The Best Cars to Drive in the Snow

If one thing’s for sure, it’s that driving in the snow should be taken seriously.  No matter how many years of driving experience are under your belt, make sure you check weather conditions before getting into your car – and if they’re really bad, it’s probably a good idea not to drive at all.  But, sometimes Mother Nature sneaks up on us and we have no choice but to drive in snowy conditions.  So, to be fully prepared for this winter season, let’s take a look at some of the safest cars to drive in the snow:

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Subaru Outback (source: motortrend.com)

First on the list is the Subaru Outback, which comes with all-wheel-drive in order to ensure its driver will have the best traction possible on wet and snowy pavement.  Though its ground clearance isn’t quite as big as a truck’s, the Subaru Outback has a higher-than-average (8.7-inch) ground clearance to assist in moderate drifts.  The car is also equipped with a 173-horsepower four-cylinder engine or a 256-horsepower six-cylinder engine (you can choose either one).  To be fully prepared for the cold, the Subaru Outback has heated front seats, a de-icer on the windshield wiper, and heated side mirrors.

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Volkswagen Touareg (source: caranddriver.com)

The next car on the list that is ready to take on winter weather is the Volkswagen Touareg, which has a ground clearance of 8.3 inches and a curb weight of 5,086 pounds.  It is one of the heaviest SUVs and contains a 4XMotion permanent four-wheel-drive system.  The Touareg will ensure your safety as well as comfort with heated front and rear seats, heated folding mirrors, and heated washer nozzles.

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Volvo XC70 T6 AWD (source: suvs.about.com)

The Volvo XC70 T6 AWD is last on this list of one of the best vehicles to drive in the snow.  Like the Touareg, this Volvo has an 8.3-inch ground clearance as well as all-wheel-drive winter tires.  The Volvo has a 300-horsepower turbocharged six-cylinder engine as well as winter amenities to help you drive comfortably when it’s freezing out – heated seats, heated windshield with heated washer nozzles, headlamp washers, and even a heated steering wheel.  This car will keep you warm and extremely safe when driving down those awful winter roads.

All three of these cars are great options to guarantee your safety throughout the cold winter months, because though we may sing “Let it Snow,” we want to feel as if there isn’t any on the ground when we’re driving.  To see more cars that are great to drive in bad weather, check out Forbes Magazine’s article, “Best Cars for Snow”. Drive carefully and don’t forget to buckle-up!



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