Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: St Albert, Alberta, Canada
I've got an '07 Compass FWD. I drove for several winters on the OEM Firestones and it wasn't too bad. Last fall, I got the Goodyear Nordics (studdable, but I didn't get the studs), and I really noticed the difference. (better)
My Compass came with 17" wheels, but for the winter tires I went with 16" steel rims and 215/65R16 tires. Total cost Canadian Tire (not on sale) for 4 rims, tires, balancing, installation, Nitrogen fill and GST = $800.
I live near Edmonton, Alberta so we get more snow than ice. I lived through a couple of winters in Gagetown and the studded tires would have been great.
Bottom line: get winter tires all round, studs recommended in the maritimes due to the rain/ice problems.