Today was the first time I had the Rav4 in snow. There was about 1" or snow on the road (very wet snow). I was not impressed with the capability of the awd system, the car wanted to slide several times while climbing a hill and the driveway.
Factors that played in:
Very steep hill and driveway, maybe 20%
AWD was locked and kept under 25
Stability was turned on (probably should have been off)
Stock tires with 14K on them (5-wheel rotation).
Wet, slick snow.
No chance to gain momentum, sharp turns before inclines
I plan on putting an aggressive set of winter tires on to help improve it for when my wife drives, any other ideas? I never really had a problem with my Xterra with good all season tires (Dueler Revos and Fotera Triple Treds).