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Snow Patrol: All-Wheel Drive Won't Help Without Winter-Friendly Tires

My 2014 BMW has AWD and traction control, but it slipped all over the road during the recent winter storm. Why? Blame the performance tires.
Driving a sedan in snow

Which is better for the frozen north: an SUV or a lower-riding car?


I am a doctor living in an area that typically can get 6 to 8 inches of snow on the ground at some point in the winter. Snow plows are not always out on the roads when I drive. For this reason...

Today: the secret costs of owning an all-wheel-drive vehicle.

I'm writing to you from hot and sunny Phoenix. My wife and I currently own a 2004 Subaru Forester. We bought an all-wheel-drive vehicle because we hope to be living someplace where it snows within the next few years. We love...

What's the right car for Jody and her Westies? Tom and Ray discuss the options, in today's letter to Car Talk.

I am beginning to look for a new car, a minivan. I currently drive a 1999 Jeep Cherokee Sport, which I love, but I need something bigger (I do a lot of things with my Westies, and I need more space...

Four-Wheel Drive: Full Time vs. Part Time

Larry test drove a four-wheel drive Jeep Liberty and thinks some of the stuff the salesman told him about part time and full time four-wheel drive was just plain wrong. Can Tom and Ray set the record straight?

Why are so many of the vehicles I see stuck in snowy weather SUVs?

I recently drove from Mississippi to Oklahoma to visit my family for Christmas I made my trip one day after a winter storm moved through the area I saw several vehicles off in the ditch which I presumed were accidents...

Is a front-wheel drive car with anti-lock brakes safer than an all-wheel drive car without ABS?

My girlfriend who lives in Maine insists that her all-wheel-drive Subaru is safer in the snow than my Buick LeSabre with front-wheel drive I maintain that my Buick has anti-lock brakes which makes it safer than her car Who is...

What is "limited slip differential"?

I'm planning to buy a new Toyota RAV and I know I want all-wheel drive and an anti-lock braking system We'll mostly use it on-road but sometimes we have to drive in snow and ice in the winter and up...

You might not need an SUV for snowy conditions when an all-wheel drive vehicle would do just as well...or better.

I work for an employer who is trying to decrease the number of four-wheel-drive vehicles driven by employees The nature of our work is crisis-oriented child protective services requiring that the staff drive in all weather conditions including snow The...

Does AWD perform better on an automatic versus a manual transmission?

I've been leasing Subaru Legacy wagons for the past five years My lease is up this month and I intend to lease yet another Legacy wagon However I'm getting older and I am considering an automatic transmission instead of my...


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