These tires are much more quiet and smoother than the OEM tires (Michelins). The tire responds marginally slower, but I this may because I have gone from 215's to 225's. I drove through torrential rain on I95 in Florida and I did not have any problems with hydroplaning. It is too early to comment on tread wear, but wear pattern is even and seems okay at this point. I would buy this tire again and recommend Tire Rack.