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9 years + of driving in alaska, with mine.
You should change out the all seasons anyways if they are originals since tires do wear out from age (oils seep out, and rubber becomes hard and brittle, just from sitting, over time)
I wouldn't cheap out on tires since they are the only things touching the ground.
My first set of winters were continentals studded, I think. It had a lot more grip than my all seasons.
The set I have now are Altimax studded? same as my continentals as far as feel and handling.
A new set of the stock all season tires on the gen has a more grip and more controllable than an awd ford escape 4 banger with studded tires, I know from experience.
You can fit 17" steel wheels on, if you don't have the bremos.
If you do get 17", I suggest getting:
2xx/50 17 tire size
this will correct the ride height of the car.
I think I paid $500 or $600 of a set
we pay more, then the rest of US. You'll get a better idea by going to tirerack.com
You'll have to run staggered... unless you want to run around with traction control off all the time.
running square will make the traction control limit your speed to about 50~60mph
What I mean is traction control will start to interfere around that speed.
As for rwd driving in winter, easy on the throttle when going from a stop, and start to brake earlier than you normally do.
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