Initial impression of the Nexen N5000 Plus is quite good, but admittedly the only tire I can compare it to on this vehicle is the Goodyear Assurance Authority that came used with the vehicle at about 50% tread. Quieter, with much smoother handling of road impacts is what I noticed right away. The Goodyear's were awful in wet handling and ice, with marginal snow traction. There's about 8" of thick, wet snow outside today, and these tires went through that with ease while there were stuck cars, and cars losing traction all over the place. Braking on chunky ice, and huge puddles of mixed water and ice was also very good.
Someone told me once never skimp on mattresses, shoes, or tires, and that's pretty sound logic...but it's very difficult to find any of those top three tires (Pirelli, Conti, Michelin) under $700 out the door. I paid $400 out the door. At the very least, I am absolutely certain the Nexen is a far better option than the Chinese tires retail tire stores sell for a similar (out the door) price if that's your budget.