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Old 09-01-2010, 05:43 PM
 
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I forgot to mentioned that where I live and drive there is not as much snow/ice as many areas of the country, but I have managed just fine in up to 8-10" of snow with FWD, Electronic Traction Control, and Compounded rubber tires all 4 wheels.
When things get tough I temporarily drop the air pressure slightly.
No Noise or Nasty hiway wear either.
Only downside is they wear faster then regular all season tires but to me, their worth it.
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Old 09-01-2010, 06:44 PM
 
Location: Maine
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Thats a dumb question. Minivans are the cars that people buy when they are ready to go ahead and get one foot into the grave. Plus, just look at minivans, they are all hideous. Some people want an SUV b/c they actually don't look like little symbols of people having a baby factory.
You do realize that minivans and SUVs are pretty much the same body style, right? (box on wheels)
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Old 09-02-2010, 04:19 PM
 
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Earlier I posted this in the Iowa forum because I was wondering how a 2WD (front) SUV will fare in snowy driving conditions. I've owned an AWD Mountaineer (and that thing was a beast in the snow) now am currently driving a Dodge Stratus and it does fairly decent in the snow, so I know I can handle driving in Iowa winters...I've been doing it for about 8 yrs. Anyways, I was looking at a 2010 Kia Sportage 2WD (front) and was worried about how it will do in the lovely winters in Iowa. Hope someone can help!
The single most important factor, regarless of 4wd vs FWD - is TIRES.
Forget the SUV debate, that's just marketing. Tires, tires, tires - good snow tread winter tires. That is 90% of the story of driving in the snow.
Now, that being said, 4wd is nice to have, but not a necessity to most of the posters here who go through there 2 snow storms a year, ground clearance of course if you drive through deep snow (a factor for maybe a fraction of the posters here).
There was a post about this in the Alaska forum recently, amazing how many do just fine, thank you very much, with there FWD vehicle in the 6 month long season of snow...with the proper tires of course.

Full disclosure statement - this is coming from a 4wd SUV owner.
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Old 09-02-2010, 08:12 PM
 
Location: Maine
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The single most important factor, regarless of 4wd vs FWD - is TIRES.
Forget the SUV debate, that's just marketing. Tires, tires, tires - good snow tread winter tires. That is 90% of the story of driving in the snow.
Now, that being said, 4wd is nice to have, but not a necessity to most of the posters here who go through there 2 snow storms a year, ground clearance of course if you drive through deep snow (a factor for maybe a fraction of the posters here).
There was a post about this in the Alaska forum recently, amazing how many do just fine, thank you very much, with there FWD vehicle in the 6 month long season of snow...with the proper tires of course.

Full disclosure statement - this is coming from a 4wd SUV owner.
I have a 4x4 pickup, and I'll say that 4x4 is great for getting going uphill and for deep snow, but that it isn't really a necessity. In fact, I drove it in 4x4 more in the summer (up in northern Maine fishing in the woods) than I ever did in the winter.

In that truck, I found the manual transmission and deep-tread tires to be far greater assets to me in the snow than 4x4. These days I'm fortunate enough that I don't have to drive in the snow that often. I work for a school, so when the kids have a snow day, so do I.
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