Also Upstate NY here, Plattsburgh. Last Saturday, 12/23, we had freezing rain @ 30 degrees, then it warmed up to 35, rain, back to snow, needless to say we had ice, slush, snow, in that order, on the roads. We have installed 4 Goodyear Ultragrip snow tires, this car is FANTASTIC in these conditions!! Our previous cars, with snow tires, would experience the occasional slight skid/slip, and you would sometimes hear the anti lock brakes kick in when coming to a stop. So far this Niro has not skidded ONCE nor have the anti lock brakes ever kicked in. So far this is the best car hands down that I have ever driven in these challenging winter conditions! Go Niro!Does anyone have any experience with driving the Niro in snow? I live in upstate NY! Thank you!
I've heard of some all seasons that perform well in winter, and i've personally noticed some with great looking tread, and some that look like they shouldn't even be used in summer rain. For anyone that knows their climate well and their tires even better I'm sure they're a good choice for some. Weather here is whacky, like most of the country the last several years. Two years ago we hit 74 degrees on Christmas eve. Past few winters, very very little snow, but in this area, we could, and have gotten, a 3 foot blizzard. Summer can bring us into the high 90's with high humidity. Just LOVE the variety,,,, NOT!!!! For me, ideally, at my age now (50), the perfect climate is the Pacific Northwest,,,,,,,,, perpetual Fall weather year round (50's) with the occasional summer deadly killer heat wave (80!) and occasional winter snow storm (baby powder dusting melted and gone by 10am!).I don’t have the level or experience or frequency you guys do in upstate NY buy in Northern NJ here I hadn’t one snowy commute and likewise was quite impressed. I don’t typically do snow tires around here but have found it helpful to have all seasons which get better ratings for snow, so I was a little concerned about the Michelin Energy Savers.
However on that drive I turned up one snowy residential street at a decent uphill angle and the ESC light flashed but it kept control and didn’t skid at all. Likewise my street and driveway are hilly and the driveway wasn’t yet shoveled/plowed (only a few inches at that point) and again I didn’t skid or slip at all. Definitely better than I’d experienced in the past when I had tired with better snow ratings.
I added 4 Goodyear Ultra Grip snow tires (no studs) in October. I've been on snow, ice, freezing rain, all on the same road surface at the same time, and I gotta say this thing is the best vehicle I've ever driven in such weather. I've never had AWD so nothing to compare it to, but this Niro, the ABS hasn't even kicked in yet, not once, and that's something I got used to with other cars over the years in such weather, mostly when coming to a stop on a slippery surface.just had a long drive on snowy roads in a Mi state park on my stock tires, 2018 touring. the traction control works great. I wont be getting any snow tires.