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Old 01-08-2012, 02:47 PM
 
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I recently found out I'll be moving to Akron in July for work, and will likely be there only for one year. I currently live in the Southwest and drive a sports car convertible that I recently discovered first hand is useless in even a bit of snow/ice.

I'm almost definitely going to get rid of the convertible but I'm not big on SUV's. I just think they're overkill. especially since my wife already has one (which she'll need to get herself to work) and we have no kids and don't need the extra space - and would much rather just get a front-wheel drive sedan, and maybe get snow tires during the worst months.

I'm fairly familiar (though probably a bit rusty) with driving in snow since I grew up near Akron in Western PA, but my question is, is the snow bad enough in Akron that you really have to get an SUV? My work will often require me going to several places a day. So I can't really just have my wife drop me off and pick me up on "bad" snow days. But how often is there so much snow that a SUV with high ground clearance (or a car w/ AWD) is needed? Are most roads well maintained enough that they're drivable by an average front wheel drive sedan?

Are there any of you out there that don't have an SUV and drive a sedan (with FWD) that really regret it and wish you had an SUV?

I'm only going to be in Akron for 1 year then likely will move to an area further south without snow, so I really don't want to get an SUV just for that one year unless it's going to be necessary for me to reliably navigate to my work places during the winter.

I know this is a subjective question because nobody can predict if the 1 winter i spend there will be mild or record breaking for snow, and all vehicles are different to an extent, but I'd appreciate a general consensus. Thanks in advance for your advice!!
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Old 01-09-2012, 09:23 AM
 
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While a truck or SUV with 4WD/AWD is optimal in snow, it's not necessary. Most people get by just fine with FWD and a good set of all-season tires. Akron gets snow, but it's far enough away from the snow belt so that the accumulations are generally 4-6" at a time at the heaviest. This small amount of snow is easily handled by the road crews. There is the occasional heavy snow, but it's generally uncommon (maybe once a year). Even then, the crews do a pretty good job clearing the roads.
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Old 01-10-2012, 12:03 AM
 
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Thanks for the reply. That's good news!
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Old 01-10-2012, 11:17 AM
 
Location: Ak-Rowdy, OH
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Thanks for the reply. That's good news!
Ditto the prior, that's why Alexander Graham Bell and Mark Zuckerberg invented the snow plow.
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Old 01-12-2012, 12:28 AM
 
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I spent 25 years driving in Ohio - never had anything larger than a 4-cylinder sedan (Omni, K, Cavalier, Neon, Accord, Sebring). I'm pretty sure all had FWD and all-seasons on them. There were very few times I had issues driving in the snow, and for the bulk of those years, I commuted more than half an hour (20+ miles) each way to school/work.

An SUV is overkill. The roads are fairly well plowed.
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Old 01-12-2012, 11:57 PM
 
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I spent 25 years driving in Ohio - never had anything larger than a 4-cylinder sedan (Omni, K, Cavalier, Neon, Accord, Sebring). I'm pretty sure all had FWD and all-seasons on them. There were very few times I had issues driving in the snow, and for the bulk of those years, I commuted more than half an hour (20+ miles) each way to school/work.

An SUV is overkill. The roads are fairly well plowed.
Thanks for the reply. I'm glad to hear that. I was leaning toward a Kia Optima. The new ones look great and im thinking should be adequate on plowed roads, so I'm glad to hear people saying ground clearance isn't often an issue.
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Old 01-14-2012, 05:28 PM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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We lived there for 40+ years and never had a 4wheel drive. Have there been a few years where one would have come in handy? Yes. FYI, the Volkswagen Cabrio I had for 5 or six years could go in anything Ohio threw at me.
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Old 01-15-2012, 11:50 PM
 
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Up near Akron and my better half gets through the snow in a front wheel drive small car (Chevy Cobalt)

I had one 4WD pickup that was tricky as heck to drive on ice, so now I drive a 2WD pickup and usually there's no problem.

The majority of the big snow falls north and east of Akron , although occasionally it does snow heavy in Summit County (Akron)
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Old 01-18-2012, 10:12 AM
 
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I recently found out I'll be moving to Akron in July for work, and will likely be there only for one year. I currently live in the Southwest and drive a sports car convertible that I recently discovered first hand is useless in even a bit of snow/ice.

I'm almost definitely going to get rid of the convertible but I'm not big on SUV's. I just think they're overkill. especially since my wife already has one (which she'll need to get herself to work) and we have no kids and don't need the extra space - and would much rather just get a front-wheel drive sedan, and maybe get snow tires during the worst months.

I'm fairly familiar (though probably a bit rusty) with driving in snow since I grew up near Akron in Western PA, but my question is, is the snow bad enough in Akron that you really have to get an SUV? My work will often require me going to several places a day. So I can't really just have my wife drop me off and pick me up on "bad" snow days. But how often is there so much snow that a SUV with high ground clearance (or a car w/ AWD) is needed? Are most roads well maintained enough that they're drivable by an average front wheel drive sedan?

Are there any of you out there that don't have an SUV and drive a sedan (with FWD) that really regret it and wish you had an SUV?

I'm only going to be in Akron for 1 year then likely will move to an area further south without snow, so I really don't want to get an SUV just for that one year unless it's going to be necessary for me to reliably navigate to my work places during the winter.

I know this is a subjective question because nobody can predict if the 1 winter i spend there will be mild or record breaking for snow, and all vehicles are different to an extent, but I'd appreciate a general consensus. Thanks in advance for your advice!!
A lot of people in Ohio recommend you get 4-wheel drive, but a lot of people don't have it and do just fine getting around.Besides, SUVs eat up gas like crazy. In fact, my neighbor traded hers for a smaller car just to save on gas. Since you are going to be in Akron for just one year, I don't think it would be a major deal. Now, if you lived out in the country and had a longer commute, I'd recommend it, but yea typically the roads are cleared well enough to get to where you need to go. I have a minivan and I also live out in the country, about 35 min from Akron and even all the way out here I can still make it to town if the roads are a little snow-covered. Granted I go a little slower than usual, but that's to be expected. Hope I helped and good luck.
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Old 01-19-2012, 12:01 AM
 
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A lot of people in Ohio recommend you get 4-wheel drive, but a lot of people don't have it and do just fine getting around.Besides, SUVs eat up gas like crazy. In fact, my neighbor traded hers for a smaller car just to save on gas. Since you are going to be in Akron for just one year, I don't think it would be a major deal. Now, if you lived out in the country and had a longer commute, I'd recommend it, but yea typically the roads are cleared well enough to get to where you need to go. I have a minivan and I also live out in the country, about 35 min from Akron and even all the way out here I can still make it to town if the roads are a little snow-covered. Granted I go a little slower than usual, but that's to be expected. Hope I helped and good luck.
That helps a lot actually. Thanks Kiwi, and everyone else who replied for that matter. I completely agree about SUV's. Most people don't even come close to using their potential, and never need to. My past few cars have been 2 doors, so just moving up to a sedan will feel huge for me. And you're right, for one winter, I'd rather just get slowed down a bit on snow days and save the gas and enjoy driving my smaller car in spring/summer.
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