Spring has sprung, but many areas of the country are still being affected by winter-like weather. And when it comes to living in those regions, you’ll want to make sure that you are equipped to drive safely through snow, ice and freezing rain.
Weather conditions are incredibly dangerous to anyone on the road, so we’ve compiled a list of some of the best vehicles to all-weather driving.
The Trusty SUV
Probably the first thing that pops into your mind when you think of all-weather driving is the sports utility vehicle. For good reason! The SUV was built to handle all types of terrain, including ice, snow and rain. If you’re looking for SUV leases, here are a few things to keep in mind.
Not all SUVs are built the same. There are many smaller SUVs that don’t feature all-wheel-drive or anti-lock braking systems. You’ll want to make sure that you have proper tires and plenty of ground clearance underneath your vehicle. Buying a cheap 2-wheel-drive SUV may not give you the safety that you want.
You’ll want to stick with one of the larger SUVs like the Jeep Grand Cherokee, which features five different drive modes for all kinds of terrain (snow, sand, auto, mud and rock). The intelligence built into these Jeeps should really put your mind at ease when getting on the road in bad weather conditions.
Wagons have come a long way from the wood-paneled years of the 1980s. Stylish hatchback/wagons like the Subaru Crosstrek give you all the SUV-like features you want but in a hatchback body form.
All-wheel-drive is common as well as anti-lock brakes and plenty of clearance under the vehicle. The more compact proportions of the Crosstrek and other wagons actually allow for more responsive handling and better acceleration. Great features worthy of sacrificing the SUV form factor for!
Luxury Compact Cars
If you care about the environment and can swing the price tag, then the Tesla Model X may interest you. It’s one of the only electric cars on the market that features all-wheel-drive. If you’re looking for a “future car” feel with the ability to handle all kinds of weather, then the Model X may be calling your name.