• Top 10 AWD Snow Cars 2017 – 2018: Special Report

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    When driving in this, you want a car from our list.

    TFL’s Top 10 Best Cars for Driving in Snow, 2017-2018

    It’s dumping snow in Denver this morning, which means it’s a good day to breakdown TFL’s list of the best cars and crossovers that can handle frozen roads, snow drifts, and ice. As TFL’s Nathan and Andre explain in the TFLnow video below, our criteria is based on a vehicle’s performance on Goldmine Hill, a steep trail of loose rock and off-camber turns that will challenge any vehicle’s all-wheel-drive system. In more than four years of testing vehicles on the trail, TFL has found that any thing that conquers Goldmine Hill will dominate in snowy conditions.

    You can check out the video for Nathan and Andre’s complete breakdown of the vehicles and how they performed. But if you just want the list, here we go.

     10  2016 Fiat 500X | TFL Car  Fiat 500x AWD
     9  2017 Toyota RAV4  Toyota RAV4 AWD
     8    Dodge Durango AWD
     Mazda CX-5 AWD
    2015, lexus, nx, hybrid, snow,
     Lexus NX Hybrid AWD
     5    Nissan Pathfinder AWD
     4  Volvo V90 Cross Country  Volvo V90 XC
     3  2018 vw atlas big crossover suv v6 vr6 awd 4motion  VW Atlas 4Motion
     2    BMW X3
     1  2018 Land Rover Discovery  Land Rover Discovery


    And here’s the video:

    Grant Davis
    Grant Davis
    Grant Davis is the Marketing Manager for TFLcar. Since 2006, he's found himself in the driver's seat of a more than 200 cars, trucks, SUVs, motorcycles, and the occasional watercraft as a longtime writer for Outside Magazine/Outside online and other adventure-oriented media. He's based in Denver and has a love/hate relationship with his 11-year-old minivan.

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    19 thoughts on “Top 10 AWD Snow Cars 2017 – 2018: Special Report

    1. First let me say I’ve been watching you guys for a few years now and generally enjoyed it, living in Colorado it’s nice to see a more realistic view of the performance of cars at our altitude. Now, maybe I’m in the minority, but when I see a title that says Cars in it, I expect to see cars in the list, I would classify most of these as SUVs or crossovers maybe, but not cars. Maybe need to come up with a test for actual cars (I would agree most awd cars won’t have the clearance to do this particular test, does’t make them invalid in the snow). I drove a 2005 Subaru Legacy for about 10 years and it out drove many SUVs, crossovers, Trucks, and other cars during our sometimes nasty driving. And now own a 2017 Infiniti Q60S AWD, would love to see something that compares actual cars 🙂

        1. Grant, I understand that, however most of the car enthusiast I know would not call them cars for this purpose. There are so many AWD cars, I just think it would be nice to do one on actual cars, and call this what it is, Crossover/SUV AWD vehicles.

    2. I own a 2014 Jeep Cherokee and when I go to your lists it is left off as a suv/truck for TFL/CAR or it is a car and not truck on TFL/Truck. Where would I look truck or car when it might be about the Cherokee?

      1. Grant (great name!). Since the Cherokee is due for an update/refresh, our reviews on it are old. This list–and the video–concerned new vehicles for this year that the TFL team has driven and reviewed off-road or in snowy conditions.

    3. Yup, the SUVs are better in the snow, but who is better on Oct roads? This is where cars excel, especially in windy states.

      Perhaps TFL should do a Ten Best for SUVs, a separate one for cars (given their superior ice driving capabilities), and maybe even one for pickup trucks (Ridgeline is obvious winner there, as AWD trumps 4wd in snow/ice conditions).

      Not to get too off-topic, but a FWD with dedicated snow tires will beat an AWD SUV with all-season tires, as long as the snow isn’t over 6 inches deep.

    4. Grant Davis: I bought my wife’s 06 ford freestyle specifically because of how good the awd was and how affordable it was and family friendly but I was in love the the smaller hummer h3. is their any news on if their will be a return soon and if not has gm given up on the affordable durable family friendly suvs that can actually go off road.

      1. Not sure, Brandon, but I’ve forwarded your question to Nathan Adlen to consider for his Sunday column. While I didn’t love the H3, I did find the stock version more capable off-road than I expected.

    5. Yeah for me again it’s affordable good gas mileage and just as capable off road as jeeps for 12k it’s a great buy and great ground clearance and great alternative to jeeps. style is subjective but hey I bought my wife a awd freestyle and we love it lol. as a family hauler it surprised us in flagstaff when we pulled a new outback out of the ditch. thanx for listening to me and dude your amazing keep up the good work.

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