totally agree on Nitto tires, they are very reliable and last pretty long in compare with other tires from this price range. We also sell them at CARiD, you can check them on this page: http://www.carid.com/nitto-tires/
I agree that the Hankook tires were the worst OEM tires I've had on a car. I just replaced the 2 rear ones with Goodyear Assurance Weatherready from Sams. I did notice a reduction in road noise just from that. I had the Continental Extreme Contact tires on a 09 Mazda 3 and was quite happy with the handling and the reduction in road noise also.