Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Latitude X-Ice Xi2

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Latitude X-Ice Xi2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.45
 
 

2006 Volkswagen Touareg V6
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Aurora, IL
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
February 09, 2014

These tires are much better in snow than the all season Michelin tires I've been running in the summer. I am continually amazed at the improved ride and handling Michelin tires provide in all seasons.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

Monday, March 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.45
 
 

2011 Volkswagen Tiguan
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location:  
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
February 12, 2014

I made 3000 miles with this tire. My wife drives this car, but I use it when we go to ski together. I went from 235/50 R18 which is OEM for SEL model to 215/65 R16 for winter. It was good decision. I went with this tire, because I wanted hardcore winter tire for this car. My VW CC is equipped with Bridgestone LM-60 (and they perform extremely well).
Anyway, on Tiguan, due to the AWD, these tires are just going forward with gusto. So far no issues, driving on snow packed roads, went through 3ft of snow: no issue!
If you need tire to go to ski, for lot of snow, ice, slush: this is tire for you.
Be aware: This tire is extremely soft, which is good for ice, snow. However, if you live in states where there is no much snow, but have black ice, maybe Michelin X Ice 3 would be better, since it has better dry capabilities. WS 70 is good tire, but on dry you can feel all that softness.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin X-Ice Xi3

Thursday, February 20, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin X-Ice Xi3 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2010 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location:  
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
February 12, 2014

These are probably the best tires I've ever owned. The snow and ice traction is phenomenal. They are definitely better than the Blizzaks we have on our Minivan - and I thought those were great until I got these. One thing that has really been great is the road noise - or lack thereof. Very quiet on dry roads, again compared to the blizzaks.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology

Thursday, February 20, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.25
 
 

2002 Volkswagen Passat GLS
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location:  
Driving Condition: Easy Going

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
February 09, 2014

I only have about 1,000 miles on the tires so far. I noticed a significant improvement in the ride and noise, I was surprised especially by the ride improvement. Timing of the change was coincident with the snow and cold weather. These tires are doing great in the snow and ice. So far these tires have been fantastic, but really need another 30k miles to say just how good the tires are.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ContiProContact

Thursday, February 20, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ContiProContact Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.09
 
 

2013 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location:  
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
February 09, 2014

I live on the prairies in Canada where the temps are averaging -25* Dec - March. We get lots of snow and lots of ice in town and on the highways. I bought the car in May and this was the first winter. I was nervous to use these tires as everyone here has winter tires due to our conditions. I was blown away by the traction and grip these tires have! I cant speak to what they would be like after, say 30000miles, but now they are great. I still most likely will purchase winter tires largely due to not wanting to ruin my good rims.

Overall I think they are great and I drive in some severe cold, snow, ice and slush 6 months of the year!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax HP

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax HP Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.45
 
 

2007 Volkswagen Passat Wagon 2.0T
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Miles driven on tires: 30,000
Location: Rego Park, NY
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 30,000 Miles on Tires
December 17, 2013

Bought those to replace factory's Continental's.
Pros: about $100 of savings for a 4-set, good ride quality, noise is acceptable, good handling and responsiveness.
Cons: terrible on light slow or ice relative to competitors, wears off quickly (30K miles for me, though I'm a spirited driver).
After those I bought a set of Michelin Primacy MXV4 which was $150 more but with snow / ice performance dramatically improved and lasted 45K miles instead of 30K - the Micheline turned to be cheaper per mile plus additional winter safety.
Now I ordered Pirelli Cinturato P7 - will see if those are any better.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE-11

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE-11 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8
 
 

1997 Volkswagen Golf GTi VR6
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Miles driven on tires: 13,000
Location: Austin, TX
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 13,000 Miles on Tires
January 09, 2014

These are definitely the best overall performing tires which I've had on this car, but the tread wear is less than I expected even with a treadwear rating of 180. With only 13000 miles the wear bars are just about to show on both front and back. However, they do perform very well. They out perform the car, or at least better than I'm willing to push them. They seem to ride a little hard, especially as they get worn. I'm using Biltstein shocks. Even now when they are approaching slick, the wet traction is remarkable. I'm very pleased with the low level of road noise that they make. I've noticed that the inside tread is wearing deeper than the rest of the tread and it causes a little "hunting" on asphalt roads which are not perfectly crowned or flat. I don't expect to get more than 15000 miles on them and I'm a little disappointed give the cost. But, I've always wanted to know what it was like to drive the car with tires which are above the car in performance. Now I know. It's difficult to decide if it is worth it.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.78
 
