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#1 Old 01-31-2014, 07:29 PM
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Versa Note Performance on Ice

You have no doubt heard about the Atlanta Snow Disaster of Jan 28. I was caught up in it, and underwent an 11-hour commute home (normally 45 minutes). I stayed away from the interstates, and took surface street and state highways. Even though this route was mostly a parking lot, every icy hill I encountered was no trouble for me and my Note. We were handling hills that countless SUV's and PU trucks were not handling. Perhaps it was the traction control, new tires, maybe my skills. But I never thought that the car had enough weight to tackle untreated icy roadways.

The Note performed like a champ!
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glad you made it home safe! 2" of snow can be a real bitch



I'm sure all the things you mentioned helped on getting you home. Best thing to do is stay calm and take things nice and slow.


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You have no doubt heard about the Atlanta Snow Disaster of Jan 28. I was caught up in it, and underwent an 11-hour commute home (normally 45 minutes). I stayed away from the interstates, and took surface street and state highways. Even though this route was mostly a parking lot, every icy hill I encountered was no trouble for me and my Note. We were handling hills that countless SUV's and PU trucks were not handling. Perhaps it was the traction control, new tires, maybe my skills. But I never thought that the car had enough weight to tackle untreated icy roadways.

The Note performed like a champ!
glad you got through it man, and another win for the Note!! lol...seriously though im glad to know that if it comes to light snow i dont have to much to worry about
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I know our situation seemed silly to those who deal with those conditions every day, but the deep south doesn't invest in snow and ice control simply because those events happen maybe once every ten years.My particular route home was probably 3-4 inches of snow plus ice, since the temps had been hovering in the teens and 20's for most of the week. Nevertheless, extremely pleased with the car.
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The cars handle quite well in snow actually. I notice sometimes when its bad up here in Canada the traction control is a bit too sensitive so I'll shut it off. I think the worst I've had it in was in constant depths of 4-10'' of fresh snow and was still able to travel 40-50mph comfortably with minimal tail waggle.

And just remember with other cars, just because they're AWD or 4x4, they brake just as bad as anyone else on ice.
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Don't hate us southern folk we are not use to snow/icy conditions.

With that said I was impressed by my Versa also. I felt confident driving through the snow the first day it fell driving home at night from work. Did not even put it in L gear the normal engine braking in D was very useful.

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One thing I could never fault the Versa on was its performance on ice. I always had proper winter tires on mine. Just having winter tires doesn't make a car good in the snow/ice, so I was impressed by how it handled ice. Deep snow wasn't its strong point though.

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One thing I could never fault the Versa on was its performance on ice. I always had proper winter tires on mine. Just having winter tires doesn't make a car good in the snow/ice, so I was impressed by how it handled ice. Deep snow wasn't its strong point though.
Tell me about it, mine gets stuck on my alley every time it snows heavy. Might have something to do with the fact that i'm on lowering springs and my tires are garbage tho lmao. Can't wait for tax refund lol

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I was only playing. I usually don't even drive in the snow with my Versa because it is so horrible. I have the older model without any traction control and some really crappy tires though. I missed work yesterday due to the 6-8" we just got. I drove down the highway and all of a sudden it was snowing alot harder and I was sliding. I had another 25 miles to go to get to work and decided to turn around and call out.


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Yes a good set of Snow Tires will make a world of difference. I've had absolutely no problem driving thru inches of snow this or past winters.

I drive a lot like Jay does on Country Roads as well as major highways and roadways for my work. Event along dirt country roads covered in snow.

My Versa handles very well however you need to know how to drive in this type of environment. No hard braking or sudden turns on slippery surfaces.

So IMO, the V handles very well in winter but like I stated, a good part of that is the tires. I find I am passing many cars and SUV's during heavy snows and slippery roads.

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