2015 Subaru Outback is one of the best all-wheel-drive new cars for driving in the snow.

Best All-Wheel-Drive New Cars you can Buy for Snow Driving

Winter is almost here and if you live in an area of the country that receives a lot of snow, you may be interested in purchasing a new vehicle that handles well in harsh winter conditions.

Buying a car equipped with all-wheel-drive (AWD) or four-wheel-drive (4WD) is the first step in protecting you and your family when driving in inclement weather. However, not all all-wheel-drive systems are equal.

Consumer Reports did a survey asking subscribers who owned SUVS and wagons to rate their vehicles’ performance in ice and snow conditions. Up to 92 percent of subscribers said they thought their AWD and 4WD wagons and SUVs did “very good” at performance in the snow. The responses also prove some 4WD and AWD vehicles perform much better than others.

Almost 48,000 subscribers responded to the survey, they had driven their 2012-2015 model cars on six snow covered days during the 2014-15 winter season without changing to winter tires.

The top three spots on the best snow traction list all belong too Subaru with the number one spot belonging to the Subaru Outback. The base manufacture suggested retail price (MSRP) range for a 2016 Outback is $24,995 – $33,395.

Below are the SUVS and wagons with the best snow traction AWD and 4WD systems available on the market in.

Competition Between Car Dealers Always Gets You the Best Price

When negotiating a new car’s price, it’s important to know the dealer invoice price and what other people are paying for the same vehicle in your local area. Otherwise, you won’t know what’s a good price to pay for the vehicle. I highly recommend using an online referral service such as Ryde Shopper or Motor Trend, their quotes will automatically include any discounts or cash-back incentives currently available in the marketplace.

The Best All-Wheel-Drive Cars for Driving in the Winter Snow

RankAll-Wheel-Drive Vehicle Make and Model
1Subaru Outback
2Subaru XV Crosstrek
3Subaru Forester
4Audi Q5
5Chevrolet Suburban / GMC Yukon XL
6Jeep Wrangler
7Chevrolet Tahoe / GMC Yukon
8Jeep Grand Cherokee
9Toyota 4Runner
10Ford Expedition
11Volvo XC60
12Ford Edge
13Volkswagen Touareg
14Buick Enclave
15Lexus RX
16Toyota Sequoia
19Volvo XC70
20Jeep Cherokee
21Dodge Durango
22Mercedes-Benz M-Class
23Chevrolet Traverse / GMC Acadia
24BMW X3
25BMW X5
26Ford Explorer
27BMW X1
28Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class
29Honda Pilot
30Chevrolet Equinox / GMC Terrain
31Toyota Highlander
32Toyota Venza
33Ford Escape
34Mercendes-Benz GL-Class
35Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
36Toyota RAV4
37Buick Encore
38Honda Crosstour
39Hyundai Santa Fe
40Volkswagen Tiguan
41Honda CR-V
42Ford Flex
43Nissan Murano
44Mazda CX-5
45Mazda CX-9
46Cadillac SRX
47Acura RDX
48Infiniti JX, QX60
49Nissan Pathfinder
50Kia Sorento
51Hyundai Tucson
52Nissan Rogue
53Nissan Juke

Source: Consumer Reports