If you live in northern climates, winter tires are great for driving in the snow. The factory Eco Fuel Max tires are optimized for low rolling resistance and a smooth ride. Although we have only experienced light snowfall to date, snow traction has been excellent with the Pilot Alpins. Dry road handling is also better. The steering response is better with the winter Michelins compared to the factory Fuel Max tires. However, the ride is rougher. Highway fuel economy decreased about 3 MPG.