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Dec 14, 2013 12:11PM
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Winter driving has more to do with common sense than it does with what you are actually driving.

I made a 60 mile round trip commute to IUP in Pennsylvania daily driving a 1995 Chevy Cavalier

with two studded winter tires on the front. I never missed a day of classes no matter how bad the weather was and I passed dozens of 4 wheel drive vehicles stuck in snowy ditches.  Slow down , and maintain distance between you and the car in front of you ... it's that simple.

Dec 11, 2013 1:11PM
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I love how these articles never list how many miles these cars are going to have on them in order to get any of them under the $10K price.
Dec 11, 2013 11:14AM
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Obviously written by a flat-lander. Go anywhere that has mountains and tons of snow and ice and see what vehicle is predominant and reliable and NOT ON YOUR LIST........yes everyone knows it's the Subaru's and not just the WRX. The WRX while a fun hot car, is not what comes to mind in the winter like the Outback, Forrester and Impreza models which have better ground clearance and usually are much cheaper to own and operate.
Dec 11, 2013 12:25PM
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I love how the author assumes that an all-wheel drive equates to a good winter car. 
Dec 14, 2013 11:45AM
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it is not the cost of the vechicle but the ability of the driver
Dec 14, 2013 11:40AM
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was going to comment, then thought why bother...you just can't fix stupid.
Dec 11, 2013 2:42PM
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There are obviously different kinds of "Best in the snow" vehicles. For snow packed, icy roads the lower the center of gravity of the AWD or 4X4 vehicle, the better it will perform. Deep snow conditions....you're obviously going to want some clearance. I live in the Rockies and the dominant winter road vehicles are Subaru, Toyota and Audi cars and SUV's. There are also a lot of Grand Cherokees and pick ups but on curvy, steep mountain roads, the sedans and smaller SUV's perform the best, hands down.
  The next time you happen to drive through the Rockies on a wintry day, take notice of what is flipped over in the median of I-70, the vast majority are full size pick ups and large SUV's, they tend to lose control on the cury roads because of their higher center of gravity, and the drivers of those vehicles having a false sense of security while driving them.

Dec 14, 2013 11:46AM
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Did anyone noticed that all of these were anywhere from 10-15 years old?  They may be good in snow, but I would suspect that these "winter wonders" would require such replacement or upkeep that a whole new article could be written called "The Never Ending Story".
Dec 14, 2013 1:06PM
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I've owned a Honda Element 4WD for years, had it in snow, ice, you name it....

 Say what you will but it has been a solid winter vehicle for me.

Dec 16, 2013 1:32PM
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I only wish people knew that all wheel drive does not guarantee better or shorter stopping. The advantage of AWD (and 4WD) over 2WD is in acceleration since all four wheels are DRIVEN wheels. 

 

But once you get going there is no advantage.  Keep in mind that RWD and FWD vehicles, as well as AWD and 4WD, all of them offer four wheel BRAKING. But because AWD and 4WD vehicles are heavier they have a harder time stopping than a lighter vehicle.  All other things being equal, heavier AWD and 4WD vehicles need LONGER distances to stop than 2WD vehicles. 

 

AWD and 4WD are not miracles and they do NOT and CANNOT repeal the laws of physics.  Every winter people are killed driving AWD and 4WD vehicles because they drive too fast for the conditions, especially going into a curve.  And many of these people have bald or near bald tires. 

 

Whatever vehicle you drive you need good tires!  You only have as much traction as tires provide you.  Get the best tires you can afford.  And don't rely on so called "all season" tires in the snow.  They are only three season tires in warmer climates, e.g. the South.  In the North you should get winter tires if you want to be truly safe.

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