Originally Posted by ReneSpaz
I had my Trailhawk up in the Cascades a couple times over the winter. Took son snowboarding, went across the pass for a road trip, etc. It drove very well.
I didn't do any real wheelin in the snow.
This is basically the kind of stuff I'm asking about. I sometimes have to drive long distances in the mountains for work, in the middle of winter; I also enjoy skiing and other winter sports. I have no interest in "real wheelin'," I just want to get where I'm going with zero drama.
I watched a couple of videos of Renegades in snow. Some of them look like the same day, same Renegade, on a man-made test course north of Montreal, with some steep pitches and large bumps. The thing is, that's not reality for most of us.
For many people, driving in show means driving on the road when it's snowing, with the roadway possibly covered with a layer of hard-packed snow or ice. The surface traction can change continuously, and effectivve traction can be as much a function of the stability control programming anything else*. Almost any AWD vehicle will go in the snow, it's going in the snow without drama that's important. I've been driving snow-covered highways for decades, much of that time in RWD pickups, so I have a pretty good idea of what driving at speed on a slick surface feels like. It was a revelation to me the first time I drove my current vehicle, an SUV with full-time 4WD and an active vehicle stability system--the road just didn't feel as slick (indeed, I had to watch my speed, as the usual tactile indicators I was at the edge of traction were missing).
So anyway, I guess what I'm asking in this thread is, how good is the "Electronic Stability Control" system in the Renegade? I expect it to be effective yet unobtrusive (as it's 10 years newer than the one on my Suzuki).
(* Assuming good quality, dedicated snow tires, of course.)