The 2wd pickup, if suitably weighted down (think a few hundred pounds in the back over the axle) might work, but Id choose that second to the Accord. FWD really does work better, especially if you keep it slow and controlled, and have good tires.
Electronic stability/traction control has been mandatory on all new vehicles in the US since 2012.Does the pickup have traction control? That could make all the difference,
The weight goes over the axle, between the wheel wells. You don't want all the weight acting as a pendulum at the tailgate if the rear wheels do break free!Heavy bags of sand or salt right at the back tailgate and if you have the notches in the bed put a 2x12 across to keep them back there. The pickup will work no problemo with weight/chains on all four if it gets bad.
Two reasons the truck is best, it should have more clearance underneath in seep snow and if you do slide a bit easier to control the slide. The Cars you would need to keep more momentum in deep snow to punch through the deep stuff. And if the FWD car starts to slide steering gets weird.
ESC is stability control, not traction control. That's what the acronym stands for, Electronic Stability ControlElectronic stability/traction control has been mandatory on all new vehicles in the US since 2012.
But one should be aware that ESC is not a miracle worker and cannot defy the laws of physics.
If you're stuck in deep snow, it is often beneficial to turn ESC off to allow for some wheel spin to get you going again, but this will only do you good if you have proper winter tires and/or chains on.
In wife's Q5, ESC and traction control (ASR) are combined into a single button on the dashboard.ESC is stability control, not traction control. That's what the acronym stands for, Electronic Stability Control
On some vehicles, you can turn off traction control, but not stability control to get wheel spin.
Technically, traction control has 2 components:In wife's Q5, ESC and traction control (ASR) are combined into a single button on the dashboard.
Acford by a mile. Prius shuts off when wheels slip. Truck with lsd will plow you into a wall. Accord will just merely get stuck or wont.I would like to take a trip up to Lake Tahoe. Which of my vehicles should I take?
2020 Ram 1500 Crew Cab- 2WD, mechanical LSD, OE Goodyear Tires with 10/32" remaining.
2011 Prius - has brand-new Pirelli P7 All Season Plus II Tires.
2007 Honda Accord - has Continental PureContact LS Tires with 9/32" remaining.
I do not own chains for any of these vehicles so I will need to purchase. However, would any of these be a better candidate for the snow (than the others)?
I've watched it happen. Guy was going up over an overpass (small rise) and was fine, then a split second later 90* with the front end buried in the concrete median wall. Literally no time to "fix" it before he met that wall.+3 on the accord.
IDK if your 3rd gen prius has better ABS/VSC/Trac than my 05 but it can't be any worse. And I bet it's weighted about the same. Somehow Toyota sucked all the FWD advantages out of my Prius. With snow tires it's about as good as a normal FWD on all seasons.
If I slip at all, it takes all power away from the wheels for a second or two, leaving it stalled in an intersection when I'm trying to get going. And if by some miracle I am moving, the ABS removes braking power from all wheels for a similar time if I hit one little slick spot.
Also the Accord being a mid-full size car will have its wheels fit the established wheel ruts through the snow better. And have more ground clearance. All good things.
A 2wd truck with LSD is a fantastic way to die. If one wheel spins, the other one stays planted and helps point the truck. But if they both spin because the LSD makes them, you go from perfectly fine to 90-degrees sideways, possibly into the oncoming lane. And all-season tires do NOT have the lateral grip in snow. Once they break free they go from static to sliding friction and are just hopeless. Actual winter tires will fight when going sideways and respond to driver inputs like you'd expect.