The 10 Best Vehicles for Snow and Ice


I’ve driven a lot of cars in the snow and am surprised at how much difference I’ve seen even in vehicles that otherwise are comparable to each other.

As winter begins to set in across the country, we figure it’s a good time to create a list of the best cars, trucks and SUVs for plowing through deep snow and easing over slippery ice. Here are my top ten, but feel free to drop a comment and let us know what you drive in the snow and how it does.

Toyota 4Runner/ Tacoma

Throw any weather situation at either of these Toyotas and you’ll make it through just fine.

Audi A6 Quattro


I had a boss once who loved his A6 so much he’d take me out on snowy mornings and speed through the twisties, trying to make his car come unstuck. He succeeded only once, and broke an axle for the effort.

Honda CR-V


I chose this over the Pilot because it’s lighter. The Pilot gets a little top-heavy, which makes going down icy hills a heart-racing experience, while the smaller CR-V crawls easily to the bottom.

Subaru Forester


A low center of gravity and all-wheel drive combine to make the Forester a winner in the snow and cold.

Jeep Wrangler


If you’ve got a hard top and doors on your Wrangler, nothing should stop you from reaching the top of the mountain.

Volvo XC90


Lots of ground clearance, lots of weight, but a low center of gravity make the AWD version of the XC90 a great winter car.

Suzuki SX4


Being a 2,500-pound small car, this thing stays planted. And with the ability to choose AWD or lock it into 4WD, the SX4 is a great commuter car for snowy highways. Just don’t take it on the trails.

Lexus RX


As long as you’re not running low-profile 18-inch summer tires, this little Lexus will serve you well through any winter storm.

Porsche Cayenne


This is for those who want a little extra flashiness in the their snowy commutes, plus the added benefit of the residual heating function, which will keep the Cayenne heated for up to 20 minutes after shutting the engine off.

BMW 328i xDrive


With dynamic stability control and intelligent all-wheel drive, what else do you need in a winter car? Oh… headlamp washers? Okay, you get those, too.

What do you drive in the snow?


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  1. I had a Suzuki Grand Vitara 2000 year model.
    I loved it in snow, sand and rough roads.
    I had to part with it and my XL7 because their catalytic converter had problems on both of them

  2. I highly recommend the Volvo XC90! I bought a Volvo XC90 3.2 AWD back in 09 brand new, and I love it. Still runs well today, very safe, and very comfortable. The 2009 is almost exactly like the model listed above (which seems to be an 05), but with a few modifications to the interior and safety systems. It feels very planted on the highway, which is especially important for me here in Alaska because of our dangerous highways – oh and the brakes save moose! My only concern is the MPG. It’s terrible. My average MPG at the time of this comment is 12.8 combined, which is way less than to be expected… WAAAYYY less! But it has a large(ish) fuel tank, and it’s an amazing cruiser, so if you have the means to pay for premium fuel once a week, you will love this car! And a word advice from myself (being a Volvo owner), “do not buy a Volvo brand new”! They depreciate quicker than almost every car I have ever seen. For example, my 09 XC90 was 60K brand new and well equipt, and now has a CARFAX value of 7.5K with a clean inspection. That’s only a 7 1/2 year old car with 70K miles! At this price point you could get it as a winter beater!

  3. Have a 2010 Dodge Ram 4×4 and I am very disappointed in the way it climbs hills in just a few inches of snow or ice. Just like a two wheel drive truck, one rear, one front tire spins.

  4. I just bought a 2014 Toyota Camry and it sucks in the snow! I feel like taking it back tomorrow. My other car for years was a Ford Taurus that kicks it butt hands down in the snow. SMH!!!

  5. I have lived in wyoming my whole life and have driven rear wheel drive, four wheel drive cars as wel as pick ups on snowy and ice packed roads…..I’ve even owned two subarau legacy wagons in the past. The subarau forester is a death trap when driving on ice. You have absolutely no control over the steering when you get over thirty miles an hour so you either cringe worrying about getting hit from behind or chance the car floating all over the road into the ditch or into another car.
    I cannot believe that subarau would put a car like this on the market and risk lives. Shame on you Subaru !!!!
    You may claim to share the love but please quit sharing the forester!!!!!

    • Actually, I own a forester. It’s amazing in the snow, handles well, and has very responsive steering. It is not floaty, in fact it is pretty solid. I have no clue how you came to your conclusion but you must have had the only SUBARU (not subarau) in the world that didn’t drive well. It also feels very stable at 75 and cruising. Plus it has many safety features, it has a high ground clearance, and is very comfortable. I have had two Foresters, one Outback, and now I have the Outback and a previous gen XC90 (a sister listed above). I highly recommend the Forester for anyone who wants a dependable, safe, comfortable, go-anywhere car!

  6. Have you ever tried Suzuki Grand Vitara on snow or off road. Try it, and you will know why I like this car.

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