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post #1 of 59 Old 12-03-2013, 03:54 AM Thread Starter
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How does the Accord handle in the snow in the winter

I just joined this website and thinking of getting a Accord Sport with the manual.But I live in the Northeast where we have crazy weather in the winter time.I'm a little concern about the Accord not being an AWD vehicle like the Subaru Legacy which is in competition with the Accord

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I live in Ontario and spend winter weekends driving back and forth to ski country. I just put snows on my new 13 Coupe EXL V6 6MT. Had my first winter / snow driving experience on Sunday and I was glad to have the "winters". I went down to 16s for winters, went with alloys.

One motivation was weather, the other was saving the factory rims. No regrets but a hard financial pill to swallow after buying a new car. I figure its cheaper and safer than finding a ditch if I drive with some common sense.

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Given the same tires, AWD is better than FWD, but IMO, a FWD car with snow tires is better than an AWD car with all season tires in light snow or on snowpacked roads. Once the unplowed snow gets close to the undercarriage, I'd rather have AWD and/or more ground clearance. No matter what you drive, I think having snow tires is the best thing you can do for your car if you live somewhere with nasty winters. It's not as good for your wallet, though. An Accord running snows would outperform most vehicles on the road in the winter.
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Given the same tires, AWD is better than FWD, but IMO, a FWD car with snow tires is better than an AWD car with all season tires in light snow or on snowpacked roads. Once the unplowed snow gets close to the undercarriage, I'd rather have AWD and/or more ground clearance. No matter what you drive, I think having snow tires is the best thing you can do for your car if you live somewhere with nasty winters. It's not as good for your wallet, though. An Accord running snows would outperform most vehicles on the road in the winter.

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Regardless of what car you have (AWD included) I recommend winter tires. I'll second what retlod said. I live in the Northeast snow belt of Ohio. I swallowed the pill and have a set of winter tires on 17" rims. I have recent experience and the car performed very well on snowy/icy roads. The peace of mind is great when watching others spin their wheels and swerve all over to get going and around corners.

AWD doesn't stop the car any faster.

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What's the best set of snow tires for the Accord?
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Regardless of what car you have (AWD included) I recommend winter tires. I'll second what retlod said. I live in the Northeast snow belt of Ohio. I swallowed the pill and have a set of winter tires on 17" rims. I have recent experience and the car performed very well on snowy/icy roads. The peace of mind is great when watching others spin their wheels and swerve all over to get going and around corners.

AWD doesn't stop the car any faster.
The impression I have always had is that AWD aids in the acceleration of the car, not braking power.
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What's the best set of snow tires for the Accord?
That's a subjective question. Everyone has their preferences. I myself would tell you to run either Nokian or Hankook Ipike. Others will tell you to run Blizzaks and where I have run Blizzaks I have hated them for the most part but others swear by them. My suggestion to you is to do some research. The key to driving in the winter is not being an idiot. No car/tire combination will make you invincible.

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That's a subjective question. Everyone has their preferences. I myself would tell you to run either Nokian or Hankook Ipike. Others will tell you to run Blizzaks and where I have run Blizzaks I have hated them for the most part but others swear by them. My suggestion to you is to do some research. The key to driving in the winter is not being an idiot. No car/tire combination will make you invincible.
LOL!! tell that to these SUV drivers they drive on snow and ice like there's nothing on the roads.I use to be like that myself I have a 2003 Honda Element and it's AWD and one winter I hit an ice patch on the road and did a complete three sixty
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Go to Tirerack.com and read the reviews on various brands/models of snow tires. Very informative.
They also have an article from Car and Driver that compared FWD, RWD and AWD, in each case with all-season and snow. It will show you the qualitative benefits of snow tires.

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Don't overthink the tire selection. The worst winter tire will be better than the best all-season.

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That's a subjective question. Everyone has their preferences. I myself would tell you to run either Nokian or Hankook Ipike. Others will tell you to run Blizzaks and where I have run Blizzaks I have hated them for the most part but others swear by them. My suggestion to you is to do some research. The key to driving in the winter is not being an idiot. No car/tire combination will make you invincible.
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Go to Tirerack.com and read the reviews on various brands/models of snow tires. Very informative.
They also have an article from Car and Driver that compared FWD, RWD and AWD, in each case with all-season and snow. It will show you the qualitative benefits of snow tires.

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Don't overthink the tire selection. The worst winter tire will be better than the best all-season.
I have the Goodyear Ultra Grip ICE WRT on my Accord in the stock 17" size. I settled on this tire after reading reviews and surveys on TireRack.com and past experience on the previous gen Ultra Grip. My initial impression of these tires are that they are fantastic. During last weeks winter storm in the Northeast these tires performed. The roads were very icy and these tires walked up the hill to my house and did not even flash the TC light.

The tires are very quiet, dare I say quieter than the OE GYs that came on my car. They are very smooth and TireRack did a good job balancing them when they mounted them on the rims.

My vote is the Goodyear Ultra Grip ICE WRT.

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I have never put special tires on my Accords for the winter. have always got around fine. I'm an aggressive/spirited driver, but when the snow and ice hits, I'm like Miss Daisy on a Sunday drive. And during bad snows or ice, I don't go out unless I have to.

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I have a 2013 Subaru Outback and a 2013 Honda Accord Sport. Indy just got the first snowfall of the year and I took both cars out today before the roads were cleared. Not surprisingly the Subaru was the far better car in the snow due to the AWD.

That being said as long as you are slow and have decent car control the Accord will do just fine. I still don't think I get enough snow to warrant a dedicated snow tire but we will see.

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