My second set of Energy MXV4 Plus tires for this car. Both sets delivered 40K mi. Factory tires were Yokohama Geolander, which were terrible (<20K mi). The Forester is made for NW weather and the Michelins complement this vehicle nicely. Taking into account we are talking about a small cross-over SUV, handling is stable and sure-footed in wet and dry weather. Highway driving (70+ mph) is confident and noise is OK (much better than the Yokohamas). Light snow and icy conditions are not a problem either. I have NEVER been stuck with this vehicle. A set of cable chains on the front are all that are needed for deep (1ft+) snow. I'm not sure the chains are needed - I live on a hill and just don't want to risk having to install them after getting stuck. I am not sure you can find these tires anymore but based on ratings, the Michelin Primacy MXV4 is probably a better / lower cost choice than the Energy MXV4 S8.