I've read just about every thread and still can't make up my mind. I'm in Chicago and will be using separate snow tires for winter. My priorities in order are 1)noise, 2)smooth ride/handling, 3)mpg's, 4)tread life. Price is almost identical. I believe the Continentals are lighter in weight. Many here love theirs, some are ambivalent, others complain about tire slap and road noise. Both top rated in consumer mags. I'm open to other recommendations as well in this price range.