Originally Posted by lungdoc
Tires make vastly more difference than most people realize. I'll take a 2WD vehicle with good winter tires over a 4WD with all seasons in almost any situation
All seasons are actually better on real ice than most snows. Studded snows are the exception to that, and I'd put studded tires in the "chains" category.
FWIW. I went places Saturday in a Subie with all season duelers that my 4WD SUV would have taken a lot more finess to get to with A/T tires (which were better than the all season Duelers that I had on that one before the A/T's.
Moral of story , snows are better than all seasons in snow (and mud), but not really anything else. Next moral of story. I'll take 4WD/AWD over 2WD with anything but studs or chains. I've got chains for the Subie in case the all seasons don't cut it, but I haven't had to go there yet. I'll go with a snow tire or A/T when the all seasons are worn out though just cause they look really
I'm glad folks enjoy their 2WD vehicles. I made it to first chair on countless powder days with my 2WD vehicles, both real and front drives. Never stifled, EVER.. but I was packin chains..
My experience with all of the above tells me an AWD sedan or wagon is the best street legal stock snow vehicle period. That with all seasons is second only to that with snows, studs, or chains. Caveat is ground clearance might be a factor on suberdump days.