It’s the dead of winter—and it’s been an exceptionally brutal one this year. From frozen tundra to freak weather patterns to “bomb cyclones,” we can only hope the worst is over. But since nobody can predict the future, the best we can do is prepare. So in addition to donning lots of layers, that means being safe on out on the roads. So if you live in an area that gets hit with lots of the white stuff, check this list of the top all-wheel drive SUVs for winter.
2018 Subaru Forester
The compact crossover Subaru Forester gives you 8.7 inches of clearance for steering clear of snow. All-wheel drive is standard, which provides remarkable off-road ability, the Forester and still delivers up to 28 mpg** in combined city and highway driving, dependent upon your transmission and engine choice. Those looking for a little more poke can opt for the 250-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which comes with a continuously variable transmission, but those who prefer to row their own can go for the six-speed manual. The Forester has generous room for up to five snow bunnies and their gear alike, and there are six trim levels to choose from. Of the three driving modes, X-Mode is the one you want for weekend jaunts to the mountains, as it has hill descent control and an ability to shift power between front and rear wheels as needed. In your 2018 Subaru Forester, you’ll be the king of the mountain.
MSRP for the 2018 Subaru Forester AWD starts at $22,795**
You can stop in at your local AutoNation Subaru dealership and take a spin.
2018 Mazda CX-9 AWD
If you’re on the market for a family-friendly SUV, it doesn’t hurt that our second place entry in the top AWD SUVs for winter, the 2018 Mazda CX-9, is an IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus winner, or that the midsized SUV clears 8.8 inches off the ground to dodge wintry sludge and detritus.
The slick Mazda XC-9 has an upscale cabin, and is available in four trim levels: Mazda CX-9 Sport, Touring, Grand Touring and Signature. The 2018 CX-9 models get a SKYACTIV turbocharged four-cylinder engine that puts out 250-horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque, and also has G-Vectoring Control which helps put the power to the wheel which need it most. All-wheel drive comes standard on the Signature trim level, while lower trims offer a choice of all-wheel or front-wheel drive. For 2018, the popular SUV is also loaded with safety and convenience features like a rear view camera, blind spot monitoring, a redesigned second row seat for improved ease of access, 50/50 split third row, and—on the base model—an impressive fuel economy of city/highway of 22/28 mpg**. If you really want to live the luxe life? Pony up to the Signature trim level and treat yourself to Nappa leather, sculpted aluminum and genuine Rosewood trim.
MSRP for the 2018 Mazda CX-9 AWD starts at $34,905**
Stop in at your local AutoNation Mazda dealership to test-drive the CX-9 today.
2018 Volvo XC90 T5 AWD
If you like your crossover built with hand-crafted, premium materials, bask in the luxury offered by the lead in our top AWD SUVs for winter—the 2018 Volvo XC90. This Scandinavian baby scores best-in-class fuel consumption at 28 mpg** highway miles and comes with three possible seating configurations, four trim levels, rides 9.4 inches off the ground, and sports a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 250-horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque.
The base XC90, Momentum, scores you seats with spine support, a panoramic moonroof, Sensus Navigation, a slew of helpful safety features like Run-off Road Mitigation and the semi-autonomous Pilot Assist. The 2018 XC90 also offers Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility standard, across trim levels. It seats five to seven, and has up to 85.7 cubic feet of cargo space. Since it was designed in Sweden, you know the XC90 is built to handle the cold, so crank up the heated front seats and take an extended trip into a winter wonderland!
MSRP for the 2018 Volvo XC90 T5 AWD starts at $49,100**
Reserve yours at your local AutoNation Volvo dealership today.
*Based on EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.
**MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.