Honda Civic performance in snow

How does the Civc do in snowy conditions? I am considering buying a Civic, but a buddy who has a 98 says it's terrible in slippery conditions. I live in a mountainous part of British Columbia where a
vehicle that handles well in winter conditions is essential. Presently I drive a Subaru Imprezza but I want improved fuel economy.
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"rm snipped-for-privacy@hotmail.com" wrote:

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Snow handling is mostly based on good tires. Good tires on a Civic can out-perform bad tires on my awd CR-V. Real snow tires on all four is the way to go. Treat yourself. Start shopping for some rims to put them on.
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On Fri, 25 Aug 2006 22:22:43 -0600, "'Curly Q. Links'"

Snow tires all round are a given. I have Nokian Hakkapeliittas on my Subaru. So I should have no problems if I go with something similar on a Civic?
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rm snipped-for-privacy@hotmail.com wrote:

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Correct me if I'm missing something, but isn't the Sube an AWD and the Civic would be FWD (only), right? That would be a day and night comparison. Even my (underpowered) '97 CR-V can blow away the acceleration of any FWD vehicle when the light turns green at an icy intersection. Four wheels pushing and better snow clearance are fantastic advantages on snow-covered ice.
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'Curly Q. Links' wrote:

I was thinking the same thing: if you're used to an AWD vehicle in the snow, you're likely to be sorely disappointed with a FWD vehicle, no matter how good it handles snow.
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I typically buy a new pair of tires every year for the front (and rotate last years). Though tires are rated 3-4 years at my mileage, the performance improvement is noticeable. Plus its an inexpensive why to purchase confidence.
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