Best SUV’s and Wagon’s for Winter Snow

As winter storms continue their annual trek across the country bringing dangerous snow and ice levels, thought it might be great to share Consumer Reports’ SUVs and Wagons with the best performance in snow. Note these results come from a 2015 survey of more than 45,000 subscriber ratings and give first hand opinions of on the road experience.

If you haven’t had the misfortune, or better yet opportunity, of having to put on snow chains on a 2WD vehicle, there is no better feeling than being behind the wheel of a 4WD or All-Wheel Drive vehicle and remaining in your car and on your way. While it is extremely important to remember that they do not help you turn or break any better than a 2WD, they do improve your ability to keep moving forward and limit situations where you might get stuck.

If you live in a climate that experiences regular ice or snowfall or if you are in the market for an AWD or 4WD vehicle, check out Consumer Reports top 15 vehicles for Snow Traction:

  1. Subaru Outback
  2. Subaru XV Crosstrek
  3. Subaru Forester
  4. Audi Q5
  5. Chevrolet Suburban/GMC Yukon XL
  6. Jeep Wrangler
  7. Chevrolet Tahoe/GMC Yukon
  8. Jeep Grand Cherokee
  9. Toyota 4Runner
  10. Ford Expedition
  11. Volvo XC60
  12. Ford Edge
  13. Volkswagen Touareg
  14. Buick Enclave
  15. Lexus RX

If you live in an area with inclement weather and an AWD or 4WD vehicle is out of your reach, changing to a set of winter tires is far less expensive and in many situations they outperform AWD vehicles. In fact, Consumer Reports recommends switching to winter tires, regardless of vehicle type.

Happy trails, and be safe out there.

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