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post #21 of 46 (permalink) Old 01-08-2017, 11:57 AM
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Snow mode for traction on hills and trailering with snow covered roads, auto when i can see blacktop, and sport when i want to get loose and play in the snow!

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post #22 of 46 (permalink) Old 01-08-2017, 12:48 PM
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My guess is that in Auto mode power distribution would be at or near 50% F/R. Or not. Best way to find out is to experiment
I've gone back and forth between the modes a bunch and to be honest I haven't been able to tell the difference between Auto mode awd versus Snow mode awd other than the initial start from a stop. You?

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Shifting program changes everything, Snow always starts in 2nd to not allow for the slip but Auto or Snow at 25 degrees is supposed to be 50/50 split but, anybody else want to chime in, please do!!

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After driving/owning a Grand cherokee and a Honda Ridgeline before that, a Wrangler Sahara before that, and now driving my 2016 Cherokee Lattitude (6 cyl) this winter (including yesterday's pretty good storm in eastern MA), I'm more convinced than ever that it's all about the tires. I drove all four of the aforementioned vehicles with stock "all season" tires, and the Ridgeline was the most sure-footed in snow and ice. The Ridgeline came equipped with Michelin M/S tires and it was very tough to get that vehicle to lose its grip at all. The Wrangler (with stock Goodyear Wranglers) was the next best, then the Grand Cherokee, and last my current Lattitude. I was able to get around ok in the middle of the storm last night, but I never experienced slipping and sliding (and pretty uncomfortable braking) in the other three vehicles like I have in this Cherokee over our few storms this winter (in snow or automatic mode). That being said, I'm sure I'll feel much better once I swap out the stock tires, which I intend to do before next winter.
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I've gone back and forth between the modes a bunch and to be honest I haven't been able to tell the difference between Auto mode awd versus Snow mode awd other than the initial start from a stop. You?
Nope.

The thing is... to be able to feel a difference between 60/40 vs 50/50 power split, you'd need to do some seriously controlled experimenting, and I prefer to have fun instead

The other thing : ESC makes testing and comparing even harder by removing right foot control in a skid, if you can produce a skid that is.

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Snow at 25 degrees is supposed to be 50/50 split
Oh yeah? Interesting. I've not read that before.

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I'm more convinced than ever that it's all about the tires.
Agreed. Proper tires make a gigantic difference.


Today we had a slight increase in temperature so instead of getting big, fat snowflakes we got several inches of graupel, which are like miniature snowballs. It covered the ground with sugar snow (picture what snow cones are made of but a bit finer grain) and the streets had the consistency of beach sand. Therefore, I used Sand/Mud mode to get around and it seemed to work a bit better than Snow or Auto.

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yesterday when the road was snow covered I used snow mode. when the tires were on clear tire tracks I used auto. in hindsight snow mode would have been fine for all conditions
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I think the snow mod is for if you driving in real thick snow like your tires are buried in the snow
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post #29 of 46 (permalink) Old 01-09-2017, 11:18 AM
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Snow Mode and Auto are pretty much the same for me. I'm not back east, but have finally gotten fair share of snow and ice this winter now in the Sierra Nevada mountains where I live. I was able to experiment as AMark_ described, but probably not quite to the extent he has and could notice a little difference. For super icy stuff I found Snow Mode best due to the 2nd gear start to prevent slipping and sliding. As far as tires go I was very apprehensive about the stock Firestone Destinations however that have served me well in the snow and ice we've had. No issues. I was going to change them out for the winter and put them back on during summer. I see no need now and since they are new and performing well (in my situation) I'll run them and save a grand for now.
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As others have said, if there's snow on the ground, and/or if it's actively snowing, it's snow mode for me. I feel incredibly safe in snow mode, and as long as you know your limits, it's likely **** near impossible to get this thing stuck. I'll point out, I am on the Firestone Desti's, but I'm looking to upgrade to the BFG KO2's when the time comes, which will likely be later this year. I have about half my tread left.

But I would also encourage folks to test out Sport mode in the snow just for kicks.

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