We're in our second winter with the Leaf, and I'd agree it's snow handling is at least on par with FWD gas cars. The battery weight in the middle/rear is a plus, as it reduces the likelihood of the rear wheels losing traction. Regenerative braking in ECO mode provides a great way of gently slowing when needed. The generous ground clearance is helpful. The only negative is that the traction control seems too aggressive at times in terms of cutting power on snowy inclines. My car, a 2011, does have a button to disable traction control, however. I also have Kumho Solus KR-22 low rolling resistance, high mileage tires which are somewhat better than the stock tires in snow. (The stock tires didn't last in our mountain driving, though this is typical for us.) Also, where we live, the authorities often require snow chains on 2WD vehicles, so our Leaf has gotten a fair amount of use with chains (which I hate).elmobob wrote:The leaf handled as good as the previous front wheel drive gas cars I've owned - nothing out of the norm with stock tires.