Well I live 50 km North of Toronto and I've always driven FWD cars with proper snow tires, and never got stuck.
AWD is nice to have if you don't have too much experience in the snow or if you just have one car, but I already have one so AWD vehicle so it was not my priority for the second car.
AWD is not a must, unless you drive on deep snow all the time, maybe in AB, SK or Northern Provinces, but not in Southern Ontario.
Thanks for the inputI assume you are in Barrie or thereabouts? Muskoka gets a lot more snow. When I was a kid, several feet wasn't uncommon. Our current cottage isn't year-round, but Gravenhurst gets some good dumpings, as does Bracebridge, Hunstville...etc. North Bay is of course even worse.
Even here in the 'pete, we get the odd good dumping and if I have to go somewhere before the plows have been out, 4WD/AWD is a huge help, and that's with snow tires.
My old GC back at my buddy's hunting camp. His F-150 got stuck. Snow wasn't super deep, but it was that sandy-textured stuff where you just dig down.
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Maybe if your morning started like this at the bottom of a steep hill, and you have to climb said hill to get to the main road...even the 4WD people with the wrong tires had trouble getting to the main road.That doesn't seem like that's all you wanted to know:
We use to have paved roads anywhere. Why should I need 4WD?
Thanks for the input
I live in Bradford-West Gwillimbury, not that far from Barrie. If you have a cottage in the north and if you live there year round, you're right AWD/4WD becomes a necessity.
If you live closer to GTA, it's just not required. As long as you have a winter tire and know how to drive, you should be fine.
Great color, great car congratulations!Hey guys,
I took the delivery 3 days ago, just had a chance to post as it's been crazy busy at work. I didn't even have a chance to drive that much, only put 25 miles since I got it. I am super glad that I picked this color, I love how it looks (personal opinion).
What I found that US-Spec GLI's don't get black rims/mirrors/roof standard, as well as missing some features like heated rear seats even with the top trim - not sure why but Canadian version seems like a more well-rounded package as everything you see comes standard.
Anyways, thanks again for all the input and help!
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Maybe if your morning started like this at the bottom of a steep hill, and you have to climb said hill to get to the main road...even the 4WD people with the wrong tires had trouble getting to the main road.
Sadly, there was no powder day, since COVID closed all the ski resorts the night before.
Still quite a few real AWD systems on the market. The Durango and Grand Cherokee are a couple of examples (that use the same systems) but there are others like BMW's X-Drive.pretty much ALL of todays AWD systems are "watered down" to get better mpgs + better meet EPA mileage.
...except for in this thread... legendary Subaru symmetrical AWD, since it's always powering both axles at once. Subaru uses a CVT for their EPA mileage aspect, so there is no FWD mode on their AWD.... unlike Haldex Gen 5 and Audi Quattro with Ultra Technology (yes, it does have a disconnect for the rear axle). Audi's Crown gear differential is a AWD system, that replaces the Torsen system in much of their product line and isn't "watered down" to get better mpg.pretty much ALL of todays AWD systems are "watered down" to get better mpgs + better meet EPA mileage. still better than nothing + if you want snow + ice traction you NEED real snow tyres. my 2001 FWD jetta was good with snow tyres BUT it was great when i had a Quaife torque biasing differential installed!! VAG vehicles with the engine CORRECTLY installed front to rear have better AWD than Haldex types. most FWD cars running real SNOW tyres will do better than typical AWD with all season but winter tyres that also STOP in shorter distances! i even passed struggling 4WD trucks without SNOW tyres!!!