7 Best Rides to Combat Winter Weather
If you haven't already guessed, winter is still upon us (everyone in the Northeast). That means time for shovels, time for boots, and time for questionable driving conditions. But what can you do to combat all this rough terrain? Most importantly, find the right vehicle will keep you mostly alive, but at the same time, find something that will keep the blood pumping long enough to prevent hypothermia. We went through and picked seven of our favorite winter driving cars that provide both safety, stability, and a wee bit of fun in the meantime. 7. Suzuki Kizashi (AWD)
Engine: 2.4L 4-Cylinder
While the Suzuki brand in the U.S. may be long dead and gone, the company left off with a firecracker sized bang in the form of the Kizashi sedan. The handsome and well-equipped vehicle did achieve some relatively successful numbers before signing off, and with it came navigation, available all-wheel drive and as much space as any mid-sized sedans.
6. Mini Cooper S Countryman All4
Model: Cooper Countryan S All4
Engine: 1.6L 4-Cylinder Turbo
An expansion of the Mini brand has made it a bit, well, not so mini. New models like the Coupe, the Paceman and of course, the Countryman, all sat well with enthusiasts and consumers alike who welcomed each new model with mostly open arms.
The Cooper S Countryman All4, is the perfect blend of quirky British (German) engineering, a more spacious interior, and a well-designed all-wheel drive system capable of mostly anything thrown its way.
5. Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
Model: Lancer Evolution
Engine: 2.0L 4-Cylinder Turbo
Like the Subaru WRX STI, the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo has been around for quite the while (although, won't be soon enough). But also like the Subaru, the Evo bears rally-proof off-road capabilities, 291-hp and an affordable price tag of only $34,000.
4. Volvo S60 R-Design
Model: 911 Carrera 4
Engine: 3.8L 6-Cylinder
Ok, so the Porsche 911 may not be the thriftiest of all the snowmobiles, but, it is one of the best. With 400-hp and an all-new all-wheel drive system underneath, you and your inevitably attractive partner can have all the fun you want without all the snowy drama.
2. Subaru WRX STI 5-Door
Model: WRX STI 5-Door
Engine: 2.5L 4-Cylinder Boxer
The old Subaru STI has been around for quite the while now. But in its longevity, the WRX (along with most Subarus) has gained the reputation of the go-to vehicle for any and all off-road enjoyment. Including snow.
With a halfway thrifty price tag of only $36K, the Subaru undercuts many of the larger and more expensive all-wheel drive SUV's by a few thousand while still providing enough space for you, your kids, your dog, and grandma.
1. Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8
Make: Volvo Model: S60 R-Design Engine: 3.0L 6-Cylinder Turbo Price: $42,000 When the Swedes do it, they do it right. As the snow loving bunch has done for centuries, each and every Volvo to come off the lot is equipped to handle the elements. The Volvo S60 R-Design then, is no exception. While the R-Design is sportier and more dynamic than any previous Volvo before it, it still bears with it a signature all-wheel drive system capable of any romp about outdoors. 3. Porsche 911 Carrera 4
Make: Jeep Model: Grand Cherokee SRT8 Engine: 6.4L V8 HEMI Price: $60,000+ If a 6.4L V8 HEMI and 470-hp 'aint enough to get your blood flowing, you might be in a coma. The Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 is a tanks worth of power mounted on top of a Jeep all-wheel drive system and finished off on the interior with navigation, bluetooth and anything else your little heart desires.