Forbes' Best New Cars for Snow (And Go)
Washington DC October 3, 2013; The AIADA newsletter reported that with winter looming ahead, choosing a vehicle that delivers top traction in the snow can be paramount in many car and truck-shoppers’ minds.
Which vehicles fare best under snowy conditions? According to Forbes, those living in remote areas within the nation’s most snow-packed regions like Vermont (average yearly snowfall 89.25 inches), Maine (77.28 inches), New Hampshire (71.44 inches), or Colorado (67.30 inches), often find that nothing less than a rugged four-wheel-drive (4WD) pickup or truck-based sport-utility vehicle that can plow its way out of the deepest drifts will suffice.
Today’s 4WD systems run the gamut of sophistication from the rather basic part-time arrays offered on some pickups and lower-cost truck-based SUVs (the engine powers only the rear axle until the driver engages the front wheels via a button or dial) to automatic engaging full-time hardware that allow a driver to choose between rear-drive, 4WD, and a safety minded “automatic” mode that engages the front axle as needed when sensors detect wheel slippage. A few models even include selectable modes that fine-tune the system’s traction for various road surfaces and conditions.
Click here to see Forbes’ slideshow of the best new cars for snow. To read more about the list, click here.