continental TrueContacts. They are cheaper than the Michelins, and have better snow and rain traction, along with comparable efficiency.
OP was asking about using all season tires. Obviously snow tires are a completely different animal. And by the way, you can get LRR snow tires.Safety. With the snowy season starting to come upon us I have been looking to swap my current tires (stock) with Nokian snow tires. I expect I'll lose some range but for my daily driving that won't be a problem (I typically put on no more than 10 miles each day).
Search through the different tire reviews here. I think some of the other tires people have used have given a better ride. The softer the ride is, the more range you are going to lose though (in most cases).I was hoping the number would not be that high. Was thinking the ride might be a little cushier.
We use those on 16" rims in the winter. They work well, but I don't know how much the range is affected compared to the OE tires.Michelin X-Ice XI3
I don't have any problems running all seasons all year in NH. I've been driving on snow and ice for years. As long as there isn't more than a couple inches on the road, I don't have any problems. The TrueContacts have excellent snow traction for all seasons.Are you truly making it by on 3 season tires? You aren’t in anyone else’s way spinning tires or sliding anywhere? Because where I’m from you can tell within 30 seconds of someone’s driving if they have 3 season tires or snow tires.
I agree. The Volt is my 4th car in a row with dedicated snows on their own rims. This is going back to 1992.That’s why they should be referred to as 3 season tires.