I've always been an advocate of running summer tires in the nice 9 months of the year, and winter tires in the winter. I have Toyo Observe winter tires on the OEM 16" wheels now (Passat daily driver). The 18" wheels are going on in a few weeks (hopefully) but the Toyo T1Rs on them are shot and I need replacements. The T1Rs are great summer tires. Beautiful handling and lots of grip. At the expense of low tread life, noise and stiff ride. I have T1Rs on the M3, which is a nice weather only car, and I don't plan to change that. However, I've been thinking that maybe I don't really need the high-performance summer-only tires on my daily driver. Family and my favorite tire shops are all recommending the Toyo Versado, which is an all-season premium touring tire. I'd gain tread life, comfort and low noise at the expense of balls-out grip and handling. Plus I could run them deeper into fall and earlier in the spring without worry of the rogue inch or two of snow. I would still run dedicated winter tires on the 16" wheels for the winter season. On the other hand, I've always felt "all-season" tires sucked year round. They are a compromise for each type of driving (dry, wet, snow, etc.) and not really good at anything. And If I'm going to put winter tires on anyway in the winter, then why should I run all-seasons in the summer. Thoughts? I'm sure I'm over-analyzing this... so I'm looking for someone elses perspective.