Join Date: Mar 2018
Location: Lakeville, Mass
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All Wheel Drive-AWD
This past week we received our first measurable snowfall here in the northeast, that said I was able to use the AWD system in ways I had not been able to before. I am driving on Sumitomo enhance with 42k miles on them Observations:
First this is a front wheel drive vehicle with the rear axle being the occasional helper for traction, that being said right out of the box without doing anything drive knob in standard traction is very good directional control also (8” wet snow)
Second the knob has a snow setting, think of this as eco mode squared or cubed it dials back the engine response to limit wheel spin(someone will jump in to explain this better) in snow setting taking off from a dead stop in these conditions was no problem, climbing a steep driveway from a stand still also effortless.
Third there is a stability control button down near the power lift gate button areas, I believe this defeats the system and allows for wheel spin. It provides no noticeable difference, the car is very good in snow, stops well and turns well even in this slop. Highway speeds with some slop on the road were no problem as well.
This car will stop, start and turn in most normal snow conditions in any transmission setting, keep in mind that vehicles like this and most/all of its direct competitors are not Real off-road vehicles. They don’t have locking axles or transfer cases, but they do have a level of traction that will keep you moving in most conditions. My recent experience was with a set of tires that will be replaced this coming spring/summer for sure.