I'm not looking for a snow tire per se. I'm looking for an All Season tire that lives up to it's name. The only tires that I've read about that supposedly deliver year round usage are the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S (I said Alpine, I was wrong.) and the Continental ContiExtremeContact..
Unfortunately, neither one comes in 225/45/18.
I'm more wondering whether or not these tires in a size 235/45/18, 245/40/18, or 255/40/18 would fit on the standard rim and what the ramifications of using a wider tire would be.
Yes a narrower tire would be ideal in snow, however, I've never had a problem driving on all season tires. If I thought it would be that big of a deal I would get a set of 17" wheels and tires to fit.