Having driven multiple Subaru's (Three different Legacy's followed by a Tribeca) over a fifteen year period of time, I will add my two cents. Living in a mountainous region with twisty roads, sometimes impassable snow (for the other non-subaru folks
), and my personal favorite, black ice, the most important question goes to what is your personal usage situation, and what is your budget. The best situation by far if you have bad winters is to have a set of dedicated summer tires and a set of dedicated winter tires, which with the Legacy's gave me the best driving experience in all conditions. Other than the cost of another set of rims, the overall tire cost will be about the same over a given period of time, and you can always sell the extra rims for likely a minimal loss (find a good used set for the winter tires) if you later get rid of the vehicle. I would also point you to websites such as https://forums.nasioc.com/forums/showth ... ?t=2884140
, as you can take advantage of the acquired knowledge of people with similar vehicles in similar climates who have the same questions and have actually purchased their tires based on multiple recommendations, and who have then given feedback on their purchases. To me, that is the main benefit of a place like Tech Report, as the user forums here in general are a source of vast collected knowledge and personal experience to draw on. In my case, as in most others, since I usually have more time than money, I will research something for several weeks before I finally make a purchase. Invariably, the minute you make such a commitment with your hard earned cash, something new and better and less expensive will show up a week later, as buyer's remorse is not exclusive to the computer world.