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Old 09-01-2009, 04:00 PM
 
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Hi, I'm considering buying a new car. The car I really want (Lexus IS 350) only comes in rear-wheel drive, and I'm told by the dealer (as well as my boyfriend) that I really need to have an all wheel drive car for all the "snow" we will get here in Lexington. (which I thought wasn't all that often) Since I just moved from TX and haven't experienced a winter here, I don't know how much I really will need the all wheel drive car.

Is it worth getting a car with less power (Lexus IS 250- comes in all-wheel drive) JUST for the sole reason of having the all-wheel drive? If I get the IS 350 thats rear wheel drive, will I be regretting it come Jan/Feb, or do you think I'll be ok?

Thanks for your help!
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Old 09-02-2009, 06:16 AM
 
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and I'm told by the dealer (as well as my boyfriend) that I really need to have an all wheel drive car for all the "snow" we will get here in Lexington.
its amazing how dealerships push AWD these days. You certainly do not need it, at all. If the car you are purchasing is RWD, and it doesn't have good all seasons on it, you should throw some winter tires on there if your concerned.
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Old 09-02-2009, 06:30 AM
 
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I drove a Ford Mustang all winter last year with good tires, and had no problems. If you're really worried about traction, winter tires and weight over the drive axle. Lexington doesn't get enough snow to warrant AWD or winter tires. Your biggest danger in "snow" here is, as in most places, drivers that don't know what they're doing in it.
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Old 09-02-2009, 07:41 AM
 
Location: Todds Rd. area
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I am sure the IS350 has both traction control and stability control, which is just about as good as AWD since both will likey have performance all season tires on them. I have had several AWD cars. My current Infiniti is AWD. I think I pushed the button about twice last winter to activate it. I got it used, so I didn't have much choice between AWD or RWD. AWD is nice in that it gives you more control over your traction. AWD does not have any more traction than 2WD, that is a tire issue!

Being a car junkie, I think for our climate I would rather have the IS350's performance all year and just be more careful the 10-12 days a year we have snow or ice.
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Old 09-02-2009, 09:09 AM
 
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You are leaving an Infiniti for a Lexus? I'm gonna be sick...
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Old 09-02-2009, 09:15 AM
 
Location: Todds Rd. area
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No no no. The OP wants a Lexus. I have the Infiniti. I got it after having some really bad luck with a pair of BMW's. If you have a BMW that is more than a couple years old, you have to have another one to drive while one is in the shop.
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Old 09-02-2009, 10:30 AM
 
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AWD does not have any more traction than 2WD, that is a tire issue!
AWD does have more traction. There is a reason they make trucks/cars/suv's AWD/4WD.

You actually have twice as much traction if your AWD can rotate all 4 tires.
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Old 09-02-2009, 11:02 AM
 
Location: New Albany, Indiana (Greater Louisville)
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Heck no! There is maybe the equivalent of 3 weeks a year where any snow is on the ground or roads
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Old 09-02-2009, 11:25 AM
 
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With only 2 exceptions, I've had rear wheel drive cars in Wisconsin, since the 80s. I still keep a RWD car there. It's fine in the snow, in my opinion easier and more predictable to drive than a front wheel drive car. Even 4WD or AWD is not necessary in Wisconsin, and tons of people have non-AWD cars elsewhere in the country; areas where snowfall exceeds that of Lexington by multiples.

If you are inexperienced on snow, take it easy the first few times it snows, or find a large area or quiet streets where you can drive around slowly and get the feel of how the car handles. You definitely do not need all wheel drive, and it should not keep you from getting the 350.
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Old 09-02-2009, 11:34 AM
 
Location: Todds Rd. area
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AWD does have more traction. There is a reason they make trucks/cars/suv's AWD/4WD.

You actually have twice as much traction if your AWD can rotate all 4 tires.

I was afraid somebody would go here! The reason SUV's/Trucks use four or all wheel drive is to CONTROL the traction you have available. You have all the traction of 4 tires whether it is 2 or 4 wheel drive. With 2 wheel drive, you have 4 tires worth of traction, but are only controlling 2 of them. With 4 or AWD you are driving those extra wheels and are in control of ALL the traction that the tire is giving you. Don't confuse propulsion with traction.

Trust me....traction has to do with tires.
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