From the newsgroup alt.autos.toyota.prius; I don't know why they thought that a CVT might be problematic:
<[email protected]> wrote in message
> I've put about 30,000 miles on my 2002 Prius, and just recently got
> caught in a snow storm while on a trip. The now was not real bad,
> but we were watching the altimiter closely to see if we were headed
> down (out of the snow) or up (where it might get heavier). We did
> not put the chains on the tires, as the snow accumulation was never
> more than an inch.
> The CVT of the Prius performed perfectly and, in retrospect, made
> the car feel extremely stable. There was no shifting or jerkyness of
> any kind. The power (when applied to climb hills) was applied smoothly
> and without any sign of losing traction.
> All this was at speeds as low as 25 and as high as 45.
> Anyone have a similar experience with a CVT?
I kept my Ford Explorer so I could get up my steep driveway in winter. My previous car, a mini-van with front wheel drive, often couldn't make it
and I figured the Prius would have trouble too. Much to my surprise it walked right up a layer of ice with 5" of heavy snow on top. That same day I tested stability control system on a sharp curve. It acted like it was
glued to the road in a situation where the Explorer's rear end would have
come around. Anybody want to buy a '95 Explorer with leather seats and
Eddie Bauer kit that has a lifetime average of 18.1 mpg? Only 110,000