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Old 01-26-2006, 12:42 AM   #1
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Question how does it handle on snow...

ok...
here comes the big question...
unless your car would never see snow...
everyone should be concerned about this question...
how does yaris perform on snow...???
i guess some canadian owners might have the answers already...
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Old 01-26-2006, 09:19 AM   #2
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"Canada fought hard with the plant in Japan to send both. It involved a number of changes to suit Canadian conditions like the steering geometry for improved handling in snow and icy driving conditions. It's costly to change things on a car designed for world consumption, but Canada persisted and the factory relented. "

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http://www.northpeel.com/br/wheels/s...-3609530c.html

Not sure if it is totally accurate.
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Old 01-27-2006, 12:07 AM   #3
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I think the light weight, the front wheel drive design, the tinted glasses, the high driving position, the short overhang front and rear, the generous ground clearance, the rear window defroster and the available rear wiper, fog lights and ABS with EBD can also make driving in/on snow a little easier.

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Old 01-28-2006, 12:24 PM   #4
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winter handling

we had a "storm" the first weekend that i had my yaris and i was quite impressed with the handling. of course the tires are brand new but i felt like the car was firmly holding onto the road in about 5cm of snow. that back window gets dirty very quickly on wet and salty roads, so the back window wiper is a must have.
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Old 01-28-2006, 06:40 PM   #5
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I presume that you were using the stock all season tires, right? So, they are not bad!
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Old 12-02-2008, 07:35 PM   #6
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Winter Handling

I have Firestone Blizzak WS-60s on and the Yaris holds its own. No stunt driving of course but where some slid, I didn't.

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Old 12-02-2008, 07:44 PM   #7
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Never had a problem on stock tires and a 1.9" drop last winter when we received a total of ~85" of snow
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Old 12-02-2008, 07:58 PM   #8
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I have a 1.5" drop and used Spikes-Spiders for increased traction. I navigated some pretty steep hills in and around Truckee, CA with no problems last winter.
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Old 12-02-2008, 08:14 PM   #9
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Yaris is great in winter, although you have to pay attention as it is pretty easy to loose the back end , but whats more impressive is how fast you can bring it back. over all it is a great little snow monster
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Old 12-02-2008, 09:07 PM   #10
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I'm in New Hampshire and we had the worse winter last year in 110 years, we were shy of the record books in snow by 2 inches. All I had on my sedan were the OEM factory tires and she handled like a trooper. This year I put a set of four Goodyear snows on her and hope my getting rid of my SUV will pay off. Time will tell but I think the little car does well in lousy weather. Just my 2 cents worth.
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Old 12-02-2008, 09:21 PM   #11
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that is interesting.... I guess a lot of the play comes into because of the light weight of the car which makes it easy to steer when going berserk. We dont get snow here in sydney but now at least i know, I can take her as she is when going on a trip to the snowy's
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Old 12-02-2008, 09:42 PM   #12
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No snow in FL, but we got the puddles!!!
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Old 12-02-2008, 09:44 PM   #13
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come to Montreal Ill get you all the snow you need ;o)
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Old 12-02-2008, 09:51 PM   #14
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Old 12-02-2008, 10:02 PM   #15
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I would rather have a FWD when there is light snow and black ice. I lost control once or twice with a RWD on ice.
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Old 12-02-2008, 10:03 PM   #16
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Old 12-02-2008, 10:04 PM   #17
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ran in the snow out here all winter last year...handled really well with snow tires....

i didnt find it too tail happy though. at least not as tail happy as our aveo sedan because of the trunk (or lack thereof). but once you ebrake turn, itll spin like champ!



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Old 12-02-2008, 10:07 PM   #18
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do the winter months kill your paint job???
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