I live in So Cal and drive in the snow three or four times a year...I currently have the 4x4 limited EL with 20 inch Pirelli Scorpion STR which performed poorly last time I was in the snow .... which tire from the choices below will work better in the Snow but won't hurt my smooth ride on dry roads?
275/55/20 Pirelli Scorpion ATR Tires
275/55/20 Cooper Discoverer H/T Plus
275/55/20 Goodyear Fierce ST
275/55/20 FALKEN ZIEX S/TZ 04
We just had a lot of snow and ice here in Portland and my Goodyear Silent Armour's were great! They are very quiet on the road and have a more aggressive look than the stock Pirelli's. These tires have the severe service emblem and they chew up snow and ice.
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Its not on your list but how about Michelin LTX M/S. I used the tires all year long in Michigan. Had the hot summers, cold winter, spring and fall and they worked fine. Very quite tire and I got 73,000 miles out of them. Probably could have gotten 80,000 + easy on them but I had a blowout and winter was coming, so I changed all. Great tire
I second the comments by wiingnut. Both sets of the LTX M/S were very quiet, road very well on the highway, performed well in wet/snow, and I got just over 70K out of them each time. Yes they're more expensive, but well worth it in the end. I was very happy with them.