Re: 2009 Malibu LT1 Snow Handling
My 2009 Malibu came from the factory shod with the Hankook Optima H725 tires. It was very nearly as good in the wet and in the snow as the premium Michelin Pilot Sport A/S tires that I had on my BMW! They actually lasted 70,000 miles, so I put a new set on the car.
BTW, Michelin Pilot Sport 2 (a.k.a. PS2) tires are NOT an all-season tire, they are a ONE season tire for track days and truly high-performance street driving on dry pavement. The Pilot Sport A/S are a truly brilliant tire, ones I'd buy again in a flash if I had the $220+ per tire that they cost.
With the Hankook Optima H725 on the car, it is very nearly as good as snow tires in most situations, though true snow tires are always going to be the best choice for snow. Period. Me, I prefer Nokian Hakkapeliitta, and only as a full 4-tire set. I will never again run anything but 4-tire matched sets. I insist upon equal traction at all for cormers for safety and performance. YMMV
'09 Chevrolet Malibu 1FL (wife's car)
'13 Ford Fusion SE (company car)
'11 Triumph Tiger 800 ABS (weekend toy)