15 best cars and crossovers for snow in 2017


All of the cars and crossovers on the list either offer or come standard with all-wheel drive (AWD) and feature the highest maximum ground clearance among non-truck models. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Some winters, every state in the country — including Florida and Hawaii — may have some accumulation of snow.

Depending on where you live, the snow may last for a day or for weeks. But whether you’re dealing with an inch or a foot, snow can be problematic without the right vehicle to endure the elements. 

When you’re going to work or to stock up on groceries, you want dependability no matter the scenario. Although a pickup truck is great for extreme snow conditions, the price and size are a deterrent for many. To make drivers aware of other choices, Forbes has published a list of the 15 best cars and crossovers for snow. 

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All of the cars and crossovers on the list either offer or come standard with all-wheel drive (AWD) and feature the highest maximum ground clearance among non-truck models. Having a taller ground clearance enables a vehicle to better plow through deeper snow accumulations without unduly scraping the undercarriage or otherwise becoming stuck.

Whether you’re looking to prepare for a turbulent winter or just considering your options, look no further and keep reading to see which cars and crossovers are your best bet against the snow in 2017:


2018 Porsche Cayenne

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15. Porsche Cayenne

The 2018 Porsche Cayenne’s eight-speed automatic is smooth, and its ride is steady and composed but rather stiff at low speeds, according to Consumer Reports. 

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2017 Mazda CX-5

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14. Mazda CX-5

Consumer Reports notes that the 2018 Mazda CX-5’s handling is responsive and enjoyable, and the ride is absorbent and steady.

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2018 Mitsubishi Outlander

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13. Mitsubishi Outlander

With a choice of 4- or 6-cylinder engines, two all-wheel-drive systems and a number of safety and infotainment features, Mitsubishi’s Outlander crossover SUV is both competent and affordable, according to Kelly Blue Book. 

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2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

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12. Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

The 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport offers two 4-cylinder engine choices which provide decent power and good fuel economy, according to Kelly Blue Book. 

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Land Rover Discovery

The 2017 Land Rover Discovery is shown during the Los Angeles Auto Show. (Photo: AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

11. Land Rover Discovery

The 2018 Land Rover Discovery blends on-road civility with off-road and towing prowess, according to Consumer Reports. 

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2918 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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10. Jeep Grand Cherokee

Consumer Reports reports that the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee has a controlled ride with competent handling.

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2017 Jeep Renegade

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9. Jeep Renegade Trailhawk

Kelly Blue Book notes that drivers will like this car if they’re looking for an affordable compact SUV with loads of optional equipment and the ability to be taken off-road.

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2018 Subaru Outback

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8. Subaru Outback

Consumer Reports says the 2018 Subaru Outback “rides very comfortably, with secure handling and standard [all-wheel drive] AWD.” 

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2018 Subaru Forester

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7. Subaru Forester

The 2018 Subaru Forester’s fuel economy is excellent at 26 mpg overall, especially given the standard AWD, according to Consumer Reports. 

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2018 Subaru Crosstrek

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6. Subaru Crosstrek

The 2018 Subaru Crosstrek has a base MSRP range from $21,795 to $26,295, according to Consumer Reports. 

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2018 Jeep Cherokee

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5. Jeep Cherokee

Kelly Blue Book considers the 2018 Jeep Cherokee a “legitimate off-roader” while comfortable and quiet in everyday commuting. 

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2018 Jeep Compass

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4. Jeep Compass

The 2018 Jeep Compass is small enough to be easy to maneuver, but large enough to make its presence known and deliver a comfortable highway ride, according to Kelly Blue Book. 

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2017 Jeep Patriot

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3. Jeep Patriot

Kelly Blue Book notes that drivers seeking basic transportation at a good price with the added bonus of having light off-road credentials can’t beat the 2017 Jeep Patriot. 

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2018 Volvo XC60

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2. Volvo XC60

The new AWD Volvo SUV retains all the previous XC60’s strengths, while adding some luxurious features, to elevate it among its competitors, according to Kelly Blue Book. 

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2018 Volvo XC90

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1. Volvo XC90

Base models of the 2018 Volvo XC90 use a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo, offered with front- or all-wheel drive, according to Consumer Reports. 

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