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We are planning a trip up to Niagra after Christmas and was wondering how a 2WD HRV is in snow.. We live in the South so we only have front wheel drive for both our 2016 HRV and 2015 Pilot.

Do you think there would be much of a difference in driving them in snow?
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A good set of tires can overcome most 2WD deficits. To be frank, I would not drive my 2WD with reg all-seasons in the snow.

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We are planning a trip up to Niagra after Christmas and was wondering how a 2WD HRV is in snow.. We live in the South so we only have front wheel drive for both our 2016 HRV and 2015 Pilot.

Do you think there would be much of a difference in driving them in snow?
Rather than the hassle of snow tires, I'd invest in a set of snow chains ... in case you encounter a bit of "serious snow."

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Rather than the hassle of snow tires, I'd invest in a set of snow chains ... in case you encounter a bit of "serious snow."
I agree with Mainemanx; if you live in the South, you probably have very little need for snow tires, but if you're headed for Niagara after Christmas, chains might be a better solution. Possibly buy them as you get nearer to your destination, as I have no idea where anybody sells tire chains in Atlanta, and I suspect this is true through most of the region. You could probably do some advance shopping, and pre-arrange to pick up a set.

If your HR-V came equipped with Michelins, they are supposed to be pretty good in snow — for all weather tires — but chains would be good insurance to have. States like Pennsylvania and New York actually have the equipment to deal with snow, unlike most of the South, where it makes more sense to just stay at home until the stuff melts. With a steep hill a quarter mile from our house, we were effectively housebound for 4 days after the last big storm in Atlanta.

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Living in Northern Ontario, where the winter temps regularly can get to -30, summer tires just get too hard, and don't have enough grip. That's where winter tires shine.

So if it gets cold, just slow down a little, and know your braking distance won't be as good.
If there's a storm, maybe wait it out till the plows go by if you can.

That being said, I got 2WD, but have Michelin X-Ice winter tires.
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I have no idea where anybody sells tire chains in Atlanta, and I suspect this is true through most of the region.

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Chains? Nobody uses chains in southern Ontario. I am a firm believer in winter tires. I wouldn't face a winter without them. That being said I wouldn't make the investment for a short visit to Niagara. There's a very good chance you may not even see temperatures below 32 and only rain. Decembers can be mild. We have had many a green Christmas.

Both the HRV and definitely the Pilot will perform well, even in some snow with newer all-season tires. Drive carefully and enjoy your visit. If you are a wine drinker there lots of great Niagara wines for under US$12. Be sure to visit Niagara-On-The-Lake. About 10 minutes from the falls.

If you will have winter weather issues it most likely would be on the US side. Buffalo gets a lot more snow (lake effect). Cold north wind picks up moisture from Lake Ontario and snows on the south side.
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I would never have thought of Amazon for snow chains, but you are absolutely right. I haven't given a thought to chains in about 30 years — I had no idea there is such a wide variety.
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Chains? Nobody uses chains in southern Ontario. I am a firm believer in winter tires. I wouldn't face a winter without them. That being said I wouldn't make the investment for a short visit to Niagara. There's a very good chance you may not even see temperatures below 32 and only rain. Decembers can be mild. We have had many a green Christmas.
True, and as I said earlier, in the North you can assume that the roads will be plowed and salted, so even chains are overkill. If it starts snowing, just wait until the roads have been cleared — unlike Atlanta, it won't take a week.
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You don't need chains for a trip to Niagara. Unless you are going to be on back roads for many hours and the snow has been so intense that the roads have it packed hard on them. You really don't want to be driving on plowed roads and highways with chains.

You guys are nuts. Stop scaring the southerner.
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