BF Goodrich Winter Slalom. It's a snow tire, but I have been having
consistant long-term satisfaction for year-round driving for six years
and two sets, getting ready for the third(about 50,000 mi. per set). A
great snow tire, they are quiet and long-wearing on dry roads, with
excellent wet traction(boat launches & rain), and attractively priced.
They are going on our Accord this year, too.
tirerack.com has reviews for several tires. I have Goodyear Assurance
ComfortTreds myself, and I like them. I haven't had an opportunity to test
snow traction, but all other attributes have been good so far. They are
noticeably better than the Goodyear Regatta 2, IMO.
I can tell you one tire to avoid, and one to try. I have a 2000 Taurus,
essentially the same vehicle. I had a set of Bridgestones on it, and they
were horrid. They developed a vibration within 8k miles. The dealer even
replaced two under warranty after trying over and over to balance them.
I finally bought some Michelin Pilot XGT +4's and they're incredible. I've
never been more satisfied with tires. I've had them for about 5k miles so
far and can't believe how quiet, smooth and stable they are.
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