Well yesterday was the first big drive in the snow and ice. I had a 2 hour drive turn into a 4 hour drive due to the weather in in the northeast. My AWD did great in mixed condition, ice and at the end 5 inches of snow. The traction control kicked in a couple of times and did well. I used the low gear self selector going down several hills and was able to do all except the most steep by gear braking. 1st keeps you under 15 and second is good to about 25 mph. All in all a good car in bad conditions!