Car threads always eventually have somebody mentioning the mythical "passing AWD SUVs in a ditch without snows" to justify to themselves that they do not need AWD. Actually, you have no idea what kind of tires they have or whether they have awd or not or whether they ended up in the ditch due to somebody else, unless you actually stopped to take a survey. In fact, it could be somebody like your self - driving a front wheel drive vehicle with snows.
Don't be so pedantic. Of course I don't know the nature of every accident I pass. The point is that front wheel drive with snows trumps all wheel drive without snows when you are at speed. Too many people think "ski car = all wheel drive" and I was just stating the fact that front wheel drive with snows is safer than all wheel drive without snows, all else being equal. All wheel drive with snows trumps all but it isn't a necessity for most skiers even if many think it is. Though many folks need the AWD for steep driveways and such, then it is a necessity.
AWD and FWD have similar brakes. Therefore snows on FWD would stop better than all seasons on AWD. Unless you want to consider transmission braking ability?
Love our 4Runner because the middle section of the back seat folds down. I can keep the skis Inside AND separate the boys.
+1 for our old trusty 07 CRV, whom we just laid to rest recently.
comfortable to drive, lots of leg room, no annoying hump in the back row like subies, lots of trunk space, and the 40-20-40 rear seat. Good quality snows on it served us well for years---in fact that was the designated car for the Mrs. during the week, for me and the kids on weekends.
having just gone through replacement exercise, we wanted to stay in same class. looked at Outback, CRV, Rav4. Was pretty bummed that none of them have the 40-20-40 rear seat at the moment. That little fold down in the middle comes in handy!
wound up with the RAV. Leg room in rear of Outback and the stupid hump killed that option.
Having been a various SUV, along with being a one time Subaru Impreza owner since I started driving (needed something to tow various boats), I added a 2016 MK7 Golf to the fleet with a set of snow tires.
And to be quiet frank I would rather drive that Golf in all but the largest storms. Its lighter weight, vastly lower center of gravity coupled with snow tires is safer than any 4WD/AWD arrangement I have used over the years.
Make no mistake, with the exception of acceleration, Snow Tires > AWD w/All Seasons.
Snow tires are designed for snow (duh). If you're facing icy conditions, you want more surface area on the tires.
I'll take AWD and reasonable all seasons over good snows on a 2WD. That's in part because I do mostly highway
driving. Snows will help you stop better than an AWD (city driving). AWD is good for handling and acceleration.
Sent from the driver's seat of my car while in motion.