Just put some Firestone Winterforce on my Scion. They look pretty aggressive. no snow yet to try out.
I'm running Winterforce on my Jetta TDI wagon and going on the 3rd season with them. Previous to the Winterforce I ran the older Winterfire version and ran 5 or 6 winters with them before one developed a big tread bubble. I just installed them yesterday, as a matter of fact. I run winter tires from Thanksgiving to about April Fools around here.
Personally, I think winter tires should be MANDATORY for any region that gets significant snow. After driving with proper tires in the snow, you will NEVER go back to "no-season" tires - they are absolutely scary in comparison. I drive mostly county roads to work, and while it is flat out here and the roads are rather straight, they are also poorly plowed. With the crops harvested, there is nothing to stop the wind and drifting/blowing snow. My county uses about a 75% sand/25% salt mixture on the roads, which is still enough salt to eat your car but not enough to really melt the roads and the sand (more like slightly crushed boulders) blasts the heck out of your paint job. Anyway, I can drive pretty much the posted speed limits regardless of snow conditions with complete confidence and control as long as it isn't icy. It becomes frustrating, however, because most others are crawling along at 20 mph with a death grip on the wheel. But traffic is light enough so that I can pass safely while they look at me like I'm some kind of nutcase. They just don't understand. All-season tires are like shoveling snow in your sneakers. Actually, my Jetta is better in the snow than the Jeep Liberty CRD running in 4WD with Firestone Destination A/T tires as long as the snow isn't stupid deep.
I have two sets of rims for the car, which facilitates fast and easy swaps. The original alloy rims are shod with "no-season" General Altimax tires which are really nice for the money - quiet and long wearing with decent traction. I also have a set of OEM steel wheels and wheel covers that I keep the Winterforce tires on. I rotate front to back each time I install either set, and it is a 30 minute job if I'm slow. The extra cost of rims is more than offset by not having to dismount and remount/rebalance tires twice a year.