For me all that matters is traction. My car is slammed so it rides rough. I have a modified exhaust so it's loud, I'm only gonna get 3 seasons max out of any snow tire. So for me $150+ per tire is just not worth it. I can buy 2 sets for that price, I know rim size is a cost factor.
I got 4 tires, 4 rims, mounted balanced, new lugs, shipped to my door for $500 can't beat that