Is there a drawback to getting snowflake symbol tires? (can't recall are Snowflakes better than "3 Peaks"?) Do these hybrid tires do worse in treadwear or ride comfort or dry handling? (vs a traditional Touring All Season tire)
I think that we are both talking about the same symbol. It's a three peak mountain thing with a snowflake inside:
The only downside that I've experienced with the CrossClimate2 tires are that they get slightly worse fuel economy compared to the OEM tires. That's a small tradeoff for the significantly better traction- in all conditions.
The CrossClimate2 tires have a 60,000 mile tread life warranty- so it seems like their expected life is about average for higher-quality all seasons. On my 2019 and 2022 Accords, ride comfort was slightly better with the 17" wheels with CrossClimate2 tires compared to the OEM 19" wheels with Michelin MXM4 tires. My current vehicle is a 2022 Highlander- it came with ugly 18" wheels and Michelin Defender tires from the factory. Soon after purchasing it, I upgraded to 20" OEM wheels and put on a set of CrossClimate2 tires. The ride with the 20" wheels and CrossClimates on my HL is a little less comfy- but it's completely fine. The ride with 18" wheels and tires is downright plush- thanks to the huge amount of sidewall that Toyota chose for the 18" wheel/tire package. You just feel the bumps a bit more with the 20" wheels... but it's still smoother than the ride of my Accords with either the 17" or 19" wheels/tires.
As I said- the only negative that I experienced with the CrossClimate2 tires is the slightly worse fuel economy. On my Highlander it's a noticeable difference- 2-3mpg in winter, 1-2mpg in spring/summer/fall. That could also be partly caused by going with the larger 20" wheels vs 18" wheels. (Although Toyota's official MPG figures are the same for the HL regardless if you opt for the models that come with 18" or 20" wheels). The difference wasn't horrible with my Accords- maybe 1mpg. Completely worth it considering the improved stability and traction of the CrossClimate2 tires.