Winter Driving and Conditions
With the 2014 winter season slowly winding down here in New England, I can safely focus some comments on how it was to drive a Leaf in the winter. This was the first winter season with my Leaf and it went very very well.
The car I traded in for my Leaf had an all-wheel drive of sorts and I had put snow tires on it. I did this after a few rough slippery seasons when I had trouble getting up our driveway. I made the financially conservative decision this year to see how the Leaf would do in the snow, before committing to snow tires, and boy was that a good idea!
I should tell you that as winters go this was a little above average for snow and overall a pretty cold one. And the Leaf with factory tires did great! Even in heavily slushy conditions I was able to get appropriate and necessary traction, and that pesky driveway was never a problem. Now I should say that I didn't head out when the roads were untreated or during the heavier parts of the storms. But considering the conditions and being as prudent as one should be in the winter, there was never a day when I was trapped by the snow when others could drive their cars. It was a normal winter for me.
I think some of that has to do with the weight of the Leaf, which generally seems to help traction. But whatever the reason, if you live in snowy climates, do not fear getting and driving a Leaf. It's a great winter car. (Need I mention the remote pre-heating and the quickly hot electric heat and the heated seats and steering wheel?) And one thing worth pointing out, that is wonderfully unique for a car living in the snow... the snow on the hood never melts, that is unless the sun melts it or you clear it off. It's a funny and highly unusual thing to see.