Posted by Elmo P. Shagnasty on August 2, 2009, 5:34 pm
I've never had a problem in the two winters I've had one, and we have
moderate snow. Factory tires, too.
Be aware, though: you cannot rock the Prius by moving back and forth
between R and D. You might get some motion going, but not like other
cars you're used to.
Just get snow tires if you're concerned, and move on with your life. In
fact, anyone who lives in cold/snow should get winter tires for the
winter season. It's far, far better than just using, say, 4wd or awd.
I'd take a snow-tire-equipped Prius over an awd car with all season
tires any day.
Posted by Was Istoben on August 2, 2009, 8:45 pm
Right. Last winter an awd Subaru with fairly new all-season tires couldn't
climb my driveway but I climbed right up with the blizzack-equipped Prius.
Posted by TKM on August 3, 2009, 12:39 pm
The only time our 06 Prius has been stuck in the snow was when the snow was
wet and more than 6 inches deep. The Prius pushed the snow into a pile and
then climbed up on the pile until there was no traction. That's an unusual
situation even here in northern Ohio. A couple of inches of snow have not
been a problem even with factory tires.
Posted by Tomes on August 3, 2009, 2:36 pm
Well, I come in on the side of these tires being _not_ so good on snow,
as compared to other tires on other cars (not to other tires on a
Prius). The winter tires are the way to go if you want to be doing tire
swapping and loss of MPG. We take the Jeep when we are not comfortable
driving the Prius in a significant amount of snow. That's OK with us.
I put the same tires on it for the second time around to keep the MPGs up.
Posted by Peter Granzeau on August 5, 2009, 6:29 pm
I doubt a Prius is any worse in snow than any other car. For the
purpose of aerodynacis, the ground clearance is very low, so you won't
be out in an 16" snow before the plows come by (my father actually took
a 1941 Ford out in that much snow; he was a doctor, and he had to go).
If you want ground clearance, buy a Model T Ford.