 

2012 Volkswagen GTI
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Miles driven on tires: 20,000
Location: Bolton, MA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 20,000 Miles on Tires
February 06, 2014

This is my third set of DWSs. I had them on my Subaru, and recently changed the tires on my GTI from Pirelli PZero Nero to these because The Pirellis were awful in the snow. We got a foot of snow yesterday and the Contis handled it admirably! For a high performance tire the snow traction is outstanding. This is the only all-season tire I've used that could truly handle all seasons. The dry handling isn't as razor-sharp as a high performance summer tire, but it's a minor trade off. I'd rather drive safely all winter and be able to corner at 8/10ths in the summer than skate around all winter just to be able to run at 9/10ths in the summer. I believe this is the best possible tire choice for year round high performance. The only thing better would be having a dedicated set of summer and winter wheels, but I am completely satisfied with the DWS under all conditions. Ride comfort improved, too.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin X-Ice Xi3

Thursday, February 6, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin X-Ice Xi3 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.89
 
 

2010 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Greenwich, CT
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
February 03, 2014

I took delivery of the Sportwagen in October 2010. The OEM tires were new when they faced their first snowy season in Connecticut. I was constantly checking tire pressures because the handling in the lite snow and dry was terrible. I resigned my self thinking, "Be glad with the TDI but the Sportwagen is no handler.

This winter is above average for snowfall in Connecticut and the driving on uncleared roads is mission critical for me; getting my four year-old daughter safely back and forth to school. I decided to get dedicated snows for the winter. I've had Blizzaks, Dunlops even Firestone studded tires on other family cars. I liked what I read about the Michelin X-Ice3's and decided to try them. The Michelin X-Ice3's replaced the OEM all-season Hankooks. What a difference! I keep anticipating a slide or skid, but the X-Ice3's have raised the bar when driving in the snow.

OK, you would expect them to be way better than OEM All-Seasons in snow. But, the real surprise was that the X-Ice3's have better grip than the OEM tires did in both dry and rainy conditions. No more loss of traction when accelerating.
I've changed my mind, the Jetta TDI is a pretty good handling car. I expect the Michelins to wear longer than the Blizzaks I had. Come the spring I intend to treat the Sportwagen to a set of summer-performance tires; probably Michelin's.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology

Thursday, February 6, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental PureContact with EcoPlus TechnologyReviewer's Overall Rating: 7.22

2004 Volkswagen Touran 1.9TDI
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: APO, AE
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
January 29, 2014

Overall, this a very good tire. I am driving a Eurospec VW Touran 1.9TDI in Germany and with it being a Highline, I have the factory sport suspension. Overall, I am impressed with how they handle. Coming from ExtremeContact DWS, it is a slight downgrade, and different class of tire, but a predictable tire. I drive spiritedly some days and easy others. Snow traction is very good in my opinion as the traction control very rarely intervenes. Braking is decent in snow and good in dry. Wet traction is OK, but I trust every tire as far as I can throw it in the rain. Steering response is really good and accurate and with my Touran, I have no problem keeping up with other drivers and/or showing them up. They do not let you know when they are ready to give up though. That could boil down to electric steering though. Most cars lack tactile feedback with electric steering setups, so I won't ding the tire for that. ECO, don't know. I average 42MPG for the most part, so I don't know if I am really seeing the return in my wallet with the ECO rating. As I am on my 5th set of Conti's, I have lots of faith in this brand. I have driven on many different brands, but I tend to come back to Conti. This is my 3rd set in a row as I had the ExtremeContacts on an E39 530d and enjoyed those. With Conti, you really can't go wrong, and why pay more for the other brands. I trust Conti and will stick with them and of course, TIRE RACK. Can't beat the service and knowledge. I have no problem recommending this tire to anyone that is looking for a good all season tire.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax Arctic Reviewer's Overall Rating: 3.9
 
 

