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The type of snow/ice you encounter also can make it look like a hero or a dud.
I've driven in Leadville Colorado in 10 inches of the lightest, driest pow you can imagine.
A 1970 RWD with slicks could get you around in that.
My RAV4 Sport slid sideways, on a street, with ZERO forward movent or tire rotation, and slow motion parked itself against a guard rail, in a 4 inch snowstorm.
The tires were not turning.
This vehicle is far from magical.
The above posts, except DrDyno, have provided some insight.
Tires have everything to do with success in snow or ice.