Date registered: Dec 2005
Vehicle: W211 E320 Bluetec R129 SL500 - $1300 car ........ Ford F350 6l
Location: CA Bay Area
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The issue usually is, that even 4-Matics by the book require HR, or even VR rated tires. Those tires are excellent on asphalt but very poor in slippery condition.
I used to drive 4-Matic wagon and even on our steep driveway it made a big difference comparing to 2WD sedan.
4-Matic also offers about 1" bigger clearance, what can make a big difference in deep snow.
Than it all comes to what kind of snow exactly we are talking about. None of above will go in 12" of powder.
The initial cost and cost of operating are going to be quite different on those models.