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RWD Model S Canadian Winters


Well-Known Member
Aug 7, 2012
Toronto, ON
I blame Subaru and others for their incessant advertising suggesting the AWD is somehow safer in Canadian winters. I had my RWD Model S for 5 winters and can tell you with proper winter tires, it is as safe as any AWD car. Maybe safer because you don't get lulled in to a false sense of security and get into trouble when it comes time to stop or turn.

I drove daily from the GTA to the Waterloo Region, to Bruce County and Muskoka regularly as well as to Chicago every Christmas. NEVER ONCE did I feel I was in a situation where AWD could have gotten out of a situation I was in.

Here is an older Tesla video describing why you don't need AWD:

I didn't go with the X-ice because the Blizzak's are better rated for snow/slush covered roads whereas Xice are better for ice/shiny roads you find more likely on highways. My commute is all city/suburb driving with a portion on country roads between city and suburb so a part of my drive is not on roads that get plowed first after a snow storm so I wanted the snow traction. The reviews said the Xice were not good in those slushy/heavy road snow conditions

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