Well, the new job dictates a farther commute
And I was warned that "snowed in" wasn't an acceptable excuse
So it was either lease something 4/AWD, or make due with what I have
$640 delivered after some very generous rebates from Continental and TireRack got me this setup
16x7.5 "Sport Edition"
M13 wheels in matte gray with 38mm backspacing
Comes with hub centering rings pre installed, and lugnuts to spare
Even on the lowered SE V6 springs, it doesn't scrape or rub at full lock
And the tires are Continentals new WinterContact Si, in a 205/65R-16, 99H
Installed them mid snow that we got here in NYC on Saturday
I gotta say, I'm very impressed
They've got a bit of a tone to them (most V tread designs do), but they ride and steer quite well, and I've never had this level of grip on frozen slush and sleet
We had a solid 4 inches of wet snow, then as the sunset it went below freezing, took it up and down some hilly streets that were unplowed/unsalted, didn't hear a word from the ABS
I was warned that it'd ride like a truck, and that you don't need snow tires in the rear on a FWD car (these people are vintage)
But I'm very happy with the package, just need's alignment on the weekend
Now I can keep up with a Subaru on summer tires...