This has been the BEST set of tires I've had in a long, long time. The Honda Element can be noisy if you choose a tire poorly, and I really wanted to make sure I had a quiet tire for that reason. These have been very easy on the ears, no more noise than a passenger car, really quiet tires. They go fine in rain and snow, although in Maryland we do not get that much in the way of it, they are not a winter tire, but an all-season, and to that end they perform accordingly. i.e., Normal traction for an All-Season tire. Lastly, holy cow these things ran for 80,000 miles before finally wearing out!! And they are almost as quiet at 80,000 as they were when new! I'm buying another set today.