The TrueContacts replaced the original Michelins with only 36000 miles. Compared to the Michelins, the TrueContacts are significantly quieter and do a very noticeable job at absorbing a lot of small bumps, road joints, and other imperfections. These observations are especially true from the third row seat where it is much easier to carry a conversation with the driver or front seat passenger. Dry pavement handling seems about as responsive as the Michelins. However, the TrueContacts have vastly better wet traction, with better grip when cornering or maneuvering highway on/exit ramps.