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post #11 of 16 (permalink) Old 07-27-2017, 01:28 PM
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What do you mean by "switchback"?
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post #12 of 16 (permalink) Old 07-27-2017, 01:34 PM
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Niro hood is aluminum. So I would expect it to dent easily from large-sized hail.
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Niro mountain trip was great....Niro performed nicely with mountainous driving.
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Hey All,
I hope that this is OK, but I was thinking about starting a thread about the adventures of driving a Niro in the Colorado. Colorado can present a number of challenges for a car from the weather and road conditions to what we ask our cars to do out here. My hope is that this will help inform other about this cars abilities.
I will dispense with some of MY particulars and jump right in to todayís challenge Ö. Damaging Hail.
So, my 3 week old Niro was involved a golf ball size or larger hail event this afternoon. Yep, the weather gods are not happy with me. So, now my Niro is no longer a virgin, let the door dings begin.
All the cars in the area were heavily damaged, including mine. The one plus I can add is that the, rear visor over the back window (not sure what the correct term is) must have acted as a hail shield and protected the back window from being shattered as had happened to a number of cars. I am also glad that I donít have a sunroof; many were shattered.
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Later, I will talk about driving switchback in the mountain. That will be more fun J
I'm moving to Westminster, CO the end of Sept. haven't driven in snow......I'm wondering what it will be like. :O
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First Real Snow

Sorry, it has been a while. So, we had our first real snow fall today. By time I started my drive we had about 4 in. and the temp. was a around 32F. Before I get too far along in describing by commute, full disclosure, I am run on new snow tires. More on those further down.

The Niro did great! I love the car's handling, which I think is one of the more important factors in winter drive. I kept the trans in Eco mode and I don't think I saw the traction light come on at all. Speeds down the foothills was only about 20-25 mph because I was behind a slow Subaru, but I know from Facebook that at least one owner of an AWD vehicle drove back home and waited for the roads to be cleared more. For me, the path was plowed so all was good.

This brings to my mantra, Snow Tires, Snow Tires, Snow Tires ... Worried about how any vehicle will do in the snow? Get a second set of wheels and put good snow tires on them. In all of the important criteria, your driving performance will greatly improve in the snow. A car's handle is significantly affected by the tire and driving in snow is no different. In the real world driving, I believe my FWD car performs better on snowy roads than a AWD or 4WD vehicle with the all season or off-road tires those drives tend to use. Now, if I just had a few more inches of ground clearance I would be unstoppable.

Second point, I went with Tire Racks latest recommendation for the Niro which is actually to put smaller wheels (15 in.) and taller tires (65 ratio) on the car. I was skeptical but this tire and wheel combo was cheaper. After driving on then, I really like the added tire height. I feels like it is absorbing the bumps and snow ruts a lot better than how I imagine the OEM tires sizes would have.

Note dog pictures added for snow depth reference. Tire tracks on that long driveway made with the Niro, trying to pack down the snow for tomorrows drive back up the driveway.

OK, Have fun out there ...

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post #16 of 16 (permalink) Old 10-10-2017, 12:02 PM
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People drove in snow for nearly 100 years before FWD cars, so it can be done.

Also, I love snow, dont get much of it here...too bad.
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