For some people, driving in the snow is like the monster under the bed. It’s something scary you have to face for a lot of your life but is ultimately unavoidable.
Unlike the monster, however, fear of driving in snow is not irrational. Maneuvering in winter conditions can be tricky, especially if you don’t have the right ride for it.
In some places, where it snows once or twice a year, usually a solid pair of all season tires is enough to get you through the winter.
In particularly snowy areas, however, an AWD or 4WD vehicle is a must to get through season.
With more and more automakers adding AWD models to their lineup, or including option 4WD on current models, there are more and winter-ready cars today than ever before.
Trucks and SUVs are no longer the only option to plow through snowy roadways. From sedans to wagons, here are the top five cars for winter driving.
Top Five Best Performing Cars In The Snow
#5 Ford Fusion SE
Price, Fuel Economy, Power:
- MSRP: From $27,730
- MPG: 22 city/34 highway/28 combined
- Horespower: 231 HP
- Torque: 270 lb-ft
- Engine: 2.0L
It can be a challenge to find a mid-size sedan that performs well in the snow. Unfortunately, you often have to sacrifice fuel economy and size for the benefits of four or all wheel drive.
Thankfully, the Ford Fusion SE model is a fantastic exception.
This mid-sized sedan touts an impressive 22/34 MPG, has all the driving benefits and handling of a sedan and has optional AWD protection.
The “Intelligent” AWD on the car uses sensors to monitor traction, balancing torque between the front and back wheels to enhance handling and traction.
The Ford Fusion SE AWD is also dripping with luxurious added features, like a keyless entry keypad and optional heated steering wheel.