Driving around in Southern Ontario this morning and the weather is brutal. I tried to make the RAV4 spin out around a right-hand turn and couldn't. Man this car is great in bad weather!
P.S. Tires are X-Ice Xi3 215/65R17. (Technically I should be using Xi2 instead though, since the load index of these Xi3 tires is 99. Toyota recommends 100 for the 2016 Hybrid Limited, even though the 2013 RAV4 specs 99, and so does the current much heavier Sienna.)
What tires are you using? That pickup truck might have been using all-seasons. Not sure.
Honda Fit. Yeah, light car, but still, you don't stop in the middle of snow drift on purpose if you don't want to get stuck.What car was she driving and did she have all season tires on?
How wide are your X-Ice 2 tires? My stock tires are 235 but I went with 215 with the X-Ice 3 tires and they seem to do well even on the soft snow. Wider tires will tend to float on snow a bit more than narrower ones.Michelin X-Ice 2's on a 15 RAV LE AWD upgrade px. Here in the snowbelt we must have gotten nearly 30cm in last night's storm, where we live anyway. Drove in the morning on partially plowed roads and had a good experience overall. Today' storm was the worst of the season and probably the last one of any significance. The only area that I feel I have to be very cautious in this car/with the Michelins is going around corners in crappy conditions. In snow or slush the car will have a tendency to slide laterally quite easily so you really have to slow down. Not sure if the Xices are lacking particularly in this area (the rest of their performance in winter conditions seems pretty good). So, going around corners in snow you have to really watch it. It's probably also that this is my first SUV and the sheer weight of the RAV with its higher center of gravity require more restraint when cornering on crappy roads. The Michelins I would say give me pretty good confidence generally on winter roads of varying conditions (and the AWD really saves the day irrespective of the tires) but that lateral grip on snow/slush is not the best.
They're just the stock 225/65R17. I'm north of Barrie. We got about 10 inches.Honda Fit. Yeah, light car, but still, you don't stop in the middle of snow drift on purpose if you don't want to get stuck.
Probably snow tires but I'm not sure. She had steel wheels, but I don't know if that car has normally has steel wheels. Still, I used to drive a Ford Escort many moons ago, and could get through those drifts in that thing using momentum even with crappy tires.
How wide are your X-Ice 2 tires? My stock tires are 235 but I went with 215 with the X-Ice 3 tires and they seem to do well even on the soft snow. Wider tires will tend to float on snow a bit more than narrower ones.
However, I think it's not just the narrowness, but also the fact we get a lot less snow by the lake than people do further north. As mentioned, we only got about 6 inches in our area. We are just a few hundred feet from Lake Ontario. Even just in Richmond Hill they often get several more inches than we do, and the amount of snow Barrie gets would be snowpocalypse compared to what we get.