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Old 12-04-2014, 12:23 AM
 
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I will be moving to Atlanta in January and I will also be changing my car soon. I am looking at an SUV or minivan. I know that Atlanta doesn't see much snow, but I have heard about occasional black ice and whatnot. I was wondering if AWD is necessary, or would that really be an extra expense that is not needed? I am from South Florida where it is definitely not needed, but although Atlanta weather has it similarities in summer, it is quite different in winter. Any help is appreciated.
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Old 12-04-2014, 01:42 AM
 
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Not needed but kinda nice to have for those few days out of the year that it might snow or if you want to travel during the winter or to go skiing/snowboarding. I had a RWD, but i was able to work from home and had no kids to pick up.
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Old 12-04-2014, 02:40 AM
 
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I agree with kasuga888 that AWD generally will not be needed throughout most of the Atlanta region except on maybe a scant few days out of the winter season, if that.

Although, AWD could probably come in handy if one will be doing a lot of winter driving in the high foothills and low mountains of the Blue Ridge and Southern Appalachian ranges that are north of Atlanta where frozen precipitation and inclement winter weather is not necessarily completely uncommon.
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Old 12-04-2014, 03:04 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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Jeez, even up here in the Snow Belt I'd estimate at least 75% of passenger vehicles are 2WD. I can't imagine anyone thinking AWD would even be practical in Atlanta, much less necessary.
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Old 12-04-2014, 04:51 AM
 
Location: Decatur, GA
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If you can afford it, there's no reason not to have it. It's handy during the days of the year with rain as well.
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Old 12-04-2014, 05:03 AM
 
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Totally personal decision. I would say it is a luxury. For the most part in Atlanta, the city shuts down for those few days a year when we have snow/ice. Last year's ice storm was a bit of an anomaly in that the snow came in the middle of the day, stranding many people and causing gridlock. Usually you wake up to the snow. . .and just stay home with 2WD car parked in driveway for the duration.
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Old 12-04-2014, 05:24 AM
 
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Totally personal decision. I would say it is a luxury. For the most part in Atlanta, the city shuts down for those few days a year when we have snow/ice. Last year's ice storm was a bit of an anomaly in that the snow came in the middle of the day, stranding many people and causing gridlock. Usually you wake up to the snow. . .and just stay home with 2WD car parked in driveway for the duration.
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Old 12-04-2014, 06:14 AM
 
Location: Johns Creek, GA
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No, its not necessary. First off, ice in Atlanta is pretty rare. Snow that sticks is also pretty rare. Appreciable snow accumulation is a once-every-7-years occurrence.

Even if we get snow, all wheel drive will guarantee control or safety.

That said, all wheel drive is a nice feature to have if needed.
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Old 12-04-2014, 08:08 AM
 
Location: East side - Metro ATL
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I will be moving to Atlanta in January and I will also be changing my car soon. I am looking at an SUV or minivan. I know that Atlanta doesn't see much snow, but I have heard about occasional black ice and whatnot. I was wondering if AWD is necessary, or would that really be an extra expense that is not needed? I am from South Florida where it is definitely not needed, but although Atlanta weather has it similarities in summer, it is quite different in winter. Any help is appreciated.
Also, please remember that AWD helps you move forward but does nothing to help you stop. AWD also drinks more gas! I drive an AWD car and it was useful last winter but I hate that the car is heavier and that it is not as fuel efficient as a 2WD car. So in the end it comes down to your personal preference.
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Old 12-04-2014, 08:44 AM
 
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AWD isn't effective on pure ice - nothing really is. Knowing how to control your vehicle > AWD.
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