Living in Maine we experience some of the best winter! I have lived in Maine for over 25 years and have been driving for 17 years. I can say with a full grin on my face that while driving the X, I am in full control and with confident! Past car in order of ownership: 1996 Infiniti I30 standard 2009 Subaru Outback 2012 Prius C ( drove from Maine to Ohio during a winter storm) 2008 Nissan Frontier AWD 2016 Model X 60D 20" all season tires! I don't even think I need winter tires!!!! This winter have thrown down everything for driving experience: Icy, wet slushy snow, puffy snow, pack and slippery snow and most of all side way snow. I have driven and are looking forward to driving during a storm, looking for every excuse to go out and drive: " we are out of what honey? I'll get it! While driving I have full control, going up hills and going down, stopping has been great, starting from a dead stop with a foot of snow under me with ease. The AWD is the best I have ever experienced. If anyone is on the edge wondering if the X is a good winter car! I can say with full confident it's the best there is! Does any other owner have the same or different experience as I do?