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post #1 of 46 Old 01-04-2018, 10:15 PM Thread Starter
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9th generation Accord scary in snow

I have the v6 touring with the factory michellin tires. I think they are all seasons. I was driving today in the snow and the car slips like crazy, to a scary level. Even very low acceleration at like 5mph causes the wheels to spin. I have driven in the snow for 30 years with many older hondas including a 97 accord, 98 civic, 2000 accord. All drive fine with all season tires in the snow. Sure snow tires are ideal, but it was never required before. Whats up with this car? Is it the design of the car or is it purely tires? Anyone else experiencing this?


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Well, 252 lb-ft of torque + no-season tires + snow = wheel spin. You can't expect much out of those Michelins in the snow. This car has more torque than any of your previous cars, so of course you'll get that, unless you're very light on the throttle. Get dedicated snow tires.

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Funny I was thinking just the opposite. I was remarking yesterday that I think the 9th gen V6 is better in the snow than my 7th gen I4. The extra weight in the front will give better traction, but at the same time, you have to forget you have a V6 by turning Econ Mode on and being light on the throttle.

However, all the car's you list have narrower tires than your 9th gen does. Narrower tires mean more weight per square inch which results in better traction.
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Get good snow tires. All season or touring tires are not good for snow.
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Well, 252 lb-ft of torque + no-season tires + snow = wheel spin. You can't expect much out of those Michelins in the snow. This car has more torque than any of your previous cars, so of course you'll get that, unless you're very light on the throttle. Get dedicated snow tires.
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Funny I was thinking just the opposite. I was remarking yesterday that I think the 9th gen V6 is better in the snow than my 7th gen I4. The extra weight in the front will give better traction, but at the same time, you have to forget you have a V6 by turning Econ Mode on and being light on the throttle.

However, all the car's you list have narrower tires than your 9th gen does. Narrower tires mean more weight per square inch which results in better traction.
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Get good snow tires. All season or touring tires are not good for snow.
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My rule of thumb with the Accord and snow is to forget the snows and just park it. I got rid of an Odyssey because it was terrible in the snow even with snow tires and one time I didn't time it right and got stuck in a brief little squall with the Accord and it was terrible. Yes, the Michelins to suck and snows would help but it's just better to park it. I've had a 99 Taurus that was amazing, some cars do better than others, snows and all. Not sure why. I have an old CRV that I used in yesterday's storm which does not have snow tires (they have finally dry rotted after 5 seasons) so I just used brand new General RT43's and with new tread, they were pretty good, just lacking on braking which is to be expected.

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Sounds like it's time for winter tires, bruh. Call up your local tire shop and have them order a set for you. Check TireRack and see what's available and what has good ratings. I'm sure there are also some threads on here with what other people have on their 9th gens.
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I haven't had any trouble with snow at all this year, of course I've been driving my 4WD pickup. But seriously as implied above there are usually two primary reasons for poor snow and ice traction, tires and the right foot. Michelins are as good or better than any other tires in the snow and ice but you have to buy the right Michelins.

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Yea, i understand where you coming from. For some reason, other FWD cars I've had with all season tires with "lower" snow ratings got better traction than my accord. I've had the same tire on different fwd, and got way better traction.

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My Sport on 19" AS Contis does okay in the snow. No complaints.

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You have 4+ year old all-season tires with Tom Cruise-knows how many miles/kilometers and you are complaining about traction in the snow?!?!?!

My new all season Contis are excellent in the snow right now- with just 3,000 miles on them.
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Seriously, the V6 has nothing to do with it. The car has ABS, traction control and stability control. Assuming you haven't turned them off, the car will actually help you in snow. Having the ECON button on helps too in that it softens the gas pedal input.

The limitation is the Michelin Primacy tires they put on these things. They are really marginal in the snow.

That said, I've not had a lot of difficulty getting around in the snow (I use the OEM Primacy tires as my winter tires) but I'd never try to drive it through snowdrifts or anything. My old Prelude was not great in the snow either. My old Civic was okay, but just too light to build confidence. The best snow car I've ever driven was my wife's 84 Chevy Celebrity V6. That thing would plow through the Great Wall of China if it were made of snow. The worst I've ever driven is my 2WD 69 Chevy C10 pickup (doesn't help that it has 275/60-15 BFG T/A Radials, wide and snow crappy).
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My '15 V6A with the OEM Michelin Primacy are just OK in the snow - beats RWD cars - which I'm used to. yes to ECON button and turn-off traction if you get stuck.
Best car I had in the snow was my '91 CRX Si.

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I was driving today in the snow and the car slips like crazy, to a scary level. Even very low acceleration at like 5mph causes the wheels to spin...Anyone else experiencing this?
We had 4" of snow overnight and have probably 15" on the ground. It hasn't been above 20F for over a week. Ran some errands this morning. I haven't found my 2013 EX-L V6 with Michelin Primacy all-season tires to be any worse in the snow than my 2005 Camry V6 or my 2000 Olds Intrigue V6 before that. It slips in the snow, as did every other FWD car I've driven in the last 20 years. The V6 may be worse just because of the power available. but I don't think there's anything in the Accord design that makes it worse than similar vehicles.

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