Top Five Best Cars For Snow

By on November 18, 2014

#2 Nissan Pathfinder

The Nissan Pathfinder promises to deliver the seven people that the vehicle comfortable fits safely, even in slick conditions, thanks to the lockable four-wheel drive mode.

The car has three available driving modes, 4WD, 2 Wheel Drive and Auto (which senses the best mode depending on the driving conditions.

Among car’s in this class (seven seats) the Nissan Pathfinder is one of the most reliable in the snow. With a combined fuel economy of 22 MPG, it is also one of the most fuel efficient vehicles of its size.
Price, Fuel Economy, Power:

  • MSRP: From $30,810
  • MPG: 19 city/25 highway/22 combined
  • Horsepower: 260 HP
  • Engine: 3.5L

#1 Subaru Outback

It’s rare to drive in the snowy states like Colorado, Vermont and Minnesota and NOT see a Subaru model on the road.

There’s a reason for the overwhelming popularity of Subaru vehicles in states with harsh winters.

They are some of the best performing vehicles in snow and ice available. It’s hard for any other automaker to compete.

The Subaru Outback is one of the automaker most popular models. A large wagon (seemingly getting bigger and bigger every year) the car blends all wheel drive performance with an elevated ground clearance that allows it to plow through snow similarly to an SUV.

The Subaru AWD system outperforms other AWD technology because of the way power is distributed. The symettrical system evenly distributes power for maximized protection, instead of the alternative slip-then-grip system.

Driving this car in the snow will likely affirm why so many darn people own one.

Price, Fuel Economy, Power:

  • MSRP: From $24,895
  • MPG: 25 city/33 highway/29 combined
  • Engine: 2.5L

Winter is here! We hope these rides help get you there safely!


  1. Austin

    November 19, 2014 at 5:23 am

    Did you not review the Range Rover? It clearly is the best off road vehicle with many special programs options such as snow/ice mode…

  2. ken

    November 21, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    Two of these should be considered SUV’s, not cars.

  3. Andy

    November 22, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    This list of snow cars totally misses the point. I thought from the picture the old vw bug ( with the aircooled engine in the back ) they’d mention it as it is definitely so much better in the snow, especially icy roads, than the cars listed, but I guess they’re more interested in selling cars than writing a provacative and interesting article, so much for an informative read!

  4. K.R.V.

    January 18, 2015 at 3:50 pm

    I think you are confused with the Cherokee and Grand Cherokee! You stated in the first paragraph something about a rear axle disconnect? and yes that is for the Cherokee, which is a front wheel drive lower model Jeep, but in the Grand Cherokee you have pictured, it is the FRONT axle that gets disconnected for better mileage, NOT the rear!

  5. K.R.V.

    January 18, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    Why would you go and include SUV’s in an article about cars that are good in the snow? and then not have cars that are good in the snow not in the story? Cars like the Chrysler 300/Dodge Charger? with the AWD option? instead of the Pathfinder and Jeep? Even the new Chrysler 200 can be bought with AWD, for under 30K with a deal. I bought my AWD Charger R/T with a Hemi for 33K, and it is great in the snow! sure it does not have the clearance a Pathfinder of Grand Cherokee has, but the real driving dynamics of the Charger are far and away better than either of the SUV’s mentioned! and I still get decent mileage! for a car with AWD and 370hp, I regularly get 17 city and 25 hyw. while driving at the speed limits. Plus I have heated seats, and the 525watt Dr. Dre sound system, with the very easy to use U-Connect system!

  6. AustinAnthony

    February 20, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    The best vehicle driving in the snow is the Tesla Model S85D. There is a YouTube video with an owner climbing a snow and ice covered hill with several 4-wheel drive vehicles stuck with their flashers on. The instantaneous computer-control of the electric motors powering the front and rear tires will always dominate over the delayed-response as a result of the mechanical linkages coupled to a gas-powered engine that all the other automakers use. There truly is no comparison.

  7. john simpson

    May 2, 2015 at 10:31 am

    Forgot to mention the Subaru Impreza. Winner of many snow rallies including the Monte Carlo and you can buy at least four Subaru for one Tesla and one hundred thousand plus miles without effort is more likely with Subaru over Tesla.

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