I bought these tires and was concerned about snow traction because I live out in the country a bit(paved roads however) After installing them I can only decribe my feelings about my choice as supremely confident! I liked them so much in fact I bought them again when the first set wore out at about 50,000 miles. For the traction they provide, and the price I paid, I can live with the slightly shorter life expectancy. I also put them on my Saturn and am now considering them for my Pacifica awd. Winters can be a challenge in outstate Mn. but with these tires and awd I have never had a problem!