I live in Rhode Island and live at the top of a steep hill. I am used to buying AWDs due to this issue, and really would like to consider a new Leaf but not sure if it can do the job of getting up and down the hill in snow and ice. Does anyone have any thoughts if a Leaf can handle a steep snowy hill?
I life in Massachusetts and my driveway goes up a steep hill; I've bought AWDs or snow tires for this same reason. My LEAF (2013 SL) came with Michelin Energy Saver A/S tires, and they were rather awful in the snow (and rain). I had to shovel my driveway most the way clean and then put sand/salt down before I could get the car to the garage. Basically, with the stock tires (or the Ecopia + I replaced them with) the LEAF did poorly in snow.
I never bought snow tires for the LEAF because I didn't expect to keep it longer than the 3 year lease, and by the time I did buy it at the end of the lease I already had an AWD Tesla that handled the hill just fine. I just drove the Tesla on snowy days and the LEAF the rest of the time.
However, many people here have said the LEAF performs much better with snow tires, so consider those.