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    Question Mitsubishi Mirage driving in snow (how does it handle?)

    Hello all, I live right on a massive body of water. We get killed every winter with lake effect snow. I was wondering about how well the wee little mirage handles in the snow, and if it can drive its way through deeper unplowed roads?

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    Edit, Jan 2014... video from a Pennsylvania, USA Mitsu dealer:



    Based on my small car history: with a set of 4 snow tires, it will be fine. It's also got decent ground clearance for a little car.

    What's the smallest car you've driven where you live?

    FYI, I wouldn't hesitate to drive my ~1850 lbs 1998 Pontiac Firefly / Geo Metro anywhere around here (eastern Ontario) in the winter.

    Front wheel drive, good ground clearance, and narrow winter tires can do wonders.

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    Given the light weight, fair clearance, front drive and traction control, I suspect it would handle as well as most cars. Of course something with awd, or better yet 4x4 and more clearance would be better. That said, I have driven a Ford Focus on winter roads, across frozen lakes, and through some absolutely huge drifts (right up over the hood, wheels left the ground) and don't get stuck much. Winter tires are a huge improvement. Of note, winter tires seem to be divided into those that are better in deep snow (aggressive treads), or better on clear ice (slicker, soft ribber with sipes - like a broomball shoe), so get the ones that suit your local conditions. Compared to a 2wd truck or van, I would much rather have a small front drive car. They are also much easier to un-stuck as I imagine 6 strong Michigan men could lift the Mirage off the ground (or 4 Ohio guys)!

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    do most use tire cables up there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kalifornia View Post
    do most use tire cables up there?
    If that is what we call tire chains - no, not on cars. The big rigs use them, but most of the northerners on the ice roads just have a 4x4 truck (Ford, Chevy, Dodge) with the stock tires. Here in Winnipeg, tire chains are virtually non-existent - and snow tires are catching on, but still only about half the cars have them.

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    Also FYI, see this thread: Winter / snow tires for the 2014 Mirage

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    Where I live we cant have chains or spikes on the tires. I have owned a couple awd eclipses, an all wheel drive 3000gt, a couple 4x4 trucks and now my Montero. Never have I had a wee little hatchback lol

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    I grew up on the boarder of Wisconsin and the Upper Penninsula. First car was a Toyota Tercel which weighs almost the same as the Mirage. It handled winters up there like a champ. The only issues I had were handling ruts and thick slush which tends to throw the car around a little.

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    The only time I've gotten in trouble in the winter with a little car (1st gen VW Rabbit/Golf, lighter than the Mirage) was due to high crosswinds, excessive speed and lack of snow tires (~60 km/h / 40 mph).

    Driving in a blizzard down a snow covered road, I came out of a sheltered, wooded area into a clearing and -- WHOOPS! -- was shoved sideways by the wind, right side wheels caught heavy snow and pulled into the ditch. I also didn't have snows on, so a lot of that was my fault. Oh, and I was also probably driving too fast for the conditions. (Hindsight is 20/20)

    No damage, and a farmer pulled me out with his tractor and I went on my way. More slowly.

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    any leak information for AWD mirage? hehe it's gonna be awesome....



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