Best All-Wheel-Drive Models For Winter-Driving

January 18, 2013 by  
Filed under Car Safety

According to several news agencies, winter driving may be difficult for some, especially if they are bound to drive through thick snow and harsh weather conditions.

Snow, mud and rain can be difficult to maneuver and, at times, it could even increase the risk of fatal accidents. Some experts have gathered details on some of the best all-wheel-drive vehicles that will make it the best models for drivers who will be doing heavy winter driving in during the next couple of months.

Reports show that, according to the experts, vehicles that got “good” safety ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety were considered as well as models that scored 70 or higher in recent Consumer Reports tests. Both agencies test vehicles for their safety but Consumer Reports also reviews vehicles for their maintenance costs, reliability, quality, performance and owner satisfaction.

All vehicles listed as some of the best winter-cars available today are equipped with AWD, which is a system that may operate without the driver’s input, which identifies the conditions and chooses when it’s necessary to redistribute some amount of torque from the front to the back wheels.

The models picked also have door locks, power windows and outboard mirrors. As far as safety features go, these vehicles have at least six air bags.
One of the vehicles listed as one of the best all-wheel-drive include the Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium, which may cost the driver about $22,495. This model offers a good mpg rating and is one of the most affordable all-wheel-drive options available in the country. This vehicle is roomy and it offers several new tech features like keyless entry, Bluetooth connectivity and power-adjustable driver’s seat. This model has reached an 81 score with the Consumer Reports.

The Toyota Venza LE AWD is also a great option for consumers looking for all-wheel-drive vehicles to face the winter. This model scored 77 with Consumer Reports. In spite of its relatively modest mpg ratings and somewhat confusing design, it’s still an affordable vehicle that is available to consumers for $30,970. This model comes with a long list of standard features and a six-speaker audio system that will make the music aficionado happy about choosing this vehicle over others.

The Dodge Charger SXT AWD, which costs $31,295 is a vehicle that was designed to put peformance above everything else. This vehicle has scored 75 with Consumer Reports, according to the experts. It’s equipepd with multiple features and it’s roomy and somewhat fuel efficient.
Some of the models that also made the list were the Audi A4 Premium quattro and the Honda Crosstour 4WD EX-L.

If you would like to learn more about the all-wheel-drive models, click here to read the full article.


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