The Best Cars and Trucks for Snow and Ice: 2011/2012 Edition
In this day and age, it doesn’t take long for things to become obsolete. Digital cameras? No need, I have a smart phone. E-mail? Nope, I’d rather text. That Facebook status from 30 seconds ago? Puh-lease. Latest news only, thank you very much.
So I’m just a little surprised that a blog post from two years ago still gets people fired up. The subject matter, though, is as timeless as the seasons: the best vehicles for snow and ice.
I’ve taken some mild criticism for that post. One such comment began, “This might be the worst list ever for snow vehicles…”
Ouch. While some of the cars and trucks on that list might be questionable choices, I stand behind them and would drive any of them in a snowstorm and feel comfortable. Well, a Seattle snowstorm. You know, one that drops maybe 3 inches of the white stuff. For vehicles built to survive a serious Syracuse-style snowfall, keep reading!
Before I get to the cars, I should say that any vehicle properly equipped with good snow tires should be able to handle some pretty gnarly conditions. So if you can’t go find a new or used snow vehicle, at least invest in dedicated snow tires. Years ago I made it through a few Eastern Washington winters in a ’94 Mustang with studded snows, proof that any car can be a snow car!
A lot of folks prefer full-size heavy trucks to plow through the deep stuff. I’ve included some of those, because in deep snow they really are the only choice. But when things get slippery all that heft turns into a liability, because it also has to be stopped. Ideally, the best snow/ice cars are all-wheel-drive crossovers with high clearance and a lower center of gravity.
Remember, this isn’t an exhaustive list, and your contributions are greatly appreciated. Just be nice.
Just don’t get going too fast.
The Suburban will make it through just about anything. Just drive like a cup of hot coffee is sitting on the dash, like in License to Drive. Slow and steady…
Full-size trucks with true four-wheel drive are hard to beat in deep snow.
I’m kind of disappointed this one didn’t make my first list! It might even be a candidate for “Best Snow Vehicle Ever.”
It’s like a mountain goat: sure-footed in the snow with a bit of an attitude.
If you’re in the backcountry and dealing with a 27-inch snowfall, the Subie’s probably not going to do you much good. But anywhere else you should be fine.
A good AWD system and a low center of gravity make the small Chevy sport utes a fine choice.
There are a lot of Chevys on this list. Any cars or trucks you think are missing?
Used Hummer H2
Used Chevrolet Suburban
Used Chevrolet Silverado
Used Ford F-150
Used Dodge Ram
Used Toyota Land Cruiser
Used Volvo XC90
Used Subaru Outback
Used Chevrolet TrailBlazer
Used Chevrolet Equinox