Tesla Model 3 Winter Tire Test With Rear-Wheel Drive


How does a Tesla Model 3 RWD fare in heavy snow with snow tires?

Who better than this “Canuck” to show us how the Tesla Model 3 handles heavy snow with winter tires? YouTuber Tesla Canuck had no idea he’d be filming, so he lets us know right away that he doesn’t have his proper equipment and is using his phone for video. This is because he set out in his Model 3 and a snow storm raced in. As you can see from the video, it’s coming down quite hard and there is already some four to five inches on the roadway. Nonetheless, he can’t seem to get the car to lose control.

We’ve already shared a few videos pertaining to snow tires on the Model 3. This is because it’s a hot topic right now as winter arrives with a vengeance in many locations. Winter driving in EVs is definitely something many people question, but not so much because of tires or traction, but more often because of range anxiety. We already know the Model 3 fares well in the snow. It comes as no surprise since the car is heavy, has outstanding weight distribution and a low center of gravity, and has a top-notch traction management system, which is due in part to its electric powertrain.

Still, once the snow gets deep enough, plenty a peppy, rear-wheel drive sedan or sports car will become very difficult to handle. Tesla Canuck makes every effort to purposefully lose control of the car by jamming on the accelerator pedal, flying around corners, and wrenching the steering wheel. We think you’ll find the result of his efforts pretty compelling.

Share your thoughts and experiences with us in the comment section below.

Video Description via Tesla Canuck on YouTube:

Try as I might, I cannot get the Tesla Model 3 Rear Wheel Drive variant to spin out or even fishtail. Truly impressive traction and stability control. Way to go Elon and team!


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32 Comments on "Tesla Model 3 Winter Tire Test With Rear-Wheel Drive"

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That’s terrible! Who would want a rear wheel drive car that they can’t do doughnuts in the snow in?! That’s pretty much the whole point of RWD, isn’t it? I mean, sure it should be safe, but it doesn’t need to be boring 😉

Also I don’t know if this guy is a traitor to the cause or just plain old, but where I come from in Canada, snow falls in CENTIMETRES!

To be fair, he DID give his speed in kilometers per hour.

Well I guess 50% is a pass then… :-/

I guess if you want to have fun in the snow you have to pony up for the Performance model with track mode.

Tesla, bring track mode to ALL Model 3s!

Bingo ‼️

Lol, not a traitor, just 80% of my subscribers are my good friends south of the border. So I try to give some love to metric and imperial. Cheers.

Haha, well met, sir 😉

Still, we don’t need to encourage them too much…

Winter tires + RWD > No season tires + AWD. Modern traction and stability control also works wonders especially on an EV where instantaneous precise control of power is possible.

Do you never need to stop your car?

Stopping the car is exactly why AWD really isn’t all that beneficial in the snow. The brake distance doesn’t change just because you can accelerate quicker.

All-wheel-drive has some serious benefits aside front breaking.

I prefer RWD myself.

I believe his comment was to say that winter tires are required regardless of whether it is RWD or AWD.

Yes, AWD is just for starting a vehicle and stabilising it somewhat. My premium concern in wintery conditions is getting the car to stop in time.

All-wheel-drive has many benefits aside from braking.

I personally prefer Rear Wheel Drive.

Nice vid, but let’s see one with some real snow depth (and possibly wet/thick) and see how it does. I’ll be testing this myself soon this winter. Biggest issue for winter driving for me is going through unplowed subdivisions/intersections and having to come to a stop, then being able to go again w/out being stuck. I’m glad the Model 3 has the option to turn traction control off so you CAN spin the tires when you do get stuck. I just want to know how easy it is for it to get stuck, maybe not at all.

First off he is Canadian. It doesn’t matter what he is driving, he will never be caught off guard by snow or he really isn’t Canadian. 🙂

You’d think turning traction control off would allow some slip, no?

My winter tires still haven’t arrived :-/

I ordered on Sunday and was told they’d arrive on Tuesday, but when I checked today they told me they weren’t sure they’d even have them by the end of the day today. So I’m potentially looking at driving in snow tomorrow (north of Boston) with summer tires and RWD… split on whether I want to do that or just stay home or something… hopefully the tire shop just gets their crap together and installs my tires by tonight before the snow starts…

Take Uber or something.

Leave your lovely car safe at home.

I prefer how RWD handles on the snow. People forget the main issue with FWD on snow is that your traction tires also have to provide turning. If you accelerate while turning your available traction to turn decreases meaning you understeer badly. With RWD you are making better use of all 4 tires and also given the fairly neutral weight balance in the Tesla, RWD will be better than FWD as your turning wheels have all the traction available to turn, and your rear wheels have all the traction for accelerating. You can turn and accelerate at the same time.

People dislike RWD since they are used to driving it in a front heavy vehicle with an open rear differential, which are really 1 wheel drive when a wheel slips. The Tesla is none of those things (it has an open differential, but the traction control can force power to both wheels by braking the slipping one so it eliminates that concern).

For a car like the Tesla with neutral weight balance, RWD is the way to go (instead of FWD). Make sure to have appropriate tires of course.

And yet people continue to state that RWD are just terrible in the snow. I still say give me a RWD car with snow tires and proper traction control and I will be just fine.


Waiting on my rwd Model 3.

I live in the Pacific Northwest and I love rear wheel drive.

I live in the Northeast, down wind from all five great lakes. We define snowy winters. Literally – my home city of Syracuse NY tops the chart for average snowfall.

And I still love RWD. I wish my Bolt had it.

Now even close. The snowiest city is Aomori in Japan. Closer by, Quebec and New Brunswick in Canada have more snow than you. https://www.indy100.com/article/the-10-snowiest-cities-in-the-world–lJNYCcDRig

I think he meant in the US.

Instead of parking lot, I would like to see it going up a windy and steep snow/ice covered road.

I know the perfect hill. First opportunity I’ll do it. Appreciate the suggestion. Let me know any other ideas. I’m always looking for new ideas for content. Cheers.

Put on slip start
then u can have more fun

More like 2 inches (5 centimeters.)

First snow with my Model 3 LR. New Jersey 11/15/18 . standard tires and it did fishtail in the snow. I had to put it in “slip (n slide!) mode” to get up a small hill. I’m seriously considering getting snow tires. will go out again in the snow and then decide. Our 2013 Smart Ed handles better in the snow on all-season tires.

No mention of the fact that Tesla has really dropped the ball where snow tires and wheels for the Model 3 are concerned. I ordered tires and wheels at the beginning of November . After repeatedly ignoring emails customer service just told me that they “might” start arriving after the middle of January!