Watch Tesla Model 3 RWD Get Tested in The Snow

NOV 18 2018 BY VANJA KLJAIC 11

With winter coming, we’re all interested in how well the Model 3 Rear Wheel Drive performs in the snow.

Winter has arrived in most parts of the Northern Hemisphere in recent days. And that means snow & ice in most daily driving situations. While most newer Tesla Model S and Model X owners can rely on the dual-motor AWD (All Wheel Drive) powertrain, for Model 3 owners, it’s a bit different.

Thanks to the way the Fremont based carmaker rolled out different versions of the Model 3, there are a lot more owners that ordered the Model 3 with the RWD (Rear Wheel Drive) option – when compared to its bigger siblings. And that puts them in a rather interesting situation, usually reserved for the mid-range models from the German carmakers.

Certainly, winter tires are the most crucial aspect of winter conditions driving safety. However, advanced traction & stability control systems in the cars themselves play a premium role in modern cars as well. The video below, done by DaxM, gives us a rather thorough test of winter driving conditions. The author – coming from Canada – seemingly tested all the possible scenarios his Tesla Model 3 RWD could find itself in.

While the first part of the video showcases general, uneventful driving in slushy conditions on a general public road, the latter part of the video is shot at a snow-filled parking lot. A perfect proving ground for the winter capabilities of this Model 3 RWD. The videographer showcases several modes in which he starts with his Model 3. Ranging from a slow 1/2 throttle start without the no chill mode and slip start, all the way to full throttle and slip start modes. Overall, the Model 3 fairs excellent and its traction control mode is seemingly without flaws.

Grab a detailed look at the winter test drive up above.

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11 Comments on "Watch Tesla Model 3 RWD Get Tested in The Snow"

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Threader

such a pitiful amount of snow. Snow blower really. Oh be politically correct and assume a physical handicap or old age. ok.

Jean-Pierre White

A Gas snow blower at that!!

stimpacker

Why not demo with stock tires?
He’s using Michelin X-Ice winter tires. Those make a huge difference.

Roger

Summer time – Summer tires.
Proper winter time – Proper winter tires.

Alb

I understand, however, this defeated the purpose of testing the vehicle. Instead, you are barely testing the greatness of the tires.

Remember Elon Musk claimed the Model 3 RWD will still outperform FWD in snow due to its 50/50 weight distribution. Some comments online already show that this claim isn’t true on the Model 3. The RWD verson in snow is like driving a boat.

Stimpacker

The TM3 comes with All Season tires.
There’s tons of TM3 folks in California.
We aren’t going to change to winter tires for a weekend trip to Tahoe.

We don’t need a video to know that traction is better with snow tires.

Fiddlegirl

Exactly. There are plenty of us in areas that do get ice and snow, but just not enough to make snow tires necessary.

Empire State

This is a common sentiment, though as it is with many other things automotive, the technology has outmoded this thinking.
In a strict sense, many other things included with the car at purchase are not necessary, however drivers prefer having them and do pay for them.
Tires have been developed more specifically for winter and for summer conditions than in the days of old.
Racers, and people whose livelihoods depend on using personal transportation and who are in the know sometimes joke that All-Season tires are called such because they stink in all seasons. Electronics can help to make the most of the tires installed, but they are greatly aided by tires appropriate to the extant conditions.
Whether or not the purchase of season-specific tires is worthwhile to you has more to do with one’s own priorities than it has to do with what is regionally necessary.

Jo

Driving a RWD in northern climate can be really scary. This is my main concern with TM3. Can a professionnal tester tell us if the weight of the car and electronics makes it decent drive?

Chris in Caz

We had our first “real” snow storm in Central NY recently (4-8″ along my commute). Model 3 AWD (not P) did great in straight lines and for hill climbing with the original all season tires. However, it was rather messy around corners with quite a bit of oversteer. I’m not sure the traction control is working well with balancing regen. It felt like I had the handbrake on.