We’re sorry, but the snow has returned for another round of chaos on Utah roads and highways. It’s nothing we haven’t seen before–Utah winters are known for fluctuations in temperature. One day it’s below freezing and snowing all day, the next day it’s 60 degrees and clear skies. What does this mean for driving? In short, it means you have to be prepared for anything. Having the right car makes preparation a whole lot easier, and that usually involves a vehicle equipped with 4-wheel-drive or all-wheel drive (AWD). Here are a few of the best winter car options, according to the U.S. News & World Report.
Legacy tackles tough terrain and comes with all-wheel drive standard. If you’re looking for a car that gets great gas mileage estimates and can easily handle day-to-day driving as well as tougher winter conditions, the Legacy does the job nicely.
- Gas Mileage: 20-26 City; 29-36 HWY
- Roomy Seats
- Superior Safety Scores
- Underwhelming engine
- Average handling
Audi produces one of the finest all-terrain wagons on the market today. It’s Quattro all-wheel drive system easily tackles all terrains and conditions, rain, snow, or shine.
- Outstanding performance/all terrain
- Upscale interior
- Powerful engine
- Gas mileage: 23 City; 28 HWY
- High price point
The Cadillac CTS is the world news report’s highest ranked midsize luxury vehicle. The CTS’ combination of power and superior handling make it a great option for winter driving. The optional all-wheel drive system, which you can purchase on any trim for around 2,000, makes it a more than capable winter vehicle.
- Powerful engine
- Excellent handling
- Advanced technology features
- Subpar fuel economy
- High starting price point
- Small rear seats
See the full list of “Best Cars for Winter Driving” here.