Driving in the winter can be an entirely different experience than driving on a clear summer day. If you live in an area with heavy snowfall and low temperatures, having the right car for the conditions can make all the difference between a safe, stress-free drive to work and ending up in a ditch. What are the best cars for winter driving? Here are 5 of our favorite winter rides.
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While the Flex might not announce it’s winter-readiness like its bigger cousins the Explorer and Expedition, the available all-wheel drive on the Flex can give you that extra grip you need on slippery roads. You might not take the Flex off-road, but it’s got the stowage space for winter ski trips and the traction to make your commute hassle-free.
Subaru Outback Wagon
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Many in Western states can attest to the winter-readiness of Subaru’s classic Outback wagon. While Subaru makes some great small SUVs as well, the Outback wagon gives you the space of a wagon and the all-terrain handling of a rally car. With full time all-wheel drive and a higher clearance than you’d think, the Outback is ready for just about anything this winter can throw at you.
Suzuki SX4 Crossover
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While it may be tricky to label Suzuki’s overgrown wagon a crossover, the SX4 is a great, inexpensive way to get a new car with all-wheel drive. Base models can go as low as $15,000 and these vehicles will get you through the cold winter months with ease.
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For those unfamiliar with the Mini, this might seem like an unusual choice. But the Cooper handles winter driving impressively with electronics and an optimized front-wheel drive. Winter driving features include anti-lock brakes, all-season traction control and dynamic stability control.
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Despite Volvo’s full SUV offering, the XC90, their all-wheel wagon is Volvo’s best car for cold and icy conditions. With a secure driving experience and standard features such as ski plates and hill-descent control, this car is designed to handle the challenging driving conditions of the winter months.
No matter what you drive, you should be prepared for the challenges of driving in the winter. A set of winter tires can be an inexpensive way to prepare yourself for icy, cold conditions.
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