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Hello! I have had my 2016 Chevy cruze for about 5 months now. I was just curious how the cruze has been in the winter weather. I live in new England and I hear we are in for quite the winter!

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Works just fine on four snow tires.
 
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To take off you can shift the gear into manual second to help keep wheel slip down to minimum
 

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its fine, its fwd

i live halfway between seattle and alaska

i drive over the rocky mountains to go to work

get the best winter tires for your winter conditions....i use studded tires now thru april.

i did get stuck in a parking lot with the all seasons during a fall snowfall, turning off the traction control got me out.
 

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Not sure how most staes are but i have a mortar army can full of snow chains for my jeep.
 

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As the above posts have, definitely recommend a set of winter tires, it'll get through most anything you need it to.
 

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Yeah get snow tires.

I put on Goodyear Assurance Comfortred Touring tires on this fall and they are supposed to be really good in snow, we will find out!

I had a worn out set of FR710's last winter and I thought the Cruze handled awesome in that. The Stabilitrak system is amazing.

Of course, I drove a 1998 Pontiac Grand Am for years. That thing handled like crap, lol.
 

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Been using Michelin A/S in the snowbelt winters of the Great Lakes... they do fine.


Those OEM firestone ones though are horrendous. My 16 has Goodyear Assurances on them, but tempted to replace them if on the first drive they're anything like the Firestones.
 

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The Cruze goes great in the snow, especially with 4 snows like others have mentioned. Now with all seasons, it depends on the all seasons. The stock all season FR710s will get you moving, just don't expect to be able to stop. With my all season Conti PureContacts in the changeover period its definitely manageable, but no where near as good as the winter tires.
 

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New 16 - no idea.

Old car (16 Limited) - Very sure-footed for a little front driver - even on OEM tires (FR710 weren't great at stopping the car in snow, but otherwise OK). For the couple inches at a time that we get, anyway.
 

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As a side note, will Sonic 15" rims fit on a Cruze with 16" rims? I plan to do 15" snows if possible. I see tirerack offers 15" rims on their site.
 

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What model of Cruze do you have? I had a 2011 LTZ with 18 inch Michelins and they were fine in the snow. Got 75k on them before I replaced them. The biggest issue I found is how deep the snow gets. If your driving in much over 6 inches of snow the bottom can start to rub making it hard to get around.

Hope the Premier 18's are good in the snow since they are Michelins too. Only issue I see now is it seems a little lower than the 2011.
 

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I have a 14 LT/RS with 16" Alloys. I plan to put dedicated snows on a different set of rims.

My other car is a VW Jetta TDI with 360k miles. I have steelies with winter tires that I swap out every year. That car is low and I can still drag snow with a good set of tires. I was hoping they would fit, but the 5x105 really threw that out the window.
 

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Lots of debate on this subject, first time in years, ended up in in a ditch when the law said I had to remove the studs on my studded snow tires. Was driving on packed snow, in my experience, all season tires give far superior traction that those stubby snow tires. Seen many a SUV and pickup trucks fly through a stop sign, even with 4WD on icy roads. And see more pickups in the ditch than any other kind of vehicle, idiots driving these things are running empty, a two ton pickup needs two tons in the rear to get traction.

Traction control on ice or so will never replace a limited slip differential when taking off, idiots are pulsing the brakes on that slipping wheel rather than applying power to it. ABS gives over confidence to the not so bright drivers. If you have to hit the brakes to enable ABS, you are driving way too fast. Downshifting is the best way to stop.

Killing the engine with traction control is equally stupid, darn near was rear ended in my Cruze until I learned how to switch this thing off.

Yet another factor to improve fuel economy is reducing ground clearance, practically all passenger type vehicle only have 5" of ground clearance If you have over five inches of snow, ain't going anywhere. Snowmobiles are made for snow, but not legal to drive on public roads.

With flight training, first thing to do was to check the weather, driving a vehicle is far worse. Ha, landed once on an icy runway had full control using prop blast, but that drive from the airport back to home was miserable. And you don't meet very many idiots up in the air, but sure do on the roads.

Back then had studded snow tires, even tire chains, and limited slip, sure going backwards today. Also stay far away from vehicles with extremely narrow tires. Want the widest tire as possible.
 

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What model of Cruze do you have? I had a 2011 LTZ with 18 inch Michelins and they were fine in the snow. Got 75k on them before I replaced them. The biggest issue I found is how deep the snow gets. If your driving in much over 6 inches of snow the bottom can start to rub making it hard to get around.

Hope the Premier 18's are good in the snow since they are Michelins too. Only issue I see now is it seems a little lower than the 2011.
I have the 2016 limited

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Lots of debate on this subject...
I pretty much disagree with every single thing you said.

Anyone who claims all season tires are better than a good set of snow tires is a couple donuts short of a dozen. It is simply not true. I live in a state that doesn't allow studded tires, but I always have a good set of snows and they work.
 

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I pretty much disagree with every single thing you said.

Anyone who claims all season tires are better than a good set of snow tires is a couple donuts short of a dozen. It is simply not true. I live in a state that doesn't allow studded tires, but I always have a good set of snows and they work.
Most don't bother to read it.

Yes, snows are a wise decision if you regularly get more than a few inches of snow a year.
 

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My son runs Blizzaks in the winter in New Hampshire. He's a ski patroller and has had no problems with his 2013 ECO Manual. He even manages to get out of the ski area parking lot at night when the plows haven't been around for a while.
 
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