Front wheel drive is better than rear wheel drive in the snow. Four wheel drive is better still.
Pretty much any 4WD / AWD will cope well in moderate snow conditions.
If the snow is deep or you’re going into hilly areas then an SUV is going to be your best option, failing that fit snow tires and / or snow chains.
In snow and ice the important thing is the amount of tire in contact with the ground so a vehicle with big tires is going to perform better than one with small tires. Good tread depth is important. You can also deflate the tires slightly to provide more surface contact with the ground (on ice and compacted snow).
Front wheel drive is better than rear wheel drive as the weight of the engine gives better traction. Adding extra weight provides more traction so if you have a rear wheel drive then put extra weight in the trunk.
The key to driving in snow is to maintain momentum and to plan ahead. Avoid breaking and changing gears wherever possible. If you do have to brake then do so gently, if you have anti-lock braking that can be turned off then turn it off (locking the wheels will stop you in a shorter distance in an emergency).
When approaching a hill or going up hill stick in a lower gear with the engine running fast, that way when you slow down you can delay having to change gear. Changing gear results in a loss of momentum and can cause the wheels to spin, when this happens it’s difficult to regain control.
The car itself isn’t really all that important – the driver and the tires are the important things. Even a tiny four wheel drive will perfom well in snow and ice conditions.
Useful things to carry when driving in snow – snow shovel, cell-phone, sacking to put under tires when you get stuck, warning triangle (also for when you’re stuck), a hand-winch (unless the vehicle is fitted with a winch) complete with plenty of strong cable – suitable anchorage points in open hilly country are few and far between. Be prepaered to spend the night in the vehicle so take spare warm clothing, a flask, some food, sleeping bag, something to read.
As for which vehicle is best – it depends. If you’re going to be spending a LOT of time in the snow then go for a Land Rover Defender (the vehicle farmers and the military use) but it’s more of a workhorse than a family vehicle. The best AWD would be a Range Rover or a Land Rover Discovery – most SUV’s are a hybrid between road vehicle and off-road vehicle, these are designed with people in mind but are more off than on road.
Some SUV’s should really be called ‘sidewalk vehicles’ as this is as far off road as they get. Some of the better SUV / AWD’s are BMW, Honda, Ford and Volvo.
Something low to the ground with 4 wheel drive. Like a Subaru Outback or Volvo Station Wagon. I was recently in the Jackson Wyoming area and saw a lot of the small 4 wheel drive vehicles instead of the large SUV types. I figured with the winter weather they have there they probably know best.
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It really doesn’t matter too much, it’s all about how it’s driven. Anti-lock brakes are a good thing to have though. I have an 88 caprice that I’ve never had stuck before. I’ve been down lots of roads where people have gone off of and never have had a problem with it, including a lady in a FWD buick that went off an icy interstate right in front of me, and I didn’t even have a bobble.
I say it again, the driver is the most important part of winter driving.
Just for average commuting? A AWD that fits your family. A lot of people have already suggested some great brands, Volvo, Subaru, etc.. If you have to go places that are not plowed and expect to see over 12 inches more than once a year then a 4×4 Truck based SUV would probably be best.
they have all wheel drive, they are like a magnet to the road
so for a family, the impreza is out
so get a legacy or forester in the wagon style
they are very safe, in severe accidents, where the jaws of life are needed (im a volunteer firefighter), the side impact has extra safety steel bars in it, and it is about impossible to cut through, and you need an alternative pplace to cut. The crash ratings are excellent.
Volvo’s are supposed to be very good in the snow. get the all wheel drive wagon.
We drive a Jeep Cherokee. But I will be trading for a Jeep Grand Cherokee.
Nothing like a Jeep!