These Are The BEST New Cars To Drive In A Blizzard!



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We were just hit by a major snowstorm, and that got us thinking…what are the best winter cars around? In this episode of TFL Talkin’ Cars, Roman and Tommy discuss the best new cars you can buy to get you through any blizzard.

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45 comments

  1. If you haven’t been overseas like I have you can’t make that statement Roman about the Germans. I was there for over 2 years and the Germans drive 1000 times better in the snow than any American cause they’re Winters are far Worse then ours! So until you have spent time over there for a long period of time you can’t make accusations like that.

  2. I’m from Chesapeake Virginia and I know how to drive in snow, I’m a Professional Driver and have been in every type of driving conditions our Country has to offer.

  3. I’ve driven a 2018 Chevy Cruz through a snow storm and had absolutely no problems whatsoever and also got 40 miles a gallon.

  4. My 2020 Toyota Rav4 Hybrid LE with all-seasons did amazing during the 2021 winter storm in Texas. Had absolutely no problems in the snow and ice. Highly recommended. Especially since it does great in the heavy rains we get also. Oh, it did very good off road on muddy overland roads in Tennessee too. I've been far more impressed with my Rav4 than most of the "professional" reviewers give it. Mostly because too many try to make it out to be something that the Rav4 simply was never meant to be. Some "fancy" utility. I simply haven't had any of the issues during inclement weather and overland that (for some reason) "professional" reviewers have had. Not even close. With that said, I absolutely agree that Toyota has to give their AWD rear electric motors more power. I think that the Prime AWD system should be the standard, and the Prime trim then should have a system that is at least 50/50 (front & rear). If not capable to send at least 60% to the rear wheels. 50% minimal, though. Again, my Rav4 Hybrid LE with all-seasons did amazing in snow and ice. Even up overpasses and small hills without any slippage. While many others got stuck.

    PS: 100% agree with Roman's rant regarding "drivers out of their comfort conditions/zones". STAY OFF THE ROADS, if you are to scared or can't drive on the road conditions. You're a huge hazard putting other's lives in jeopardy. We get a ton of the scared drivers in Houston. Whether it be they're too scared to drive in the traffic, on the freeways, or in the rain here. It's unbelievably frustrating and dangerous having people like that on the roads. Extremely hazardous. Really ticks off natives here too.

  5. Tires. Put Michelin Alpins on a 1999 Mazda Protégé, front wheel drive, and it was magic in snow and ice conditions. Now using Blizzacks on Passat 4motion. Again magic.

  6. Growing up in New England we learn fairly quickly how to properly drive in heavy snow no matter what you’re driving. You really need dedicated snow tires in all four corners and cut your speed down. That being said, I swear some people forget how to drive in snow from one storm to the next.

  7. Which is more snow worthy a Lexus 460GX 2020 w off-road package or a 350 4×4 diesel 2018 dual rear wheels. My husband and I need this answered. Ya know….

  8. that't how we feel about folks who visit FL during storm season and, when the skies open up, turn on their flashers, drive 10 mph and occupy the left lane on the interstate. If you you can't drive in the conditions without creating a danger to those around you, get off the road and have a cup of coffe while you wait for the conditions to change.

  9. Suzuki X-90. Car body, had the same drivetrain as a suzuki sidekick(geo tracker), 4wd and low range, and it had convertible qualities with the removable roof. The great grandchild would be the suzuki sx4 which people also say did pretty good in the snow and I believe TFL did a video on it.

  10. My old Camry with Blizzak snowtires does great here in the Northeast. But the driver has allot to do with it anyway, I pass expensive SUV's pulled over on the side, with emergency blinkers flashing waiting to be rescued every winter.

  11. The problem with 4wd is you keep going further and deep in, until you get stuck. 2wd or 4wd if you stay on main roads it's all about the tires and then it's about driving skill.

  12. Today I have discovered TFLtalk quicky has become my favorite channel from TFL. Really allows more in depth conversation that showcase your technical expertise. Well done!

  13. The perfect all around car with 4WD will definitely be the new Chrysler Pacifica !!! Has everything a family needs will awd

  14. Yeah either the Honda passport or the new hybrid wrangler will be my next future car in a few years. I want to see the reviews of the new wrangler and how well it survives. Ooo just looking at those snow shots are making my joints ache and wince.

