I've had X-Ice 2 on a Corolla I had, hated them.
The bimmer had Blizzaks and I wasn't super happy with them either, overrated tires. There was too much yaw on the highway going a little below the speed limit, maybe the rear would come lose all the time. Had to do 60-70 going to Emerson, for instance.
Have had Hakkas R2 since last winter, and you know I have the X3 with All-seasons... I feel safer, and prefer to drive the RWD. Granted, the X3 is much quicker launching cause of AWD. But AWD is just this, a performance feature (for rain or wet, or when the car has too much power)... Cornering, braking etc. love my RWD. Better than the AWD.
I too, based on personal reviews of regular people like us, was always looking for a tire that would perform as well as a summer tire performs during summer. That will never happen lol
At least you have fun sliding when you want to. And the front wheels are always in control.
I don't think there's any non-studded tire as good as the Hakka R2... The X3 will get them next year too.