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Winter driving has more to do with common sense than it does with what you are actually driving.
I made a 60 mile round trip commute to IUP in Pennsylvania daily driving a 1995 Chevy Cavalier
with two studded winter tires on the front. I never missed a day of classes no matter how bad the weather was and I passed dozens of 4 wheel drive vehicles stuck in snowy ditches. Slow down , and maintain distance between you and the car in front of you ... it's that simple.
The next time you happen to drive through the Rockies on a wintry day, take notice of what is flipped over in the median of I-70, the vast majority are full size pick ups and large SUV's, they tend to lose control on the cury roads because of their higher center of gravity, and the drivers of those vehicles having a false sense of security while driving them.
I've owned a Honda Element 4WD for years, had it in snow, ice, you name it....
Say what you will but it has been a solid winter vehicle for me.
I only wish people knew that all wheel drive does not guarantee better or shorter stopping. The advantage of AWD (and 4WD) over 2WD is in acceleration since all four wheels are DRIVEN wheels.
But once you get going there is no advantage. Keep in mind that RWD and FWD vehicles, as well as AWD and 4WD, all of them offer four wheel BRAKING. But because AWD and 4WD vehicles are heavier they have a harder time stopping than a lighter vehicle. All other things being equal, heavier AWD and 4WD vehicles need LONGER distances to stop than 2WD vehicles.
AWD and 4WD are not miracles and they do NOT and CANNOT repeal the laws of physics. Every winter people are killed driving AWD and 4WD vehicles because they drive too fast for the conditions, especially going into a curve. And many of these people have bald or near bald tires.
Whatever vehicle you drive you need good tires! You only have as much traction as tires provide you. Get the best tires you can afford. And don't rely on so called "all season" tires in the snow. They are only three season tires in warmer climates, e.g. the South. In the North you should get winter tires if you want to be truly safe.