We have priced some tires out for replacing when Spring comes around, or after the first snow fall and I see how crappy these FIrehawks will be. THe best ones I have found that I like are the Good Year Eagle GT2, the only draw back is it only comes in 285/60HR18. It was priced at 126.00 a piece.
My last car was a Pontiac Grand Prix STE that had 16s on it. I think we paid about the same price for the last tires we put on it.
I am sure some people will complain about the price of tires, but these are the same people that buy the cheapest tires they can. I cant say I buy the most expensive, but I never go for bargain basement ones either.
Most people still think that 18" wheels are huge because they still think every car comes with 15" wheels. With the factory now selling cars with 20" wheels, and the aftermarket going even bigger to 24", 26", 28", and more, the price of tires for the "smaller" 19" and under wheels has come down. Just shop around. When I first got my Dakota in '99 with 17" wheels, you couldn't find a replacement tire for under $140, now there are three or four different options under $100 a tire, and they are good tires. Also, like you said, some people just buy the cheapest tires they can, and if they can't get all four for $200 or less, they are too expensive.