This is a tremendous tire! I bought two rear tires for my 98 Chevy Astro Cargo van RWD! So, this is really important, REAR WHEEL DRIVE only, and CARGO, meaning nothing in the back, not even the carpet, ultra light back and of this van. Bought two only because they were very cheap, and I just didn't want to believe that the tire is that good as all the reviews are very very good here for it. So I wanted to make sure if the tires are really that good and then buy 2 more. So, winter in Chicago, not to much snow as it should be but still, this van, totally empty cargo area, was doing just as good as in summer with completely dry streets. No skidding, I entered parking spaces that were not cleaned of snow with no problems getting out. Starting from a red light with absolutely no problems, in fact I leave all the vehicles behind skidding and trying to get a good grip. The only problem is the variety of tire size, but that's, I guess, how they maintain low price. Because now for my 12 Dodge Grand Caravan I have to figure a size to put since they dont make it in 235/60/16.
So I definitely recommend this tire to everybody looking for a winter tire. Noise is acceptable for a winter tire (in fact, like I said, I got only plain metal in the back, there's no carpet or any isolation to reduce road noise (cargo minivan))