I remember a video showing a FWD car on snow tires vs. an AWD subaru on all seasons up a snowy hill. FWD car wins, Subaru sucked. My wife’s FWD only RAV4 is on snows, and as it’s snowing quite a bit now, it drove home like a friggin rock star. I couldn’t believe the cornering, but then during the first decent snow of the season, I’m sure all of us on snows are slack-jawed at what they can do.
I have a Mazda3 with all season Continental’s just barely above the treadwear bar. Yay me.