As you can see, this test happened in some fairly extreme weather. In fact, we had a freezing rain for a few hours before the snow fell. So we’re testing a combination of both snow and icy conditions against the red pick-up.
I’ll admit, if we were testing in 3 feet of snow, the red truck would win, hands down, because the minivan would be high sided and wouldn’t be able to move. But we're testing in about 1-2 inches of snow over a layer of ice, which is mostly what we see here in the KC area if it snows.
The Goodyear all-season tires reportedly get Chad around fine in the snow.
In order to help the rear-wheel-drive traction, Chad also employs 300 lb of sand bags in the back.
So just how good are snow tires on a little minivan? This pictures represents where the cars ended up after a 0-40-0mph run, having launched from the exact same starting point. Yes, really.
Click to the next page to see just how staggering the numbers really are.