The 10 Best Cars For the Snow

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- As the popular "Game of Thrones" quote goes, "Winter is coming," and roads will be getting icy and dangerous. Safety during times of frightful weather can be a top priority. While the advice of most meteorologists is to stay indoors when the snow is so high you could get lost just walking your dog, many people might find they have to venture out into this uncertain weather for one reason or another.

Unless you have access to a magic sleigh and eight flying reindeer, chances are you'll have to drive when going out in snowy weather.

The kind of car you are driving on roads covered in snow and ice, as well as the features available for the vehicle, can mean the difference between a safe or dangerous ride. Just picture yourself skidding all over the road until you finally come to an abrupt stop. That scenario can be avoided easily with the proper safety features. 

Some cars are designed to handle tough weather and off road conditions, while others have features available that make driving in the snow safer.

The following list, in no specific order, is of the 10 best cars for driving in the snow:

10. 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee 

This car's features include 4-wheel drive, high ground clearance, and a powerful engine. These features all "help it traverse ice and snow," kellybluebook.com says.

"With features that enable you to raise the vehicle's height and adjust traction for specific terrain with the touch of a button, the Grand Cherokee is ready to tackle whatever Mother Nature throws at it," kbb.com added.

 

9. 2013 Range Rover 

This lightweight redesigned SUV has off-road capabilities that make it great for navigating icy and snowy road conditions.

"The most adverse urban road conditions are deemed trivial in the eyes of an SUV renowned for its ability to conquer some of the most unforgiving terrain this planet has to offer," kbb.com said.


8. 2014 Audi A4

While the most obvious choices for the best cars to drive in the snow are SUVs, smaller sedans now have features available to them that make it easier to navigate on roads covered with ice, snow, and salt.

These things can accumulate on headlights, dimming their light, blocking visibility, making it difficult to see what's in front of you.

Headlight washers and wipers that can clear buildup due to winter weather are available on the Audi A4, Edmunds.com says.


7. 2014 Volvo S60

Another sedan with available headlight washers and wipers, just add some snow tires and you'll be ready to brave some wild weather.


6. 2014 Toyota Sienna 

When the roads are slick and the snow is falling you want the assurance of knowing your car isn't going to slip and slide all over the place.

The Toyota Sienna is equipped with all-wheel-drive, which works to provide power to all four of a vehicle's wheels, Edmunds.com writes.

"This feature can help improve acceleration when there's snow, rain, or ice on the ground," Edmunds.com added.


5. 2014 Ford Fusion 

While you need safety features when driving in snow conditions, the ability to be able to start your car in severely cold weather is just as important as those snow tires and all-wheel drive.

The 2014 Ford Fusion has an available engine block heater, which can help the car start and warm up faster in freezing weather, Edmunds.com says.

After all, there is nothing worse on a cold Monday morning, when you're running late to work because you had to dig out your car, then finding out it won't start.


4. 2014 Acura MDX 

Engine block heaters are also available on this four door SUV, Edmunds.com says.


3. 2014 GMC Acadia 

This car has been described as "ruggedly truck like," by kbb.com, with the availability of all-wheel-drive this tough truck can stand up to the most wacky winter weather. 

2. 2014 Nissan Pathfinder

The Nissan Pathfinder is described as having "a strong engine and the ability to confidently tackle slippery paths thanks to a lockable four-wheel-drive mode," kellybluebook.com says.

The availability of a heated steering wheel might be an added incentive to get yourself one of these SUVs. While not a safety feature it will add some comfort as you travel here and there on the coldest winter days.


1. 2014 Subaru Outback 

Engine block heaters are also available for the 2014 Subaru Outback, as well as Subaru's symmetrical all-wheel-drive, which "continually keeps the power routed to all four wheels, ensuring an outstanding grip in snow rain or rough roads," a brochure from Subaru.com reads.

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