greengate wrote:I'd be reluctant to put on winter/snow tires because yesterday I encountered a 6 inch "barricade" of snow and the Leaf was dead in the water in trying to go through it without a run at it.
The car would not move forward even with the accelerator to the floor. Just stood there.
Putting it into reverse, I was able to back away for a run at it, which finally worked.
Even with traction control off? In slick conditions I find that it is necessary to turn the traction control off to have a chance to get up my steep curved driveway. If that doesn't work I have to break out the traction mats
(short distance left to go, or to get the car back onto the driveway) or chains (for longer distances in slick conditions. On the flat the LEAF does pretty well pushing through snow, although it is sometimes like steering a boat: a little to the left awhile then a little to the right and I more or less end up heading where I want to go.
kaikara wrote:...The Leaf I will leave with the stock tires as the times when I have to drive in snow like today will only happen a couple times a year and it was fine for me.
Keep in mind that as the stock tires wear their snow traction will decline. In my third winter on mine the snow traction isn't nearly as good as when they were new. Nevertheless, like you I mostly drive roads that aren't snowpacked and I need the extra range of the LRR tires. If I have to go somewhere in difficult conditions I can take my Jeep.