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We are just now deciding what SUV to buy and we are very uncertain. We are thinking about rx400. Only two concerns : 1)We usually go skiing to Crans Montana in the Swiss Alps and must drive uphill for twenty miles. I understand rx400 is not a real AWD, could l that be a problem with snow and ice on the roads even with snow tires ? 2) do batteries suffer with cold weather ? Finally if anyone experienced rx400 with snow and ice would You buy it again ?

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Hello and welcome, Laura! Seeing that you are from Italy, have you any plans to tour the Tyrolean Alps?

Regarding snow traversing, you might want to peruse these posts:

http://us.lexusownersclub.com/forums/index...ighlite=%2Bsnow

Best regards,

Dave

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I live in Colorado...drive all the time in the mountains....no problem with the 400h. The stock battery can be a problem. Either get a replacement (like an optima) or keep a charger in your car and you are good to go.

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Hello and welcome, Laura! Seeing that you are from Italy, have you any plans to tour the Tyrolean Alps?

Regarding snow traversing, you might want to peruse these posts:

http://us.lexusownersclub.com/forums/index...ighlite=%2Bsnow

Best regards,

Dave

Thank You Dave ! I really appreciate your hints. Can You tell me also something about having a stock battery or a charger as "Stateman" suggested?

By the way we will be driving this summer to the Tyrolean Alps, hopefully not traversing any snow storm !

Laura

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I drive in snow(2nd snowiest season on record this year) and mountains frequently and have had no problem getting around in the 400h. I will say that snow tires are a "must" and of course driver "technique" in snow goes a long way. I won't hesitate to purchase another.

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on a side note, the stock michilens are garbage in the snow/rain. I just swapped mine out for Pirelli Scorpion Ice & Snow tires, and I couldn't be happier. These things are amazing! Much stiffer ride than stock, the lexus actually drives like an SUV now, not a cadillac anymore. By the way, I went with 255/55/18 (only $148 a piece from tire rack). The dry grip is amazing, I can actually corner now without worry about my RX tipping over

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Hello and welcome, Laura! Seeing that you are from Italy, have you any plans to tour the Tyrolean Alps?

Regarding snow traversing, you might want to peruse these posts:

http://us.lexusownersclub.com/forums/index...ighlite=%2Bsnow

Best regards,

Dave

Thank You Dave ! I really appreciate your hints. Can You tell me also something about having a stock battery or a charger as "Stateman" suggested?

By the way we will be driving this summer to the Tyrolean Alps, hopefully not traversing any snow storm !

Laura

Laura,

It could be that Statman's battery was a clunker, as I have not read of mass failures in this forum. My ancestors are from Italy/Sicily, so I hope to take my family there some day. Enjoy the Alps!

Dave

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