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    FWD CUV in Washington State -Are They Safe?

    My husband is considering buying a compact front wheel drive only SUV, a 2019 CX-5 Touring CUV.
    Does any one know if that would be safe in Wahington state during heavy rains or the rare snow? We would like to take trips to Canada and Oregon and other places but don't plan to go to the mountains or take it off-road any time soon.
    Do you need a AWD to safely drive in Washington?

    #2
    Remember, people drove in the Pacific Northwest for many decades before FWD and then AWD became common. Unless you're talking about driving up in the mountains during a driving snow storm, a CX-5 with FWD will serve you perfectly well.

    FWIW, as you know, we live in New Hampshire where it isn't uncommon to get over 100" of snow in a winter, and yet both of our cars are FWD (one of which is a Mazda); and we have no problem getting safely from point A to point B until the snow is so deep the front bumper starts acting like a snow plow. The key here is to make sure you keep good rubber on the vehicle and you'll be safe and secure.
    Latent car nut.

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      #3
      Barbisi - whatever vehicle your husband chooses will be fine. In WA state the concern is when there ice because it doesn’t matter what vehicle you have. On those rare heavy snow days, it is suggested drivers stay off the roads. The main roads are maintained during snow storms, unfortunately not so much for the side streets.. just a cost issue.
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        #4
        Thank you , shipo and sophieanne!
        It certainly makes sense that people drove here in very basic vehicles before both FWD and then AWD were invented.
        Also, Zombie 13 doesn't drive that far (maybe 20 miles) to Kent, it is more the sitting in traffic that is the problem.
        As for NH, it didn't seem like we got much snow in Nashua when we lived there for three years , but if you resided in a more rural area, you probably would get a lot more!
        One thing concerned me was when the salesman said they didn't sell many FWD vehicles in WA - that made me wonder WHY? (Is it too dangerous or what ,LOL?)

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          #5
          AWD is waaaaay oversold. Why? Because the industry wants you to believe you cannot do without the higher cost of the two extra driven wheels.
          Latent car nut.

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            #6
            That is good to know. Maybe we can take off the two extra wheels, save ourselves the tire expense too... ... ... ... ...

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