If you live in rural areas and studs are legal, ok. I live in southern Ontario and studs are illegal. So for the OP, 205/60/16 is the recommended size and if studdable tires are legal in your area with lots of ice during winter, you can go that way. But if your in the same boat as most people, ie more snow, city driving with not very good plowed streets, than non stud tires are the way to go.Canadian winters generally mean black ice at one point or another, what do you want on your vehicle when that situation occurs? Tires with studs? Or tires without studs? I generally encounter black ice 4-5 times per winter here in Western Canada and every single time I am very glad I had chosen studded winter tires. I will be running Pirelli Winter Ice Zero Studded this winter in a 205/55/R16, was quoted $800CND installed including tax/GST ect. Will be acquired wheels hopefully this coming weekend and the tires near the beginning of November, we already had a dump of 10-15cm this past Monday with nasty 90km/h North winds blowing snow drifts all over the roads. Several highways we closed due to significantly reduced visibility, about 10m of visibility was reported on many of the surrounding highways. Conditions like that warrant the need for proper studded winter tires and thus I have been using them successfully for many years now.
I got these Michelins last December for my previous car and unfortunately, I can't use them on my new Mazda. This was the first time I had winter tires so I can't compare them to any other ones and we didn't get much snow in central PA last winter. They were good and they still have a lot of tread left on them. According to the reviews on Tire Rack, the Michelins are better, but I can't add much more than that.I'm looking at Bridgestones Blizzaks WS80 or Michelin X-Ice Xi-3 but the latter is 80 bucks more. Not sure if it's worth it.