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The Four Best Used Cars for the Snow

What Are The Best Used Cars For Snow Driving?

Updated September 28, 2018

So, you don’t want to spend another winter trapped in your home while the roads are covered with snow? Well, you’ve got two options: slap a set of snow tires and a pair of winter wiper blades on your current ride, which can be very effective,  or purchase yourself a car that was actually engineered to thrive in the wintery stuff, and the most cost-effective way to go with this second option is to buy a used car. There’s no shortage of online resources waxig lyrical about the best cars for snow driving, but what about the the best used cars for snow driving, for those of us on a budget? We’ve got you covered. Below are the four top used cars for driving in the snow.

Jeep Compass 2007 to Today

Best Used Cars For Snow - Jeep

This compact SUV is one of this American automaker’s first crossover. Depending upon which model year you get, your Jeep Compass will have a 2.0 L, 2.2 L, or 2.4 L  engine, all of which are powerful enough to get you and your crew over and through any snow drifts you could ever hope to encounter. Making this comfortable, family-friendly vehicle a genuine beast in the snow is its high ground clearance of over 8 inches. Generally, they’re quite affordable and they’re good cars for snow too!

 

Subaru Impreza WRX STi Sedan 2006 to 2012

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If safety is deciding factor for you, odds are that Subaru is already on your short list. However, this sporty sedan is not just safe; it truly comes alive in the snow thanks to its driver-controllable differential and symmetrical all-wheel drive system. I suppose these advanced features plus its stock top speed of 149 mph should not come as a surprise since the Impreza WRX STi’s roots trace back to competing in winter rally races. Oh, and let’s not forget that this hawk-eyed ride is downright pretty enough to kiss goodnight each evening.

 

Audi A8 2002 to today

Best Used Cars For Snow - Audi

Okay. I’ll admit that even used, an Audi A8 will set you back much more than a set of snow tires and a pair of winter wiper blades for your present car will. But, there is no denying that if you are looking for comfort and performance in the winter, it is very hard to beat what the Audi A8 offers.

Proving that this beautiful sedan was made for the snow is its ski bag that is a sack that normally sits out-of-sight behind the rear seat. When deployed, you slide your skis into it from the trunk so that they go through the back of the rear seats where they then rest. However, since they are in the bag, your seats stay nice a dry.

It is these types of details that make the Audi A8 a top snow car. Additional features that will keep you safe on the wintery roads include all-wheel-drive, stability control, rear fog lights, heated retractable headlight-washer nozzles, and heater windshield wipers. They’re great cars for snow driving.

Acura TL 2003 to 2012

Best Used Cars For Snow - Acura

Available with Super Handling All-Wheel-Drive, the Acura TL automatically adjusts its power system to transfer its power to its outside wheels while turning to help it maximize its exit speed. This handsome sedan’s SH-AWD, 305 horses, and 3.7 L V-6 that is capable of twisting out 273 lb-ft of torque means that it has the strength and traction needed to conquer nearly any snowy road.

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