Winter weather is here and all of us hope that our vehicles are reliable in even the worst of road conditions. Unfortunately and to no surprise, not all cars are made equal, especially when it comes to handling snow and ice. The drop in temperature will present many challenges to even the most equipped vehicles as winter hits (we hear this one’s going to be a doozy!). Because of this our curiosity got the better of us, and we did a deep dive into the safest vehicles for winter weather.
Here are our top picks for 10 best cars to drive in salted roads, winter snow and ice:
1. 2021 Subaru Outback, starting $26,795
When it comes to winter weather, Subaru is a brand that is difficult to go wrong with. Why? Well, All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) comes standard in all Subaru vehicles, which is why it’s no surprise that our top pick is the Subaru Outback. The Outback is a well-balanced machine with equal parts safety, aesthetic, reliability and drivability. This vehicle routinely gets top safety ratings and awards. Finally, the vehicle sits a bit higher than other vehicles in the same class, giving it advantage over other vehicles in accumulated snow.
2. 2021 Honda CR-V, starting $24,450
The Honda CR-V may be on the smaller end when it comes to SUV size, but it is all-in-all a safe and powerful vehicle. While it may not have AWD standard, it does offer front-wheel drive (FWD), making it a safer option than most other compact SUVs. Of course you can upgrade your Honda CR-V to include AWD if that’s what you are looking for.
3. 2021 Kia Telluride, starting $31,990
The Kia Telluride is a beast inside and out! The Telluride can seat up to 8 people comfortably, all while looking stylish and feeling high-end. The Telluride is also packed to the brim with safety features. Want all-wheel-drive? You can always upgrade your Telluride to include AWD, making it an optimal choice for snow travel. Finally, the Telluride’s snow mode turns strong ABS vibrations into smooth as butter breaking making it the optimal choice for an effortless ride no matter the weather.
4. 2021 Toyota RAV4, starting $26,050
The Toyota RAV4 was recently re-designed, making the compact SUV more versatile than ever! The RAV4, while light and zippy, handles snow like a champ! The higher end trims (Adventure trim and Limited trim) come with standard All-Wheel-Drive, making them the obvious choice for those that are on new daring adventures at the drop of a hat. You will feel comfortable and confident cruising in snowy weather with the RAV4. The RAV4’s multi-terrain drive modes, which includes Rock/Dirt, Mud/Sand and Snow enable the vehicle to handle all on and off road tasks!
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5. 2020 Audi A4, starting $39,100
When it comes to reliability and quality build, Audi is one of the few standout car manufacturers out there. It’s no secret driving an Audi feels as smooth as Tennessee whiskey, but beyond that most Audis come with AWD as a standard feature. According to Car and Driver, the Audi A4 is an “SUV-like car” when it comes to safety offerings and sturdiness. Aside from the standard AWD, the Audi A4 also comes standard with many features other manufacturers would consider premium, making it our top choice for luxury vehicles for snow and ice terrains.
Now onto the others…
6. 2020 Ford Expedition, starting $52,810
7. 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee, starting $21,500
8. 2020 Dodge Charger AWD, starting $29,995
9. 2020 Mazda 3, starting $21,500
10. 2021 Volvo V90 Cross Country, starting $51,800
Has your vehicle served you well in the snow and ice? We would love to hear about it — e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope this list has been helpful. Be sure to stay tuned for our upcoming Winter Driving Maintenance and Tips Checklist!