I'm new to the forum, so please let me know if there is somewhere else I should be posting this. I'm
looking into buying a pre-owned 2011 SRX. I'm torn between getting an AWL or a 2 wheel drive system. There are just more 2WD options in terms of color, mileage, etc. and obviously there is also a price difference. I live in eastern PA and do want a vehicle that can get me around in the snow. Has anyone had any snow/ice experience in a 2WD SRX? I'd like to get some opinions and/or recommendations.
10-30-12, 12:11 AM
I live in MN where we see more winter then summer so you should be fine considering how heavy our cars are. I've asked other srx owners and dealers how they fair in the winter with fwd and they said they drove perfectly fine. One dealer was telling me of a story of a husband that purchased a fwd but the wife demanded and thought she had an all wheel yet she has had the car for 2 winters and didnt even realize she was driving a fwd srx the whole time. Now if it was a rwd vehicle then I would say get the awd.
10-30-12, 09:11 AM
I don't want to get off topic, but I only have first hand experience with the AWD, and all I can say, is that it is "like a cat". The system is almost impossible to upset and traction is amazing. I live in Northwestern PA and don't have any hesitations driving in the SRX.
I traded a 08 SRX AWD for a 2010 FWD Premiun with 20" tires. FWD drive with the 18" tires would be a lot better. The 20" are too wide for snow. My 2008 AWD with all season tire would climb a mountian. Wonder if a AWD with 20" is any better?
10-30-12, 10:40 AM
I live in Michigan and have a 2wd. Although last winter was not really winter, we put snows on our 2wd and it did just fine. However I really beleive in AWD systems and would get one if you really want and need to get through a tough winter. I also have a AWD Audi and a AWD Jeep Grand Cherokee and so we really don't need a extra AWD car. We put snows on all of our cars in the winter and really beleive in the extra traction they provide.
10-30-12, 02:35 PM
Living in Chicago, where side streets are rarely plowed, and if so only plowed enough to clear the center while burying parked cars, I insisted on the AWD.
I was the only one, ONLY ONE, on my street that was able to get out of that snow bank virtually unassisted with minimal effort. My neighbors have a Lexus 350 (whatever that SUV is) and another neighbor has a Jeep Liberty.
If I had to do it all over again, it would be an AWD all the way.
10-30-12, 07:32 PM
You are right it is a CAT but after I put on a set of Bridgestone Blizzark tires it is a Tiger.
10-31-12, 07:15 PM
Living near Buffalo in WNY area we are definitely use to some "wild" snow days for sure. There is no doubt that AWD is phenomenal on all road conditions. For years I only drove 4x4 or AWD vehicles until 2007. My first FWD was a Buick Enclave and I found it to drive extremely well in snow. So my last 5 vehicles I have purchased only FWDs. Now don't get me wrong my wife insists on having an AWD and so do my 3 daughters.
Certainly there were a few times that I would have liked to have had AWD but 99% of the time I enjoy having the FWD. Perhaps if I were keeping my SRX for a longer period of time I would probably purchase an AWD. Honestly, I do find that FWD to perform very well in most normal snow conditions.
I live in south west PA at the base of the Laurel Mountains. We get our fair share of snow normally, not to mention my treks into the mountains to go skiing.
My 02 STS is fwd and my 11 Srx is AWD. Take one guess which one I use when going up into the mountains. :)
11-01-12, 10:59 AM
I feel the benefits of AWD extend far beyond snow and ice. The extra traction in the rain, not to mention just dry pavement, is superior and adds a measure of safety that is well worth the added expense IMO. We live in Florida, but still I would/did not consider anything other than AWD.
11-02-12, 11:03 AM
Check this out for dedicated winter tires in snow. My 2010 3.0L AWD with a set of Bridgstone Blizzak DMV-1's. AMAZING!
You can see where some of the snow was up to in the vids below (jammed in the lower grille, and the rims were out of balance bad too from all the snow)...
Three vids of me driving around last winter at the lake in fairly fresh snow. Some of it up to a foot deep at times.