  15. FYI, Flagstaff, Arizona gets 100 inches of snow per year. Not a ton, but still…

  16. I'm proud to say I tip my hat to both of you, Roman & Tom & you should get a award for this one. (looks like you just came in from the storm,, P.s what's with the Hat Hair)*. This is a truly great public service video for our loved ones out on the roads with terrible weather conditions & which car/tires to buy in the northern states or to our friends in Canada. The main issue is where/when the weather (snow/ice) dictates if you can get out & travel in a as needed condition, way too many people don't get it, snow leads to very icy roads, and all season tires don't get it done safely. This to Roman, you are 100% right, mainly about small eco cars causing massive tie ups accidents on/in hilly areas, and the 1st thing we think, "are our loved ones safe" in this if they too are out in it too. Tom you got me thinking I my go for the Hondas Passport, it's one of the better reviews on this SUV, thanks.
    Stay safe my friends.

  17. There is a tendancy for people to think that wide tires would be a benefit on snow or ice; but in reality just the opposite is true I have a friend who lives in Park City and owned a Celica GTS all trac who told me that the 4 wheel drive was useless in snow and so he bought a Grand waggoneer to drive in the winter. He said he hated to drive it because he enjoyed the Celica so much more, except in the winter. I talked him into some 75 series Blizzaks and he was hooked. I had told him that, if he didn't like the tires I would buy them for what he had paid. (this was a little scary as I had no car that would take that size tire. Well I didn't have to buy them: He said "this is better than my Grand Waggoneer in the snow". I had to take a peek at the tires he was running and they were big knobby mud tires without any siping. The tire store sold him on having them drilled and studded, which i'm sure helped some but they were really the worst thing he could have purchased.
    A little education can go a long way.

  18. The most important thing said in this TFL talk were the words GET SNOW RATED TIRES! To this I would add that all season tires with a snowflake are better than summer tires but are in no way to be confused with true winter snow tires like the Bridgestone Blizzak, Michlien Arctic Ice Etc. The first time you drive on ice and snow with a set (always 4!) of these tires will be a revelation and you will be a convert for life. The only downside is you have to swap them out in late spring. The way they work is to use special rubber that stays soft at temperatures of 45 degrees Farenhiet or less. So they will wear extremly fast in hot weather.

  19. So I live in New Hampshire. Every year, the vehicles that I see slid off the side of the road are pickup trucks and SUV’s. It is really important to remember that just because you can get moving, doesn’t mean you’ll be able to steer or stop. SNOW TIRES, are KING. I DON’T CARE how aggressive your tire looks. If you are going to be driving in the snow, get a set of snow tires. End of Story! They will help you not only in getting going, but in being able to steer and stop. They make a HUGE difference.
    Second big thing! – Don’t think you invincible just because you have a truck or suv! Again, year after year, that’s what’s always on the side of the road stuck in a snow bank. Don’t drive stupid!

  20. Could not agree more with your comments those who have no experience in driving in snow. I would add to that advice that AWD/4WD does not mean you are "invincible" in snow, or ice in particular.

  21. I think something is wrong with your gladiator defroster. Mine is insanely effective. My friend has a wrangler same thing.

  22. 26:45 That is why I put AVS big deflectors on my 4runner. You see them on the third gens a lot and that is why, my town uses the same gravel stones in the winter and I have had zero issues

  23. One of your better podcasts. That said, I disagree that pickups are the best in severe winter conditions (I have almost a half-century of winter driving experience, a lot of it in 4WDs–pickups and SUVs). Pickups can be very good IF they are heavily ballasted in the rear, otherwise they are a poor choice. I usually throw around 300-500 lbs. of Tube Sand in the back of the pickup bed, behind the rear wheel wells when I know I will be driving in winter conditions. Short wheelbase SUV's can be tricky, too, because they can get crossed up so easily in slick conditions. For normal 4-wheeling, low-RPM torque is your best friend, but in slick winter driving conditions, it can quickly become your enemy. An HD diesel pickup can be really tricky because it can have enough torque to break traction on a slick surface with all 4 wheels right off idle. Finally, you are correct–ground clearance is critical, especially in wet snow. When you see the silly commercials of 4WDs barreling through deep snow, it's usually been filmed in the high mountains or the Arctic where dry powder is the rule. In the real world, if you're driving in snow that is deeper than your vehicle's ground clearance for anything longer than s short distance, you're flirting with getting badly stuck.

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