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Snow tire mileage

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Just installed new Blizzak snow tires on my new 2018 Volt and my MPGE on my regular commute to work and back dropped from 120 down to 100.
Is this normal? Not sure if this matters but the temps here in Oregon is still mild 45-55.

I may be hallucinating, but the car actually feels like the tires are sticking to the road.
The interesting thing is the mileage drop is about the same as the the heating drop. If I don't run the heat I can gain almost what I lost on the snow tires.
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I had the Michelin EnergySaver AS tires as OE on my 2011 Ford Fusion with AWD. There was a noticeable improvement in how the Ford performed under winter conditions when I switched to Continential tires (either Pure Contact or True Contact, I don't call which one.) I was not impressed with the way the Michelin tires performed in winter conditions. With my Volt my solution, so far, has been to not take the Volt on the road when the weather/road conditions are bad so I can't comment on how the Michelin EnergySaver AS tires perform on the Volt. You can check TireRack for their rating of how different tires perform in specific driving conditions.
Thanks everyone. I already believe that snow tires are better than all-season. (I just need to be convinced to *not* be a cheapskate about buying them + new rims + TPMS :) Fortunately I usually get to choose if I want to drive when it's bad out. I've owned AWDs and both Gen's of Volts. And my Gen1 seemed pretty good, considering the weight/stability vs an AWD (all w/ original tires). My original post was really OT because I was trying to figure out if everyone is saying Gen2's drove differently than Gen1's on their original tires. I'm guessing they're equivalent, and I'll just have to get used to it. Or pony up some $$ to feel more secure.
No sense in taking a new vehicle on the road in bad weather. Even if you have snow tires and experience driving in snow with good control of your vehicle you can't account for what the other drivers may do out there. Also, even with snow tires a thin layer of ice on the road can quickly ruin your day.
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