Originally Posted by Jezo
I live in the northeast in the NYC metro area so the weather we get swings from season to season. I don't have a garage so the vehicle wont be protected from the winters. Commuting, I do a 30 miles each way to work, almost all highway. Will the cold ruin the car or can hybrids handle winters?
Winter is no problem for the car. My CT experienced temperatures in the -30sC (-22F to -26F) many times this long, cold winter and it never failed to start immediately. BTW, it's parked in a carport and I do use an engine block heater (a mandatory accessory up here). Your highway commute should let the engine warm up quickly, so you shouldn't see much of an increase in fuel consumption when the temperature drops.
There are mixed opinions about the OE tires on the CT. I bought winter tires (Michelin X-ice Xi3) after the first snowfall because the OE all seasons had very little traction on compacted snow and on ice. Others (who may not live in the snow belt) say they are okay with the all seasons