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Prius in snow? Anyone?

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Posted by Bill on April 30, 2008, 2:28 am
Is the car good in the snow? I'm going to go soon and get one if the
answer is yes.

Posted by e on April 30, 2008, 2:32 am
It's as good as any light front-wheel-drive car, though
you should enhance traction with chains or snow tires.

In my seven decades I've learned that it's the driver
who's "good in the snow". Or not...

Best of luck!

Bill wrote:

Posted by Bill on April 30, 2008, 2:41 am
 Thanks! I've been good at driving in snow, and my favorite was an old
Fiat Strata from 1981. Nothing could stop that car in the white stuff!

Posted by e on April 30, 2008, 3:30 am
 If you liked the Strada you'll love your Prius - but be
sure you get traction control. Mine has it, and even
without snow tires or chains it grinds on through almost
anything - snow, ice, sand, mud, gravel.

Bill wrote:

Posted by DougSlug on April 30, 2008, 12:31 pm
 There have been numerous complaints about the traction control system's
behavior in snow, but quite often the problem is either the stock tires or
steep inclines, which will give most smaller FWD cars a problem.  The
traction control system is not an option; it is part of the hybrid system
because it is needed to prevent damage to the electric motor from

Oddly, we haven't had significant snow in the two winters I've had my Prius,
so I can't offer any first-hand experience.  I did change to better tires,
and I noticed a difference in general handling, cornering and wet
traction--but often the mileage suffers a little bit with better tires.  I
think it is generally accepted that the stock tires (Goodyear Integrity) are
not very good.

If you get lots of snow where you live, it's not clear that the Prius would
be the best choice.  That's strictly my opinion based on what I've read here
and on PriusChat.com, not from experience.  If you haven't already visited
PriusChat, I recommend it for more research on this topic.

 - Doug

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