So we just got hit yesterday in Portland with an unexpected 2" - 5" of snow and boy was it a mess out on the roads. (dang weatherman can't get anything right) My typical 10 min drive home from work took me 3 1/2 hours to drive. If I owned any other car I honestly think it would have taken twice as long or would have abandoned my car like half the other sh*ts that just left their cars in the middle of the road and walked off. Well luckily I own an Element and didn't have a problem getting around at all I was passing jeeps, suburbans, subbys, and many, many other cars that have 4 wheel drive. I was so amazed how many people in oregon do not know how to drive in the snow. I was driving up 40 degree hills navigating the west hills of Portland to bypass most of the traffic. If I could rate my element yesterday I would give it 6 stars out of a 5 star rating. This was also the first time I had the chance to try out my new tires, (yoks, avid 4 vs) these tires did awesome and I have no complaints. I was a little nervous when I first saw the snow coming down at work and was thinking how my element would handle in the snow with the new tires, but everything was "AMAZING" and made it home safely without any dings, dents, or scratches. The reason it did take so long to get home was because all the city buses were not prepared for the snow and almost all the trimet buses were sideways blocking all car lanes on every main artery going out of the city. This caused all the traffic to get backed upped and you had to wait in line to slowly get by. So, if any lesson is learned here, don't trust the weatherman, make sure you have good tires, be patience when driving with other dumb*sses and own a Honda Element to get you home safely!