I'm in Colorado, and have All Season Goodyear Triple Tread tires. They are great in snow and ice even in our snowy mountains on this heavy Ody with front wheel drive. They have lasted extremely well since I keep after the pressure and rotations twice a year. The tires look like they were designed by a kid with a CAD system, and I was skeptical at first. They have been great tires.I've noticed my '08 Odyssey Touring is slipping a little too much on wet roads even with a light foot. With winter coming, should I get a set of winter tires and then come spring get other tires? Or should I just get all season tires. On a tighter budget but I want what is best as I am a young driver! Also I live in northeast ohio.
By contrast, I had a Subaru where the OEM tires were lousy and I would spin out on ice. So I got some Kumho Izens with cheap rims for winter. It was a twice a year ritual to swap them. I'd say the Subaru performed better, but not by much. It used to get high centered in deep snow, but the winter tires could literally climb up and out in most cases.
Four wheel drive has the advantage in snow only when the wheels are turning. Once you use the brakes, it makes no difference whether you have FWD or AWD. So, in snowy/ icy conditions, you get better tracking by downshifting and letting the wheels turn. Also, I found that antilock braking pulses are not guite as effective as a human who knows how to pulse the brakes for given conditions. Most problems going off the road in winter are related to going too fast for conditions and not leaving enough room ahead.