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The second day of driving my 14 Pathfinder SV 4WD in heavy West Michigan snow and I LOVE IT. Handles great in Auto mode, don't know that I've felt any slipping or sliding at all. Looking forward to more winter driving. Stays on the road and under control. My previous 11 Toyota Highlander FWD was terrible in snow. Might as well been in a silly car. Was never sure what that "snow mode" button was there for, it never made a difference. Very pleased with the Pathfinder so far.


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I agree. I drove on some nasty stuff in southern Utah this weekend. The vehicle feels more confident with the front wheels driving. My tacoma would always kick loose on the hwy.

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The second day of driving my 14 Pathfinder SV 4WD in heavy West Michigan snow and I LOVE IT.
Did you opt for snow tires or do you just have the tires that came with the car? Which are.......?
 

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I had a Lexus SC with the snow mode button and it seem like it was nothing more than just traction control but renamed. It helped at times but it was nothing special.
 

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Here in NW Montana we see all types of snow from powder to the wet, heavy stuff. I have driven all types of pickups, SUVs and Subarus and feel the Pathfinder is as good as any of them. My old Subaru was pretty good but was a POS. My Durangos and Dakotas were also pretty good but rear wheel drive. I've owned full size Ford and Chevy pickups but again rear wheel with the front drive secondary.

I don't see a Pathfinder going where a full size pickup would go based on ground clearance but for bad roads, it's a winner

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FWD based AWD system. It'll do fine in the winter. It'll do even better with winter tires.
 

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I have the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1 installed. Never got full use of it yet. But we're getting up to 20 cm of snow this weekend. Will see then.
Great choice, Bridgestrone Blizzaks are some of the best winter tires out there.


I know other car maker do winter driving video's of their cars, it would be a good idea of Nissan did one.
 

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I've owned a number of 4WD/AWD vehicles and as near as I can tell, this vehicle does quite well on the stock all-seasons in the snow. Very confident. Of course, AWD doesn't mean the vehicle is any better at stopping... and that's where people often forget themselves and get over-confident.

Now that said, I am a better driver than most in the snow - my dad made sure of that when he taught me to drive in it with his 5-spd '83 Escort Wagon "with bald tires!" - as he liked to say. It's all about controlling momentum and using it to your advantage. Too many people don't understand that - and it's them that I worry about when the weather gets rough.
 
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I know other car maker do winter driving video's of their cars, it would be a good idea of Nissan did one.
There are plenty of YouTube videos out there like
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I've owned a number of 4WD/AWD vehicles and as near as I can tell, this vehicle does quite well on the stock all-seasons in the snow. Very confident. Of course, AWD doesn't mean the vehicle is any better at stopping... and that's where people often forget themselves and get over-confident.

Now that said, I am a better driver than most in the snow - my dad made sure of that when he taught me to drive in it with his 5-spd '83 Escort Wagon "with bald tires!" - as he liked to say. It's all about controlling momentum and using it to your advantage. Too many people don't understand that - and it's them that I worry about when the weather gets rough.
I'm from the same school, papi taught me behind the wheel of his 83 2WD Ranger 5 speed. didn't have one matching tire on it, maybe enough tred on all four tires to be equal to one tire.

Was a blast once i got a hang of riding the back end slide ;)
 

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Hope I never need to drive thru the stuff mentioned above or like our friends in Canada deal with. I am in the Cleveland! Ohio area and sure we get some good blasts but not like described above. the PF handles great so far but there is only a few inches currently.
I have had many PFs in the past and they all did well in anything we got up here and I live out in an area the plows seem to forget about. I'm looking forward to this PF being FW drive along with the 4WD.
 

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good winter tires do make a noticeable difference. the FWD bias AWD also helps keep the car tame on the slipper snow and ice.
 

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Just out of curiosity, what is the deepest snow anyone here has driven their AWD Pathfinder in. We are expecting a potentially big snow this week. With the Pathfinder having only 6.5 inches of ground clearance I am wondering what the practical limits are?
 

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Just out of curiosity, what is the deepest snow anyone here has driven their AWD Pathfinder in. We are expecting a potentially big snow this week. With the Pathfinder having only 6.5 inches of ground clearance I am wondering what the practical limits are?
See post #11 above for a fairly extreme situation that the Pathfinder seemed to do fairly well with.

Obviously with snow accumulations over the minimum ground clearance thresholds, you're going to be dragging the undercarriage along, which is less than ideal. But based on what I'm seeing here, the system works well enough to deal with it.
 

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Sorry this is a naive question. Can you put winter/snow tires on front only or do you need to do all 4 because of AWD?
 

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Years ago, people only put snow tires on the rear because that's where the driving wheels were. Then front-wheel-drive became commonplace, so they just put them in front. Those were the days of bias-ply tires. You even sometimes saw people running with mis-matched brands.

When radials became mainstream, it was recommended that all tires be the same for stability, and you were NEVER to mix bias-ply and radials. Today, this still holds true, especially with AWD and 4WD vehicles because transmission differentials expect all wheel/tire combinations to be the same. You can really screw them up if you don't. This goes for the thread pattern also, although that is not as critical.
 

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Took my wife's PF through the latest Chicago snow blast here and did real well overall considering it's still on all seasons. Can't recall it ever really slipping in Auto and even in 2WD.
 

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I guess I'm still a bit hesitant to really give snow driving a thumbs up.
I always go slow and super cautious. Just have the stock tires on this PF. Even on my older PFs with full 4 WD I have been extra careful. If we get another blast, I will go to a big open lot and give it some gas to see how the 2014 handles.
 
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