Here’s a run down of the best vehicles to navigate through the snow
via Jim Gorzelany of Forbes.com
But which of the myriad AWD vehicular choices can be expected to perform best under the snowiest conditions?
We scoured automakers’ spec sheets to compile a list of 20 affordable cars/station wagons and car-based crossover SUVs from the 2016 model year – featured in the accompanying slide show – that can be expected to handle the worst Mother Nature can dish out this winter. Each can be fitted with AWD for less than $50,000 and feature a much-higher-than-average ground clearance (the distance between the pavement and the lowest part of a vehicle) that enables them to traverse moderately snow-packed roads or driveways without unduly scraping the undercarriage or becoming snowbound. In addition, all offer winter-friendly amenities like heated seats, and are every bit as enjoyable to pilot on dry pavement as they are capable in the snow. Always slow down as the weather worsens. Leave extra room between your vehicle and the traffic ahead – a car’s brakes won’t work as well as they would on dry pavement. And keep an eye out for frozen patches, especially on bridges and overpasses which tend to freeze sooner than paved roads.
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