How Will the Toyota Camry Handle in Winter?
As residents of Maine, we are no strangers to snow and the perils that come from driving on it. When the roads are covered in packed snow and unseen ice patches, it is imperative that you have a vehicle that will provide you with confidence behind the wheel throughout the winter season.
Billed as America’s best-selling passenger car, you will undoubtedly see a large number of Toyota Camry models on the road this winter and you may be surprised by how well they handle. If you are the owner of a new Camry or exploring the new 2016 Toyota Camry as your next car, you may have wondered — how will the Toyota Camry handle in winter?
All-Wheel Drive vs Snow Tires
Before we discuss specific vehicles, the all-wheel drive vs snow tires controversy always seems to be a topic of discussion when snow begins to fall. Dynamic Torque Control All-Wheel Drive, available for models like the versatile 2016 Toyota RAV4, is a tremendous asset, but equipping your Toyota Camry with snow tires may prove to be just as valuable. Consumer Reports testing has shown that all-wheel drive and snow tires are neck-and-neck when it comes to winter driving safety.
Designed with a more aggressive tread that promotes traction on snow or ice, snow tires are a valuable tool when you hit the road this winter. When compared to a competing crossover with all-wheel drive, a Toyota Camry equipped with snow tires will come to a safe stop from 60 mph in just 300 feet. Vehicles equipped with standard tires will see a significantly longer stopping distance in winter weather.
While all-wheel drive will be an asset when accelerating on snow or ice, handling can be a detriment. Oversteer is a legitimate risk for models equipped with all-wheel drive and can cause you to go off the beaten path in certain situations. Snow tires will improve traction without the risk of oversteer, and you can find a new set right here in the Downeast Toyota Service Department.
Toyota Camry Traction Control and Vehicle Stability Control
Traction is the name of the game when it comes to winter driving, and the Toyota Camry does not come without its own arsenal of safety features that improve handling. Standard elements featured in the Toyota STAR Safety System include Traction Control and Vehicle Stability Control.
Traction Control is an innovative system that detects wheel spin and applies the brakes or regulates engine power to limit sliding. In a similar function, Vehicle Stability Control works to prevent slipping sideways by automatically applying the brakes to all four wheels, reducing engine power and adjusting your steering. These elements, paired with the Anti-Lock Braking System, will go a long way toward improving handling and safety when driving this winter.
A lot of aspects go into winter driving safety and handling is a primary characteristic. With countless Toyota Camry models on the road this winter, we have often been asked — how will the Toyota Camry handle in winter? Equipping your Toyota Camry with snow tires and taking advantage of Traction Control and Vehicle Stability Control will significantly improve handling in the snow. For more information on the Toyota Camry or additional models available at Downeast Toyota, contact the dealership sales team directly.