Good evening all, I am looking to buy four new winter tires on my FWD Mazda6 and my local tire shop has the following options. Michelin Xice xi3 for $90.50/tire Michelin Xice xi3 Tread Goodyear Ultra Grip Winter for $92/tire Goodyear Ultra Grip Winter Tread Cooper Wathermaster S/T-2 for $99/tire Cooper Weathermaster S/T-2 My tires size is 205/65R16. All above tires are T speed rated. My main concern is traction in snow and also very important is treadlife. I am wary of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS80 as I hear the treadlife is poor even though they have great traction so I have not included them. I travel mostly highway and anticipate plenty of dry pavement at highway speeds. I will do probably 6k miles every winter season and would like to get a few seasons out of them. The Michelin has hit and miss reviews....the tread looks too all-season to me and I'm pretty concerned that they won't be aggressive enough getting out of my steep driveway. Noise is not a huge factor to me. The Goodyear and Cooper treads look much beefier. Right now I'm leaning most toward the Goodyear and as an added plus it's made in the USA. Opinions? Please don't recommend Nokians, they are not available at my local store and I want to support the local business. Thanks! Meh, looks like the Coopers are made in China..