Looking to buy an SUV and debating whether to get an AWD or not. The snowstorm this month is definitely an irregularity which happens may be once in a decade like this. So not sure if it’s worth getting awd if I don’t go to mountains for skiing at all. Only will use for daily commute 99% of the time
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- Expedia / EngaKcN62AWD is only useful for getting you moving.. For steering stopping and cruising, you don't really benefit from it much. I'd go with snow tires since that gives a much larger impact. Check YouTube and you'll see a bunch of people doing this test
- Amazon / Product🇨🇭T0PmoreAgreed. All cars have 4 wheel brakes and two wheel steering*. AWD is helpful, but don't expect miracles. That being said, a mechanical limited slip rear differential is far more effective than the electronic crap. So some older AWD models are easier to drive in rain/snow.
Source: 10 year Subaru owner.
(*some cars have active toe control aka rear steering but its mostly a gimmick and not transformative in handling/safety)
- Amazon frmntSnow tires are actually not needed in Seattle (except during snowmageddons) if you're not going on mountain passed during winter/skiing. All season tires are perfectly adequate for 95% of city of Seattle driving. They will probably perform better in typical Seattle weather which is rain.Feb 230
- RWD: BAD
Snow tires are great, but not always available depending on vehicle tire size, especially truly all terrain (re: don't need to be taken off during Summer). AWD with All Terrain tires will give you most flexibility, but if you don't care about traveling over the passes with snow, it wouldn't matter as much.