Razorbil
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Snow Driving?

Mon Mar 18, 2013 2:45 am

Aside from our individual choices in tires, how does the Leaf handle while driving in snow (overall opinion)?

EvansvilleLeaf
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Leaf Number: 334545
Location: Youngsville NC

Re: Snow Driving?

Mon Mar 18, 2013 6:42 am

Okay, but not great IMO. We have a smallish amount of snow where I am now but having lived in MN and upstate NY previously I am far from a newcomer to the white stuff, and we did get several inches a couple of times this winter. FWD helps as does a pretty good weight distribution and an overall fairly hefty weight for the tire cross-section avoiding surface-skimming, but it's not really much different from a comparable small-medium size car. Not a Miata, but not a Subaru either.

essaunders
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Re: Snow Driving?

Mon Mar 18, 2013 6:56 am

my 2012 leaf on OEM tires does better than a 2007 prius. (but that's not saying much - neither is a subaru...)

jkirkebo
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Location: Fredrikstad, Norway

Re: Snow Driving?

Mon Mar 18, 2013 7:10 am

EvansvilleLeaf wrote:Okay, but not great IMO. We have a smallish amount of snow where I am now but having lived in MN and upstate NY previously I am far from a newcomer to the white stuff, and we did get several inches a couple of times this winter. FWD helps as does a pretty good weight distribution and an overall fairly hefty weight for the tire cross-section avoiding surface-skimming, but it's not really much different from a comparable small-medium size car. Not a Miata, but not a Subaru either.
I love in Norway where we have a lot of snow. The Leaf is a VERY competent winter car in my opinion. Not as good as AWD cars of course, but the weight distribution and more effective traction control makes it better than most other FWD cars.

But the tires are of course more important than car choice. I use Hakkapeliitta 7 winter tires.

mynameisjim
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Location: Minneapolis, MN

Re: Snow Driving?

Mon Mar 18, 2013 7:17 am

I've been very satisfied with the handling and traction in snow.

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abasile
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Re: Snow Driving?

Mon Mar 18, 2013 7:18 am

jkirkebo wrote:I love in Norway where we have a lot of snow. The Leaf is a VERY competent winter car in my opinion. Not as good as AWD cars of course, but the weight distribution and more effective traction control makes it better than most other FWD cars.

But the tires are of course more important than car choice. I use Hakkapeliitta 7 winter tires.
+1. I live in a mountain area with winter snow and have been very happy with the LEAF's performance, considering it's not an AWD car. The stock tires aren't that great, though.
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Re: Snow Driving?

Mon Mar 18, 2013 7:54 am

Anyone use Nokian WRG2s on their LEAF? I had them on my prius and they were very LRR with the benefit of snow traction. Wondering how the compare to the OEMs.
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garsh
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Re: Snow Driving?

Mon Mar 18, 2013 8:27 am

I had Blizzaks on my car this winter, and it did very well in the snow.

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Razorbil
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Re: Snow Driving?

Mon Mar 18, 2013 5:26 pm

Great! Thank you all for the feedback.

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dgpcolorado
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Re: Snow Driving?

Mon Mar 18, 2013 7:02 pm

jkirkebo wrote:I love in Norway where we have a lot of snow. The Leaf is a VERY competent winter car in my opinion. Not as good as AWD cars of course, but the weight distribution and more effective traction control makes it better than most other FWD cars.

But the tires are of course more important than car choice. I use Hakkapeliitta 7 winter tires.
I agree, the LEAF is a fine snow car for a FWD. It even has decent ground clearance for a car of its type, so it doesn't lift up unless the snow is fairly deep and heavy. With good snow tires on plowed roads it makes a fine snow country commuter, within its winter range limitations.
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