Agreed. I have the exact same tire on my 17x7s. I went on a road trip up to Philly this weekend and was able to do a little fun driving on some windy roads. These tires grip MUCH better than stockies. On turns on the beltway that I would take pretty fast, I could feel the stockies starting to slip but these grip much better taking the same exact turns at the same exact speeds.I decided to try out the Avon Tech M550's on my new 18" ASA AR1 wheels. So far they are quite good for an all season tire, especially for the price.
For the price, the Avon Tech M550 A/S's are very good all seasons so far.... but I havent even had them for 10k miles so I dont know how well they are going to wear.