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post #1 of 46 (permalink) Old 02-04-2017, 10:17 AM Thread Starter
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Rav in snow dissapointing

I just got back from ski trip to Colorado and Utah. I wasn't too happy with the performance of the vehicle in the snow. I came across this review. It mirrors my experience with the vehicle. Admitedly, I'm running the dulers the vehicle came with...not exactly snow tires. If it wasn't for Toyota's quality I would trade in for an Outback in a second. Subaru has dropped from 6th in overall quality to 11th this year in Consumer Reports. Toytoa is #2 this year.


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Your problem is your tires, not the vehicle. Don't expect all season tires to be able to handle all conditions, especially snow and ice. With Winter tires, my car is the most capable winter car I have ever had.

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If they are not using the same type of tires the test is flawed. I agree with MTL_Sienna.
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Tires! Tires! Tires! All-Seasons are not that. If you drive in snow and ice you need winter tires. I have a RAV with winter tires and the performance is awesome. My front wheel drive car has winter tires, too, and it performs better than all the AWD vehicles running the stupidly named All-Season tires. Don't blame your RAV for lousy winter performance when it doesn't have the proper tires.
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Things affecting snow performance:
1) Driver
2) Tires
3) Driver
4) Driver.

Apparently you did get where you needed to go , right?

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Same story shown in these videos, but the Rav4 was the leader, just better tires most likely, although Subaru does have the best traction control system from ramp tests I've seen.



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I live in CT 40 miles from the CR test track in the video so winter conditions are very similar. The only problem I have with driving in snow ON ACTUAL ROADS is all the Subarus getting in my way & holding me up.

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My rav has been a tank through snow with winter wheels. Only complaint is understeer. The front wheels break free and plow more than I'd like on corners.

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Tires. I run Blizzacks in the winter and travel I80 over Donner Summit.
No issues over or under 25mph
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Tests are meaningless without the same tire on each vehicle.
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