With plumes of snow and uneven roads to trek across in vicious Heartland winter terrain, some vehicles excel more than others when it comes to winter driving.
Here are our top choices for winter driving vehicles, based on a combination of overall performance, safety features, and reliability.
3. 2017 Cadillac CTS
The $45,995 CTS is a versatile machine with all-wheel drive for improved traction and adaptive suspension for ground clearance. Many drivers have reported hardly noticeable bumps while driving.
Its tech features are loaded with safety-first options, like forward collision warning and automatic braking when driving at lower speeds. Upon activation, the driver’s seat vibrates, warning drivers to pay attention.
On the cons side, it carries a 2 out of 5 J.D. Power and Associates safety score, which is below average for its class.
2. 2017 Subaru Legacy
The Legacy has attraction legions of fans raving over its winter driving capabilities. At $21k, it’s the cheapest vehicle on our list.
All wheel drive and an above-average in class 26 city/36 highway score make it a winner. Tech additions include the $2k Subaru EyeSight package with winter features, such as automatic high beams and automatic braking to avoid low-speed crashes.
Plus, its safety ratings are spot on, with a 5 out of 5-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
1. 2017 Audi Allroad
With a refreshed Quattro all-wheel drive system and a 252-horsepower engine, including the choice of five driving modes (including an off-road configuration) the Audi Allroad is one of the agilest drivers for winter driving.
A driving mode with adaptive suspension helps create more clearance off the ground. This year’s model delivers a stronger engine (+32 horsepower from last year’s model) and its 0-60 time is a shade under 6 seconds.
The only knock on the Audi Allroad is its below average fuel economy (23 city/28 highway), and its steep $44k MSRP.