As an owner of a 2005 Prius,
As an owner of a 2005 Prius, I can honestly tell you that this car is a SLED in snow. We live in Philadelphia, PA and it is the worst car ever in snow. Useless in any type of snow from a light dusting to a few inches. During the winters, we park the thing with a car cover and it gets rarely used and instead we rely on our Nissan Sentra which never has a problem in bad weather. However, my wife got caught in a light dusting of snow and just smashed the whole front of the vehicle. Luckily, nobody was hurt. So we're done with it and we are going back to a conventional engine-powered car. Not worth getting into a worse accident.
I've had a Prius since the
I've had a Prius since the Spring 2007. It is the worst car in winter weather. I've had it. I'm going to look for another car like a Subaru. The gas mileage doesn't make up for safety.
In full disclosure, I'm starting to think it could be my specific car. My in-laws have a 2007 and don't have problems.
At least I stopped sliding through stop signs, after getting gripper tires. Even with minor snow yesterday, I had to go under 20 mph not to slide.
I think it's the traction control that causes the problem. When it engages when slick or on rough pavement, all of the power stops, no steering, no braking, no acceleration. Crazy. I have driven rear wheel drive cars, front wheel drive cars with and without anti-lock brakes, all wheel drive cars with traction control and never had this kind of trouble. You can't drive it like a car with anti-lock brakes. It's like the traction control cancels out the anti-lock brakes. Pumping them like a car without anti-lock brakes doesn't work either.
Subaru Outback here I come.
If you have the tires for
If you have the tires for gas mileage, forget driving in the snow.
Heidi: Hello from Buffalo,
Heidi: Hello from Buffalo, NY. And yes, we do get "a bit" of snow here.
I've also got a 2008 Prius.
Factory original tires are worthless in the winter. You should be very pleased with the improvement in handling with snow tires.
You DO have to make a choice. Either "all season" tires that are "ok" in winter, but do not cost you any mileage if left on in the summer.
Or "aggressive" snow tires that have excellent winter performance, but have to be removed and swapped in the summer for the factory original tires in order to keep good mileage numbers.
You may also need to "modify" your driving style a bit. I too was used to using power to "drift" the car thru the curves and out of snowdrifts. But when you get used to the Prius, you can drive it without letting the tires slip.