Originally Posted by protect1989
I find the Explorer doesnt handle any weather too well. When it snowed here in Dallas (Yes, it does snow in Texas), the explorer didnt grip the road well. The front tire spin was significant from a full stop.
First I've never been a fan of Fords. Not sure why. But any who.
For handling snow, all you need is the appropriate TIRES, PERIOD.
Blaming ANY 4WD/AWD slipping in the snow, in Texas no less, on the Vehicle and not the TIRES is ridiculous.
I have as much confidence in driving in New Enland during a blizzard in my wifes FWD VW as I do my Jeep (unless it's 2 feet deep on the highway). Because I have the RIGHT TIRES ON IT. I'm a big fan of Nokian snow tires which I put on both the Jeep and the VW. I'm not saying you need Nokian's in Texas Winter.
You can put crappy tires on a Jeep too.
And picking your lease vehicle based on what OEM tires it comes with is nuts.
Some people choose snows for winter, some choose a more aggressive All Terrain year round and some folks just stick with OEM. But you have to know what the tradeoffs and capabilities of the tires you have.
Jeep Grand may be a more capable vehicle than a ford Explorer off road or in extreme snow conditions with the SAME TIRES.
But for what snow and ice Texas sees I can't imagine the Explorer not being reasonably capable with the APPROPIATE TIRES.
I would not think of running the OEM tires on the Jeep in New England Winter.
Too many people assume the drivetrain gives them traction without spending a moments thought about the tires. It's usually these SUV owners you see spun out in the ditch when driving on highways during a blizzard.
Tires are MORE important than 4WD. Appropriate tires for the season allow you to get the most out of any drivetrain you have.