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Is 2WD THAT bad?

I live in northeastern Ohio. We see plenty of snow and rain. I know most of you would recommend the 4WD Rav4 for someone living in Ohio but what I am asking is if 2WD is really that bad of a thing to drive around here. I understand the differences and advantages to driving 4WD but is 2WD with traction control still a decently safe drive in the winter? Yes, 4WD would be more ideal but 2WD is not the end of the world, is it?
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2WD is not bad but you can expect a bit more spinning of front wheels in the rain and snow. Just get yourself a decent set of winter tires and you are good to go.

Also, with the V6, the 4wd takes care of the oversteering as it balances the RAV when you "take off" from a stop.

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What is your experience?

What did you drive before? In the last 5 years, how many times did you use 4WD/AWD to get out of a bad situation?
I live in the Southern US, and I say if the weather is bad enough for 4WD/AWD, I don't NEED to be driving. Doctors, nurses, and Power Company employees probably do. But in some situations, like ice, 4WD/AWD will not help, I have seen it.
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I currently drive a Corolla and my lease is up. So I am accustomed to not having 4WD. In this car I have slipped on icy roads, but nothing major, no major accidents or anything. Of course I try to NOT drive in bad weather, but around her sometimes it's unavoidable
Before that I drove a Honda Pilot 2WD and honestly, I feel like it was so long ago that I can't remember! I know I didn't have major issues with the weather. I am just more paranoid now because I am hauling around a 4 year old. My thought process was that if I am going to upgrade to an SUV that I may as well have AWD too. But my tight budget prefers the 2WD to save about $40 per month. I am over analyzing, that's my nature! Just want my money's worth! So what I am trying to decide is when I am forced to drive in the snow/bad weather is 2WD a safe bet.

Thanks for the advice!
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If you get the 2WD, invest in a good set of snow tires and you should be fine in almost all circumstances. Then, on a snowy day, find an empty parking lot and practice practice practice. Learn how your car reacts in braking, accelerating and cornering so there are fewer surprises on the road. Modern traction control and LSD are pretty darn good! That said, I still bought 4wd for peace of mind. But, if budget concerns are a problem, you can do fine with 2wd.
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I wouldn't because the V6 4WD is too much fun and I don't lease cars, but sounds like you'd be best off with a 4-cyl 2WD.

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Thanks everyone. Regardless, I'd be going with a 4cylinder, whether it's 2WD or 4WD. I guess I will look into the price of snow tires! Any advice on those? LOL, I am clueless on all this stuff!
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I currently drive a Corolla and my lease is up. So I am accustomed to not having 4WD. In this car I have slipped on icy roads, but nothing major, no major accidents or anything. Of course I try to NOT drive in bad weather, but around her sometimes it's unavoidable
Before that I drove a Honda Pilot 2WD and honestly, I feel like it was so long ago that I can't remember! I know I didn't have major issues with the weather. I am just more paranoid now because I am hauling around a 4 year old. My thought process was that if I am going to upgrade to an SUV that I may as well have AWD too. But my tight budget prefers the 2WD to save about $40 per month. I am over analyzing, that's my nature! Just want my money's worth! So what I am trying to decide is when I am forced to drive in the snow/bad weather is 2WD a safe bet.

Thanks for the advice!
If you are already accustomed to 2WD then go for it. But for peace of mind and if the weather is really bad, I'd vote for a 4WD. Up here during the winter, I wouldn't drive anything but a 4WD. I haven't been stuck with my wife's Rav and my Highlander which both are 4WD's.

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I lived in Gambier, Ohio and had a 4WD Jeep and 4WD Subaru wagon - and never needed it, and we did get heavy snow, but nothing like the lake effect you probably get.

2WD would have been just fine.
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I'm in the 2WD camp, unless you usually have to drive in heavy snow. I grew up on RWD cars and never got stuck(yup, I'm that old!)
Bought my wife a new 99 Forester. She worked in a school, so as it turned out if it snowed more than 2", schools would close anyway, so never really needed it. When I bought my RAV(used)I wanted a V6 2WD, but the dealer said 2WD RAVs were like hens teeth in the northeast, so got an AWD V6. I would say a 2WD 4cyl would be the way for you to go.
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