Alright everybody! I have a 2004 Toyota 4runner 2 wheel drive. I love it. I currently live in Georgia, where the most ice and snow we get is MAYBE one day a year. (this year it was 2). I am moving slightly further North, to the mountains of North Carolina and need good advice about driving in the ice and snow. I already know that my 4runner isn’t going to cut it, I was fishtailing all over the place the few times I have tried.
I already know that come next late fall I will be trading this one in for something else and I know that it should be front wheel drive, awd or 4wd. (The 4runner I have now is rear-wheel).
The house that I am moving to is at the to of a steep road that is paved. SO the first problem this upcoming winter will be getting out of the driveway and then back up at night. I need an SUV or crossover type vehicle because I have two large dogs that travel with me.
So, Question 1: 4WD or AWD, taking into consideration the pretty steep hill I will be traversing 4 days a week.
If I have an AWD or 4WD do I still need winter tires? chains? Manual or automatic? Does that even matter?
If you have a 4wd and its not in active 4wd, is it rear wheel or front wheel drive? Does that matter?