Old man winter is already rearing his ugly head in several states, and the Farmer’s Almanac predicts a rough season ahead. For those living in areas with lots of annual snow, finding a used vehicle that’s capable of navigating snowy and icy roads is a necessity.
Scouring what’s available, we’ve arrived at these 10 best used vehicles for driving in snow.
2014– The legendary Jeep name and Cherokee guise add up to drivers’ ability to traverse snowy, icy roads with ease. Four-wheel drive, high ground clearance, and powerful engine do the job. Raise the vehicle’s height and adjust traction with the touch of a button. How easy is that? Prices range from around $23,900 to $38,000.
2012-2014 T6 AWD – Essentially a tall wagon, the Volvo XC70 T6 AWD provides winter drivers with a confidence-building 8.3 inches of ground clearance. Look for winter-friendly options that include heated front and rear seats, heated steering wheel, a heated windshield with heated washer nozzles, and headlamp washers. Pricing ranges from $29,501 to $36,500.
2010-2013 – To successfully pilot through drifting and accumulated snow, besides all-wheel drive, good ground clearance is absolutely necessary. Here the midsize Subaru Outback (a tall wagon that’s more like a crossover SUV) excels with 8.7 inches. Amenities great for driving in snow include heated front seats, heated side mirrors, and windshield wiper de-icer. Prices range from $9,500 to $32,976.
2013-2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek – Like the Outback, the 2013-2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek (a car-like crossover) features 8.7 inches of ground clearance and all-wheel drive as standard equipment, making short work of driving in snow. Other winter-friendly standard features include heated front seats and side mirrors and windshield wiper de-icer. Pricing ranges from $17,506 to $30,536.
2011-2013 – The only minivan available with all-wheel drive, the Toyota Sienna carries seven passengers and provides 6.6 inches of ground clearance for driving in snow. The Sienna offers a long list of winter-friendly options, including heated front seats. Sienna pricing with all-wheel drive ranges from $17,975 to $40,227.
2013 Audi Allroad – With its 7.1-inch ground clearance and Audi’s vaunted Quattro all-wheel drive, the 2013 Audi Allroad helps drivers breeze through snowy roads as safely as dry pavement. Allroad standard equipment winter drivers will appreciate includes heated outside mirrors, rain-sensing windshield wipers and headlight washers, while heated front seats are optional. Prices range from $31,000 to $44,800.
2014 BMW 3-Series Gran Turismo xDrive – Buyers looking for a BMW sedan with standard all-wheel drive and excellent ground clearance for traversing snowy roads should check out the 2014 BMW 3-Series Gran Turismo xDrive. The tall, entry-level four-door luxury hatchback features 6.5 inches of ground clearance, with available heated seats and steering wheel, and headlamp washers. Check out prices that range from $34,900 to $53,725.
2011-2014 – A perennial favorite for driving in snow, the 2011-2014 Subaru Legacy provides a generous 5.9 inches of ground clearance, not quite as good as the Outback, but still good for a sedan. Look for used Legacy sedans with optional heated front seats and side mirrors and windshield wiper de-icer. Prices are in the $12,499 to $30,000.
2012-2013 SH-AWD – Wet and snowy roads won’t deter drivers of the 2012-2013 Acura TL SH-AWD (which stands for super handling all-wheel drive). The midsize luxury sedan has 5.7 inches of ground clearance. Heated front seats and outside mirrors are other winter-friendly features. Check out prices ranging from $24,988 to $36,694.
2013 – The popular midsize 2013 Ford Fusion, when equipped with all-wheel drive, provides drivers with the ability to safely navigate snow-covered roads with ease. Pricing ranges from $18,999 to $31,988.