I have the SE auto w/ 16" Conti's and was a little concerned about how the car would handle snow. After last week's storm dropped 9" here I had the chance to find out. I'm not impressed, but I'm not disappointed, would be the best way to sum it up. I wish the ABS came with traction control...an annoying cheap omission on Ford's part. I never got stuck on unplowed areas or partially plowed areas, but I did have to use caution and skill to stay safe. I never felt uneasy, but it's not as sure footed (in the snow) as my Mystique was, but I rand Goodyear Regatta 2's on it and they handled snow pretty well. It always amazes me how fast people drive around in snow, slush, or ice, most drive as if the pavement is dry.
I do think that the defroster doesn't work all that well...I had to use full defrost most of the time rather than the defrost/floor heat mix, and I had to run the fan at 2 which is noticeably noisier than the low setting.