The Best Cars for Winter 2017
If tradition holds (and we’re pretty sure this tradition will never break), the debut of 2018 car models is fast-approaching! Leaves aren’t the only thing changing during the fall, as dealerships will want to be filling their lots with the newer models and in desperate need to cycle their lots of the remaining previous year version. As summer comes to an end, this is great news for the consumer if you are looking for a new car, but can happily settle for last year’s model (let’s be honest, how much REALLY changes from one year to another?)
Cars are a big purchase, and from what we’ve seen, vehicles with all-wheel drive and small SUVs are usually a little more expensive. You end up paying a higher cost for the performance capabilities and size, but depending on your circumstances, these things may be completely necessary to function. One of those circumstances that you need to take into consideration when buying a new car is where you live when the winter months arrive!
Speaking of which, what’s only a few months away? Oh that’s right - winter! Being that a large part of the United States is affected by winter conditions which usually include that freezing, slippery white stuff (also known as snow), and the fact that last year’s models will probably be going on sale soon, we feel it important to highlight what we feel are some of the best winter cars of 2017 for under $25,000 MSRP (well, $25,645 if we're talking technicalities here!)
We know cars, and we’re from Utah, so we know winter too. Not only will these cars help keep your wheels on the road, but they can even help venture out to find some excitement when old Jack Frost and the Snow Miser pay a visit! Take a look at our list and let us know on social media what your favorite winter vehicle is or if we missed one that you love!
Subaru Outback ($25,645)
It’s really not a ski trip unless you pile into the Outback. This wagon has got the room and the all-wheel drive to make winter a breeze. Even though it’s not the showstopper like its WRX cousin, it’ll get the job done every time!
Toyota RAV4 ($24,410)
This has been a popular seller in the market the last few years and we’re starting to think these guys are onto something… an inline-four cylinder engine gives you less power but better gas mileage while still gripping to the blacktop even during those slippery nights.
Honda CRV ($24,045)
Named the “Best Compact SUV for Families for 2016”, the CRV covers both rough roads and fuel economy. Hatchbacks are always a bonus too, especially if you’re loading up some snow toys. Get the all-wheel drive package and you’ll be zipping around the streets without worry during the cold months.
Jeep Wrangler ($23,995)
We’d be just as shocked as you if I didn’t see this one on the list! You might as well call it Old Faithful, because this Jeep won’t let you down in the winter, or really any season. Four-wheel drive, and a powerful engine will get you places, and somehow you just can’t beat the classic round headlights and that iconic Jeep look!
Ford Fusion ($22,610)
Bet you didn’t realize that the Ford Fusion now has an all-wheel drive option, because we sure didn’t! This is a great all-around midsize car with great safety features, solid handling, room and comfort, and all at an affordable price! Who saw that coming?
Subaru Forester ($22,395)
We’re really not biased, we promise! The Subaru family is pretty much just built for handling whatever terrain you run into, and the Forester is no exception. You’ve got room for the kids and the comfort that will keep them from complaining on those long journeys or stressful snowstorm drives. The classic all-wheel drive is there, and for what you’re getting, you can’t really beat the price!
Subaru Crosstrek ($21,695)
A smaller four-cylinder engine means better gas mileage while still giving you the ability to handle adverse weather conditions. Small and maneuverable with a raised ride clearance, the Crosstrek is great for the professional who is an outdoor enthusiast on the weekends. If you’re looking for something even more inexpensive that doubles as a great commuter, this should be in the running.
Hyundai Sonata ($21,600)
The first in the list not to offer all-wheel drive, but provides solid two-wheel drive performance. The safety and reliability of the car is among the highest. Hyundai has done a good job adding loads of features and creating a great, smooth ride both inside and behind the wheel. This is one car that can hold its own throughout the entire year, just keep in mind that it’s not designed to handle all-terrain like many of the others.
The only other two-wheel drive option to make our list, the Mazda3 navigates the roads like a true champion while keeping you protected with its high safety rating. The sheer ability of this car in responding to your driving makes it a viable option, and it’s pretty cute too. Slap some snow tires on this one and you shouldn’t have a worry during the cold months.
We know the winter months are still a little bit away, but now is the time to consider whether or not one of these great “sleighs” is the best choice for your family! The lots are getting ready to clear out, and they are looking to unload some great deals on the best winter cars. Whether you live for snowy parking lot donuts, a weekly trip to the ski resort, or just want to be safe on the roads during the chilly end to the year, these cars are worth checking out when considering what to purchase!