Winter is coming, and while that doesn’t mean you’re going to experience “Game Of Thrones” type of problems, it does mean you need a good vehicle to navigate your city’s version of a snowy tundra.
There are three significant components that make for a good SUV for driving through snow: ground clearance, drivetrain and quality tires. The SUV you choose should have power in all four wheels, but not necessarily at the same time.
It should ride high enough off the road so that large snow drifts will freely flow underneath the vehicle. Finally, the SUV is only as good as the tires it’s rolling around on, so look for good-quality snow tires when purchasing. To begin your search, here are five SUVs that are great for traversing snowy terrain.
A high-quality yet cheap SUV, the Mitsubishi Outlander crosses snowy terrain with ease. As the name indicates, this Mitsubishi Outlander is made for off-road driving, and it runs well on practically all kinds of surfaces. Now you aren’t going to be wowed by the styling or interiors of The Mitsubishi Outlander, but it is geared up with all manner of modern-day security functions. Since it is an all-terrain SUV, the level of security functions readily available is excellent. With its 27 mpg city and 31 mpg highway fuel efficiency, coupled with its 166-horsepower engine, the Mitsubishi Outlander is one of your better choices for driving in the snow. Search for Mitsubishi Outlanders now!
While the Toyota Rav4 may look like it couldn’t work its way through a summer storm, don’t let the looks fool you. Cheap for its class of SUV at $23,680, the Toyota Rav4 has a super responsive transmission system that makes it much easier to control in snowy conditions. It’s a small SUV, but it performs pretty well compared to others in its class. The Toyota Rav4 has a 26 mpg combined fuel consumption rate with a four-cylinder 2.5L engine capable of 176 horsepower. Search for Toyota RAV4 in your local area now!
Jeep Grand Cherokee
The 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee comes with four four-wheel drive systems, with one — the entry-level Quadra-Trac I — being great for 90 percent of winter driving because it offers four-wheel traction without needing a low-speed transfer case. Combined with other features, such as the options of a V-6, a V-8 or a V-6 turbodiesel that returns 39 mph on the highway, along with an eight-speed automatic transmission, the 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee makes an ideal winter ride. Search used Jeep Grand Cherokee listings now!
Volvo V90 Cross Country
The Volvo V90 Cross Country is a rugged yet modern luxury SUV. It comes standard with a variety of safety features, from connected dashboard electronics to lane-keeping assist. Its all-wheel drive system is why it makes a list, but the downside is it doesn’t allow for any control over the system. It doesn’t allow for locking the torque split, and drivetrain has acceleration lag at speed. Search for used Volvo V90‘s today!
Considered an old-school SUV, the GMC Yukon is still boasting that conventional big SUV style. The brand-new GMC Yukon is a big SUV with built on the same frame of GMC’s trucks. This SUV has amazing towing capabilities and quite a bit of space in the interior. The GMC Yukon is good in snowy terrains because of it’s newly redone powertrains, as well as the modern Denali’s Magnetic Ride Control system available in the large SUV. Unfortunately, the GMC Yukon only 16 mpg city and 23 mpg highway fuel efficiency rate, but what you lack in fuel efficiency you make up for with power, as the GMC has an eight-cylinder engine and 355 horsepower. Search local GMC Yukon listings now!
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