Winter is Fast Approaching – 10 Best Cars in the Snow

By Auto News Log • October 23rd, 2009

Fall is here and Winter is fast approaching. For some reason my Spidey senses are telling me we’ve got a snowy winter on the way this year… at least here in the Midwest. So, with that in mind thought it timely to share a listing of the best cars in the snow.

1. Audi A8/S8

Segment: Luxury sedan
All-Wheel Drive: Standard
Stability Control: Standard
4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes: Standard
Heated Front/Rear Seats: Standard in front, optional in rear
Power Side Mirrors: Standard
Combined MPG: 18
Hill-Start Assist: No

Winter Extras: Standard adaptive suspension, standard adaptive steering resistance, standard front and rear fog lights, standard retractable headlight washers, standard heated windshield washer nozzles, optional ski sack with storage pass-through, optional heated steering wheel.

MSRP: $74,550

2. BMW X5 xDrive35d

Segment: Luxury SUV
All-Wheel Drive: Standard
Stability Control: Standard (including brake-fade compensation, start assistant, dynamic traction control)
4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes: Standard
Heated Front/Rear Seats: Optional
Power Side Mirrors: Standard
Combined MPG: 22.5
Hill-Descent Control: Standard

Winter Extras: Optional retractable headlight washers, optional ski bag, standard speed-sensitive power steering, standard rear-window defroster, standard halogen fog lights, BMW roadside assistance.

MSRP: $51,200

3. BMW X6

Segment: Sport activity coupe
All-Wheel Drive: Standard
Stability Control: Standard
4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes: Standard
Heated Front/Rear Seats: Optional
Power Side Mirrors: Standard
Combined MPG: 15.5
Hill-Descent Control: Standard

Winter Extras: Standard engine-speed-sensitive power steering, standard start-off assistant, standard halogen fog lights, standard heated windshield-wiper jets, standard rear-window defroster, BMW roadside assistance, optional retractable headlight washers, optional ski bag, optional heated steering wheel.

MSRP: $66,650

4. Land Rover Range Rover Sport Supercharged

Segment: Luxury SUV
All-Wheel Drive: Standard
Stability Control: Standard
4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes: Standard
Heated Front/Rear Seats: Optional
Power Side Mirrors: Standard
Combined MPG: 14.5
Hill-Descent Control: Standard

Winter Extras: Optional collision mitigation system, standard adaptive dynamic response system, standard enhanced under-steer control, optional heated steering wheel, optional heated front windshield, optional heated windshield washer jets.

MSRP: $74,195

5. Lexus LX 570

Segment: Luxury SUV
All-Wheel Drive: Standard
Stability Control: Standard
4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes: Standard
Heated Front/Rear Seats: Standard front, optional rear
Power Defogging Side Mirrors: Standard
Combined MPG: 15
Hill-Start Assist: Standard

Winter Extras: Standard adaptable variable suspension, standard roof rack, standard headlamp washers, standard water-repellent front-door glass, standard deicing windshield wipers, rear-window defogger, optional remote start, optional towing equipment, optional collision avoidance system, optional first-aid and tool kits, optional ski rack.

MSRP: $76,405

6. Porsche Cayenne Transsyberia

Segment: Luxury SUV
All-Wheel Drive: Standard
Stability Control: Standard
4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes: Standard
Heated Front/Rear Seats: Optional
Power Side Mirrors: Standard
Combined MPG: TBA
Hill Holder: Standard

Winter Extras: Standard active suspension management,optional dynamic chassis control (anti-roll system), standard anti-slip regulation, two-speed transfer gearbox for low-range shifting, standard front and rear skid plates, extra towing lug, thermal insulated glass, leather defrost trim, ski bag, automatic suspension with six ride-height options (max clearance 271 mm).

MSRP: $70,800

7. Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited

Segment: Wagon
All-Wheel Drive: Standard
Stability Control: Standard
4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes: Standard
Heated Front Seats: Optional
Heated Side Mirrors: Optional
Combined MPG: 21.5
Hill-Descent Control/Ascent Assist: No

Winter Extras: Standard variable torque distribution, optional window-wiper deicer, standard brake assist, optional remote start, optional severe weather companion kit, optional battery warmer, optional engine block heater.

MSRP: $30,995

8. Toyota Land Cruiser

Segment: Large SUV
All-Wheel Drive: Standard
Stability Control: Standard
4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes: Standard
Heated Front/Rear Seats: Optional rear
Foldable Heated Side Mirrors: Standard
Combined MPG: 15.5
Hill-Ascent Assist: Standard

Winter Extras: Standard front fog lamps, optional headlamp washers,standard dynamic suspension system, standard crawl control (takes over brakes and accelerator in low-traction conditions).

MSRP: $64,755

9. Volkswagen Touareg 2 TDI

Segment: Mid-size SUV
All-Wheel Drive: Standard
Stability Control: Standard
4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes: Standard
Heated Front Seats: Standard
Power Heated Side Mirrors: Standard
Combined MPG: 21
Hill-Descent Control/Ascent Assist: Standard

Winter Extras: Optional four-corner air suspension with six available ride heights, standard all-season tires, standard low-range gear and adaptive torque distribution, standard trailer hitch, standard rear glass window defrost, standard halogen front fog lights, standard roof rails, standard heated windshield wiper jets, standard rear wiper and defroster, standard rollover sensor system, standard heated front seats, three-year standard roadside assistance.

MSRP: $39,300

10. Volvo XC70

Segment: Wagon
All-Wheel Drive: Standard
Stability Control: Standard
4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes: Standard
Heated Front/Rear Seats: Optional
Power Heated Side Mirrors: Standard
Combined MPG: 18
Hill-Descent Control: Yes

Winter Extras: Standard front and rear fog lights, standard rear window defogger, standard roof rails, optional key-less drive, optional high-pressure headlight cleaners, optional heated windshield washer nozzles, optional rain-sensing windshield wipers, optional carbon monoxide sensor.

MSRP: $37,950

 

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