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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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My parents have a 2005 Malibu Classic as well. Theirs is the 2.2L 4 cylinder. 185k miles and the car just keeps going with minimal maintenance.
Yup that 2.2 and the GM N body is one of those cars that will last forever. That is probably why they stopped making it. Never had to replace the **** things. That is why I miss my 2002 Alero with the 2.2! My son who just started driving is driving my wife's Classic and wanted to know if I could find him an Alero or Grand Am for a first car! He likes the size and driveability and knowing dad car work on it for him. Before he started driving and driving the Classic, he wanted a Scion TC. Doesn't get the best MPG but easy to drive!
 

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I also have the General Altimax Arctics. They are the only snows I've ever had, so I can't compare, but the Cruze is amazing in the snow. I just put mine on last weekend as we've had such a mild early winter.
 

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I'm running the Xi3's, and so far have been very happy with them, although I never had problems with the stock tires the first year they were on the car. The Xi3's definitely have much better traction. Have the Blizzaks WS80s on my wife's car and I don't care for the noise (not loud, but you could hear them). I cross the Continental Divide twice every day, so I do drive a lot on snow covered roads with lots of hills.
 
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