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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
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You can have mine if I can't get up my hill again in the next storm. Xi3's will never touch another one of my vehicles
Interesting! Were you able to get up that hill in similar conditions with all-seasons? Some other winter tire?

C&D didn't test this sort of scenario, I wonder if one of the competitors would have stood out from the pack in that test.
 

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This is an interesting thread, as I hunker down in preparation for a blast of Western New York winter. My 2012 LT with the OEM Firestone FR710s is the scariest front drive car I've ever driven in the winter, and I'm debating whether to replace the stock tires with something that really lives up to the term "all season" or go for a winter tire. Trouble is, it seems like such a pain in the butt to have to haul 4 tires on rims somewhere to have them changed each fall and spring (and no, I can't do it myself). And then there's the expense of having to buy 4 decent looking rims. Either that or pay to have the tires mounted and dismounted.
The place where I purchased my tires/rims swaps them each season for me. They'll also store them for a charge, but since I have a garage that's not necessary. If you can handle the storage, I believe winters are the way to go. It saves miles on your all seasons, so you're not really buying twice as many tires. There's just no way an all season can compete on performance/safety in snow/ice. If you don't get much snow, the convenience might be more important, but if you can swing it I would get the winters.
 
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