"Like I said, the Tirerack's survey ratings are not quantitative at all. They're nothing more than subjective evaluations by people who may, or may not have any idea what they're talking about. "
Depending upon the tires being compared they're based upon hundreds of subjective evaluations with comments. It'd always be nice to have more data for weighting the ratings, such as vehicle, region, load/speed, etc., but I still find the data more useful than any one opinion. In the case of the Yokohamas vs the Michelins the averages from the hundred of Tirerack evaluations indicate that the Yokohamas don't wear as well and aren't as good in the snow, something that is also reflected in the 1010 evaluations below.
"Like I said, the Proxes TPT is a much better tire than the Spectrum and is still significantly cheaper than the Harmony."
It's also not as good of an all season tire, see the 1010 ratings below. Unlike a 'performance' tire where one is interested in how well it may do in one or a few areas, an all season tire is really a game of minimizing weaknesses, and the ratings below indicate that the Michelins are better all season tires.
Also, it's a moot point for the car in question, the one currently with the Toyos, as neither the Toyos or Yokohamas are offered in the needed size (205/70-14).
Dry: 4.4 Wet: 4.2 Snow: 3.8 Handling: 4 Comfort: 4.2 Noise: 4 Treadwear: 4.1
Yokohama AVID H4S
Dry: 4.6 Wet: 4.1 Snow: 2.8 Handling: 4.2 Comfort: 4.2 Noise: 4.1 Treadwear: 4
"Honda Accord - 205 65R 15 - If you want better cornering go to a V- rated. Winter conditions in certain parts of Canada require a dedicated winter tire as this tire just doesn't have the grip, I tell you from experiencing winter in Barrie Ontario.**
"'93 Honda Prelude SR-V - 205/55/15 - Amazing grip/handling on dry/wet. Absolutely CRAP in the snow/ice. Treadwear rating is misleading, I previously had the AVID H4 on my car for two years, while these are pretty much toast after ONE year, and these are suppose to last longer (I don't smoke the tires, this is normal driving)."
Toyo Proxes TPT
Dry: 4.6 Wet: 4.1 Snow: 2.8 Handling: 4.3 Comfort: 4.2 Noise: 4.1 Treadwear: 3.9
"Please read my other review of the good features of this tire. This review is only for Snow. I have never owned a worse tire for snow traction. At first I thought that it may have been an icy layer under the snow. Anyway I used old rims to get some snow tires, and it pulled great. I put these tires back on, since there is no snow in the forcast. We have about1/2 inch of dry powered snow on the driveway. I couldn't move up my slight grade!!!