Being that my Thai wife had zero experience driving on snow or ice when she came to the US/New England, I bought her a Subaru and mounted four, studded, Altimax Arctic tires on it. There's amazing acceleration traction, cornering stability and short stopping distances on snow and ice that allow her to drive just as if the roads were clear and dry. (For the record, she's a slow, cautious driver.) I would venture to say that the amazing traction and short stopping distances are about half due to Subaru and the other half due to the studded snow tires. (BTW - The Tire Rack is right when they recommend that you buy all four and mount them both front and rear: I attempted to stop in snow with the doughnut spare on one day and surprisingly slid twenty feet further than expected.) Your gas mileage will suffer a bit and the 'driving on rock salt' stud noise takes some getting used to, but the stud noise is only audible when driving at slow, parking lot speeds - It diminishes greatly at normal driving speeds. I recommend buying the snows mounted on steel rims as I did so that changing them over in the fall and spring will be a snap. Also, the plastic hubcaps are priced right, extremely well built and they do a nice job of dressing-up the steel wheels during the winter. I have very few miles on these snows and with the need to replace last winter's flat, I'm going to buy two more and keep one of the older snows as a spare so I'll have an immediate, matching spare in case of another flat tire while driving down 495 in a snowstorm. These tires are phenomenal and they get a perfect '10' rating across the board.