How Does The Tesla Model 3 Handle Snow?

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  • Published on:  Sunday, February 10, 2019
  • Is The Tesla Model 3 Good In The Snow? How Tesla's AWD WorksAutoTempest Used Car Search Engine: Tesla Model 3 Mid-Range and Long Range AWD both come with all season tires. The Model 3 Performance comes with summer tires. Either way, ideally you'll want winter tires for snow driving. Tesla offers various options through their website for 18, 19, and 20 inch wheels with winter tire pairings. This video will discuss the advantages and drawbacks of each tire selection, as well as other options. The AWD system consists of two independent electric motors, each sending power through open differentials to an individual axle (both front and back). There are also differences in ground clearance between the various model 3 variants, which will be discussed. Slip start and track mode will also be tested. How well will the Model 3 handle snow? Check out the video for full details. Don't forget to check out my other pages below!Facebook: Website: http://www.howdoesacarwork.comTwitter: Throttle: Extra: VIDEO EVERY WEDNESDAY!


  • Engineering Explained
    Engineering Explained  6 months ago +78

    Lots of comments saying I'm full of nonsense about open differentials having a 50/50 torque split! And while it's true that I've made plenty of mistakes, this fortunately isn't one of them. Here's some great content clarifying why locked differentials have varying torque splits, and why open diffs are always 50/50.
    4WD Systems (and why locked diffs vary torque) -
    Open vs Locked Torque Split -
    Open Diff Torque Split -

  • Luiz Fernando Abdala
    Luiz Fernando Abdala  6 months ago +376

    Porsche owners: where are all the winter tires gone?
    Tesla owners: we bought them, they just fit.

  • Eric Ortiz
    Eric Ortiz  6 months ago +470

    Track mode in the snow. My man

  • drprzulj
    drprzulj  6 months ago +212

    09:33 so you exit on passenger side? :)

  • rigormortis08
    rigormortis08  6 months ago +149

    Jason, you failed to mention Winter Driving Factor #4 (the most influential factor of all): The big nut behind the steering wheel!

  • kam_iko
    kam_iko  6 months ago +114

    sidenote: central europe - michelin, pirelli and continental 235/35R20 winter tires are readily available here.

  • John
    John  6 months ago +179

    Score on the tire treasure hunt! Thanks for sharing.

  • tipoomaster
    tipoomaster  6 months ago +152

    Snow tires are definitely number one. As a Professional Canadian™, if you're in a province that doesn't require them you can always see which idiots didn't get them on the first heavy snowfall, slipping every which way, while almost any old car with good snow tires does fine.
    A Yaris with winters on will plod up a hill better than a jeep without winter tires. Secondary to that is car weight and other features, and of course driver attention is always important.

  • Alvaro Gil
    Alvaro Gil  13 hours ago

    18" do fit on your vehicle. Just get some 18" wheels from tire rack with mounted snows.

  • Tom Nook
    Tom Nook  12 hours ago

    CEO of AutoTempest drives an S2000? So he is the CEO of AutoTempest????

  • Montgomery Bojangles
    Montgomery Bojangles  6 months ago +105

    Up here in Canada we call what you're driving on slush. It's what happens after the salt/sand trucks and plows have been out.
    Ice is what we play hockey on.

  • David A
    David A  6 months ago +72

    im glad i live in florida and can run the same tires all year long

  • Ralph Rusconi
    Ralph Rusconi  6 months ago +50

    What a beautiful environment to drive through while filming. Thank you.

  • Brant Wedel
    Brant Wedel  6 months ago +47

    I have been curious about multi-motor AWD systems compared to 4WD systems! Thank You! You have answered ALL my questions!!!

  • Heidi and Franny's Garage
    Heidi and Franny's Garage  6 months ago +44

    We have found the same thing... the 3.2 Carrera has the Alpins and they are really good. Great on super cold and dry too (which is most of the winter here). The 996TT has the Pirelli (285s on the rear can be hard to find) and they are pretty good, but I would rank them below the Michelins, We had Blizzaks in the Boxster and MINI and they are the best on black ice, but hard and noisy and wear super fast. Depends a bit on your area a lot. Wow! Really pretty ride :) Super cool to learn more about the Tesla. Great video! Thanks!

  • Aleksi Soukkala
    Aleksi Soukkala  6 months ago +24

    or you could also buy one of the best studless winter tire nokia hakkapeliitta R3 tires for you model 3 performace (tire that tesla offers in norwey sweden and finland for all model 3)

  • Nick DesRosiers
    Nick DesRosiers  6 months ago +54

    Why not just get a different smaller set of wheels for the winter with more options for tires?

  • Ryan Ebrecht
    Ryan Ebrecht  6 months ago +14

    I was freaking out about how fast he was driving until I realized I had the playback speed set to 1.5X

  • Akira
    Akira  3 days ago

    yet another reason you should NOT have bought the more expensive performance model.

  • krASHExxx
    krASHExxx  6 months ago +7

    I got it all Jason. A lightweight rwd miata that's 2 inches off the ground and summer tires. I'm READY to snow drive!!!!