2013 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen TDI
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Miles driven on tires: 7,000
Location: Roselle, IL
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 7,000 Miles on Tires
December 10, 2013

The General Altimax Arctic is by far the most disappointing tire purchase of my life. Loud doesn't even begin to describe the --- awful howling sound these things make at highway speeds. I would be willing to forgive the noise if their grip in the snow made up for it. It doesn't. I've run Dunlop WinterSport M3, Dunlop Graspic DS-3, Michelin Arctic Alpin, and Nokian Hakkapeliitta R winter tires. These Generals are comparable to the Michelin Arctic Alpin in their snow driving performance (another worthless winter tire), but at least the Michelins were quiet.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 (H- or V-Speed Rated)

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 (H- or V-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8
 
 

2010 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 11,000
Location:  
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 11,000 Miles on Tires
January 10, 2014

Had OEM Bridgestones Turanza 400 EL a mediocre all weather touring tire. It is unfair to compare as the Michelin is a performance tire but the Michelin is an all weather. I have to say after driving in three snow situations the Michelins were not a compromise. Not snow tires but at least as good as the OEM's.The handling performance is excellent and excellent in dry and wet conditions too. These tires eat up slalom like curves. Overall I am very happy and am enjoying my drives thanks to great tires.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Optimo H426

Friday, January 31, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Optimo H426 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.62
 
 

2003 Volkswagen Golf GL TDi
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Miles driven on tires: 26,000
Location: Sunnyvale, CA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 26,000 Miles on Tires
January 09, 2014

Put these on about a year and a half ago; great tires while they were on (quiet and pretty grippy) but after about 26,000 miles the tread was down to 3/32. I got them replaced for the prorated warranty amount, but had to pay for installation of the new tires and chose to get the road hazard warranty which worked out to pretty much the same amount that I got back from the warranty (120 for install + warranty, 132 back on the cost of the tires).

As far as traction in snow, I drove in some light snow and they were OK, but not very good (comparing them to the 4 sets of other tires that were all about the same price). I have an under powered car and there was some slipping under acceleration, even light acceleration.

They wore evenly; I rotated according to my vehicle manufacturer's specifications (10K) and kept them inflated WARM at 40-42 PSI. Most of my suspension is pretty new. I corner briskly but am otherwise not an aggressive driver.

Would not buy again, but tread life is really important to me.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60

Thursday, January 30, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.6
 
 

2013 Volkswagen Golf R
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Miles driven on tires: 1,200
Location: Germantown, WI
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,200 Miles on Tires
January 27, 2014

This is another great set of Blizzaks. Very good all around tire during cold winter months and very competent in dry and wet given its designed as a winter tire, not a summer performance tire. These tires on snow and ice are excellent, period. I'll buy Blizzaks again, no doubt.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Turanza EL400-02

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Turanza EL400-02 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 2.43
 
 

2014 Volkswagen Jetta
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Miles driven on tires: 1,500
Location: Cooper City, FL
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 1,500 Miles on Tires
January 17, 2014

Replaced the OEM tires with a set of Michelin Pilot A/S 3 after less than one month of ownership because I don't want to die. Suggest you do the same. Driving in the rain was like skating on ice. The Michelins make the Jetta ride, handle and brake like it's supposed to (I've had three Jettas, two Passats, three Golfs). Would have replaced with the EL400 with Conti DWS (my standard for years) but the reviews had me try the Michelins. Happy with the choice so far.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.22
 
 

2009 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 750
Location:  
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 750 Miles on Tires
January 14, 2014

Got this tire to replace the Goodyear Eagle RS-As that came on the car and I am impressed by this tire over the old set. Wet and snow traction is far superior. I can have a decent conversation in the car at highway speeds as the road noise is substantially lower. Additionally, I feel it is a true LRR as I'm still able to achieve 50+ MPG on the highway at 65mph despite the increase in tread depth.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Primacy MXV4

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Primacy MXV4 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.12
 
 

2003 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 1.9 Tdi
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Miles driven on tires: 67,000
Location: Fife, WA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 67,000 Miles on Tires
January 16, 2014

