Automakers are now making nearly all of their cars with all-wheel drive as an option, if not standard. The thought is that it gives extra security in places where the weather is very changeable. But all-wheel drive isn't what matters. It's the tires that matter. Here's proof.

Automakers are now making nearly all of their cars with all-wheel drive as an option, if not standard. The thought is that it gives extra security in places where the weather is very changeable. But all-wheel drive isn't what matters. It's the tires that matter. Here's proof.

Here we have a BMW M3, a rear wheel drive performance car, and a Subaru Forester, an all wheel drive crossover SUV thing, starting from a standstill on snowy, icy roads.

The difference? The M3 is on snow tires, the Forester is not.

And guess what? The M3 makes mincemeat of the Forester. The idea that you need all-wheel drive to go anywhere in the snow is bunk. Get winter tires on, or else your huge all-wheel drive SUV will get passed by a Corvette fitted with snow tires. Seriously.

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Hat Tip to Chris!