We just covered a set of lovely Nokian all-terrain-lite tires that do exceptionally well in the snow. Too late, unfortunately, for this spinning-out Land Rover driver who was, no doubt, pushing all sorts of buttons on the dash and infotainment screen, searching for the right software coding that would give their poor all-season tires some grip in the slick stuff. Meanwhile, along comes a plucky little hatchback thing, looks like maybe a Fiat Panda—available in AWD—no doubt fitted with the proper tires, and simply motors on past the $70,000 4×4. Your reminder that 4×4 is useless if you don’t have the proper tires and know-how.


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