I disagree. If it was a summer test on wet and dry roads I might agree. But even then I wouldn't agree that much because tires are still the variable.But since most buyers aren't going to change tires immediately or modify the vehicle any other way, the tests make sense and are quite useful.
IMO if you're in a cold climate, you need two sets of tires. I also keep the stock tires until they're worn out... for 3-season usage. The fourth season gets dedicated winter tires. It makes an enormous difference, regardless if the car is FWD or AWD. This is especially true for 30-0 braking. AWD doesn't really help for this.I keep the stock tires until they need to be replaced, along with most other folks. Most cars come from the factory with decent, but not great tires. I suspect all these cars tested are the factory tires, so I would think most of the tires are all Close if not all in the same league.
BTW, which winter tires are you running? See my post here.Thanks for posting. You can take it with a grain of salt if you wish. I was just hoping the RAV hybrid was as good as other non-hybrid competitors. Looks like it holds it own. Glad to see Toyota did their homework, well done.
I hate driving in the snow. But I live in Toronto. Snow happens, as does ice, as do temps below 7 C. Winter tires aren't just about snow and ice, but also about tire compound temps. Summer tires do poorly in cold even on pavement.Eug, note I said "most buyers." You aren't in that category. What percentage of RAV4 Hybrid buyers buy them for their snow/ice capability where they'd even need better than all season tires? A much higher percentage in such areas are gonna buy a "snow vehicle" such as a Subaru or a Jeep and outfit it with winter tires.
And you probably love driving in snow, as do I, (we're getting another 6" of global warming today) but again that wouldn't apply to most people.
Agreed, the comparative results are meaningful on the stock tires, assuming that's what they used. I did not look up their website to confirm. If fact we don't even know how worn or not the tires were.So in other words, assuming it's the same for 2016, it's a meaningless test for people who actually need to drive in those conditions on a regular basis, and who smart and buy winter tires.