The best cars and trucks to dominate winter
The winter season causes headaches to many car drivers around the world. Driving in hazardous conditions is already hard enough, but poorly equipped vehicles also tend to get stuck in snow banks or in slippery patches. To avoid this frustration, many people living North – Canadians, for example – will look for vehicles that are bigger and can easily get them through the winter madness.
Today, we will have a look at a few vehicles that are designed especially to survive snow.
The big boys: Silverado, F-150 and Ram
A few years ago, in 2011, Car Gurus also made a study of the vehicles that were able to drive in harsh conditions. A few trucks were able to make the cut: it was said that four-wheel drive trucks are very hard to beat in deep snow. The Chevrolet Silverado, the Ford F-150 and the Dodge Ram are the preferred ones thanks to their very high ground clearance, which allows plowing through the snow like a breeze.
The Chevrolet 2014 Silverado’s manufacturer suggested retail price is 25,580 USD. It goes down to 24,385 USD for the Dodge Ram 2014 and reaches 24 125 USD for the Ford F-150.
The Jeep Wrangler Polar, specially designed for winter
Jeep loves special edition vehicles. Each year, two or three exclusivities are released and produced in very small quantities. This winter, the manufacturer announced that its flagship Wrangler would be declined in a “Polar version”, which will be limited to 4 500 vehicles. It is expected to arrive on the market in November, so Jeep fans should get ready to jump on the opportunity because it’s going to sell quite fast.
The Wrangler Polar will feature a new black front grill, polished black alloy wheels and a few more aesthetic changes. Thanks to its heated seats, it should provide a great level of comfort to its users even at the lowest temperatures. The retail price of this one-time offer should start at 33,490 USD for the two-door model and 37,190 USD for the four-door model.
The Subaru Outback 2014
Subaru makes one of the best four-wheel drives in the industry: it was impossible not to talk about the Outback in this article. It is not as effective as a regular truck but it will cater to drivers with different needs. This SUV comes with a 2.5-liter, 173 HP four-cylinder engine or a stronger 3.6 liter, 256 HP and six-cylinder alternative. It is also possible to install heated front seats and heated mirrors, to avoid blind lane changes!
For the 2.5i automatic model, the manufacturer suggested retail price is 24 495 USD. For the 3.6R Limited Automatic, though, the MSRD is rather set at 32 095 USD.
A few good cars to consider
In conclusion, let’s have a look at a few sedans that are also reliable choices for the cold season. According to Forbes, the BMW 3 Series has a high ground clearance (for a sedan, of course) and has a lot of winter-specific options. The Subary Legacy, thanks to an AWD drive that is similar to its sister, is always a good choice. Finally, the Subary Impreza is a more compact alternative hat could be interesting for urban drivers.