So does anyone have a suggestion for a good all weather
tire? one I could leave on in the summer, preferably one with not too much of a RR hit but I know some would be inevitable over the Ecopias.
Like almost everyone else seems to be saying, the Leaf actually isn't a bad winter weather car(due to it's weight I'd suspect) but the stock Ecopia tires leave something to be desired. Of course it could be worse, my '12 came from CA and came with nice looking almost new tires. Unfortunatly I didn't realize they were summer
tires, not all season but true summer tires! OMG they handled like crap in the snow, couldn't even make it up a slight incline and steering and stopping in the snow was almost non-existent. Needless to say this winter I HAVE to replace them. I've toyed with the X-ice 3 Michelin which I've read have quite good LRR and swapping with the summer tires but then I'd have to spend roughly $80/year for tire swap-outs and I don't really want to purchase separate rims, etc. The other option would be better than Ecopia all weather
(better than all seasons
I've been told??) and just ditch the summer tires(50% worn??). Truthfully our '13 had Ecopia's originally and I replaced them with Ecopia+'s(after only 20k and they were basically bald
) and it's "ok" in the snow but there was a couple times last year we couldn't make out our culdesac's slight incline so I'd really like something better. I did purchase some snow chains(more like springs) off Amazon($30) but truthfully the last thing I want to do when it's snowy and yucky out is to crawl on the ground and put on chains, then probably have to remove them a mile later when getting on the bare freeway, naa better tires are probably the ticket.
I was talking with someone in ON CA(Ontario Canada not Ontario Cal) who said all-season tires were illegal to use in the winter
to be in compliance you either had to use winter tires or studs(which they did, fiberglass I believe). I thought that was kind of extreme but I suppose many of the roads were in little populated areas and the OPP didn't want people running off the road or causing accidents.....