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#11 (permalink) Old 12-06-2012, 02:25 PM
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You need snow tires even if you have 4WD. The snow tires are softer in below freezing temperature and allows your car to stop in shorter distances.

When you brake, 4WD/2WD does not matter. 4WD would be for traction in snow, when you are moving. The reason I love 4WD is because I don't have wheel spin ... but some might want to spin their wheels for fun!

Best bang for the buck: General Altimax Arctic. Great reviews at Tirerack.com . I have used Firestone Winterforce before; Great in snow but loud.

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"Best bang for the buck: General Altimax Arctic. Great reviews at Tirerack.com . I have used Firestone Winterforce before; Great in snow but loud."

I live in Buffalo. My 04 RAV4 has 2 WD with a set of 4 snow tires. In snow conditions , I routinely pass AWD RAV4's without snow tires.

In snow conditions, leave early and drive slower.
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Good thing about FWD is that you only need 1 pair of chains. In cases you have to put them on and off, like going across hills on U.S. 50 through Nevada, you do twice less work in unpleasant cold. That said, I noticed significant difference between 2WD and 4WD myself if you're just relying on snow tires. If I lived in a flat area with snow, I would definitely get an AWD version (well my 4.3 was actually, although in my area we never had snow).
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