Back in 2013 when my wife bought a little Chevy Spark I bought a winter tire package and chose these tires. As she had to be able to get back and forth (home nurse) no matter the weather. Never does any high speed stuff, or crazy maneuvering, so a 'open face' tread design was desired for the deep stuff. I chose these tires to try out. Damn fine snow tire. Excellent grip and dig. Turn off the traction control to fully utilize these tires. These tires on that little car would literally show up 4wds on regular tires(and some on snow tires). She had to rescue her boss several times as her big bad 4x4 wouldnt go anywhere. I rank these very comparable to the Firestone Winterforce tires in terms of straight up snow grip. They were a tad noisy (in an econobox mind you), but not overbearing. If the need for snow tires arises and these pop up in size for the next time...I will consider buying again.
Definitely a easy going tire. If you drive aggressive, these are not for you.