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Old 01-11-2019, 09:25 PM
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Looks like we are having the first real snowfall of the season. I presume Snow Mode could come in handy, except I realize that I do not know what Snow mode does. Start car in higher gear? Activate always on AWD/power to all 4 wheels with power shift when slipping? Speed limiting? All of these? None of these? Thanks!
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Old 01-11-2019, 09:59 PM
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I noticed that snow mode starts the car in higher gear and the gas pedal is less sensitive. All this to make it easier for the wheels not to spin while accelerating I suppose
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Old 01-12-2019, 04:39 AM
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Originally Posted by mbhalpern View Post
Looks like we are having the first real snowfall of the season. I presume Snow Mode could come in handy, except I realize that I do not know what Snow mode does. Start car in higher gear? Activate always on AWD/power to all 4 wheels with power shift when slipping? Speed limiting? All of these? None of these? Thanks!
SH-AWD is a full time AWD system that is always active regardless of mode. The snow mode only makes it so it starts in a higher gear and dulls the throttle sensitivity to limit wheel spin on takeoff. I don't think it causes the AWD to be more reactive though.


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That's correct.....starts in a higher gear. Recently changed the 20's out to winter tires. Snow mode, Comfort mode, whatever....an absolute beast in snow/ice. I don't know who makes the most advanced/best AWD system (this one....Subaru's...whoever) but it is impressive as hell.
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Snow mode on most vehicles also changes the behavior of the traction control. Not sure if that's the case with the RDX though.
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Had my Advance in 10"+ during hunting season. Was able to ascend up the 30 degree driveway to our farmhouse with ease in Snow mode. Have the 20" diamond cuts and Goodyear R/SAs on.
Did not feel the wheels spin and throttle did feel weak/mushy as others have stated. Next day I forgot to switch from Sport to Snow and was able to spin the wheels a bit, but it kind of felt like a snowmobile. Tracks very nice.

Watching the forecast here in NYC area this weekend too.

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I tried snow mode today for the first time. The snow was not deep, so I did not notice the traction aspects, but when I approached a stop sign and took my foot off the gas, it seemed to slow more on its own to reduce the braking that needed to be done. Makes sense to try to minimize slides.
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