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Unread 12-09-2013, 11:09 AM   #1
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Default The best and worst cars for winter?

Hey, just wanted to start a bit of a debate on what people on this forum think are the best (and the worst) cars for winter.

We've hit that time of the year again, when a combination of snowy and icy roads become a drivers worst enemy. Accidents always rocket around this time of year, and while you can say it's partly down to some drivers incompetence in tricky conditions, certain cars are obviously much better equipped than others for traversing winter weather.

I found this list on the Top 10 safest cars for winter: Safest Winter Cars: Top 10

It doesn't surprise me to see the Dacia up there, as it's versatility makes it highly reliable in most conditions (my dad recently purchased one, and has not stopped bragging about it since). Likewise, it's unsurprising to see many 4x4s on the list, however the Audi TT was a big surprise for me.

In comparison, this list has both a top 10 best and worst cars for winter (albeit, it's a bit out of date): Top 10 best and worst cars in the snowInside Track blog - MSN Cars UK

While it's evident cars make a big difference in winter driving safety (many BMWs in particular seem to be quite hopeless), other factors such as what tyres are on your cars can also have a massive impact.

So, what car do you drive, and is it winter friendly? Or is it an utter nightmare? Let me know what you think.

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Unread 12-09-2013, 01:33 PM   #2
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Mine is probably one of the worst for winter, fortunately it doesn't snow much here.

RWD and extremely front biased weight distribution.

I switched to some all terrain tires with more tread and I can put weight in the bed in case it actually does snow.

No ABS is another bad part, I think I might have the worst vehicle for winter!
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It's not what you drive, it's how you drive it.

Proud Minnesotan here, if you know how to drive RWD well, it'll serve you.

For a soccer mom, i would not recommend it. Ideally for a clueless idiot that wants to drive in snow, i'd say an AWD crossover of some sort, as much as I hate them. More ground clearance than a standard sedan, AWD, and room for people.

That said, if you care about enjoying driving, for the love of god don't buy one.
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Living in WI myself has taught me, as a matter of survival, how to drive anything safely in the snow. From bicycles on up to heavy 4x4 work trucks, the most important factor is the driver and not the vehicle itself.

With that said, Subaru and Volvo are two brands that WI residents commonly look to for their snow-loving, inclement-weather-driving prowess. The Subaru Forester and Volvo S40 are to the midwest as the Toyota Prius is to the east coast.
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