These came on my 2003 Jetta TDI, with 10000 miles on them, I've put another 57000 miles on them. I rotate, not as often as I should, so i'm at 5/32 on front, and 7/32 on rear currently, with more highway, but still a very good city amount of driving. Tires have great traction, I have the diesel engine, alittle heavier than the gas, but has good braking, dry and wet. acceleration, i've never spun the tires loose since ive owned the car. Tires are not the best in snow, but if it gets to the point of chains, I dont bother going out. Ive done many hours of research for different tires this size, I have to say its in the top contender list. I'd like to find an 80k tire, as my TDI gets used 7 days a week, and plan on keeping it for along time, as she's almost paid off, and has lots of life left in her. Les Schwab has a new tire out thats 80k 900Z Ultra, I believe, that they say is very comparable, if not a little bit better, plus its a 80k not 60k, and they are only about $50 dollars extra for another 20k, and free tire rotations. But haven't settled yet on my next set. But would definate reccomend these, and i still may go with these, I've had no complaints in our crazy wet washington state weather, other than when it does snow here.. either chain up, or stay cozy warm in your house.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.9
 
 

2001 Volkswagen Beetle
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Watertown, WI
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
February 23, 2013

We have the Extreme Contact version of this tire on our Passat and are very pleased with their handling in rain, snow, and ice. They grip the road well. Knowing this we were hesitant to try the Pure Contact's on our Beetle, but the additional fuel mileage offered by this new version led us to take a chance.

The tires arrived the same day of a major ice then snow storm, so we had the unfortunate opportunity to drive in some fairly awful weather. Our unfortunate drive turned to be fortunate one with the Pure Contacts. We soon discovered we were right to take a chance on this tires, they grip just as well, if not better as the Extreme Contacts.

It was as if the tires were made of glue and the road was sandpaper, or better yet they seemed to be made of magnets driving over an iron road. I deliberately tried to break traction on ice covered snow, but the car just would not go into a slide. Even on ice I was able to maintain good control, although on pure ice I did slide when trying to break loose, but I was able to quickly maintain control again.

There was no noticeable fuel mileage gain (or loss), but that is to be expected from brand new tires. Once we have some more miles behind us, I will post our fuel mileage results. We currently average 44-48 mpg, with our diesel Bug; even with 295,000 miles. Now if we could just get VW's U.K. version of the TDI Beetle. That one gets 60 mpg! Something VW will never sell in the U.S.

The tires were ordered on Friday morning and arrived three days later on Monday. Amazingly fast shipping. Thank you Tire Rack and Continental!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich g-Force Super Sport A/S (H- or V-Speed Rated)

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich g-Force Super Sport A/S (H- or V-Speed Rated)Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.6

2003 Volkswagen GTI 1.8T
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Williamsburg, VA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
October 12, 2009

I bought these tires because at the time they were the least expensive option offered by tire rack in this size. I was concerned because the OEM Michelins were load rated at 91 and these were 94. Because of that difference, my local installer promised that they would be much louder than the OEM set. I then read as many internet reviews as I could find on them and didn't find much other than people saying that they don't have a "fast" looking tread pattern, whatever that may be. No matter - they have been just fine over the first 1,000 miles and nobody's looking at the tread anyway. They corner great and have plenty of grip in both wet and dry conditions. Noise? They're definitely quieter than my original (well worn) Michelins and don't have any annoying hum at highway speeds. The price was right and so far they've been a great value for the low price.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Winterforce

Thursday, January 9, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Winterforce Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.27
 
 

2002 Volkswagen Jetta GLS Tdi Wagon
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Miles driven on tires: 25,000
Location: Genoa, IL
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 25,000 Miles on Tires
December 02, 2013

I had a set of the previous Firestone Winterfire tires on the car for 7 winters before one developed a bubble. Tread still had 50% depth. They were a non-directional "block" style tread. Noise was moderate, dry handling was like dancing with a drunk fat chick, but the snow traction was outstanding.

The current Winterforce tires I installed to replace them appeared like the dry handling would be improved with the directional tread pattern and also the noise level would be lower. Indeed, the dry handling is better (although still pretty queasy) but the snow performance is not as good and even worse, the tires howl like a set of Dick Cepek Crushers. I rotate every season and suspension/alignment are good, but even a low speeds they send a growl throughout the cabin.

I put up with the noise because they provide vital winter traction, but I won't buy them again.