Funny, I took my Explorer out in the snow for the first time yesterday. Horrible! My jeep is 100 times better in the snow! I hope it was the fault of the Michelin Latitude tires.So it starts snowing yesterday night in Maryland yesterday so I decided to just take the Explorer out to whip it around in the snow because the roads were extra slipper with about a half inch of snow.
I have the 4WD so I wanted to test out all the terrain management settings.
Normal Mode: Very spot on, even though I didn't have it in snow mode, I would turn and I didn't even feel the car slipping at all and the traction control fired perfectly. No understeer or oversteer and easily kept the vehicle where I wanted to go. I did this multiple times whipping the car faster and faster as I go moderating the accelerator.
Snow mode: Controls my accelerating so nicely and no slippage whatsoever. I tried punching the gas but the car controlled the throttle perfectly. Kept my inputs well controlled and really prevents any lead foots from screwing you over. Much improvement from traditional 4WD systems in my opinion.
Sand Mode: For the heck of it, I wanted to see how sand mode would perform since it provides killer torque and power. You can really notice the difference from having traction control to no traction control. You'd be in so much trouble with the car whipping around. I understeered like crazy and the car wouldn't stop. It kept going straight wherever I turned. I would only put sandmode in if I was driving over like 10 - 12 inches of snow like I did last year to get out of a situation where I got stuck.
The vehicle electronics are dead on accurate in this car,much better than the traction control on my friend's 2007 Cadillac CTS which you would feel the body slipping for about 1 - 2 seconds before it responds. Also much better in keeping the vehicle in control than the traditional 4WD. I did this on pavement that hasn't been plowed or salted yet.
If you weren't using dedicated Winter tires, then that is a big reason for the "Horrible" experience. '3 season' tires aren't built for Winter driving.Funny, I took my Explorer out in the snow for the first time yesterday. Horrible! My jeep is 100 times better in the snow! I hope it was the fault of the Michelin Latitude tires.
If you weren't using dedicated Winter tires, then that is a big reason for the "Horrible" experience. '3 season' tires aren't built for Winter driving.
If it’s working properly the entire point is for it to be transparent. I’m quite sure there’s a lot of variable changes behind the scenes you can’t detect.Weird, I didn't note any of that save for a single shorter shift. Throttle felt the same as did the AWD calibration.
If it’s working properly the entire point is for it to be transparent. I’m quite sure there’s a lot of variable changes behind the scenes you can’t detect.
There has to be a certain clearance before you start pushing the snow instead of going through it.That’s an impossible question to answer. There is no depth. It depends on how heavy the snow is, how cold it is, what the base is, your tires, driving skill, and dumb luck.
The advertised Minimum Running Ground Clearance is 7.8". As far as sub freezing temperatures and stock tires, that is probably the worst combination you can possibly have since the stock tires start to lose optimum grip at 44 F because they don't have the same rubber compound that allows true Winter tires to remain flexible in cold temperature. Even on bare roads, those stock tires won't have the same grip and safety as Winter tires especially in a hard braking situation.There has to be a certain clearance before you start pushing the snow instead of going through it.
Would be stock tires on snow covered grass in freezing to sub freezing temperatures. Not sure how heavy the snow is, I like the dumb luck part cause there are times you may go one way in snow but can’t get back out