Gallery: TEST DRIVE: Inhabitat Takes a Chilly But Impressive Ride in th...

 
We raced the snowstorm outside at sunrise, but it was still too late to get shots of the exterior details without snow piling up on the headlights and mirrors.

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  1. tahrey March 12, 2012 at 10:28 am

    Small city cars are _usually_ pretty good on snow (as, counterintuitively, are bikes and motorbikes). Light weight, but skinny tyres, meaning not much force is needed to move/stop them but you still get plenty of pressure on the snow/ice giving you a better contact (less slipping from the aquaplaning layer of water that builds up under fatter tyres). Plus front wheel drive, a lower powered (and so easier to feed in minimal torque) engine, and often a manual gearbox (a godsend for snow driving)

    The surprise to me is that a heavy, rear wheel drive, high torque and effectively auto-shift one like the MiEV was still as good!

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