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On AWD cars it may be different, but many AWD cars are mostly FWD and shift to AWD as needed. So still, you'd want better rubber up front, IMO.
I'm told repeatedly this is wrong, but I can't buy the "best in back" logic. Tire stores tell you this because some insurance company geek/lawyer created this myth. Sure, the back end can come out on you if those tires have less rubber, but I think you have less control to begin with if the fronts have less tread. (And, if one cannot control a rear wheel skid --oversteer-- he/she should't be driving.)
In a FWD car it seems that you'd want the most rubber on the wheels that do the driving and steering, especially in the rain or snow. For instance, if you were only buying 2 snow tires for a FWD car, would you put the snows on the back?
When it's raining hard and you're going 60-70 on the freeway it seems better to have deeper tread up front to avoid hydroplaning. I know people talk about rear wheel hydroplaning but I'm not buying that. The front tires help clear the water away so the rears are less likely to hydroplane.
FWIW, in 45 years of driving, 30+ in FWD cars, the newest tires have always gone up front and neither me, my wife or my kids have had problems because they had tires with more tread up front.
OK, I rotate tires every 5-6K miles, so they wind up wearing evenly, but if having the best tires on the back is so important, why rotate at all? The fronts will wear and the rears will have more tread.
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