Between cold temperatures, adverse driving conditions, and excellent holiday sales on new vehicles, the winter season is a great time to start looking at a new SUV. Sport utility vehicles (SUVs) have become increasingly popular over the last few years thanks to their versatility. Whether you have a dog that needs covered trunk space or haul goods that can’t risk getting wet in the bed of a truck, SUVs are often the best vehicle-type for the job.
With more and more SUVs coming out on the market, there are plenty of new and used options to consider. A few months back I wrote a post about a variety of car types that handle well in the snow. I decided to do an SUV-focused refresh as the coldest and snowiest months are finally here. As the temperatures drop, the days get shorter and the roads become icy and snowy, it is important to have an SUV that is up to the task. Check out this list of winter-ready SUVs that are ready to tackle ice and snow for years to come.
The Honda Pilot is a mid-size SUV ready for any type of adventure you can throw at it. With seating for up to 8 passengers, the Pilot is the perfect choice for someone looking to haul their friends and family up to the mountain for a day of skiing. The Pilot is available with all-wheel drive and Intelligent Traction Management, both of which can help get you through even the worst of conditions.
Looking for something that is powerful, capable and practical? Look no further than the Dodge Durango. Like the Pilot, the Durango is a mid-size SUV with seating for seven passengers. The available V8 offers lots of power for steep mountain passes. Depending on whether you choose the powerful V8 or efficient V6, buyers can choose between 2 incredibly capable all-wheel-drive systems helping to ensure safe travel through rough winter road conditions.
Smaller than either the Durango or Pilot, the GMC Terrain still packs a powerful punch. Available with GMC’s turbo-charged diesel or gas motors, the Terrain is a joy to drive, even in snowy conditions. GMC includes StabiliTrak and hill-descent control as standard features, both of which offer drivers peace of mind. All-wheel drive is available on higher trim levels for drivers who are looking for the best winter performance possible.
All new for 2019, the Subaru Crosstrek comes from a long line of winter-ready vehicles. Subaru has a long history of producing some of the best performing vehicles in snow and ice and the Crosstrek is no exception. Using the company’s incredibly proven and reliable symmetrical all-wheel-drive system, this compact crossover is a beast in the snow. And with a spacious cabin that seats eight, this is a great car for skiers and snowboarders looking for safe and reliable transportation.
One of the most popular crossover SUVs on the road, the Toyota RAV4 is a great vehicle for anyone searching for something that handles well in the snow. With 6.1 inches of ground clearance, the RAV4’s low center of gravity helps the vehicle stick to icy roads, while still allowing for it to plow through deep snow banks.
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Each of the vehicles on this list includes qualities that will help make your winter driving experience safer and less stressful, but your vehicle is only as capable as your driving abilities.