My 2014 Cruze was new last winter, and I immediately noticed that the stock tires I had were the worst I'd experienced in the snow. I had considered winter tires before, living in Michigan, but that was the final straw. I got a set of Michelin X-Ice, and couldn't have been happier. With our mild winter so far, I haven't bothered to switch them out, but I will get around to it.
While I was happy with the Michelins, I had no point of comparisons other than to say they're worlds better than all seasons. I found the car and driver article linked below pretty interesting. I think it's worth a read for anyone who is considering a set of winter rubber or might be on the fence. They seemed to like my choice, but the bottom line was that even the "wrong" winter tire was an improvement over even high-end all seasons.
Who else drives on Winters?
Winter-Tire Test: Six Top Brands Tested, Compared – Feature – Car and Driver