The Best Cars for Snow

Category: News. Written by Cameron Wong 

It’s finally here. Snow has blanketed western Washington and has caused havoc on the roads. If they’re actually closing down parts of 520, and I-5 is down to one lane, that’s a red flag to stay off the streets. If you absolutely have to get somewhere, then you absolutely have to have a vehicle that can handle it. Remember it’s not the car who’s doing the driving, if you can’t handle driving in the snow, the vehicle won’t make it any better. Don’t have over confidence because of four wheel drive.

4WD Overconfidence was addressed in a 2007 Forbes.com article

“When snowstorms hit, people who have all-wheel drive become overconfident,” says Russ Rader, spokesman for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. People drive faster than they otherwise would. Yet all-wheel drive doesn’t help them stop quicker.

“It’s not a safety system,” Rader says. “It’s a system to keep you from getting stuck.”

Forbes.com list for best cars for snow

1. Subaru Outback

2. Volvo XC90

3. Subaru Tribeca

4.Mercedes Benz M Class

5.Volkswagen Touraeg

See the full Forbes.com list

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4 Responses to “The Best Cars for Snow”

  1. Jared on December 19th, 2008 9:37 am

    i drive a wrx wagon and i’m very glad for it. awd/4wd isn’t the end all for snow/ice driving since if you’re going too fast you’re not going to stop. what it does do is help keep the attitude of the car in check. here’s my list of most important things to remember, in order:

    1. keep your speed down.
    2. small corrections.
    3. low gear/higher rpm
    4. think waaaaaaay ahead

    drive safe kids.

  2. cam on December 19th, 2008 11:25 am

    Amen bro!
    Those are super important when driving in snow. Plan a good route and think waaay ahead, I whole heartedly agree.

  3. Grant on December 21st, 2008 12:46 am

    Good comment Jared.

    I saw that a whole bunch of awful driving on my recent video during the snowstorm. An Audi A6 passed my Suburban + chains setup going ***50 MPH*** on the right hand side. I was like.. seriously? C’mon! That guy didn’t even have chains and I saw his back-end slipping for sure.

    He probably had the AWD config and bought into the salesman kool-aid. There’s nothing more that gets under my skin than seeing performance cars being driven by idiots.

  4. clarinet5001 on March 5th, 2013 9:32 pm

    The Volvo XC90 is NOT a good snow car. In a rush hour snowstorm in 2010 that dumped 8 inches in 3 hours. a bunch of XC90s got stuck everywhere while my A6 on 235/45/17 all season tires effortlessly weaved around the stuck Volvos. Sure, it’s nowhere near foolproof in the snow; it brakes and turns in like any 2wd car on all season tires would. But it can scale 12% grades in deep snow from a dead stop…on all season tires too.

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