@autoowner "any decent Awd will leave a snow tired Corolla for dead on a snowy hill"
Auto Is absolutely right. Snow tires have their important advantage over all seasons when it comes to braking and cornering on level and going down hill. But technically, this is an absolutely true statement when going UP hills.
An Awd has so much more drive or acceleration traction ALL TESTS on snow traction ever conducted concluded that an Awd car/truck with any average all season ( not bald tires) will out accelerated and climb better the fwd with snow tires.
Fwd cars are really poor going up hills and maintaining steerage when the drive wheels slip as the weight dynamically shifts to the rear of non driving wheels is nearly impossible when they spin. A huge advantage and flatlanders that make outlandish claims about snow tires on any vehicle are better then Awd with just decent all season tires while hill climbing.....just haven't driven in snow country on hills. And, we aren't even talking about adding loads to fwd which makes them worse still. To hear some talk, snow tires eliminate the security for Awd vehicles completely. Obviously my suggestion about seeing if the all season tires were AT rated fell on deaf ears. If you put those tires in the mix, in snow, Awd SUVs with these tires are outstanding and unmatched in snow by any fwd car with ANY snow tire.
Go ahead snow tire total advocates and drive your little Ground hugging Corolla with snow tires and loaded to the gills through the White Mountains with snow in the forecast and sub zero conditions. I'll take a 4wd with the all season AT tires I mentioned ANYTIME. I will wave hello and goodbye as we pass you on hills while you wait for a tow truck or drive back down BACKWARDS just to try another high speed run. Sure, that's really safe !